Thursday, 6 December 2012

TWO TRIBES MARCHING IN PARALLEL

Feuerstein's and CE

There is a big conference coming up in Jerusalem next year, Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability, holding up an interesting mirror to the growing tendency in Conductive Education to seek legitimacy through the notion of neuroplasticity. Look in such a mirror to see oneself looking back.

The conference bumff states –

Revolutionary developments in brain sciences support the theory and belief that basic human behaviors and functions can be modified.

Well, maybe they do, but who needs ya baby? William of Occam would not have. The most direct support of the theory in question here is indication that, given the appropriate conditions, 'human behaviors and functions' change reliably in the anticipated direction. Sure, such outcomes may be hard to index and quantify but they are none the less material and relevant for that:

We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances – Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica)

Where there is no need to postulate new and exotic phenomena to explain something, don't divert effort and resources into doing so.

That said, this looks a most interesting event. Conductive people in the Jerusalem area at the beginning of next June could find this a very stimulating experience. The two movements are so parallel. They both demonstrate through their real-life, day-to-day effects...

...the three conventionally accepted resistances to change can be overcome: etiology (the genetic, hereditary, and chromosomal causes of disability), critical periods (indicating that there are developmental deadlines after which change is impossible), and severity of the condition (indicating that extreme conditions cannot be improved).

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Sue O'Reilly said...

I just don't understand why you are so dismissive of all this neuroplasticity stuff Andrew. It's not that CE "seeks legitimacy" through this notion; it's that this notion automatically gives CE legitimacy (at long last)in medical science terms. You don't think that's helpful?? It's not brains were talking about in the context of CE; it's damaged brains. And for at least four centuries, doctors have been insisting that damage to brains could not be overcome. And then, along comes neuroplasticity to tell doctors that actually, yes, damage to brains can be overcome. CE doesn't have to "seek legitimacy" out of any of this; it just has to sit back and say: "Told you so, f**kers."

Friday, 7 December 2012 at 15:32:00 GMT  
Blogger Rony Schenker, OTR, PhD, Tsad Kadima, Israel said...

well said Sue.

Friday, 7 December 2012 at 21:17:00 GMT  
Anonymous Andrew said...

I suspect that quite a lot of people and institutions in Conductive Education would be pleased to sign up to that position.

Saturday, 8 December 2012 at 09:56:00 GMT  

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