01: Wisdom of the Body
Towards a deeper appreciation of the human body
Welcome to the Bader Journal, a place to discover eye-opening perspectives on the human body from the worlds of art and science at a remarkable time in global culture.
As technology brings us the ability to snap and share the genuine beauty we find – in ourselves and others – at the tap of a screen, individuals around the world are challenging narrow ideals of perfection every day. As they do, the conventional beauty industry’s prescriptive mirror is slowly being ground into into seven billion sparkling, unique pieces
In its place, a holistic take on beauty is emerging. Much more than make-up and masking, it’s about joining the dots between emotional wellness, environmental consciousness and the choices we make in exercise and eating to help our bodies perform at their own, individual best.
In turn, this has aroused widespread curiosity in the multitude of phenomena each of us perform without even thinking: everything from respiration and cell regeneration to the complex interplay of reason and instinct that drives every action in every instant of every day.
As much as how the body looks, this new concept of beauty is about how the body works.
As one of the world’s leading biomedical scientists, Professor Augustinus Bader’s career has been devoted to studying the body’s innate processes, revealing the insight that underpins his groundbreaking innovations in stem cell medicine: the belief that the body is its own best therapist.
This worldview – in this moment – gives us our theme for the first issue of the Bader Journal: the wisdom of the body.
To open, writer Alison Smith shines a new light on the amazing living organ that does so much more than cover our bodies in Skin reconsidered; Caroline Beaton considers the correlations between our emotions and our skin revealed by modern science in The mind-skin connection; and poet-actress Greta Bellamacina contemplates renewal with an original work, Our bodies under the sky.
This is just the start as regular instalments over the coming weeks and months continue to reframe the human body, revealing the wonder inside everyone engaged in this incredible, ongoing act of simply being alive.
We hope you enjoy it.
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