from ticks to humans, evolution backwards

The senses of ticks (and probably many other creatures) are dulled or non-existent save the key one(s) that help them find prey to latch on to. Ticks seem to have a very plottable and specific goal that their infrared and smell seem to accomplish without need of anything more developed than needed. Advanced versions of any other senses would be inefficient to their accomplishing this goal because of the draw of increased energy which would either make them work harder to gain energy or be depleted and at greater risk of accomplishing their goal.

Pattern less?
Humans—as far as I can tell—have a variety of advanced senses that generally work in tandem when circumstances allow, and we seem to have a much more open range of possibilities of the order and methods by which we elaborate our individual (and social) existence. Our plurality of well evolved senses would indicate that we are to be highly mobile and also put in unplanned circumstances. Our inclinations to notice patterns/analogies/metaphors would also indicate that we are best suited for new environments that require a sense of past placement, but not of past place. This is important to understand. The scope and quality of our senses and feelings are being made inefficient by the very environments we are creating, or destroying. If it is not clear that we are (poised to begin) devolving, perhaps the inability to see it is the proof of the pudding! Bacteria are super important, but I don’t make it my goal to become one during my lifetime! Ticks are probably less important, I mention to not insult the bacteria with the trajectory of our downward circling species.

So, returning to patterns, briefly. Pattern recognition is a useless ability if everything is exactly the same (as in a daily life of waking and sleeping in the same general circumstances). Of course itself rhymes with itself! Certainly memory won’t waste itself on remembering itself; computers will displace that need if it becomes bitself. So, in all this self-rhyming, the song of life has been reduced to a forgettable monotone. How much longer can we stand to even bother picking up the instrument, our tongues heavy, to play it?

A song so wrong that it can’t last long!

You can probably see where I’m going, and see where we are all staying… stuck. Perhaps less easy to see, certainly for me, is why we are not going. I don’t care to untie the Gordian knot, I just care to untie myself. But perhaps they have become the same thing!

notes 4 today: 2016-10-13

title: Parenting Possessions

In addition to lacking multi-generational and inter-generational support in the nuclear family (the biggest nuclear disaster, to date), go-it-alone parents are faced with a burdensome task that is unprecedented in its scope. Parents are now divided among many possessions which require maintenance or demand orderliness, existing in generally confined spaces (homes, yards) where accumulated objects block bodily movement, and time confined circumstances where accumulating objects block alternate activities. These possessions effectively block time that could be used for connection between the parent and the child; because children need some level of parenting to keep them safe—if not keeping them loved and attended to—possessions such as toys and screen-based entertainment are used to parent the child in the parent’s relative absence. The mediums that come between children and parents—from physical possessions referred to here, to the time spent in the acquiring of money—are squeezing to a very narrow margin the direct time and space for immediate human bonding.

Even sans children, possessions dictate our internal states and external motions (or lack thereof) far more than we dictate theirs. This begs the question: are the possessions truly the parents of us? They certainly center us more and more to a specific location, a crib as some already call the modern dwelling. Migratory needs of humans are moved away in the margins of the margins, with possession dominance gaining an ever tighter grip, a la the consumerism ethos. Being that many possessions are made of long lasting persistent plastics, combined with our possible extinction woes, a cruel irony may come to exist that caps this anti-life epoch of ours: the parents may outlive their children.

title: The Original Welfare Recipients

Northward bound migratory people who turned their backs on the sun were to put themselves (perhaps in ignorance) in a situation where their own efforts would not be enough to sustain themselves, and they would henceforth be forced to draw on nature ceaselessly without any ability to repay or replenish their withdraws. Had circumstances been different, they might have adapted to these colder climates as other plants and animals had in previous times, achieving instinctive lifestyles such as hibernation and deciduousness. Instead, however, these humans quickly got in to the habit of taking out larger and larger unsustainable loans from the ecosystem in the form of resources to build technologies—clothing, shelters, and storable foods such as grains and domesticated livestock. They also opened themselves up to the cold and flu season without any compensation in other regards to health. Anyways, this depletion of natural resources, of treating nature as a welfare state rather than an intimate family member, has its beginnings (albeit minimally and barely detectable at first), in these early mismatchings of humans with their environment.
Along the way of nature’s being refashioned in to a welfare state, a reconceptualization of nature as something separate from humans developed in their minds to parallel their removing of themselves and various resources from the natural flow. The dehumanization of nature is to develop both as an idea and an external reality when nature is viewed as separate and is misunderstood as a thing rather than a process. The insults and injuries that came to be commonplace in human interactions with “nature” evolved as a means of preserving the fragile human psyche that can’t endure feelings of guilt. Culture becomes naturalized to distract and delude its consumers from the constant injustice that had become their modality of life. These snow whitened cultures even have had a tendency for allowances of character such as “self made men” when this is further from the truth than typical compared to the long stretch of homo sapiens inhabiting the Earth; they are the most dependent, straying further on a continuum than most others from the more common interdependency. Such wide strays are generally short lived and constitutive of diseases, rogue lifeforms that cast themselves outside the greater society of planetary life.
A related point to be made during this anthropogenical speculation is regarding the relation and need for the sun’s light (which is to be denied by this anti-equatorial trek. Those people (and their descendants) who made the poor choice to stray farthest from the sun, those who would become the whitest of skin, would come to first create in artificiality the blue light of the sun that they so missed.

