Man and the World

Article written by Moshé Feldenkrais

Published in Somatics, Spring 1979

“Consisting of an astronomical number of cells, the human nervous system is fit to live and function in a great variety of physical worlds. As the experience of so many astronauts has shown, our nervous system can stand up to a lack of gravitation and to the practical absence of both auditory and visual stimulation. In order to maintain awareness at its normal level, it was enough for the astronauts to initiate activities in which a sufficient number of successive cues occurred at close intervals.

I believe that our nervous system would function well in a thousand different possible worlds. It would grow and adapt itself, or better still, it would learn to act and respond to any conditions in which life can exist. Because it seeks order and consistency, our nervous system can, for example, be ‘wired in’ to cope easily with any of the three thousand languages and as many dialects that exist on earth….”

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