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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?

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  • Feb 3 2014: Not sure if I believe that the Aztec's really followed your hypothesis. Since their society was based on slavery and human sacrifice. I am not sure any society has been able to create this type of city.

    By the way, you sound like a surfer - North Shore, Mokuleia? Started surfing before skegs. 8>))
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      Feb 3 2014: “A deeper study of this society would no doubt bring to light profound contradictions which in their turn would explain those internal tensions that the community sublimated from time to time by forms of ritual. The origin of these contradictions would have to be sought in the superimposition and mixture of the differing cultures, that of the Toltecs, passed on by the settled inhabitants of the valley, and that of the nomadic tribes to which the Aztecs had belonged, which together made up the Mexican civilisation as it was at the time of its discovery by the Europeans. Native thought was dominated by dualism – in this case that which set up Quetzalcoatl against Tezcatlipoca – and this dualism is also found in the education itself.” (Soustelle, "The Amazing Aztecs" p.172)
      I think it depends on collaboration of those who move around live off the land, with those who wish to stay in one place. The Aztecs may have done that, maybe not. Interesting though how jungles can be dense with plants and animals, but not city made by hand of man.

      Whoa! before skegs, heavy boards and heavy waves man. I surfed a lot, satisfied with that.
      • Feb 3 2014: Yup very heavy and a 5 foot wave was considered big 8>)) - ended my surfing with a gun.

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