Over on NOInotes, I have outlined an unexpected visit to Europe’s biggest nudist colony at Cap d’Agde in France. Quite a confronting experience for a rather pink and porky non nudist just out of the Australian winter to be amid 20,000 brown all over nudists involved in all sorts of activities.
As a clinical scientist lying on the beach, I made a few observations and had a few ideas. One is that I felt that the potency and protectiveness of the extra-cortical space ( the space around the body coded into notions of self) is diminished. It kind of melts into humanity around you as perhaps mirror neurones react to everyone else’s body. It makes me think that clothing, fashion and the body individualising by augmentation, tattooing etc may enhance the potency of the extra-cortical space and potentially the pain experience.
Would graded nudity may be therapeutic for some, if they were to realise that the rest of the world does not really notice the body part or area that is being defended so well?