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Old August 20 2009, 05:05 PM   #31
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

^^ He asked why we ate plants and animals. I answered!

As for other, alien, types of biology, sure, I'm sure it's out there. Probably things we can't even imagine.

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Old August 20 2009, 06:45 PM   #32
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

He seems to be looking for the existential why, not the scientific why. So, I'll say because the universe is a nasty and cruel place where eating each other makes perfect sense.
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Old August 20 2009, 07:03 PM   #33
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

To add some more completely random facts to the thread. All living things are made up of four types of molecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. I guess the easiest way to replenish them is to ingest other substances made out of the same thing. The human brain needs energy to run properly. The only things it can use for enrgy are glucose and alcohol which are carbohydrates or fats which are lipids.
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Old August 20 2009, 07:49 PM   #34
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He seems to be looking for the existential why, not the scientific why. So, I'll say because the universe is a nasty and cruel place where eating each other makes perfect sense.
Perhaps that's what he's asking. But, there is no other, deeper reason for it other than it works out the best given the physical laws of the universe!

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Old August 20 2009, 07:52 PM   #35
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

I thought the question was really: why did organisms evolve to a point that they needed other organisms to live? Why didn't we continue to evolve needing nothing other than sunlight?
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Old August 20 2009, 08:50 PM   #36
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

^ Yeah, it's the scientific why, which has been answered quite well.
Although, now you do bring up an excellent question, Zion.


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Old August 20 2009, 10:27 PM   #37
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Re: Why do we eat what we eat?

J. Allen wrote: View Post
^ Yeah, it's the scientific why, which has been answered quite well.
Although, now you do bring up an excellent question, Zion.
"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with their surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to another area, and you multiply, and you multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus."

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