The Mind: A Miracle of Prediction

Black and white photo: female figure kneeling, a kind of fog or mist in front of her and hair in motion, wearing a swimsuit or a kind of leotard. (This is a much cooler photo than I’m making it sound. The figure is clearly in motion but I think that’s indicated by the appearance of the hair, and the mist or fog that looks displaced like something just moved through it.)
Photo: Miguel Salgado / Unsplash

When I think of how the mind-body connection works, I reach back to half-remembered high school biology: You want to go somewhere, or stand up, or drink some water. Neurons fire in the brain and send signals down through muscles telling them what to do. Then you do it. My lasting impression is of an utterly mechanical and static…

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Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik is the author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time; walking, tech, community, and embodiment.