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PostSubject: The Case For Working With Your Hands   Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:48 pm

I just started reading the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft", and am really enjoying it. I have worked with my hands all my life and this book verbalizes much of what has driven my choices in life.
I really recommend it. I'll stick it in the book section also.
http://www.matthewbcrawford.com/

Funnily enough I was discussing driving skill with a friend and fellow Eskrima practitioner the other day. I think I said something like, "...not only is he highly skilled as a martial artist, he drives well too!!"
At which point we started talking about how many martial artists we know are abysmal drivers, and how odd that seems for people that spend inordinate amounts of time working on awareness, co-ordination, quick reflexes etc.
We narrowed it down though .... we figured out that the friends we have who spar, and practice uncooperative contact , i.e. put these attributes into the 'real world', are generally better drivers than those that do not ..... is this an example of thinking AND doing, connecting the work of the hand with that of the mind?
(Disclaimer - this poll was completely unscientific, biased and anecdotal!)

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