"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

There is a strategy to artificial tickling that closely resembles the strategy of offensive warfare. One must not aim solely at a well-defined area of the body, however ticklish it may be. A precise aim would make it too easy for the tickled individual to locate the threat and to protect himself. In order to tickle efficiently, one must move rapidly from one area to the next, shifting targets constantly so that protection becomes impossible. In military warfare, similarly, success will go to the side with enough mobility to multiply its strikes and make them so rapid and so distant from each other that they cannot be countered...Tickling is mock total warfare on the other's body.

[French military theorists: Rene Girard, Perilous Balance]

Posted by stronzo on 07.22.2009


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