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Does this "unaccountable amount" mean "a great deal of"? So is the writing trying to say that in spite of great amount of time spent receving messages, we don't actully know much about our body? The dictionary definition for "unaccountable" is just "inexplicable", confusing.

st31)Many people lack a clear image of their bodies, and do not take very good care of themselves. You'd think people would have a fairly accurate picture of their own bodies. After all, who is more familiar with our bodies than ourselves? Each day, we spend an unaccountable amount of time receiving messages from our bodies, bathing and grooming ourselves. But we have blind spots as well, so that our body image only approximates rather than concides with reality. A major reason is that our bodies are constantly changing, and there is a time lag in bringing our body images up to date. Each of us tends to hold on to more or less outdated body images, such as the aging man who has difficulty rcognizing the wrinkles in his face, his thinning hair, or his sagging waisteline.
 
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Does this "unaccountable amount" mean "a great deal of"? So is the writing trying to say that in spite of great amount of time spent receving messages, we don't actully know much about our body? The dictionary definition for "unaccountable" is just "inexplicable", confusing.

st31)Many people lack a clear image of their bodies, and do not take very good care of themselves. You'd think people would have a fairly accurate picture of their own bodies. After all, who is more familiar with our bodies than ourselves? Each day, we spend an unaccountable amount of time receiving messages from our bodies, bathing and grooming ourselves. But we have blind spots as well, so that our body image only approximates rather than concides with reality....such as the aging man who has difficulty rcognizing the wrinkles in his face, his thinning hair, or his sagging waisteline.

It should be "uncountable".
 

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I think that sounds better too, but unaccountable is probably okay if he means that from a quantitative science viewpoint, it is not feasible to measure and categorize the various tasks falling into the category or categories mentioned.
 

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Thanks a lot! I feel that the writer meant it from a quantitative view point, or he made a mistake.
 

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S/he probably didn't think too deeply about this.
 
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