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The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

This is how science writing should always be.” –Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of The Ethical Brain “Through a stream of fascinating and entertaining examples, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee illustrate how our perception ...

Author : Sandra Blakeslee

Release : 2008-09-09

Publisher : Random House

ISBN : 9781588368126

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In this compelling, cutting-edge book, two generations of science writers explore the exciting science of “body maps” in the brain–and how startling new discoveries about the mind-body connection can change and improve our lives. Why do you still feel fat after losing weight? What makes video games so addictive? How can “practicing” your favorite sport in your imagination improve your game? The answers can be found in body maps. Just as road maps represent interconnections across the landscape, your many body maps represent all aspects of your bodily self, inside and out. In concert, they create your physical and emotional awareness and your sense of being a whole, feeling self in a larger social world. Moreover, your body maps are profoundly elastic. Your self doesn’t begin and end with your physical body but extends into the space around you. This space morphs every time you put on or take off clothes, ride a bike, or wield a tool. When you drive a car, your personal body space grows to envelop it. When you play a video game, your body maps automatically track and emulate the actions of your character onscreen. When you watch a scary movie, your body maps put dread in your stomach and send chills down your spine. If your body maps fall out of sync, you may have an out-of-body experience or see auras around other people. The Body Has a Mind of Its Own explains how you can tap into the power of body maps to do almost anything better–whether it is playing tennis, strumming a guitar, riding a horse, dancing a waltz, empathizing with a friend, raising children, or coping with stress. The story of body maps goes even further, providing a fresh look at the causes of anorexia, bulimia, obsessive plastic surgery, and the notorious golfer’s curse “the yips.” It lends insights into culture, language, music, parenting, emotions, chronic pain, and more. Filled with illustrations, wonderful anecdotes, and even parlor tricks that you can use to reconfigure your body sense, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own will change the way you think–about the way you think. “The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible. This is how science writing should always be.” –Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of The Ethical Brain “Through a stream of fascinating and entertaining examples, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee illustrate how our perception of ourselves, and indeed the world, is not fixed but is surprisingly fluid and easily modified. They have created the best book ever written about how our sense of ‘self’ emerges from the motley collection of neurons we call the brain.” –Jeff Hawkins, co-author of On Intelligence “The Blakeslees have taken the latest and most exciting finds from brain research and have made them accessible. This is how science writing should always be.” –Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of The Ethical Brain “A marvelous book. In the last ten years there has been a paradigm shift in understanding the brain and how its various specialized regions respond to environmental challenges. In addition to providing a brilliant overview of recent revolutionary discoveries on body image and brain plasticity, the book is sprinkled with numerous insights.” –V. S. Ramachandran, M.D., director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

A Mind of Its Own

“Every peculiarity of the body has . . . some corresponding significance in the
mind, and the causes of the former are the remoter causes of the latter,” wrote the
nineteenth-century anatomist Edward Drinker Cope. Every quantifiable difference

Author : David M. Friedman

Release : 2008-09-04

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 1439136084

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Whether enemy or ally, demon or god, the source of satisfaction or the root of all earthly troubles, the penis has forced humanity to wrestle with its enduring mysteries. Here, in an enlightening and entertaining cultural study, is a book that gives context to the central role of the penis in Western civilization. A man can hold his manhood in his hand, but who is really gripping whom? Is the penis the best in man -- or the beast? How is man supposed to use it? And when does that use become abuse? Of all the bodily organs, only the penis forces man to confront such contradictions: something insistent yet reluctant, a tool that creates but also destroys, a part of the body that often seems apart from the body. This is the conundrum that makes the penis both hero and villain in a drama that shapes every man -- and mankind along with it. In A Mind of Its Own, David M. Friedman shows that the penis is more than a body part. It is an idea, a conceptual but flesh-and-blood measuring stick of man's place in the world. That men have a penis is a scientific fact; how they think about it, feel about it, and use it is not. It is possible to identify the key moments in Western history when a new idea of the penis addressed the larger mystery of man's relationship with it and changed forever the way that organ was conceived of and put to use. A Mind of Its Own brilliantly distills this complex and largely unexamined story. Deified by the pagan cultures of the ancient world and demonized by the early Roman church, the organ was later secularized by pioneering anatomists such as Leonardo da Vinci. After being measured "scientifically" in an effort to subjugate some races while elevating others, the organ was psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud. As a result, the penis assumed a paradigmatic role in psychology -- whether the patient was equipped with the organ or envied those who were. Now, after being politicized by feminism and exploited in countless ways by pop culture, the penis has been medicalized. As no one has before him, Friedman shows how the arrival of erection industry products such as Viagra is more than a health or business story. It is the latest -- and perhaps final -- chapter in one of the longest sagas in human history: the story of man's relationship with his penis. A Mind of Its Own charts the vicissitudes of that relationship through its often amusing, occasionally alarming, and never boring course. With intellectual rigor and a healthy dose of wry humor, David M. Friedman serves up one of the most thought-provoking, significant, and readable cultural works in years.

The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own

The author explores the brain and the mind, reporting the latest discoveries that are answering the most intimately human of scientific questions, and offers anecdotes from his own neurological practice

Author : Richard M. Restak

Release : 1991

Publisher : Harmony


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The author explores the brain and the mind, reporting the latest discoveries that are answering the most intimately human of scientific questions, and offers anecdotes from his own neurological practice

Schutzian Research vol. 3 / 2011

recovery and personal evolution through improved self-awareness.35 using the
body as a staging area for self-revelation, such therapy claims to also support
personal growth.36 Somatic awareness plays ... The Body Has a Mind of Its Own,

Author : Michael Barber

Release : 2011-01-01

Publisher : Zeta Books

ISBN : 6068266125

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Body-States:Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders

... we discussed its central emphasis on self-states and affect regulation—
especially the development of her view that the body has a mind of its own and
that what the body 'knows' is being transmitted from the body to the mind as
organized by ...

Author : Jean Petrucelli

Release : 2014-08-07

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1317635388

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In this edited volume, Jean Petrucelli brings together the work of talented clinicians and researchers steeped in working with eating disordered patients for the past 10 to 35 years. Eating disorders are about body-states and their relational meanings. The split of mindbody functioning is enacted in many arenas in the eating disordered patient’s life. Concretely, a patient believes that disciplining or controlling his or her body is a means to psychic equilibrium and interpersonal effectiveness. The collected papers in Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders elaborates the essential role of linking symptoms with their emotional and interpersonal meanings in the context of the therapy relationship so that eating disordered patients can find their way out and survive the unbearable. The contributors bridge the gaps in varied protocols for recovery, illustrating that, at its core, trust in the reliability of the humanness of the other is necessary for patients to develop, regain, or have - for the first time - a stable body. They illustrate how embodied experience must be cultivated in the patient/therapist relationship as a felt experience so patients can experience their bodies as their own, to be lived in and enjoyed, rather than as an ‘other’ to be managed. In this collection Petrucelli convincingly demonstrates how interpersonal and relational treatments address eating problems, body image and "problems in living." Body States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and a wide range of professionals and lay readers who are interested in the topic and treatment of eating disorders.

Living in a Body with a Mind of Its Own

I hope these lessons have been helpful to you as you deal with the adversities in
your own life. In no way do I feel I have "arrived" in learning and applying all
these lessons to my own life, but God continues to be at work within me. The
bottom ...

Author : Mike Beck

Release : 2013-07

Publisher : AuthorHouse

ISBN : 1481765086

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For the past 20 years, I have lived with a rare and currently incurable neurological illness known a dystonia. This illness can affect numerous different muscles in the body causing them to spasm in ways we cannot control, forcing us to "live in a body with a mind of its own." This book was written to be of help to individuals who struggle with this frustrating and often painful illness. However, it contains valuable lessons for anyone dealing with adversity. If you are struggling with illness, the death of a loved one, depression, a broken relationship, the loss of a job, or dealing with one of life's many transitions, this book is also for you. People with dystonia and other individuals will find many of the same feelings described in the book resonating within you. Once you have come to grips with the emotions involved in your own adversity, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and deal with "life as it is" in a more positive manner. Join me on a road you never expected to travel and filled with numerous twists and turns along the way. The journey may never end in this life, but my hope is that by reading this book life's road will become a little easier for you to travel. Rev. Mike Beck

Teaching to the Brain's Natural Learning Systems

eople have always relied on the brain's physical system for food, shelter, clothing,
social interactions, the building of ... In some ways, therefore, the body has a
mind of its own, even though for decades, influential psychologists have
attempted ...

Author : Barbara K. Given

Release : 2002

Publisher : ASCD

ISBN : 0871205696

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Uses the brain's five major learning systems--emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and reflective--to provide a framework for designing lessons and determining teaching approaches.

The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy

Time and again Tolstoy's characters take an action not because they have
decided to but because, by habit or happenstance, their bodies have "for some
reason" assumed a posture that suggests it, as if the body has a mind of its own,
as it ...

Author : Donna Tussing Orwin

Release : 2002-09-19

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9780521520003

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Best known for his great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy remains one the most important nineteenth-century writers; throughout his career which spanned nearly three quarters of a century, he wrote fiction, journalistic essays and educational textbooks. The specially commissioned essays in The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy do justice to the sheer volume of Tolstoy's writing. Key dimensions of his writing and life are explored in essays focusing on his relationship to popular writing, the issue of gender and sexuality in his fiction and his aesthetics. The introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man, for whom his art was only one activity among many. The volume is well supported by supplementary material including a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology of Tolstoy's life, the most comprehensive compiled in English to date. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

Mind Belief Principles:

Goodness makes its own heaven, sin its own hell, and belief its own sufferings. A
dream seemeth a reality while it lasts; a falsehood is true to those that believe it,
and sickness is real to such as have it, but mind and not the body is responsible ...

Author : Anna Watts

Release : 2016-07-12

Publisher : Uply Media Inc


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Are you focusing your mind to produce positive winning results? Chances are you would like to improve some area or certain situation in your life today. It could be that you need a fast healing, hoping to make money, like to find love, or just searching for a solution to feel really good every single day. The path to all your desires is locked inside whatever mindset you have right now. What you believe is what you will get. This "Mind Belief Principles" book wants to help you overcome your troubles and learn how-to use principles for willing spiritual powers to win in life. You must first start to train the brain so that you can restore your mind to fresher health. Mental troubles operate as paralyzing influences, without proper mind focus you will not be able to use willpower to control the mind. Inside you will discover the ultimate blueprint for how mind and spirit powers work to produce positive outcomes. The delivery of miracles are built on principles that are produced on the belief inside the mind. Get empowered to learn how-to train and focus your mindset to win at life everyday and in all aspects.

Mind Penetration: The Ancent Art Of Mental Mastery

Let's test that claim, shall we? A BODY TEST Ask someone to describe a spiral
staircase. It will be impossible for them to do this without twirling their finger in the
air. ... Yes, but one with a very important lesson: Our body has a mind of its own.

Author : Dr. Haha Lung

Release : 2014-11-20

Publisher : Citadel Press

ISBN : 0806537795

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To read the mind of your enemy, to turn his psyche to your own purpose, and to claim victory without ever landing a blow, these are the secrets of I-Hsing. Masters of I-Hsing's greatest weapon, the Mind-Fist, gain more than an advantage over their foes, they gain control of them. Dr. Haha Lung adds to his canon of easy-to-understand, relevant martial arts instruction with this indispensable guide to dominating your enemy's mind. In his previous classics, Mind Control and Mind Manipulation, he laid the groundwork for smashing your enemy's mental defenses. In Mind Penetration, Dr. Lung teaches the skills and techniques behind this seemingly supernatural ability to bend anyone to your will. In this comprehensive guide to I-Hsing you will: • Explore the origin and history of mind manipulation • Discover its practice in the ancient Far East and in the modern West • Learn how to control the minds of your enemies • Gain confidence and knowledge through clear descriptions and helpful illustrations Dr. Haha Lung is the author of more than a dozen books on martial arts, including The Nine Halls of Death, Assassin!, Mind Manipulation, Ninja Shadowland, Knights of Darkness, Mind Control: The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare, and The Lost Fighting Arts of Vietnam. [FOR ACADEMIC STUDY ONLY]

Where Is the Mind?

I think it's fair to say that our general assumption has been that this connection is
unidirectional. The brain, the master ... Does the machinery exist for the body to
communicate with the brain or even make decisions on its own? Why is it, for ...

