Voluptuous Panic

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"Voluptuous panic," suggested the French philosopher Roger Caillois, was the goal of many sports, such as skiing, horseback riding, mountain climbing, dancing, and even riding merry-go-rounds or whirling in circles. These activities, he wrote, are attempts “to momentarily destroy the stability of perception and inflict a kind of voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind.” He called this state ilinx, after the Greek term for vertigo.