The long body is a Native American term which refers to the individual body plus the life support systems around it. It is a much bigger conception of the human body than we have in western culture, and considers the body continuous with the larger environment.-- Frank Forencich over at Liberated Body
The perception of our bodies as isolated units is dangerous because it doesn’t take into consideration that organisms live in context. We co-evolve with our habitats over many millions of years.
We think we have nervous systems to regulate our bodies- and we do- however the nervous system has other functions- for humans in particular - it's purpose is to learn habitat and our social environment too.
10 June 2015
the long body
Posted by Rachel Johnston at 12:29 pm