Archive for October, 2012

Maybe there is no one in charge — no independent, self-serving, order-issuing homunculus. Buddhists note that our skin doesn’t separate us from the environment, but joins us, just as biologists know that “we” are manipulated by, no less than manipulators of, the rest of life. Who is left after “you” are separated from your genes? Where does the rest of the world end, and each of us begin?

via Who’s in Charge Inside Your Head? –

//He also describes the fluke that induces ants to climb to the tip of grass blades to be eaten by sheep to get the fluke into its next phase of life, described by Dan Dennett in one of his TED talks.

Parasites as well as genes can alter our behavior, sometimes via altering our nervous systems.

David P. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the author, most recently, of “Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature.”