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Earthbodies : rediscovering our planetary senses
Mazis, Glen A., 1951-
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Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2002]

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xi, 269 pages ; 23 cm

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Shows how our cultural misconceptions about the body distort its capacities and lead to personal and social ills.

Author Notes

Glen A. Mazis is Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Soka University and Associate Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Penn State at Harrisburg.

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Mazis (Soka Univ. and Pennsylvania State at Harrisburg) takes readers on a thought-provoking foray against traditional forms of dualism or separation of the in-process embodied self from the world. His descriptions invite scholars into openness, acknowledgement, and a kind of therapeutic letting-go into and through the body. This induces a kind of cultivation and concentration on unity and flow in the "dance of interconnectedness" (portrayed in Matisse's The Dance II on the book's cover). The approach is personal and thoughtful--an aesthetic description of a life that involves an implicit either/or dichotomy, bringing in aspects of art, religion, and philosophy in opposition to the traditional modernist characterization of human life. It is a rich tapestry describing a therapeutic transformation of bodily identity from separation to integration. The erotic embodiment replaces detached logic. Earthbodies are part sensual, perceptual, and erotic feeling dynamics through which nonintellectual meaning flows. This rejection of logic, reasoning, science, and technology as progenitors of all that is wrong is unlikely to move anyone other than those who already accept this ideological description. The richness of the text is no substitute for in-depth argumentation, although it might invite such argumentation. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students, professionals, and practitioners. J. Gough Red Deer College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 The Earthly Dance of Interconnectionp. 1
Moving Earth and Flowing Fleshp. 1
Dancing versus Diabolical Logicp. 7
Addicted to Self-Lacerationp. 12
Earthbody Sensep. 17
Ceremonial Awarenessp. 23
Chapter 2 Earthbody Dimensionsp. 33
We Are Timep. 33
Sensing Enters the Earthp. 44
Eroticism Trulyp. 57
Chapter 3 Discordant Contemporary Rhythmsp. 77
Introduction: Detachment as a Curse upon the Landp. 77
Ghouls: Our Love of Horror and Compulsion to Consumep. 79
Vampires: Hunger for Experience and Fear of Intimacyp. 87
Aesthetes: Obsession with Novelty and Controlp. 96
Who Has the Last Laugh?p. 111
Chapter 4 Cyberspace: Rootedness versus Being in Orbitp. 119
Introduction: A Different Kind of Materialismp. 119
Cyberspace: A Material and Embodied Place in the Worldp. 121
The Virtual Is the Heart of Realityp. 131
Cyborg Life: Protean Selves versus Fragmented Selvesp. 139
Deep-rooted Emotion versus Cyberspace Sentimentalityp. 156
Chapter 5 Planetary Meaningfulnessp. 179
Introduction: The World Is Our "Out of Body" Bodyp. 179
Animals and Humans as Part of the Same Dreamp. 181
Animals and Vitality, Morality, Spirituality, and Playp. 190
Traditional Western Ethics as a Perverse Reaction to the Planetp. 199
Chapter 6 Rejoining the Planetp. 211
An Earthbody Ethics of Achieving Presence and Co-presencep. 211
Patterns of Perversity in Flight from Painp. 221
Rhythm's Power, Changing Destructive Patterns, and Finding Placep. 227
A Dynamic Sense of the Depth of Surfacesp. 235
Responsibility, Reverberating Resonance, and Joyp. 241
Afterword: A Poemp. 251
Notesp. 255
Indexp. 263