Most of us would agree that what we see in the mirror each day (each 5 min for teen girls) is entirely us. We instinctively claim dominion over what lies within our dermis and use that to some degree to relate to the world around (outside) us.
Then along comes the Human Microbiome Project and tells us that we are outnumbered more than 10 to 1 on our own bodies by bacteria! Indeed our life and health depends on them all 100 trillion. So this poses some philosophical questions I think and hope some of you will throw out some more in the comments.
Like does this new discovery change who we are or think we are.
Given that our mood is largely dictated by our health, which is to ?? extent dictated by a bunch of freeloading single cell organisms, how much of our personality is a product of "us" or "them" or some kind of symbiosis?
If these organisms that insert themselves freely where they feel comfortable are to be found in the brain or spinal pathways interacting with our cognitive systems what does that mean for our sense of being or independent thought.
Or does the fact that we have 2000 SPECIES of some of the first life forms on planet earth living, outnumbering, and keeping us alive have no implications on who we are?
We can meet at lolas again at the picnick table unless someone knows a better place. I have been cursed with a job these last few weeks and haven't had time to find better venues.