September 4, 2010

Seven ages of the body [video]

Archaeologist John Robb of Cambridge University provides a quick overview of how humans have interpreted and represented our bodies throughout the ages. Robb covers over 10,000 years in six minutes, taking us from the “Animal Body” and “Sexualized Body” of the Mesolithic and Neolithic Ages, to the “Politicized Body” of the Classical Age, “God’s Body” of the Middle Ages, and finally “The Body as Machine,” the metaphor we have been living with since 1500. Robb concludes with the “Body Digital,” the body of the future, and “Multiple Bodies.”

H/T @blazingbetta

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