Body size and sport.

Symbolising the two "levels" of thinking.

Symbolising the two “levels” of thinking.

Concurrent with the increase in the size of the human body over the last decades there have been developments in science and technology which, in some sports, has resulted in brawn taking over from brain. Guile and skill, which were previous vital to success, are being superseded by sheer power abetted by technological developments in equipment etc. Since guile and skill require more intelligence than braun we could be losing another positive quality as we develop.

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About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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2 Responses to Body size and sport.

  1. philipfvbell says:

    Don’t you think the idea that levels of skill have been reduced in sport recently is very generalised. There are lots of sports where size doesn’t matter much – cricket, baseball etc. Leonel Messi is quite possibly the most talented footballer players (soccer players) ever, and Christiano Ronaldo isn’t far behind.
    Professional sport has increased the level of skill in sport hugely, you only have to look at quantifiable aspects, like how far rugby players can kick etc. to see this.

    • Ian Gardner says:

      My comment was made in the general sense because the ramifications of detailing the general thrust would be too large for me to dwell on. Suffice is to create menting in the reader and allow them to go where it took them. However, since you raise a few points let me add mine: CRICKET – a lot has changed in the manufacture of bats and wicket-keeping gloves, field size and rules which favour, to some degree, the bigger, fitter body; FOOTBALL – to my knowledge in modern times the boots have been designed to create added spin etc.but, the physique of the soccer player has not changed visibly; RUGBY – since I played rugby in the 1950’s and 60’s their have been a large number of rules changes which benefit the bigger, faster player and the ball, once leather (with the drawbacks that had compared to the modern, synthetic materials and manufacturing techniques) does not, however, require a bigger physique although, in my time, 80 kg was BIG now 129 kg is BIG!!! 🙂

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