title: Urine Therapy and Pyroluria

“Don’t piss on the fire, sip your own piss,
then both itself and you, the fire shall miss”

This is a hypothetical offering which could be very incorrect stemming from my ignorance and misunderstanding of the processes on my part. In other words, health researchers and experts would need to apply what they know to evaluate if this therapy has any legitimacy or not.

So basically, pyroluria, which causes the excrement through the urine a higher amount of a metabolite kryptopyrroles, carry away with them before their excretion zinc and vitamin B6. Because more of these kryptopyrroles exist in people said to have the condition pyroluria, they have a greater deficiency of these important nutrients. They can supplement and in fact this is the recommended route, but I am putting forth that supplementation may be effectively done through the drinking of one’s own urine. Urine therapy for general health has been highlighted by different people for similar and different reasons of replenishment. Could not the lost B6 and zinc, tied up in kryptopyrroles, be redigested and perhaps enzymatically separated and reabsorbed? There is the risk that the kryptopyrroles would also re-enter and sweep away even more B6 and zinc, which would make this therapy quite literally a back firing (pyro again). Read this as merely a hypothesis until more information or more informed people can chew on this idea, and decide if it should be spit or swallowed.

title: Chess Variants— 1) Ground’s-eye View, and 2) Aging Chess Pieces

1) Chess is played with a bird’s eye view that gives full information of static piece position, the only unknown being the future moves. An alternate I have thought of is a game style where a player can only see what is going on with the pieces immediately in front of his/her own, as would be seen from the ground of your own pieces (taller pieces would be blocked by shorter closer pieces, as a 30 story building can block a 100 story building behind it). Exploratory pieces can be sent in to the opponent’s camp to discover pieces of information depending where the intrusion is made—but never without the risk of being taken. As far as visual capabilities of pieces, it could be that all pieces have a 360 degree view, or that the piece is limited to view by the moves available. This latter version would then really only be possible to play in a digital version, or with several referee helpers and several other boards where the temporarily “hidden” (or blocked) moves are being made. The more former, more simple version where vision isn’t limited by a pieces own movement capabilities (rooks only see straight, bishops only see diagonals), just by the blocking of their opponent’s fronting pieces (their own pieces would never then block their own vision, it would rather be an extension of where they can view from), would need 3 boards. One shared board for the pawns to start, and two separate “private” boards where each player, black and white, would house their own pieces until they were revealed and transferred on to the main board. These hidden pieces could still be taken, the only dilemma is that a piece may “attack” an empty square and then be taken, though how much knowledge would be allowed to be revealed during this capture to the captured team before their pieces was murdered is a source in need of clarification, too.
Also in this variation there could be much debate over whether or not kings can be captured and thus ending the game, allowing a king to fatally move in to a check or be checked un-beknownst. As far as a king being check unbeknownst and not responding, I don’t know if this would “visually” be possible, even if by a knight. There is also the question of whether vision can expand before committing, i.e. taking one’s finger off the piece, allowing a sneak peak. My leaning is to say no, this is not allowed, as this whole variation is to add in the theme of immediate imperfect knowledge. Though the knowledge may seem imperfect, a great deal can still be deduced logically to get a sense of the game. Another variation on this variation is to only have king’s-eye view (or queen’s eye view), which would push the idea of partial information to an even greater threshold.

2) This variant isn’t as flushed out in my mind as the previous one, but perhaps each piece has a limited number of moves before it dies and is removed because of old age, or it is stuck in it’s final position (a gravestone) until it can capture and resurrect. Pawns would be exempt and perhaps kings could be as well, unless a goal was to make king’s dance around the board with persistent checking so that they may then be killed by exhaustion as it were.

Some Previous Notes 4 You

notes 4 today: 2015-09-04 – Thoughts On Patriarchy, Colony of China, Sedentarism
notes 4 today: 2015-10-19
notes 4 today: 2015-11-08
notes 4 today: 2015-11-29

