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panlives
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<<Right now, in your mouth, in your gut, on your skin, you are carrying about 10 times more bacteria cells than human cells. If you swallow antibiotics and kill a lot of them, a few weeks later, the same bacteria come bounding back. They're staying.
"We are, in essence, only 10 percent human," Dr. Roy Sleator, lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, told The Daily Telegraph. "The rest is pure microbe.">>


http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/0......r-future

...and if that isn't enough, add this to the equation:

<<Do you have ideas, or do ideas have you? What exactly are ideas? Are they divine sparks of inspiration, the accidental by-products of our weird ape brains, neuronal fireworks displays that find meaning in our lives – or are they more than all these things?

One idea that I've spent the past three years of my life investigating is that ideas are, to a very real extent, 'alive' in their own right – surviving, reproducing, evolving, going extinct, just like living things.

It sounds a harmless proposition, but the implications are quite startling. If ideas are just like living things, then they are subject to Darwinian rules – inherently selfish entities, doing anything and everything they must to survive and propagate. And in this scenario, what are we? Little more than their hosts, their habitats? Vehicles to carry them from one parasitic generation to the next, coerced accomplices to their wild ambitions? If this idea has any substance at all, it will upset a lot of people.>>


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/......077.html


How do you feel about all of this?
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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Kinda reminds me of the recent TV ads for Grimm... Smile
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Your first mistake is to assume that you are the self.
You are not the self, therefore you are not carrying anything at all.
We are but conduits of perception.
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On 2012-07-30 14:46, Devious wrote:
Your first mistake is to assume that you are the self.
You are not the self, therefore you are not carrying anything at all.
We are but conduits of perception.


You're weird... Smile
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The whole is greater than the some of its parts. Our relationship with bacteria is symbiotic.
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On 2012-07-30 14:46, Devious wrote:
Your first mistake is to assume that you are the self.
You are not the self, therefore you are not carrying anything at all.
We are but conduits of perception.


“Self-identity is ultimately a symptom of parasitic invasion, the expression within me of forces originating from outside. Language is to the brain as the tapeworm is to the intestines. Even more so: it may just be possible to find a digestive space free from parasitic infection, but we will never find an uncontaminated mental space. Strands of alien DNA unfurl themselves in our brains, just as tapeworms unfurl themselves in our guts. Not just language, but the whole quality of human consciousness, as expressed in male and female is basically a virus mechanism.”

-William S. Burroughs
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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On 2012-07-30 08:43, panlives wrote:...We are, in essence, only 10 percent human...


Disagreee - think colony creature. Like judging a nerd by his pen protector.
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On 2012-07-30 15:28, mastermindreader wrote:
The whole is greater than the some of its parts. Our relationship with bacteria is symbiotic.


I can't believe I wrote that. It's supposed to be "The whole is greater than the SUM of its parts."

All those years of illicit substances must finally be taking their toll. (But I'm still waiting for the LSD flashbacks they promised us. Smile )
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It's cool, and the "some" is also valid. Smile
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