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Biological Programming

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2016-09-02 15:44:22

Biological Programming

We humans are far more beholden to our internal directives than we care to acknowledge. Studies have indicated that our judgment becomes severely impaired when sexually aroused. Members of our species will continue to make horrible (in)decisions in this regard.

Any number of other dopamine triggers waylay us as well. For example, winning at gambling, video games, or sports (playing or rooting) does not increase our chances of survival, but untold generations of vestigial genetic programming activate our pleasure circuits toward that end. This often leads to detrimental (obsessive or addictive) behavior; our genetic code is hardwired to reinforce these pursuits, because it cannot distinguish between actual survival conflicts and emulated ones.

At least we can (potentially) overcome these issues with the power of our rational minds. What frustrates me to no end, is how hard our bodies betray us with outdated evolutionary processes. We crave fat, salt, and sugar even though we now possess them in overabundance. I want to inform my belly fat that, "Yes, there will be food tomorrow so there's no need to hoard it for those lean months between hunts and harvests." And yet, my physiology continues to beg me to shovel those unnecessary substances into my face, and stashes them in desperate paranoia that each replenishment might be the last.

I hate that our bodies lapse into atrophy without the continual abuse of exercise. Our brain should be able to instruct our cardiovascular system and muscle groups, "Hey, don't worry. You don't have to go into a weaker, more efficient state, because I'll keep feeding you calories." It's ridiculous that we have to punish our bodies into peak performance; our brains should simply be able to instruct our body to get buffer and more energetic. But no, we are beholden to our bodies' programming to prioritize conservation of energy over performance.

And then there's aging. Natural selection doesn't function without turnover. We should be able to turn off whatever mechanisms we possess that dictate we fall into decrepitude and die.

Alas, we are riddled through and through with unfavorable genetic programming, and any attempt to thwart them is both courageous and minimal. I had more to say on the subject, but I'd rather go eat some salted caramel pudding while masturbating to the imaginary cheerleaders of my fantasy football team.

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