delusion, and alien invasion
famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist
Mark A. Carter writes about
alien invasion, microbial infection, creativity, and
delusion. Oh my ...
Here we are at the beginning
of 2017 and what have I done
lately? Well, mostly nothing. I have spent the better part of
2016 being drugged on low
dose codeine while I nursed
a seemingly perpetual sore
on the ball of my right foot exacerbated
by diabetes. I can't tell you how many times it's been
debrided, which, for those
of you who are unaccustomed to the term, means minor surgery
to cut off dead tissue. Over the past
two years I have also been on a mostly steady course
of antibiotics ranging from
Metronidazole to Ciprofloxacin
to ward away infection in my right foot. And, I believe,
the antibiotics have suppressed
my creativity. Each time I go on antibiotics,
I can't write. Every time I go off
antibiotics, the writing starts up again. So, here are
a few thoughts:
full of bugs. Not the six-legged
kind, although, in some cases, even them. I'm talking
bacteria, protozoans, and viruses.
And it may explain a lot.
The prevailing theory for years
has been that the human microbiome
has a ratio of 10:1
bacterial to human cells, as estimated by
Thomas D. Luckey in a 1970
paper. But, as of January
2016, that figure has been revised by
Ron Milo from the Weizmann
Institute of Science to a
1.3:1 ratio or 39 trillion
microbial cells to 30 trillion human cells. So, I would
like to propose the theory that I owe my creativity to bacteria.
In other words, it is the combined
intelligence of trillions
of bacteria who have written my novels while I have merely been
the external means of achieving their goals. It explains why
I haven't been able to write in the last
two years while on constant
antibiotics. It may also explain my
bête noires during that time and my shouts of
"help me" into the night. It wasn't me shouting.
It was the bacteria screaming "help
me" via the microbiome-gutbrain axis.
Just so you know: the
microbiome-gut-brain axis includes the
central nervous system, the
neuroendocrine and neuroimmune
systems including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal
axis, the sympathetic
and parasympathetic arms of
the autonomic nervous system
including the enteric nervous system,
the vagus nerve, and
the gut microbiota.
My cries of
"help me" were actually their cries, the cries
of trillions of bacteria suffering
a microscopic bacterial holocaust.
So, in a way, my Doctors and I are both culpable of applying
biological weapons of mass destruction
on an interior battlefield.
What I am suggesting is that
we are symbiotic organisms,
we humans, living with the bugs in
our guts. Symbiosis occurs elsewhere in nature.
Lichen, for example, that lives in abundance in
Canada, is a compound organism
of algae and/or cyanobacteria
living among filaments of fungus
in a symbiotic relationship.
Each derives a benefit from the association. What I am saying
is that the bacteria in us, taken together, play a beneficial
role in breaking down the food we eat so it can be absorbed,
including some essential vitamins; whereas, we provide them with
ample food, heat, and a protected environment in which to thrive.
But I am also suggesting that they may also influence our thinking.
What is thinking, after all, than electrical signals influenced
by various chemicals? And, if anything, the microscopic creatures
within us are masters of chemistry.
So the scary thought is that we may actually not be us.
We might actually not be in charge of our bodies or brains. It
may be that, in some human beings, the
bacteria and the protozoans are doing the thinking. And
these microscopic creatures, and the crazy viewpoints they engender,
might actually be in charge.
There is proof of such
parasitic protozoan manifestation in people who own cats.
And check, I did indeed own a Siamese
cat years ago. Cats are prone to an infection called
Toxoplasma gondii which does
indeed migrate from cats to other animals, including human beings,
infects the brain, forms cysts, and remains there for a lifetime.
And yes, it does alter our thinking.
Duh? It is a suspected cause of
Schizophrenia. So, yes, cat people are apt to be crazy
An example of how the
Toxoplasma gondii parasite alters thinking in mice and
rats is that these small rodents lose their natural fear of cats
and, in fact, stand up to them and even show aggression toward
them, as if. Now, that's just crazy. And it's the reason why
infected humans become super aggressive.
It may explain the insanity of
the Democratic Party in the
U.S.A. Has anybody done a
poll to see how many Democrats
are cat owners? Perhaps Toxoplasmosis
is the underlying reason why
President Barack Hussein Obama in the
U.S.A., Angela Merkel in Germany,
and even Justin Trudeau
here in Canada are letting
Muslims into their respective
countries in droves. Do they
not see the danger? Is their Toxoplasmosis
making them deluded to the fact that we are being invaded?
Fiction has played with the concept of
alien invasion for years. In the
1953 film War of the Worlds,
directed by Byron Haskin
for Paramount Pictures, based
on the 1897 novel by
H.G. Wells, malevolent aliens invade
Earth. Our armies fail to stop them. And it is only the
common cold that defeats them. In
Lifeforce, the 1985
film based on the 1976
novel The Space Vampires
by Colin Wilson, malevolent aliens
travel to Earth in
a spaceship hidden in the tail of
Halley's Comet. And, as the old name for comet suggests,
they bring disaster to
Earth every seventy-six years.
But the most
insidious type of infection
/ invasion is spontaneous
repopulation. It's what occurs in the
1956 film Invasion of the
Body Snatchers, directed by
Don Siegel, based on the 1954
novel by Jack Finney. Alien
spores fall from space, grow into
pods, and replace human beings while they slumber; whereas,
the original humans shrivel, die, and are discarded.
Spontaneous repopulation is also the revelation behind
the alien conspiracy in the
The X-Files: Fight the Future, written by
Chris Carter and directed by
Rob Bowman, concerning the
alien oil, the secret contract with the aliens, and the
impending Colonization. It
comes as a shocking epiphany
to the Well-Manicured Man.
Invasion of the Body
We have been forced to reassess our role in Colonization by new
effects in biology which have ... presented themselves.
Elder: The virus has mutated.
Man: Into what?
A new Extraterrestrial Biological Entity.
Man: My god!
The geometry of mass infection presents certain conceptual re-evaluations
for us about our place in the Colonization.
Man: This isn't Colonization. This is spontaneous repopulation.
All our work ... If it's true, they've been using us all along.
We've been laboring under a lie.
So why are we not seeing the
mass invasion of Canada, Europe,
and the United States for
what it is: an alien invasion?
Oh sure, when the aliens are green, or shriveled and grey, or
merely land their saucer on
a baseball diamond, we recognize
them as aliens and call in the army to eradicate them. But what
is being done with these current alien
invaders from the Middle East?
Well, we just invite them in even though their professed
goal is to make the entire world Muslim,
even though they admit they are fighting a
Holy War that they call Jihad,
and even though their Holy
Koran states that they are justified in killing us all.
8:12 "I will cast terror into the hearts of those
who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off
every fingertip of them."
9:5 " ... then slay the idolaters wherever you
find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in
wait for them in every ambush ..."
And if they can't kill us all,
they will breed us out of existence.
Does letting them into our countries sound like something
sane people should do? Are our Democrat
politicians crazy? Are so many of them infected with
that they cannot see the inevitable?
It's easy for those of us who
can see clearly to say to those who can't: Wake up. Get rid of
your cats. Take some Pyrimethamine and Sulfadiazine.
Eat some Yogurt. And come to your senses.
sense is not so common."
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764)