Hello I open this topic to talk about something that is on my mind for years now. Our body is made out of billions of cells every cell have a purpose, a job to do, and while it cant really say "yes" or "no" or to pick what this cell should do or whatever, instead those cells are sort of designed, almost like coded to do things. Neurons, the cells in our brain, just like some other cells around out body have the ability to control other cells, which means that there is a simple social structure, with simple cells that just do as ordered, and all they way up to the controlling cells such as neurons (our brain cells). Now thing is that none of out cells can survive on its own... Muscle cells need oxygen and "food", which is supplied by the red blood cells, while the white blood cells are there to protect us. The amazing part of it that if for example a muscle cell is been attacked it sends a message to the brain, which then orders the white blood cells to rush to the attacked cell and to eliminate any threats in there. And even more amazing part of it is that pretty much any cell in our body will sacrifice itself for a neuron cell, sometimes by will, sometimes by order, so when out body goes threw things like extreme cold, out brain shuts down the blood flow to our fingers, then limbs, and eventually it will shut down everything except the vital organs (heart, liver, etc..) Now obviously our body is one huge collective social structure and our brain is a collective intelligence so while 1 neuron is pretty much worthless, millions of them give us the intelligence level we have as humans. Which leads to the question, are we really free in our choice? For example food, we eat when we are hungry, but here is the catch... We know we rare hungry only because the food processing cells running low on resources, so they send a message for resupply to the brain, the brain then give "us" the feeling like we are hungry and sort of forces us to look for food, and if that is not enough apparently it also chooses what sort of food it requires, and that is why we eat many different types of food some of which we like, and others we don't like so we avoid it so if some cells in our body want to throw up a party and order a pizza we will receive this strong need for pizza and will order it. while if our reproduction organs are bored and want to do something they send a message to our brain, requiesting a job, and that is when we feel the strong need for sex (for example). So are we really who we think we are? Our body is a huge social system, and while 1 cell by itself is weak and without protection, and cant even take care of itself, as collective it is part of something of great importance, like a cell of the heart and for its job it will get whatever it needs, oxygen, food, protection, ideal life conditions.. So who we really are? I think we are like a country, our brain is the government, but not a democratic sort of government more like dictatorship, there are workers with ranks of importance, some live in good conditions, with long and healthy life, others have short life and are of low importance, just like in real life. there are factory's that are producing things others need (like salts and calcium) there is a developed delivery system with the red blood cells and there is an army to protect everyone, in the form of white blood cells. this "government" also got good diplomatic skills, by using language, sight, and so on it can communicate with other form of governments, some of them will support it, other will provide it with information about threats. And our feeling of freedom is just an illusion =) So what do you think?