Why is a Cruise Ship Like a Daycare Centre?
Cruise ships and daycare centres are essentially the same thing: machines for the incubation and transmission of viruses. Cruise ships just use older hosts.
Viruses are DNA with a wrapper that penetrates cells to harness their DNA reproduction system. It's all about DNA. DNA ties in beautifully with Darwin's very widely accepted views on how evolution works. DNA is the storage for the traits that are selected by the environment, and DNA reproduction explains not only how traits are passed on, but how variation occurs.
Is there a process for selecting not just a single species, but groups?
I'm seeing a lot more daycare centres and a lot more cruise ships. The cruise ships are getting bigger. Why so?
Yes, we have a societal explanation. It's because now women work, they want to and they have to, and it's because boomers for some reason increasingly want to go on cruises.
Not all boomers. Frankly I wouldn't be caught dead on a cruise ship. But why have we had those societal changes?
We know that some infections can change the behaviour of the host. Rabies, for example, makes you go rabid.
There's a caterpillar virus that sends them into a feeding frenzy that feeds the virus too, then for a finale the caterpillars explode into virus infested goo.
What if viruses have been pushing society in this direction? They're making us all flock, they're making women stroppier. More cities, more daycare centres, more cruise ships? The survival benefit for the viruses is more and better places for them to reproduce. To be fair, there's a survival benefit for us too. We can support bigger, better educated and more specialised populations with a lot of urbanisation, and there is no better place to get your kid immunised than a daycare centre.
A number of viruses, acting independently, change various behaviours and tendencies, the result is more reproduction opportunities for all, and on it goes.
Then along comes Covid-19. OMG, it says, look at all those gorgeous cruise ships.
Now wasn't that thoughtful of somebody?