Deep Skin

There is a lot of indications of what humans intrinsically are—and what potentials we hold—if we even only focus on our skin. The lack of profound hair shielding our skin tells us we are not intended bodily to be in the colder climates, and presumably the physical abilities we would need to perform well in a cold climate go well beyond a mere patch fix like clothing (or even evolving bodily hair). Simply viewing the advent of clothing, or the whiteningL of the skin, is a simple cause and effect view of the human body that would deny a holistic understanding that our skin system evolved (or didn’t evolve) to deal with certain climates and other features of an environment along with the rest of our body systems; sometimes one bodily system strives ahead (or downgrades quicker) masking a deficiency in other realms, such as our not yet evolving hibernation capacities. The white skin example I think shows our bodies making the best of a bad situation more than a true adaptation; white skin by itself does not provide all that is needed to deal with a colder climate, and in fact may be an indication of a lack more than anything to heighten the overall functioning of the human. When humans are caught or ensnared in an unfavorable environment, our technologies and our bodies might adapt over time, but never (or not yet, as it may take many millions of years) to the degree to make us as thriving as we were in the naturally best environment from which we had strayed. So we’ve gotten to a meta-stable, survivable position, one that can be maintained so long as we keep our education intact to broadly teach the non-instinctive survival skills (those that must be learned). So long, too, as we keep in balance and not in an over-reaching of the natural resources that can support these inefficient energy demanding lifestyles that are inherent to the human animal outside of its balanced scope.
So back to skin (including the skin on our back!). Our exposed skin might at first sight seem like a vulnerability, and indeed it is if you throw us in to a harmful chemically laden environment, a photonically dangerous environment, or a thermally disharmonic environment—all environments we’ve imposed on ourselves. However, I think that to think of skin as a vulnerability would be an ahistorical view that fails to grasp what would have been very advantageous millennia ago in not just a different climate, but also a very different social environment. When we were in primordial tribes (quite different than Hobbes’s “cold, brutish, and short” depiction, which was really a projection more accurately describing his own gloomy time in 17th century England) our skin was our cellular membrane, the rest of us the internals to a single cell in a multi-cellular milieu of many other persons. Lots of sex and cuddling would surely be understatements for some of the most common activities occupying these deep ancestors of ours. The body language of our modern times is presumably sophomoric and underdeveloped compared to the potentials of bodies communicating sans clothing, arbitrary taboos and restrictive cultural norms. Two (or more) bodies physically touching on a plurality of points, whether sexually or in a normal state of interaction (potentially playful), would communicate vastly more and on many different experiential levels than some ad hoc utterances used to representatively convey internal states. The immediacy of bodily contact makes mediated linguistic contact both inefficient (due to its narrow and restricted uses, and that it must be learned and doesn’t make use of the suite of hormones and multiple senses—merely the auditory sense) and unattractive—only domesticated encaged dogs bark, it is reported; voices would be saved for singing and other harmonizations that synthesized concurrently with other actions.
Absorptive skin would allow minerals, vitamins, and moisture to be gotten transdermally, and toxic metabolites and compounds would be more easily gotten rid of through the skin without the risk of re-absorption due to clothing blocking a full exfoliation, alleviating some of the workload on the other cleansing systems. The vibrations and other indications of existence and change emanating from one’s environment would not be dampened and muffled by clothing, but would more immediately be appreciated and responded to accordingly. For example think of the time difference to realize it is raining when you have several times more skin exposure ready to feel the rain, such as when laying (almost or completely) naked at the beach, or able to feel the humidity changes, versus in full dress with just hands and face exposed.
Our bodies long for this heightened contact, both with other humans as well as other natural temperature appropriate objects, and it has been the job of our culture to train our brains and build dilapidated muscle memories that deafen our ability to hear what our bodies yearn for. A full deafness would be akin to death, and we have not yet reached this low point and fully repress every true bodily need and desire. People still choose monogamy and/or a pet to reach a lower but stable “meta-stable” position where their needs are malnourished but not totally unnourished. Dogs and cats, which do not offer nearly the skin contact nor other affections that we truly need, keep many from breaking down (and possibly breaking out) from these silly relations; surely domesticated pets offer some infrared and other mammalian love energy, but it is not the potency which our bodies truly demand to thrive. Thus we are left to atrophy as humans are simply not available to most of us, due to the responsibilities imposed by inherited cultural requests for separatism, economic requests for being away from situations conductive for interaction (i.e. the work environment), and other divisive forces devised to try and convince humans they are not animals. This end, where humans are so devoid and alien to love that we don’t even have energies to seek for it, is what we are creeping towards by the generation. There have been many stark indicators, such as the peculiar platonic ways of the Puritans in the western context, and probably many more examples that any of us would usually not pay a second thought to. We are in many ways further along this path of bodily alienation (considering social media “social”) than even these fundamentalist groups, though a confusing cultural collage filled with visualizations of the tabooed actions would make us think we are quite sexualized.
The longer we winter ourselves in cold climates and even colder cultural clothing, the longer we should expect the winters to be; waiting for life is to prematurely introduce death. Thriving is taken off the table, and mere surviving is the best we can hope for.

LI didn’t make the time to research the specifics of the skin whitening to determine if has been shown to be either a more efficient skin type for lower sunlight environments, or a result due to long term lack of sun, or another adaptation that serves to do damage control for losses incurred on a hairless animal that was previously in a sun-rich environment. This is one of many shortcuts I’m afraid I will have to make in the upcoming years as “perfection becomes the enemy of good enough”.

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– Upcoming post about northward migration

– Upcoming post about tribes and tribal importance