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Astonish Yourself: 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life


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Say your name aloud to yourself in a quiet room. Imagine peeling an apple in your mind. Take the subway without trying to get anywhere. The simple meditations in this book have the potential to shake us awake from our preconceived certainties: our own identity, the stability of the outside world, the meanings of words. At once entertaining and startling, irreverent and wise, this book will provoke moments of awareness for readers in any situation and in all walks of life. Enter the space of your favorite painting. Watch someone sleeping. The world won't look the same again.


This playful and profound French bestseller about finding the miraculous in the mundane offers 101 experiments in the philosophy of everyday life.

About the Author

Roger Pol-Droit was born in Paris in 1949 and is a philosopher, a researcher at the Centre de la Recherche Scientifique, and a columnist for the French daily newspaper Le Monde.

Table of Contents

Astonish Yourself! Introduction: Everyday adventures

1. Call yourself

2. Empty a word of its meaning

3. Look in vain for "I"

4. Make the world last twenty minutes

5. See the stars below you

6. See a landscape as a stretched canvas

7. Lose something and not know what

8. Recall where you were this morning

9. Hurt yourself briefly

10. Feel eternal

11. Telephone at random

12. Rediscover your room after a journey

13. Drink while urinating

14. Make a wall between your hands

15. Walk in the dark

16. Dream of all the places in the world

17. Peel an apple in your head

18. Visualize a pile of human organs

19. Imagine yourself high up

20. Imagine your imminent death

21. Try to measure existence

22. Count to a thousand

23. Dread the arrival of the bus

24. Run in a graveyard

25. Play the fool

26. Watch a woman at her window

27. Invent lives for yourself

28. Look at people from a moving car

29. Follow the movement of ants

30. Eat a nameless substance

31. Watch dust in the sun

32. Resist tiredness

33. Overeat

34. Play the animal

35. Contemplate a dead bird

36. Come across a childhood toy

37. Wait while doing nothing

38. Try not to think

39. Go to the hairdresser

40. Shower with your eyes closed

41. Sleep on your front in the sun

42. Go to the circus

43. Try on clothes

44. Calligraphize

45. Light a fire in the hearth

46. Be aware of yourself speaking

47. Weep at the cinema

48. Meet up with friends after several years

49. Browse at the bookseller's

50. Become music

51. Pull out a hair

52. Walk in an imaginary forest

53. Demonstrate on your own

54. Stay in the hammock

55. Invent headlines

56. Listen to short-wave radio

57. Turn off the sound on the TV

58. Redisover a childhood scene that seemed larger

59. Get used to eating something you don't like

60. Fast for a while

61. Rant for ten minutes

62. Drive through a forest

63. Give without thinking about it

64. Look for a blue food

65. Become a saint or sinner

66. Recover lost memories

67. Watch someone sleeping

68. Work on a holiday

69. Consider humanity to be an error

70. Inhabit the planet of small gestures

71. Disconnect the phone

72. Smile at a stranger

73. Enter the space of a painting

74. Leave the cinema in daytime

75. Plunge into cold water

76. Seek out immutable landscapes

77. Listen to a recording of your voice

78. Tell a stranger she is beautiful

79. Believe in the existence of a smell

80. Wake up without knowing where

81. Descend an interminable staircase

82. Swallow your emotion

83. Fix the ephemeral

84. Decorate a room

85. Laugh at an idea

86. Vanish at a pavement cafe

87. Row on a lake in your room

88. Prowl at night

89. Become attached to an object

90. Sing the praises of Santa Claus

91. Play with a child

92. Encounter pure chance

93. Recite the telephone directory on your knees

94. Think about what other people are doing

95. Practice make-believe everywhere

96. Kill people in your head

97. Take the subway without going anywhere

98. Remove your watch

99. Put up with a chatterbox

100. Clean up after the party

101. Find the infinitesimal caress

Product Details

Droit, Roger Pol
Penguin Books
Droit, Roger-Pol
New York
SELF-HELP / Meditations
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.14x6.36x.62 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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