Saturday, December 3, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 306

Leaning Out the Overton Window must be sought in the margins of life, in the shadows of despair and at the edges of the unknown.

If those willing to enter the darkest places and face the unknown would gather whatever threads of meaning and imagination they might find and begin to follow where they lead, new paths to unity would be revealed and old oppressions could be relieved.
Michael Meade

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 305

Wiggle Room

As Townsley (2001:271) argues: "From this standpoint, not even the often mentioned idea of 'illocutionary force', or any speech act or narrative which changes the world by redefining it or changing people's perception of it, could possibly encompass the sheer physicality of the transformations claimed by shamanism".
Amazonian Vegetalismo: A study of the healing power of chants in Tarapoto, Peru.
Fran├žois DEMANGE
Medicine M.A in Social Sciences by Independent Studies
University of East London, 2000-2002.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 304


We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
Toni Morrison

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 303

Lots of Counter-Narrative

Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”
Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain
Mystical Raven

[thanks to Jacquie Rafuse]

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 302

As We Speak

The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) was developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal during the 1950's and 1960's. In an effort to transform theatre from the "monologue" of traditional performance into a "dialogue" between audience and stage, Boal experimented with many kinds of interactive theatre. His explorations were based on the assumption that dialogue is the common, healthy dynamic between all humans, that all human beings desire and are capable of dialogue, and that when a dialogue becomes a monologue, oppression ensues.
Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops
by Douglas L. Paterson