Body Studies

A New Anatomy and Physiology for Living in the Anthropocene


No rack can torture me,

My soul’s at liberty.

Behind this mortal bone

There knits a bolder one


You cannot prick with saw,

Nor rend with scymitar.

Two bodies therefore be;

Bind one, and one will flee.


The eagle of his nest

No easier divest

And gain the sky

Than mayest thou,


Except thyself may be

Thine enemy;

Captivity is consciousness,

So’s liberty.

                      ––EMILY DICKINSON


How we think about, study, and perceive the body is largely base on Enlightenment thinking. That may have been a good story then, a good fit for those times. It no longer serves us well, straining at the seams.


Here we spend only 32 hours to start to shift from reductionism and individualism


Some Topics:

Ubiety, the extended organism, the role of the body schema

History of the Body




The body is the way it is because that's how we are used to talking and writing about it. We do not have any good way to talk about the Body in its entirety. The best I can do is uppercase the word to dsitinguish the entirety from the fleshy moiety.

The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


Flaneur (Out for a Stroll)


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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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