This week, chapters 9 and 10. Next week, read the rest of Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich. The following week we’ll talk about the book as a whole, and in three weeks we’ll kick off The Weather Machine, so try to get your hands on a copy.
Chapter 9 gets into the concept of “agency,” which is a little step down from full-on consciousness and free will, and something that lots of cells and to an extent even electrons have. This was pretty heady stuff, what did you think of the chapter?
Chapter 10 is all about aging, and the diseases of aging, particularly inflammation and how macrophages “betray” the organisms they inhabit later in life. Ehrenreich compares the immune system to a symbiant, a shadow organism within an organism whose priorities often but not always coincide with the host. What’s your read on this?
We have a Gwenyth Paltrow shoutout, I repeat, we have a Goop shoutout.
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