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Thinking with your feet 


In the last few years, I’ve noticed a pattern when I see photos of myself in front of an audience. I  am invariably tilting one foot forward as I talk, as in the attached photo from Andrew  Crane. Yet I have no awareness of doing it. Is this some strange adaptation to one leg being shorter than the other? A nervous tick? It’s getting to the point where I’m desperate to catch myself doing it, just so I can understand what ‘it’ is. But it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps I am thinking with my feet:

Not with my hand alone I write:

My foot wants to participate.

Firm and free and bold, my feet

Run across the field – and sheet.

– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Prelude in Rhymes: 52

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  1. ‘Run across the … sheet’ reminded me of dogs running in their dreams. Also the stance of one foot forward is a typical one of asserting authority.

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