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6. Moving: Hacks 62–69

Chapter 6. Moving: Hacks 62–69

The story of the brain is a story of embodiment, of how much the brain takes for granted the world we’re in and the body that carries it about.

For instance, we assume a certain level of stability in the world. We make assumptions about how our body is able to move within the environment, and if the environment has changed [The Broken Escalator Phenomenon: When Autopilot Takes Over], we get confused.

As we assume stability in the world, so too do we assume stability from our body. Why should the brain bother remembering the shape of our own body when it’s simply there to consult? But when our body’s shape doesn’t remain stable, the brain can get confused. You start by getting your fingers mixed up when you cross your hands [Keep Hold of Yourself]; you end up convincing your brain that you’re receiving touch sensations from the nearby table [Mold Your Body Schema].


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