- Michael Bradham
- New York, NY
- United States
Cities can be designed in consideration of our genes.
At times in history nomadic herders opposed settled agriculture. Moving around to fertile pastures let previous pastures revitalize. Their stool fed plants.
Settled agriculture is when humans stayed in one place long enough that stool piled up to the point it got reused as fertilizer, spread across crop fields. Their stool fed plants.
Cities are when humans stopped growing food, stool often no longer used to grow food, but dumped into waterways/ocean. Their stool fed whatever grew from it in the ocean. Genes of humans no longer relate to food eaten, because genes in stool no longer feed plants.
Genes of nomadic herders were closely tied to physical movements required to care for animals, get food, and move to fresh pastures.
Genes of settled agricultural people were closely tied to physical movements required to care for animals, grow food, but not related to moving to fresh pastures.
Genes of people living in a city are closely tied to physical movements required to live in a city, but not related to care for animals, grow food, or moving to fresh pastures.
I grew up in NY. I lived 3 years in Hawaii, 2 years with no vehicle, cultivating land, being around animals, and performing physical exercise hundreds of years old. Returning and living 1 year in NYC, I realize all the inanimate objects that inhibit proper posture and peace of mind.
Inanimate objects influence genes because they hinder vision, movement, sunlight, wind, posture. Living in a city may limit influence of genes that keep people alive.
Can a city be designed in a way that does not inhibit genes that keep humans strong? I think they have in past. Probably Aztec empire was one. Do you know of others?