Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real _____

Intellectual. “7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual” is the actual title over on the much respected Wired site.

Flexing Academic Muscle - 7 Hand Signals

“You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to explain some important historical connection, drawing up a grand theory of art or science or human progress, and there it is, as if by reflex: the hand lifts in front of them like an upturned claw, the fingers slowly turning an invisible dial. That’s “The Dialectic,” one of the hand gestures you’ll need to master to become a genuine thought leader.

Alice May Williams and Jasmine Johnson observed “the full complement” of these gestures in the process of earning their MFA at Goldsmiths College in London. In an effort to bring them out of the rarified world of academia and into the lives of ordinary people…”

But from the article, if this isn’t Balderdash, it should be. Perhaps if it were experienced live, in person, it would be agreeable to consider that a person who talks with their hands commands more attention. It’s something I’d expect of a lecturer, not an intellectual!

And despite being “Wired“, all of those hand motions ended up making the site visit rather annoying, don’t you think?

[Wait a month… and perhaps this will be used in a Halloween post!]

source: Wired
image “Balderdash” commentary by Thoughts at Midnight

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