From: Catherine Waldby
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 15:54:50 +1100
In response to Aguilera-Hellweg’s I don't bite and to Suzanne's Science-phobic/Image-phobic/Content-phobic Somas 2 posting regarding body anomalies.I think part of the reason these kinds of images are so difficult to witness is that they attest to the highly contingent nature of what we consider the human form - part of what is so fascinating about embryology and embryo images is the quite inhuman appearance the embryo has for such a long period of its gestation, and the fact that is looks at its earliest stages like so many other animals - so it recapitulates the finely balanced, potentially quite different evolutionary process that produced human morphology. When embryogenesis goes 'wrong', deviating from the norm, it is a too graphic reminder of the fact that we are all just one step away from monstrosity.
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