In our anatomy classes, we can sometimes be found discussing how the design of the human body makes us well suited to one thing or another. That our “design” makes a certain behavior or action “natural” and another pathological or at least weird.
We think it’s important to talk about our structure as it relates to our function so that we know what to do and what to avoid to continue functioning well!
But of course…
“…we were designed not by Pygmalion, the mythical sculptor who carved a flawless woman, but by MacGyver. Evolution constructed our bodies with the biological equivalent of duct tape and lumber scraps.” -Chip Rowe, Nautilus
We got to our structure through a series of accidents which makes parsing out how our structure can function at its best all the more fun. And fun is exactly what the team over at Nautilus had when they put together a list of our Top 10 “Design” Flaws –and ideas for how to fix them!
The fix for the knee in particular caught my eye:
“An inflexible knee…. Fix: Replace this hinge with a ball and socket, like in your shoulders and hips. We never developed this type of joint at the knee “because we didn’t need it,” Latimer says. “We didn’t know about football.”” -Chip Rowe, Nautilus
Ball and socket knees?! Dancing on that would be phenomenal. Sign me up!
While we may not be able to engineer evolution to suit our desires, some of the “fixes” proposed are actual solutions that technology can offer –like wisdom-teeth extraction and, in the future, human gestation outside of the womb.
What do you think? Are we perfect the way we are or could we use a little improving over time? Let us know in the comments below!
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