The Human Body – A Collaborative Project
Today is more of a thought experiment than anything else. I just felt it would be interesting to discuss the human body. Whenever we think of ourselves generally we see ourselves as singular beings, metaphysics aside, generally you look at a person and say “Them” or something of that nature. However in actuality your body is one huge collaborative project, a collection of somewhere between 50 and 100 trillion cells. Each working (hopefully) in symbiosis with all the other cells around it. Even our cells are made up of smaller matter that at one point or another decided (I say that jokingly) that it would hang out with the other matter that now make up the cells.
As I said in the last post when I look at people I tend to think of Jelly fish. Now I know some people might be wondering why, is it because people seem to enjoy outbursts of possibly fatal nature whenever they come into contact with other organisms (mean-world hypothesis ;D), is it because we react most noticeably to the simplest of stimuli, or is it the outside appearance of no actual brain articulating our movements and survival? While all three of these might be fun possible answers it ties in more with what a Jelly fish is. If my memory serves me correctly, be it from animal planet or one of the numerous books that have found their way into my hands over the years, jelly fish are not necessarily one animal. They have collections of other animals on them, now not to say that hamsters are chilling inside the dome of a jelly fish, but very small organisms use these miraculous organisms as a shelter or sorts. In at least one case a jelly fish uses plants to generate nourishment from photo synthesis, in effect what looks like a single organism is in actuality a colony of wonderfully coexisting organisms, albeit its a killing machine, but it’s a beautiful one.
Humans come off to me as much of the same. Our brains aren’t single chunks of matter but collaborative projects of some 100 billion neurons (I don’t think anyone’s ever actually counted, it’s an estimate) each working in kind with its surrounding neurons to create a very efficient command center. It pays to note that while each part of the human works in conjunction with the parts around it it’s not always a safe one, when blood enters the brain it causes severe damage because it causes Neurons to basically fill with an element, I want to say NA (salt) but I don’t recall exactly, until the cells burst. Likewise when a neuron bursts it has a chance of killing the neurons around it which can have dire consequences to the human. It’s one of the many reasons I don’t think humans are ‘intelligently designed’ anyone who designs a cell that receives nourishment from another cell that if they come into contact will obliterate one or both is silly and hardly intelligent. It’s why I don’t try to use electro magnetic coils to power my PC, I like everything functioning.
But when we get down to it, the human body is this amazingly convincing collection of microscopic matter. While there is remarkably little in between certain organs who do well with their fluids, and other parts of the body that would fall apart if that fluid contacted them, it does seem to function properly more often than not (wouldn’t have billions of people if it didn’t). It pays to remember that whenever we do things we aren’t just deciding wether we as a collection of thoughts and actions survive, but every single cell in our being. In a sort of odd sense every time a person dies a form of genocide has unraveled, where trillions of organisms die off in a matter of hours (or days if the weather is just right). So as with the Jellyfish, what looks like a single organism, is actually a colony of wonderfully coexisting organisms, albeit its a killing machine, but it’s a beautiful one.
Who knows, maybe the next time you see a guy on the bus talking to himself he’s really just trying to give his cells a pep talk. I’ve read that sound can stimulate the growth of a plant, if that happens to actually be true, perhaps sound makes your cells all giddy in some manner or another. But don’t ask me to bank on that hypothesis because I’d rather not go down in flames like a US Corporation :). (Oooh political burn)