Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking by Thomas Hanna

By Thomas Hanna

Our bodies in rebellion is the intense publication that has taught us to imagine 'somatically' approximately ourselves and has created distinct importance for the phrases 'soma' and somatic'. here's a provocative, broad-ranging survey of the philosophical and medical currents that have converged to for a brand new knowing of the person as an embodied understanding. This e-book is a pioneering paintings that has given a reputation, an impetus and a intent to the body-mind circulate whose culture is coming to permeate a lot of latest existence.

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This verbal repository) is not "conscious" of all the things you, the soma, are doing. It is our ancient cultural tradition, with its complex fear of the soma's flesh and the world's flesh, which motivates such worries. " Your friend, the living soma before you, did not think or reflect on these things, inasmuch as if he did, he would neither have heard what you said nor understood your movements. All that one need do is to reflect upon these matters in order suddenly to realize that only occasionally does one self-consciously reflect on anything at all.

Darwin's observations while traveling on the Beagleparticularly of the amazingly variegated animals he found on the Galapagos Islands-were the impetus to seeing the many species of the animal kingdom not as frozen but as evolved and still evolving. On these islands, several hundred miles off the South American coast, there were species of animals and plants which were generically related to South American species but which were new species. However, what was more astonishing about this archipelago of scattered islands was that there were new, previously unknown species of animals that were native to certain of these islands but which were not found at all on any other of the islands.

Human mental functions-particularly the arithmetical/logical/rational schemas-were evolved specifically for the aggressive activity of conquest, control and manipulation of an untamed earthly environment, which was feared because of its obvious dangers and uncertainties. Mental functions were, therefore, practical human adaptations to a world which, otherwise, threatened our survival. What many persons do not seem in the least to understand is that the somatic scientists and philosophers, by playing down the traditional and rightly honored functions of rationality and scientific technology, are not denying the significance and incalculable practical value of these functions, nor are they prophesying the death of these human achievements; rather, they are prophesying in their various ways that these intellectual functions are, by dint of their own potent achievements, becoming less environmentally important and that other somatic functions are becoming more environmentally important.

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