I have been thinking about this very thing from a more religious aspect- I didn't have the terminology (microchimerism), but the thought is truly thought provoking, culminating perhaps in DNA (what a marvel) not being a static record or blueprint, but rather a dynamic record of YOU, residing in every cell...
Genesis 6 is what has been driving me lately - The 'Sons of God' lying with the daughters of men... Noah being chosen because he was perfect in his generations... Pre-flood corruption of everything that drew breath (not just humans)... It is a VERY interesting passage if one can step outside of religious teaching and look at what it says.
And it is not all past... Homosexuals receive the reward for their iniquity in their bodies (are adulterers any different?). That is a real-time promise.
And future: Daniels statue speaks of a time (during the reign of the 10 toes) where 'they' will attempt to mingle their seed with the seed of men.... Who exactly is that 'they'?
I think that we are opening the lid to Pandora's box with all the chimerism we are doing now - And the Bible says it has happened before.
And I think we have no idea how serious God's commandments are - why they are - Is there a reason why we are not to eat pork? Can it have anything to do with how close the pig is to what a human is? Why the exclusion of meat from predators? Shellfish?
Maybe the answers are very close to what you offer here... Something far more visceral than any religion has understood... I dunno. Just sayin'.
Thanks for the post. very cool.
Is there a reason why we are not to eat pork? Can it have anything to do with how close the pig is to what a human is? Why the exclusion of meat from predators? Shellfish?
There’s a place in Acts where God removes the ban on certain foods. (paraphrase) “Do not call unclean that which God has made clean.”
I’ve had thoughts along the same lines. I truly suspect that there is a lot more in those passages of Genesis and many ancient texts & legends than has typically been credited. There is some really interesting research involving epigenetics which suggests that indeed a person not only accumulates epigenetic changes but also passes them on based on environmental stimuli,etc.
Biological memories of past environments Epigenetic pathways to health disparities
THE EPIGENOME LEARNS FROM ITS EXPERIENCES
I think that there may have been in the past more advanced biotech rivaling even what we have today. The problem is such technology being so fragile by nature would almost certainly be unrecognizable. History is filled with depictions of chimera creatures and the technology to create them isn’t even extremely complicated as would be expected.
If what you are suggesting is even partially correct then the prospect of eating raw meat could have unforeseen results and the whole idea of absorbing the strength and qualities of your kill takes on a whole new meaning though I expect the immune system and digestive system would take care of most of that though.
It just goes to show how truly limited our understanding of the complexities of the biological world is. The one thing that is increasingly clear though is that our activities and choices not only effect our immediate lives but also the gene expression of our offspring. Many seem to be in denial of this or at least what it means in real terms however we see the same thing with psychology and the study of the brain which also dynamically changes not just to store memories but based on our common repeated behaviors and stimuli.