Miller explains a series of experiments which established a map of how the brain sees the body, it looks like a cartoon character.
note: first 48 seconds show footage of surgery
John Kricfalusi often uses the term "emotional weight", and I am very pleased to see this term has scientific credibility. the parts we tend to exaggerate indeed have more "sensitivity points" as mapped by the brain. it makes perfect sense for why it is natural for cartoonists to exaggerate.
IMO Jonathan Miller is one of the most fascinating and admirable people alive, listening to him is always pleasurable and educational.
Sir Dr. is a real Renaissance man, gifted and skilled at so many different areas, to which he always puts his inimitable personal stamp. It is not by coincidence that he has the most important skill of all-- the ability to see to the core.
His superb analytical skills and critical thinking enables him to apply his varied skill and talent to any topic.
Some of my personal favorite Miller discussions:
Humor/Why we laugh:
Stammering (at 7:17)
"Major" film producers (at 6:00) :
On the fallacy of post-sixties education systems- "everyone being equal is an emphasis on equal talent" ( at 1:25) (This can also be explained in Steven Pinker's book "The Blank Slate- A modern denial of human nature")
On science as a candle in the dark: how medicine removed his fear of death:
Link to the complete series of chats with Dick Cavett
And an interview by Kristy Wark