Saturday, 7 May 2011

Ontogeny Recapitulates Monstrosity

Watch how this video montage of our embryonic development goes through all your favorite humanoids ... fish-people at 0:08 ... lizard-people at 0:18 ... then dog- and pig-faced people around 0:21 to 0:23.

Is it too much to imagine that a strange science or wizardry could create such full-grown monsters by arresting the morphological development of the embryo at any one of these stages while continuing its growth?

Or that - building on a teleological folk-conception of evolution where human form and intelligence are the obvious goal of the whole process - an even more devious procedure would prolong the gestation of animals to the point where they take on human morphology?

The monsters, they are us.


  1. Or the cruel wizards who keep women pregnant for years as their fetuses become spindly, big-headed abominations.

  2. This reminds me of another teleological tangent I saw reading a note in Crowley's 777 this morning (thinking of using the tables of correspondences for stocking a dungeon or something). At the end of Note 26, "Capricornus" in Col. XXXVIII 'Animals, Real and Imaginary', he says: "Note that the sexual instinct should primarily be regarded as indicative of the ambition or aspiration of the animal to higher things." Creepy monster sex conspiracy!

  3. I even thought I saw bear-people right before the final human form.

    Thank you for that link; it ties into my own upcoming Mutant Future campaign quite swimmingly.