Monday, October 24, 2005

We are a Human/Bacteria Hybrid

If you are a paranoid germ-a-phobe, you definitely don't want to read this. You might pass out.

I don't think most people would believe the fact that less than 10% of our entire mass is actually human cells, while over 90% of our mass is bacteria and other single-celled organisms!!!!

This is just another reason why seeing a human being as some kind of singular entity, separate from the rest of the world, is ridiculous. We are a constantly morphing collection of cells, organisms, energy, and other elements in a process of continual change existing before, during, and after the time frame we call 'life'.

The idea that each one of us is an individual, self-contained 'person' is a figment of the imagination.

(I'm not even going to get into the very real theory that all life on Earth originated from bacteria-filled meteors that originated from Mars when it had life billions of years ago.)

Here is what 90% of your body mass is: