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Ecology of the Body: Styles of Behavior in Human Life Hardcover – August 14, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0822307105 ISBN-10: 0822307103 Edition: First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated)

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  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated) edition (August 14, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822307103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822307105
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,056,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gem of a book! Brilliant, provocative (see sample below), profound. A tad too ecto-ish in terms of narrative but warms up substantially as it endo-es its own Mobiusque way into itself. But that's inevitable. As the author himself notes, "In my own behavior as author or in the behavior of other writers, theorists, claimants, or defendants, the behavior that is shown will be some mix of the styles." This book - at the time of its writing - was an attempt to kick-start a body of literature about a living, thinking, conscious body(mind) that we are. It appears to still mostly stand alone. A challenging but a worthy read!

Here's a sample of words to in-corporate via your living body: "When we know our own bodies as objects, we are behaving in the ecto style. The other way of knowing our bodies, as process, is in some combination of the meso and endo styles - and this may help to explain why we have no vocabulary for talking about knowing the body as process, why we find it so difficult to present a systematic and reasonable argument in its support."

Lyons succeeds in this attempt to ectify (to coin a verb) the ineffably endo-ish. And how!
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