Alexander Technique questions (Re: PCT, parkinson & Aexander Technique)

I try very hard not to bamboozle people.
Alexander seem to enjoy doing so. What is the
technical meaning of "sensory appreciation"?

Hi Bill,

I've been studying and thinking about PCT for years. That's not to say
I'm in any way a scholar or expert, but it has added another tool to my
arsenal. Korzybski might have called it another mapping tool for coming
to grips with the (apparently) impossibly complex terrain of human (or my
own) behavior.

The Alexander Technique is equally complex. His books are difficult to
read, yes, but I sincerely believe he was up to something else besides
bamboozling people.

He has first of all the autodidact's predilection for dense and obtusely
phrased prose, which is nearly always the result of a lack of experience
as a writer. In his case he was also trying to express something that he
believed to be inexpressible given our habitual use of language. For
instance throughout his work he refers to the human body as a "psycho-
physical mechanism" or "psycho-physical organism." This is because he was
insistent that if he were to use the words "mind" and "body" instead
of "psycho" and "physical" hyphenated, he would be perpetuating one of the
traps that he was trying to free himself from; that is, the notion that
the mind is somehow different from the body. He was convinced, somewhat
before his time, that what we call the mind is really a sort of field
generated by the body, wholly dependent on the body, and not at all
something that would require metaphysics to understand.

This is only a tiny part of the problems he presents. However, having
read his work, and having spent the better part of the past four years
doing 15 hours per week of "hands-on" work, I think I have finally begun
to understand more completely what he was up to. I can tell you that you
cannot completely understand Alexander without having some notion of human
behavior mapped as a control system. That's why I was so happy to see the
Alexander Technique being mentioned in this list.

If anyone is interested in pursuing the topic I'd be glad to try to answer
any questions about it. I promise I'm not an evangelist (don't think I am
anyway....) but I would love to be privileged enough to field the type of
smart question I'd probably get from this list.

Take care.

--Kevin Cole
Cincinnati, Ohio USA