Body Studies

A New Anatomy and Physiology for Living in the Anthropocene

 

No rack can torture me,

My soul’s at liberty.

Behind this mortal bone

There knits a bolder one

 

You cannot prick with saw,

Nor rend with scymitar.

Two bodies therefore be;

Bind one, and one will flee.

 

The eagle of his nest

No easier divest

And gain the sky

Than mayest thou,

 

Except thyself may be

Thine enemy;

Captivity is consciousness,

So’s liberty.

                      ––EMILY DICKINSON

 

How we think about, study, and perceive the body is largely base on Enlightenment thinking. That may have been a good story then, a good fit for those times. It no longer serves us well, straining at the seams.

 

Here we spend only 32 hours to start to shift from reductionism and individualism

 

Some Topics:

Ubiety, the extended organism, the role of the body schema

History of the Body

 

 

 

The body is the way it is because that's how we are used to talking and writing about it. We do not have any good way to talk about the Body in its entirety. The best I can do is uppercase the word to dsitinguish the entirety from the fleshy moiety.

The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .

 

Flaneur -- Out for a Stroll

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Richard Valasek               1501 Kuloko St                 Pearl City HI 96782

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Richard Valasek BA BS RN OP

I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be––this is the interrelated structure of reality.

        —MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

             —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL

The Story Teller

 

 

Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI

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