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Old 11-16-2005, 11:09 AM   #9
jonreading
 
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Re: Poll: How aesthetically pleasing is your instructor's aikido?

The term "aesthetics" refers to the sensory perceptions of humans and what is construed as pleasurable. Since humans are visual animals, vision dominates our sensory perceptions. Of course, we can also smell, sound or feel pleasure too. Although I would argue that nothing about me smells or sounds pleasurable on the mat...

Mechanics and motion are often considered pleasing to the eye. We like cars that drive fast and look pretty. We marvel at tall buildings and long bridges. I don't see why efficient movement would be excluded from the group...
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