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The microbiome is an economy. Religion is a series of linguistic
innovations among the good microbiome community for securing
future of this collection of bacteria viruses and fungi, with the
unintended consequence of creating more space for the shadow side
of the microbiome economy.
rehab. Bring all the people who feel really bad --
criminals, homeless, disabilities, depression, into one place and then
do scientific research on their microbiome and the way it changes in
response to stimuli, with the goal of isolating the really bad
microbiome and rehabilitating them.
||The way you define "the really bad people" is telltale.
||I think he defined "people who feel really bad",
which is a different thing. When in doubt, read
the idea. I know I plan to.
||As to the idea, it is only half loopy. Most of the
cells in your body are bacteria. Most of the
chemicals components of your body (by numbers,
not by mass) are made by bacteria. You are a
||And people are looking into microbiomes in
relation to health. What's not yet clear is whether
clear differences in microbiomes are a cause or
effect of differences in health. But these
ecosystems can be quite stable (just as, say, a
rainforest is stable) unless they are massively
disrupted, whereupon a different stable
microbiome can arise (just as, say, scrubland can
be stable once a rainforest is cleared).
||It's super real, but weirdly I doubt that it will be examined
to help fix the greedy or the sort who desires to apply
bleach to every surface of their home. I highly doubt that
we are going to try to repair the biomes of the hopelessly
boring or those with chronic social obedience.
||No, but it is hereditable. A propensity to religiosity
has been pinned down (at least in part) to a gene on
chromosome 9. The allele for religiosity is co-
dominant, meaning that homozygotes are (on
average) more religious than heterozygotes who, in
turn, are more religious than those who have no
copies of the relevant allele. The finding was
unexpected, because the gene was formerly known
only to be involved in the maturation of the kidney.