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Losing TouchA man without his body$
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Jonathan Cole

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.001.0001

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Losing Touch

Jonathan Cole

Oxford University Press

The final chapter considers various aspects of Ian’s condition and his views on some of the scientific and artistic activities with which he has been involved. He explains how he is more consciously embodied than disembodied, why he agreed to lose his anonymity to become involved in a biography, and how, though he appreciates science designed to confirm or refute a hypothesis, he prefers the on-the-fly informed curiosity behind other experiments. He talks of his awareness of the need to be available in a lab and yet keep a distance to perform experiments to his best ability. Ian reflects on meeting Peter Brook and his involvement in Valley of Astonishment 20 years after L’Homme Qui. Ian’s continuing vulnerability is revealed in a short narrative about what happened when the lights went out one night, while he considers the effects of aging when meeting a similarly affected subject.

Keywords:   body image, body schema, disembodiment, Peter Brook, Valley of Astonishment

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