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> People react to smoking in different ways. Some are more likely to get
> cancer from smoking while others don't. My parents for instance are
> both very intense smokers but have no cancer while a lot of people get
> cancer from smoking less than they do. I don't want to make a point
> about whether smoking is good or bad i just want to say that people's
> bodies handle it differently. Some are more likely to get cancer from
> smoking and die from it while others don't.
<< The latest scientific thoughts about this goes as follows,
it seems that each individual must be treated ' individualistic '.
That means that science is thinking now that some parts of the brain/
body are fixed, those parts ( genes) make up the building blocks of
our body ( species bound).
The other parts are free to float around, to express themselves in a
less or more free way ( of course, I suppose, bound to some degree
of genetic/ memetic info).
Those parts, according to Damasio, stand for representaties of the
organism into his own brain and that is due by the whole of brain-
mechanisms which constantly re- present the condition of the living
body in all its aspects.
That, in a sense, means, according to what you write above, that the
body/ brain of your parents, somehow, " allows " them to smoke
without jeapardizing the health of the body itself.
Somehow, in a way, how the brain of your parents re- present the
state of their body into their own mind makes the body/ brain cope
with the hazzards of smoking. That means of course not, that they
will not get ill or,... finally not will die of longcancer.
In a way, your parents biological regulation, still according to Damasio,
allows them somehow to react along some ' mental care ' for the brain
its own survival.
It could be, along lines of inheritance, that genes mutated/ were getting
modified in order not to develop cancer.
How this then would fit into the fitnes scheme is open to debate.
I know, that some investigations were done in the area of the plague and
aids. There too, science found, specific genes blocking the development
of the pest and aids. I have to check my archives for more detail, if you
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