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Publisher : Lichtenstein Creative Media

ISBN : 1888064137

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The Gate of Angels

able to think that the mind can survive without it. Still, which of you here hasn't ... It
must follow, then, that the Mind has a body of its own, even if it's like nothing that
we can see around us, or have ever seen.' Fred caught a flash of light from Dr ...

Author : Penelope Fitzgerald

Release : 1998-04-03

Publisher : HMH

ISBN : 0547524730

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize: A novel of two “wonderful characters” who meet by accident in Edwardian England, and fall inconveniently in love (The Washington Post). In 1912, rational scientist Fred Fairly, one of Cambridge’s best and brightest, crashes his bike and wakes up in bed with a stranger—fellow casualty Daisy Saunders, a charming, pretty, and almost pathologically generous working-class nurse. So begins a series of complications—not only of the heart but also of the head—as Fred and Daisy take up each other’s education and turn each other’s philosophies upside down. From the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, this story of an unlikely and possibly doomed romance is a “deft comedy of manners . . . Fitzgerald’s elegant prose shines with intelligence and subtle wit . . . Her flair for well-drawn eccentric characters will appeal to fans of Muriel Spark and Barbara Pym” (Library Journal). “A singular accomplishment.” —Boston Globe “Powerfully bewitching.” —Los Angeles Times

The Smoking Book

THE BODY HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN The story goes like this: a woman with a
notebook journeyed 3 1 to a distant land. By day and by night she traveled,
through rain and wind and snow, across mountains and deserts, until she
reached her ...

Author : Lesley Stern

Release : 2008-04-15

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN : 0226773329

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The Smoking Book is a dreamlike structure built on the solid foundation of two questions: how does it feel to smoke, and what does smoking mean? Lesley Stern, in an innovative, hybrid form of writing, muses on these questions through intersecting stories and essays that connect, expand, and contract like smoke rings floating through the air. Stern writes of addictions and passionate attachments, of the body and bodily pleasure, of autobiography and cultural history. Smoking is Stern's seductive pretext, her way of entering unknown and mysterious regions. The Smoking Book begins with intimate and vivid accounts of growing up on a tobacco farm in colonial Rhodesia, reminiscences that permeate subsequent excursions into precolonial tobacco production and postcolonial life in Zimbabwe, as well as dramatic vignettes set in Australia, the United States, Scotland, Italy, Japan, and South America. Stern has written a book, at once intensely personal and kaleidoscopically international, that weaves the intimate act of a solitary person smoking a cigarette into a broad cultural picture of desire, exchange, fulfillment, and the acts that bind people together, either in lasting ways or through ephemeral encounters. The Smoking Book is for anyone who has ever smoked or loved a smoker (against their better judgment); it is for those who have never smoked or for those who mourn the loss of cigarettes as they would grieve for a lost friend. But mostly, The Smoking Book is for all those who are smoldering still.

Powerful Principles for Presenters

Your Body Speaks Volumes The body has a mind of its own. It can telegraph
messages we do not intend. If the speaker is saying one thing and his or her
body says another, the audience tends to focus on what the body is saying rather
than ...

Author : Batt Johnson

Release : 2000-05-12

Publisher : iUniverse

ISBN : 1462094643

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Powerful Principles for Presenters is the textbook used at New York University and Cornell University in Batt Johnson's public speaking class. It features proven communication techniques from commercials, television, and film professionals and explains their effective use for anyone. This helps you lose any self-consciousness, gain confidence, and deliver your message with as much power as politicians, actors, broadcasters, high profile business executives, and other public speakers seen in the media. When you can speak well you make your points clearly and effectively, convince and motivate others to action, and gain the competitive edge. This information is offered for the first time in one easy-to-read reference book for busy individuals without time to read a large volume the day before an important speech or presentation. This book is interactive-it identifies common problems for public speakers and offers immediate solutions. Each chapter has a workbook section to help you improve your skills, identify action steps, and measure your results. When you apply these simple, proven tips and techniques you will become a more powerful communicator delivering speeches that roar. "The style of Batt Johnson's book makes me feel that I am working directly with a coach." Dr. Carol Robbins-Director, Off-Campus College, Cornell University "The next best thing to learning from Batt Johnson in person is what you've got in your hands. He's a master communicator, and this is a great guide to his technique." Lisa Napoli-Internet Correspondent, MSNBC-TV "This book is an exhaustive how-to guide which will provide a primer for the rookie and an effective refresher for the seasoned veteran." Rapheal M. Prevot Jr.-Labor Relations Counsel, National Football League "As a financial professional, the tips have proved invaluable in the art of 'friendly persuasion.' " John Krysko-Financial Planner, American Express Company "All the busy businessperson needs to make presentations with impact is here in Batt Johnson's book. You owe it to your audience to read and use this!" Nancy Rosanoff-Past President, New York Chapter of the National Speakers Association and author of Making Money Through Intuition

