2021-04Thematic Section
The Horizontal-Ontological Nature of The Physical Culture of Cancers


Whereas classical Darwinian evolution is based on the model of vertical development, per species, and related sexual selection and natural mutations, along with environmental selective pressures, epi-genetics presents a supplemental view of horizontal development as DNA is both selectively transcribed and translated by mRNA and influenced by a process of horizontal gene transfer, including genetic melding of microbes, organelles, plants, animals and other types of hominoids. Thus, a philosophy of physical culture is offered in which cancers are conceived of as an extension of a horizontal physical culture in which organisms thrive via a cooperative and synergistic sense of community. However, they are also conceived of as an extreme which manifest a unique type of ontological multiplicity whereby they not only propagate para-sexually leading to vast genetic variations, but also manipulate and appropriate cells and systems of the host, constructing horizontally connected and lethal tumor sites. Is there any hope against such a formidable ontological structure? Cultivation of human metabolism via broad and healthy dietary patterns can support the horizontal microbiome, thus maintaining synchronized and unified horizontal relations between DNA, mRNA and long non-coded RNA functions.


vertical and horizontal evolution, metabolic microbiome, ontological metastatic multiplicity, synchronistic unity of actions

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DeCarlo, John F. “The Horizontal-Ontological Nature of The Physical Culture of Cancers.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 5, no. 4 (2021):  101-112. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2021.0041.


John F. DeCarlo
Hofstra University
Hempstead, N.Y. 11549-1000, USA


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