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74 Chapelle Notre-Dame

74 Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut, interior view each point on the skin and the motor muscles which guide the hand, it is difficult to see why the same nerve circuit communicating a scarcely different movement to the same muscles should not guarantee the gesture of Zeigen as it does the movement of Greifen.” 146 A world that no longer provides tactile experiences can literally no longer be grasped. Metaphor comes into the picture. “Pathological phenomena introduce variations before our eyes in something which is not the pure awareness of an object. Any diagnosis, like that of intellectual psychology, which sees here a collapse of consciousness and the freeing of automatism, or again that of an empiricist psychology of contents, would leave the fundamental disturbance untouched.” 147 Motor functions and thinking are opposed. “It is then in some sense mental space and practical space which are destroyed or impaired, and the words themselves are a sufficient indication of the visual origin of the disturbance. Visual trouble is not the cause of the other disturbances, particularly that directly affecting thought. But neither is it a mere consequence of them.” 148

MOBILITY 75 Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut, Ronchamp Importantly for neuroarchitectural practice, the aforementioned findings lead into the idea of daily paths and actions that are mainly carried out in the dwelling. The relationship between the spatiality of architecture and of the human body is experienced as a tangible object by a healthy person but becomes less solid for the sick person and therefore no longer provides the necessary support for safe navigation. As Merleau-Ponty put it, “My flat is, for me, not a set of closely associated images. It remains a familiar domain about me only as long as I still have in my hands or in my legs the main distances and directions, and as long as from my body intentional threads run out towards it.” 149 However, firm movement requires practice and confirmation through success in order to remain stable. We are talking about a panorama of memories, whose conditioning is changing. “Sometimes it weakens, as in moments of weariness, and then my world of thoughts is impoverished and reduced to one or two obsessive ideas; sometimes, on the other hand, I am at the disposal of all my thoughts and every word spoken in front of me then