May 09, 2011

Demonic possession

Is real. Between yeasts, toxoplasmosis, and gut flora, how many actions that we take are really, you know, ours?  The really, really spooky thing is how many of these pathogens get into people by way of things that were proscribed by religion (promiscuity, eating forbidden foods) or simple superstition (avoiding cats).  It's almost like various cultures adopted heuristics (i.e. "traditions") that protected them from these things while remaining scientifically ignorant of their true causes.  Nah, I'm sure they were just evil, unenlightened, patriarchal meanies and haters.  It couldn't possibly be the case that fitness strategies and hygiene were ascribed to the supernatural because it was the best way to ensure compliance and protect the kinship group.  Just big ol' fun-hatin' men, right?

Sarcasm aside, how long before we all regulate our lives pretty much the same as Victorian-era Christians because science proves them right?  Because I assure you, as antibiotics and fungicides lose efficacy in the face of ever-evolving micro-organisms, abstinence and faithful monogamy will eventually be the only strategies that actually work.

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