Bicycling intersubjectivity

Riding home on my bicycle last night exchanging glances with pedestrians and other road users. Much of the time I had a sense we were judging each others trajectory (Buber’s I-it relating). However there were occasions I believed that in our contact we both recognised each others consciousness.

Re-reading Daniel Stern’s The Present Moment (p. 73) I liked this passage.

The present moments that interest us most are those that arise when two people make a special kind of contact – namely inter-subjective contact. This involves the mutual interpenetration of minds that permits us to say, “I know that you know that I know” or “I feel that you feel that I feel.

This is a nice elaboration of what the aikido tradition might call kimusubi and is at the heart of freeforming


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