#WorldListeningDay, the silence of the organs, and the sound of health

It is World Listening Day

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18.

This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”
“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

 

The French surgeon René Leriche defined health as “life lived in the silence of the organs.” Of course, this can be disputed.

Leriche’s insight was expanded on by Georges Canguilhem, whose philosophical approach to health and illness I personally have found fruitful.

The sound of healthcare settings is a different thing. Gordon Hempton in his book One Square Inch of Silence refers to much literature on the relation between noise and health, and a literature already exists on soundscapes in hospitals.   Hospitals are noisy places

 

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