Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter
This chapter delves into the embodied nature of molecular modeling, to examine how seeing, feeling, and knowing are intertwined with the work of crafting molecular models. It offers a phenomenological account of the role of the modeler’s imagination, judgment, and intuition in rendering molecular structures. It introduces the concept of the “kinesthetic imagination” to account for the ways that modelers can both “see” molecular structures in their mind’s eye, and “feel” through the forces between atoms in a molecule with their moving bodies. It argues that the kinesthetic intuitions they build up over time allows them sculpt a fleshed-out twin...