Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity


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From the mythic Garden of Eden to modern humanity's Pioneer Plaques, there's no denying the cultural weight of human nudity.

The natural human form elicits everything from admiration and passion to disgust and outrage, yet the forms you see at the top of this page are simply who and what we are. The naked ape ascended, draped itself in clothing, complicated its every biological impulse with culture, and in doing so changed nudity forever.

And so, quite ludicrously, the naked human form now resonates with power. Let's explore 10 ways that nudity affects us in our daily lives.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.