31 August 2006

Still Ill

Does the body rule the mind
Or does the mind rule the body?
I don't know


Ben said...

They both compete. Some times the body rules (when someone wees themselves) and some times the mind (keeping in your wee until you find a toilet)!

Interestingly, a lot of modern neuroscience has shown how they are inter-dependent. For instance, you can get people to control their heart to some extent, if they are able to see their heart on a monitor and get a lot of training. This would be some thing one would think only the body would rule…. (and of course there are a lot of amazing stories of mind over body). Conversely, you are more likely to “fall in love” when your endorphin state is high (about 1 hour or so after jogging for instance…) A case of body over mind?

Is light a wave or a particle? It’s both or neither or one or the other – depends how you look at it.

Get better soon.

sbs said...

Cheers Ben. Very interesting. I had Hodgkins Disease when I was a student, cancer of the lymph system. But before I knew I had it, just before the symptoms appeared, on two separate nights I had extraordinarily vivid dreams in which I faced a violent death. I'd not had such dreams before, and haven't had them since. (But then of course we only remember a fraction of these nightly dramas.)

Anonymous said...

Nice haiku, but a radical form going for the 7-8-3, rather than the modish 5-7-3, or the traditionally accepted 5-7-5.

sbs said...

It is nice, isn't it, but I can in no wise take credit - the lines are from Steven Morrissey's lyrics for Still Ill, by The Smiths. The song also boasts the quintessential:

'O there are brighter sides to life
And I should know, because I've seen them
But not often'

And the immortal:
'England is mine
And it owes me a living'.

Thank you for the link, by the way.