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Introduction

No 1 Gravity and antigravity

No 2 More about muscles and gravity

No 3 Standing and lengthening against gravity

No 4 Levers and the position of mechanical advantage

No 5 The placebo effect (I)

No 5a The placebo effect (II)

No 6 Touch and pressure

No 7 More touch and pressure

No 8 Breathing

No 9 The question of balance

No 9a More on balance

No 10 Alexander's early supporters: Margaret Naumburg, Ethel Webb, Irene Tasker

No 11 John Dewey (I)

No 12 Dewey (II)

No 13 Reflex, habitual and voluntary actions

No 13a Reflexes, habitual andvoluntary actions (II)

No 14 Sir Charles Sherrington (I)

No 15 Sir Charles Sherrington (II)

No 16 Rudolph Magnus (I)

No 17 Rudolph Magnus (II)

No 18 Rudolph Magnus (III)/

No 19 George Ellet Coghill (I)

No 20 George Ellett Coghill (II)

No 20a George Ellett Coghill (III)

No 21 Nikolaas Tinbergen (I)

No 22 Nikolaas Tinbergen (II)

No 22b Nikolaas Tinbergen (III)

No 23 Frank Pierce Joned (I)

No 23a Frank Pierce Jones (II)

No 24 Aldous Huxley (I)

No 25 Aldous Huxley (II)

No 26 Raymond Dart (I)

No 27 Raymond Dart (II)

No 27a Raymond Dart (III)

No 28 Stretching before exercise

No 29 Benjamin Libet (I)

No 30 Benjamin Libet (II)

No 31 David Garlick

No 32 Wilfred Barlow

No 33 Science and the AT

No 34 Standing, balance and monkey reviewed

No 35 The head-neck junction (I)

No 36 The head-neck junction (II)

No 37 The head-neck junction (III)

No 38 Muscles and exercise

No 39 Walking revisited

No 40 Walter and Dilys Carrington (I)

No 40a Walter and Dilys Carrington (II)

No 41 The AT and science

No 42 Nikolaas Tinbergen(1907-1988)(I)

From the very early days of my involvement with the Technique I have been fascinated by its scientific and engineering underpinnings.  For me, it has required no suspension of rational judgement or belief in mysterious powers.   I have always felt the AT to be open to scientific analysis and argument.

In the beginning of 2004, Karen Wentworth, head of the Alexander Technique Studio in Wandsworth (ATS), asked me to give a series of talks which we christened Easy Engineering.  A year later I was  invited by Walter Carrington and John Brown to develop these talks for the Constructive Teaching Centre where I was employed as a teacher.  John was particularly interested in the neuroscience underlying the Technique; what exactly we AT people mean by “directing” was something we often discussed.

Over the next five years, these talks expanded and diversified.  As they were delivered, and repeated over a two-year cycle, any relevant new wisdom, facts,  or subjects were incorporated into the series. Dilys Carrington encouraged and contributed to their development during the times I sat and talked with her after the end of the school teaching day.  

Dilys could be particularly enlightening about the famous people she had met.  Having some doubts about Aldous Huxley’s reliability at one stage, I asked her what she thought of him.  “An awful show-off” was her forthright comment.

The purpose of the talks has been three-fold:

The titles of the talks are in the sidebar.  Clicking on the title takes you my notes on each talk. These notes also include references to allow people to look further into the topics.