The School of Life

The history of thought from the Greeks and Descartes has taught that the mind is master, the body is a machine and the two are separate things. We’ve built our lives, from our education system to our working day, around this idea. But what if it is thoroughly wrong?

Peter Lovatt has the rare perspective of being a professional dancer and psychologist. He has proved through lab experiments what he knows from his own experience: we think with our bodies. He has shown how different kinds of bodily movement can increase our capacity to solve thinking puzzles and creative challenges. The results of his research have wide implications for how we live our lives, from how we teach our children to how we communicate and innovate.

Join us for this playful, surprising and energetic sermon from a seasoned stage performer and provocative thinker. Find out how our distrust of dance developed out of its demotion as a sin, and why the British have a terror of being asked to dance in public. Learn how you can use bodily movement to improve your thinking and freshen your perspective.

Dr Peter Lovatt taught himself to read in his twenties by adapting the learning skills he’d developed as a professional dancer. In the process he transformed his life and developed learning and cognition techniques to help others. He is now a principal lecturer and reader in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where he set up the first Dance Psychology Lab in 2008. His research focuses on the impact of dance on health, learning, self-esteem, emotion, cognition, creativity and recognition.

This Sunday Sermon took place at Conway Hall, London on 24th June 2012.

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The School of Life offers good ideas for everyday living. We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the


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The School of Life offers good ideas for everyday living. We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better. You will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed towards a variety of ideas - from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind.

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