This chapter deals with gestural arguments in cognitive science. We first discuss the idea of a “science of embodiment”, then discuss the neurological vicinity of speech and manual gesture centers (Broca area), also referring to Merleau-Ponty’s linguistic philosophy and to the 3D Mental Rotation experiments by Shepard and Cooper. In this context, Donald’s gestural anthropology is mentioned, together with Valéry’s philosophy of dance and Taylor’s critique of disembodied music. The chapter terminates with a fascinating discussion of musical gesture from the perspective of disability studies. Its focus is on two hand-impaired jazz pianists, Horace Parlan and Oscar Peterson.
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