Is Your Body a Machine or a Metaphor?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Do you think your body is literal? Is it a machine with a bunch of parts that needs to be maintained and repaired OR is it an expression of something else?

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Ha! I meant H-D - my typing is horrendous.



on July 06, 2011
at 03:52 PM

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:02 PM

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Why such a rigid mindset? I don't think that there's any cognitive dissonance in holding both viewpoints, especially considering all the different contexts in which we use and think of our bodies.

For example; on one level a kiss is just an exchange of microbes and saliva between two people, but on another level it's something completely different.

Anyway, I'll miss you if you really are leaving Paleo Hacks for good; you've been one of the funnest posters here for a while now. I don't suppose we could convince you to stick around a bit longer? Care to share your reasons?



on July 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Given the amount of times it's broken down, how it has needed repair and requires good fuel, I'd say machine. Metaphorically speaking, of course ;-)



on July 06, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Both Machine and Metaphor.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Many of us use war metaphors, sports metaphors and yes - mechanical metaphors to describe and understand our bodies. I don't wish to see my body as a battlefield, a baseball game or a Jiffy Lube. I like to think of my body as an expression of life - gotta keep that energy flowin'.



on July 06, 2011
at 02:50 PM

For me it is neither, it is more like a relational database program (genetics) and data structure (environment) that holds the data (my life) and gives it form and functionality.

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