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Yes, purpose as if a parasite had a brain. Does my question look out from its perspective or like everything on this Earth, we define purpose? The question is philosophical and analitical.
A brain is not the issue. Epistemologically, purpose is related to function, and functional result. Any system can be seen as having a purpose. A parasite is a system within a larger pair-system and an even larger ecosystem. 3 levels of purpose.
You sound like a Globalist... I'm sure you're not - I'm just pointing out a fact.
hahaha! Not at all, but it does seem so, right? Before medicine arrived the population was something like 2 billion and then it shot up exponentially all because of medicine. So ye probably for population control
So, man is the ultimate parasite?
If I am right there are parasites that prey on wasps. They lay eggs in the wasp which hatch inside and eat the wasp from the inside then break out to find a new wasp.
Killing or harming the host depends on whether the parasite can reproduce first
You are absolutely right. I was thinking my answer over and came to that same conclusion. What makes a parasite 'parasitic' is that it doesn't concern itself with the well-being of the host. The primary drive is to procreate at any cost...
I thought mankind was considered a virus? My Gawd, we have upgraded to the parasite level... Woot-woot!
Nope, viruses aren't animals and some don't even consider them to be living things.
Melissa - my understanding is different. I agree that viruses are on the edge of living/non-living. But, if alive, they fit the definition of animal - they don't photosynthesize, and live off other living things. But definitions change over time.
Animals must be multicellular, eukaryotic organisms that go through a developmental period. I think you are thinking of parasites. Viruses are not even really living things.
You guys are still talking about viruses? I was using sarcasm when I commented about it; perhaps you need to study satirical subjects, instead...
Hi Insane - We viruses are too dumb to understand sarcasm! :)
Yeah, some of 'em are... :P
Well said, Copper Man, I can't put it better so I will pass on this one.
Insane Mundane, you're right. Mankind is a parasite. It practically feeds on all other creatures in this world, not symbiotically but parasitically.