On Biological Individuality

The concept of the human as an individual comes with a caveat when thought of biologically as the assemblage of a massive variety of organisms. These organisms include multiple species of bacteria which live and thrive in our bodies. Animals too have these organisms and are not selected, but created by them. The idea of self selection, or even natural selection for that matter depends on the individuality of a species, genetically, and also the identificatory make up of that being’s body. I posit the question, if we are not individual species, but a group of beings, what types of questions does this lead us to about our past, our future, and our present? More specifically, as a cluster or group of beings, what will be my fate, and what sort of morals or ethics do I suppose to ascribe to as the host to these organisms. Can I even describe myself as a singular, I.

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