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Introduction to Bodilyness

I am going to use the suggested quiz:

1.  Is there a higher, non-physical state of being?  Without question, there is.  I cannot claim to have attained it.  However, there is ample evidence, once the "hockum" is removed, testifying to "altered states of consciousness."  The work of Timothy Leary, and Stanislas Grof, among other investigators and practitioners in the west, the Buddhist, Zen Buddhist, and Hindu traditions (among others) in the east, as well as numerous and various indiginous peoples provide a significant body of evidence for higher, non-physical states of being.   For the most part, it is fair to say that the western and indiginous practitioners depend on the "psychedelics" to achieve their "higher" states.

2.  How do you feel about having evolved from the apes?  I have no objection to thinking of myself as evolutionarily derived from the apes.  I have a great deal of difficulty in considering any of the other "options" that have been mooted, as the source of humankind's origins.  I prefer to look to the empirical evidence for evolutionary processes, than to belief.  I do not oppose "intelligent design," or "creationism," as others' preferences for the explanation of the origin of humankind.  However, these concept do not move me from that which I see as the gathering of irrefutable evidence for our evolution from the apes.

3.  What control do genes have over our lives?  Genes exercise an enormous degree of control over our lives.  As time passes, and the human genome is investigated in greater detail, it would seem that this control increases beyond that which had been thought even by the most pre-mature estimates.  Certainly, our physical selves are determined by genes, most starkly by the genetic markers for the major diseases, such as cancer, Huntington's disease, Down's Syndrome, &c.  Our mental profiles are genetically determined, also.  Psychologists and cognitive scientists  continue the "nature vs. nurture" argument.  However, it is becoming increasingly clear that genetics impact even our "behaviours", which, in turn, means that nurture plays a role of decreasing importance in whom we are as humans.

4.  What is consciousness?  What happens to it when we die?  There are only cliches to answer what is consciousness.  First, it is, in this context, self-awareness relative to the world in which we live.  Second, it is the essence of life, defining our being and existences.  (I do not differentiate between Humans and other animal life forms).  It is a messy question, as we are forced to draw upon so many different disciplines for answers that are not unified.  For a philosopher, it has one meaning; for a psychologist, another; for a scientist, yet another; and for the religious, another.

For me, "What happens to it (consciousness) when we die?" is a tidier proposition to answer.  Very simplistically, it remains part of the universe, contributing to the natural forces of it, such as entropy, &c.  However, it does not disappear, but is changed, in the same manner envisioned by the Law of Conservation of Matter.

I would like to withdraw my assertion that the second part is a tidier proposition...

5.  Can a fat person be attractive?  Objectively, I would have to answer "yes."  Subjectively, I have been enormously attracted to two women whom could be described as fat.  This is a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" issue.  The "Attraction Template" model of attraction has shown that physical attraction survives age, changes in weight, &c.  It is difficult to reconcile this with the fact that many divorces are initiated based on the weight of the spouse.  This has been attributed to psychological and social issues, which prove stronger in the prosecutors of the divorces, than their attraction templates.  You may have noticed that Donald Trump has married the same woman (at least) three times.  He is said to have a very narrow attraction template.  If we have wide attraction templates (among myriad other components), it is easier for us to change the "types" of men or women to whom we are attracted.

6.  How do you feel about body hair?   Personally, I have a more than positive view of it, conceptually, and visually.  I am resentful of a society that has, for whatever reason (money!), made it "dirty," particularly in women.   Beauty, in either the male or female, is not defined by the dearth, or presence of hair.

7.  How do you feel about bodily secretions, such as sweat, snot, &c?  It is difficult for me to consider sweat, for instance, as simply a bodily secretion.  Nonetheless, as secretions, that is just what they are, and I am neutral where they are concerned.  One blows his nose, and takes a shower, if necessary.  However, the scent of sweat (perspiration) as an indicator of my attraction, or lack of attraction to a woman is vital to me.  She may look beautiful to me, but if the scent is not appealing, I will not be interested.  Need I detail my frustration with the high-smelling perfumes, deodorants, &c. which delay, often for quite some time, my verification of attraction?

8.  Should public nudity be legal? Should toplessness be acceptable for women as well as men?  I can see no reason why public nudity should not be legal, or why there should not be equal acceptance for men and women's toplessness.  However, at this point, we have made breasts sexual objects, rather than ordinary objects of beauty, making it impossible, except by the 'informed', to have breasts considered 'normal'.

9.  What's the most public place you have gone nude in front of other people?  I have gone nude on some beaches in France and (the former) Yugoslavia.  That is quite a number of years ago.

10.  Do you feel guilty about masturbating?  Absolutely not.  I have yet to be convinced that masturbation is anything like the "evil" we are told it is.  To suggest that anyone should feel guilty for masturbating is errant nonsense, and can only be the product of a distorted mind, projecting on the innocent masturbators.

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