Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 24

He realised that to have control over his movements his eyes would have to tell his brain what his limbs were doing. Seeing his hands he could control them, but if his gaze wandered then his hands had a mind of their own, knocking glasses off tables or clumsily knocking into things. With his resolute and serious willpower he began learning to walk again, looking at his feet all the time to see their exact location. Most of us might have been overjoyed at this and start to build a new life around our newly reacquired skills of movement. But not Waterman. 23 He wanted to look and present himself as naturally as possible to others. To do this, he would have to master gesture. When we talk with friends our body language and our gestures are an integral part of the conversation even though we may not realise it. Waterman wanted this back. It took years of practice for him to capture gestures again, although for the rest of his life they would be more staged than natural. Waterman’s ability to take control of his gestures once more had piqued the interest of numerous scientists