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Were you leafing while I was sprouting?
Where the sun and rain converged,
you were my shelter and my oppressor,
because of you I grew stunted and…
Tags » Parasite
Stephen Jay Gould’s essay ‘Truimph of the Rootheads’ is some of the best stuff I’ve read on parasitism. To understand parasitism requires an understanding of evolution, that appreciates the fact that using the term ‘evolved’ in a superlative, linear sense (what he calls ‘culture’s focal misunderstanding of evolution’) is a falsehood, and often in the natural world, adaptation, over long periods of time leads to apparent simplification, in morphological terms at least (life cycles are another matter). 521 more words