Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The return: optimizing gene expression
I believe we need to optimize the gene expression we inherited from our ancient human ancestors, not only in what we eat (eg. paleo diet) and how we exercise, but in which cultures and political systems we create. This is what truly bolsters our physical and mental health. We have gotten far away from the real human nature we inherited from our ancestors and we need to go back to a healthy expression of who we are.
Our cells monitor themselves and their environment. According to the experts in this field our cells take internal and external signals, analyze them, and then decide if a gene product is needed. Gene expression is the regulation of the process of a heritable trait in an individual carrying the gene or genes that determine it.
In every human culture ever studied human nature included, among other things, kin-selection preferences, incest taboos, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, group-selection and even ethnocentrism. If a culture proposes to not include these things the culture does not last long and it will always return to these things. These biological traits also happen to be at the core of conservatism, whereas many of these things are missing in, say, communism, modern liberalism, and post-modernism.
This strongly suggests that real human nature leads naturally to the cultural expression of regionalism, localism, and an ethnopluralism of ethnostates, protected by some sort of federalism. Given who we are this appears to be the best way we can optimize the gene expression we inherited from our human ancestors.
And then to ground this worldview as deeply as possible we need a religious philosophy to express the material evolution of life to supermaterial Godhood, as seen in the philosophy of theological materialism, with the cultural forms and bonding which can enhance ongoing evolution for all of us.