5 Pounds

Just like our imaginary friend Jane, the study subjects' extra exertions made their
bodies fight back by increasing their appetite. Your body has a mind of its own,
thanks to its properties of homeostasis (the instinct to remain stable). Your body ...

Author : Harley Pasternak

Release : 2015-03-03

Publisher : Rodale Books

ISBN : 1623364582

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For most people, the hardest part of lasting weight loss is either getting started or reaching their goals-too often, motivation is tough to maintain or those final few pounds simply won't budge, no matter how many hours are logged on the treadmill and how many calories counted. Now, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Body Reset Diet, comes a deceptively simple plan to slim down-whether you to need to shed those last few stubborn pounds or want to jump start a more significant weight-loss effort. 5 Pounds teaches you how to implement five simple strategies as daily habits: - Walk 5 miles a day. - Eat protein and fiber 5 times a day. - Do resistance exercise 5 minutes a day. - Sleep at least 7 hours a night. - Unplug at least 1 hour a day. You will enjoy immediate results-dropping 5 pounds or more in just 5 days-and boost energy, improve overall health, and finally achieve long-term weight-loss success. With step-by-step advice, easy-to-prepare recipes, and motivating success stories, 5 Pounds will transform the way you look and feel forever.

Take the Bully by the Horns

Mind Your Body A former security guard named Harold told me, “We need to
keep in mind that bullies operate from a primal point of ... Bullies check out our
body language in the first few seconds. ... After thirty, a body has a mind of its own

Author : Sam Horn

Release : 2003-09-09

Publisher : St. Martin's Press

ISBN : 142997561X

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How often have you wished you knew how to defuse the difficult people who wreak havoc on your life? Whether it's a neighbor who keeps disturbing your peace, an employer who manipulates you into unpaid overtime, a spouse who criticizes and controls your every move, a colleague who uses scare tactics to intimidate you, or a student who teases your child without mercy, Take the Bully by the Horns will give you real-life strategies stop people from taking advantage of you, including how to: * Adopt a "don't you dare" attitude * Refuse to play The Blame-Shame Game * Beat em to the punch...line * Stop paying the price of nice * Put all kidding aside * Act on your anger instead of suffering in silence * Savior Self from martyrs and guilt-mongers * Not be victimized by crazy-making Jekyll/Hyde personalities * Adopt the Clarity Rules and Rights With these tools, you can take back your peace of mind and your sanity. You'll be able to fight back constructively and prevent harrassment by bullies, from the workplace to the schoolyard. The bold suggestions in Take the Bully by the Horns will show you once and for all how to convince unfair or unkind relatives, co-workers, customers, or strangers to either behave cooperatively or leave you alone.

Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain

The mind, however, being united to a body, has consequently also a spirit that is
life-giving to its own body. The mind, moreover, has been honored above all the
visible and physical creatures because only the mind has been created in the ...

Author : Nicodemus (van de Heilige Berg)

Release : 1989

Publisher : Paulist Press

ISBN : 9780809130382

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Nicodemos (1749-1809), a monk of Saint Athos dedicated to asceticism and learning, was one of the most influential Orthodox writers of the last two centuries. His Handbook, written during the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, shares an exalted vision of human nature, but a vision that proceeds from the truths of revelation as interpreted by the Greek Fathers, not Descartes.

How the Dead Live

If my body has a mind of its own, then whose mind is this one? For I'm convulsing
again and the blue rhapsody of dissolution streams from my mouth.
Wawawawaaaawawawawaaawawawawawawawaaaaaaaaaaa...' They all turn
to goggle at ...

Author : Will Self

Release : 2012-10-16

Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN : 0802193374

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Will Self possesses one of the greatest literary imaginations of any writer working today. How the Dead Live is his most extraordinary book yet—a novel that will challenge, entertain, and truly astonish. Lily Bloom is an aging American transplanted to England who has lost her battle with cancer and lies wasting away at the Royal Ear Hospital. As her two daughters—lumpy Charlotte, who runs a hugely successful chain of stationery stores called Waste of Paper, and beautiful Natasha, a junkie—buzz around her and the nurses pump her full of morphine, Lily slides in and out of the present, taking us on a surreal, opinionated trip through the stages of a lifetime of lust and rage. A career girl in the 1940s, a sexed-up, tippling adulteress in the 1950s and ‘60s, a divorced PR flak in the 1970s and ‘80s, Lily presents us with a portrait of America and England over sixty years of riotous and unreal change. And then it’s over: Lily catches a cab with the aboriginal wizard Phar Lap Jones, her guide to the shockingly banal world of the dead. It’s a world that is surreal but familiar, where she again works in PR and rediscovers how great smoking is, where her cohabitants include Rude Boy, the son who died at age nine and now swears a blue streak, and three eyeless, murmuring wraiths, the Fats—composed of the pounds, literally the whole selves, she lost and gained over her lifetime. As Lily settles into her nonexistence, the most difficult challenge for this staunchly difficult woman is how to understand that she’s dead, and how to leave the rest behind. How the Dead Live is an unforgettable portrait of the human condition, the struggle with life and with death. It’s a novel that will disturb and provoke, the work, in the words of one British reviewer, “of a novelist writing at the height of his powers.”

Muscles and Meridians E-Book

Blakeslee S, Blakeslee M 2007 The body has a mind of its own: how body maps
in your brain help you do (almost) everything better. Random House, New York
Blaschko J 1901 Die Neven-verteilung in der Haut in ihrer Beziehung zu den ...

Author : Phillip Beach

Release : 2010-11-25

Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN : 0702048690

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Muscles and Meridians is a unique book that breaks new conceptual ground in the realm of human movement. Exploring the connection between evolutionary biology and Chinese meridians, the volume offers a novel and effective system of diagnosis and treatment of common musculoskeletal disorders. Describes a new model of human movement - the Contractile Field model Offers a rare and serious attempt to look at whole person movement patterns – akin to ‘Anatomy Trains’ but with a stronger link to vertebrate evolution and development Suggests that much of our endemic back and leg pain is due to a loss of ease in postures that are ‘archetypal’ to mankind Offers a profound new understanding of the world’s oldest medical map, the Chinese meridian map

Rethinking the Mind-Body Relationship in Early Modern Literature, Philosophy, and Medicine

that “your body is intelligent and must be treated considerately if you would have
it work well and grow strong at it” ... and D.H. Lawrence concluded: “Each great
nerve-centre has its own peculiar consciousness, its own peculiar mind, its own ...

Author : Charis Charalampous

Release : 2015-08-20

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1317584201

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This book explores a neglected feature of intellectual history and literature in the early modern period: the ways in which the body was theorized and represented as an intelligent cognitive agent, with desires, appetites, and understandings independent of the mind. It considers the works of early modern physicians, thinkers, and literary writers who explored the phenomenon of the independent and intelligent body. Charalampous rethinks the origin of dualism that is commonly associated with Descartes, uncovering hitherto unknown lines of reception regarding a form of dualism that understands the body as capable of performing complicated forms of cognition independently of the mind. The study examines the consequences of this way of thinking about the body for contemporary philosophy, theology, and medicine, opening up new vistas of thought against which to reassess perceptions of what literature can be thought and felt to do. Sifting and assessing this evidence sheds new light on a range of historical and literary issues relating to the treatment, perception, and representation of the human body. This book examines the notion of the thinking body across a wide range of genres, topics, and authors, including Montaigne’s Essays, Spenser’s allegorical poetry, Donne’s metaphysical poetry, tragic dramaturgy, Shakespeare, and Milton’s epic poetry and shorter poems. It will be essential for those studying early modern literature, cognition, and the body.