It’s not a bug — it’s a feature!
One test for human intelligence is whether you read Blaska at the Policy Werkes. You do, so you pass the test.
But I did not know until this very day that it was Barzini all along … I mean it was viruses all along. We have the capacity to learn because of a virus!
That’s the get-out-the-yellow-hiliter takeaway from this morning’s (03-28-2020) Wall Street Journal. Let’s start with the basics.
The virus most commonly enters the nose through minuscule droplets from someone’s mucus or saliva. … It can also enter through the eyes or mouth.
Once the virus’s particles enter the body, they begin to attach to a particular receptor on the surface of the body’s cells, usually starting with cells in the mucous membranes in the nose and throat. The coronavirus is distinguished by spiky proteins on its surface; these spikes latch onto cell membranes. The virus then enters the cells and disassembles so its RNA—molecules that carry instructions from DNA to the body’s cells—can start to reproduce.
Wherever it lands, the virus hijacks cells and starts replicating, ultimately producing millions of viral particles that flood the body. Like other viruses it takes over the cellular machinery of the cell and makes more copies of itself and spreads. When your immune system recognizes there’s a new virus in your body it starts using signaling molecules called cytokines to start calling in reinforcements to the site of infection.
Invasion of the genomes
Scientists discovered a gene called ARC (Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein) that is activated every time you learn something; flaws in this gene have since been implicated in amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease. All land-living animals have the Arc gene, due to a virus (a relative of HIV, by the way) that invaded the genome of our common ancestor, about 375 million years ago. Once the virus entered a host, it brought with it the ability to make a protein that enhanced neuroplasticity and memories.
Now comes the part that needs to be highlighted in yellow and boldfaced:
Our ability to read, write, and remember the moments of our lives, is due to an ancient viral infection that happened when fish took their first steps on land.
Viral infection, and later domestication of the virus, is now understood to be a source of these “independent inventions,” such as the weird coincidence that written language appeared more or less simultaneously all around the globe.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: I got a viral infection and the only prescription is more cowbell. What’s the virus responsible for A.O.C.?