Johan Grimonprez

Raymond Tallis | On Tickling, 2017 (film, 8:00 min.)

This short film by Johan Grimonprez offers an entrance to COME ALIVE. Using the concept of tickling as an example, British neurologist and philosopher Raymond Tallis explains that our individual consciousness only exists by the grace of relationships with others. Tickling is an extraordinary phenomenon because it is physically impossible for a human being to tickle themself. It is the interaction with others and the shared experience of the world, anticipation, and interpretation, that brings us to life. According to Tallis, therefore, we would do well to replace Descartes’ old adage by ‘We dialogue, therefore we are’.  

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