Wind Beneath My Surgical Wings, Part 1


Can science give us the wings we've always envied in birds? Can plastic surgery elevate us to a higher human form? In this episode, Robert and Julie discuss Joseph Rosen's posthuman philosophy and ponder what we'd have to do to transform arms into wings. Learn all about it in this classic episode of STBYM.

Wind Beneath My Surgical Wings, Part 1

Image Caption: Daedalus and Icarus', 1645. Le Brun, Charles (1619-1690). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Can modern science give us the wings we've always envied in the birds of the air?

Can modern plastic surgery elevate us to a higher human form?

In what's probably one of our stranger episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the post-human philosophy of leading plastic surgeon Joseph Rosen and the invisible line between surgical correction and surgical transformation.

Plus, we'll discuss just what we'd have to do in order to transform the human arm into a primitive wing. What do we snip? What do we stitch?

Oh, and if you want to learn more about Rosen and his dreams, read the excellent Harper's Magazine article "Dr. Daedalus" by Lauren Slater.

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Topics in this Podcast: flight, posthumanism, wings, icarus, Anatomy, plastic surgery