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Breatharianism is often ridiculed around here. However, in this day and age of amazing discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences, what if we could alter our DNA so our skin had chlorophyll thereby allowing us to absorb energy directly from the sun through photosynthesis? Wouldn't that be a huge step forward, certain to significantly reduce both human and animal suffering?

So to take everyone to the next level, we could create an endogenous retrovirus that would enter our germ cells, snip the DNA at the right place and insert the magic code sequence for chlorophyll production and photosynthesis. Think about it - a new superior race: Homo sapiens solaris! The Green Man!
 

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Breatharianism is often ridiculed around here. However, in this day and age of amazing discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences, what if we could alter our DNA so our skin had chlorophyll thereby allowing us to absorb energy directly from the sun through photosynthesis? Wouldn't that be a huge step forward, certain to significantly reduce both human and animal suffering?

So to take everyone to the next level, we could create an endogenous retrovirus that would enter our germ cells, snip the DNA at the right place and insert the magic code sequence for chlorophyll production and photosynthesis. Think about it - a new superior race: Homo sapiens solaris! The Green Man!
I already do this.
 

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We would never get enough energy by doing so. To steal a websites math due to excessive laziness, which I briefly checked and also fixed (they had 400 J/s/m2, I want to assume full cloudless sunlight on a very very high mountain, best case scenario) 1000 J/s/m2 x (0.5 x 1.8m2) x 0.05 x 3600s = 162000J= 162kJ per hour (or 38.7 kcal, a bit less than half an apple). This is assuming an average person is half a meter wide and 1.8m tall, and the 5% efficiency of photosynthesis. We would have to stay in the sun for 51.7 hours a day assuming a 2000kcal diet. I may have a TARDIS as my avatar, but even I can't do that.
 

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Breatharianism is often ridiculed around here. However, in this day and age of amazing discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences, what if we could alter our DNA so our skin had chlorophyll thereby allowing us to absorb energy directly from the sun through photosynthesis? Wouldn't that be a huge step forward, certain to significantly reduce both human and animal suffering?

So to take everyone to the next level, we could create an endogenous retrovirus that would enter our germ cells, snip the DNA at the right place and insert the magic code sequence for chlorophyll production and photosynthesis. Think about it - a new superior race: Homo sapiens solaris! The Green Man!
I'm totally down with that. As a bonus, hopefully we'd quickly lose any taboos about nudity we currently have, cause how ridiculous would it be to shade ourselves from our life-giving sunshine?
And we'd be green, which would be bad-ass.

There's just no down-side here.
 

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We would never get enough energy by doing so. To steal a websites math due to excessive laziness, which I briefly checked and also fixed (they had 400 J/s/m2, I want to assume full cloudless sunlight on a very very high mountain, best case scenario) 1000 J/s/m2 x (0.5 x 1.8m2) x 0.05 x 3600s = 162000J= 162kJ per hour (or 38.7 kcal, a bit less than half an apple). This is assuming an average person is half a meter wide and 1.8m tall, and the 5% efficiency of photosynthesis. We would have to stay in the sun for 51.7 hours a day assuming a 2000kcal diet. I may have a TARDIS as my avatar, but even I can't do that.
Way to totally bum me out.
 

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Yeah, but wouldn't we be attacked by aphids?
 

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I already do this.
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We would never get enough energy by doing so. To steal a websites math due to excessive laziness, which I briefly checked and also fixed (they had 400 J/s/m2, I want to assume full cloudless sunlight on a mountain) 1300 J/s/m2 x (0.5 x 1.8m2) x 0.05 x 3600s = 64800J = 194.4kJ per hour (or 46.69 kcal, about half an apple). This is assuming an average person is half a meter wide and 1.8m tall, and the 5% efficiency of photosynthesis. We would have to stay in the sun for 42 hours a day assuming a 2000kcal diet. I may have a TARDIS as my avatar, but even I can't do that.
Even so, it reduces our dependence on food so we need much less! And maybe there are other alterations we can do as well!
 

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It would be kind of cool to absorb water through our skin, but it would probably interfere with our interactions with water. Like we wouldn't be able to swim in salt water and if we spent too long in the water instead of just getting wrinkly we'd probably get sick.
 

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It would be kind of cool to absorb water through our skin, but it would probably interfere with our interactions with water. Like we wouldn't be able to swim in salt water and if we spent too long in the water instead of just getting wrinkly we'd probably get sick.
That would only be the case if we absorbed salt water through our skin.
 

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That would only be the case if we absorbed salt water through our skin.
I'm guessing that whatever process was developed to enable us to become hydrated through topical absorption would be sensitive to things like salinity of the water. But I don't know, just seems like there would be sacrifices.
 

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I'm guessing that whatever process was developed to enable us to become hydrated through topical absorption would be sensitive to things like salinity of the water. But I don't know, just seems like there would be sacrifices.
I agree. Taking a whiz wouldn't be nearly as gratifying.
 

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I'd get very depressed from a life without cooking and eating
 

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We might have to either splice in some sun resistant factor or turn dark green/brown because the current UV levels would burn us all if we went naked every day in the summer...
 

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We would never get enough energy by doing so. To steal a websites math due to excessive laziness, which I briefly checked and also fixed (they had 400 J/s/m2, I want to assume full cloudless sunlight on a very very high mountain, best case scenario) 1000 J/s/m2 x (0.5 x 1.8m2) x 0.05 x 3600s = 162000J= 162kJ per hour (or 38.7 kcal, a bit less than half an apple). This is assuming an average person is half a meter wide and 1.8m tall, and the 5% efficiency of photosynthesis. We would have to stay in the sun for 51.7 hours a day assuming a 2000kcal diet. I may have a TARDIS as my avatar, but even I can't do that.
So what you're stating is that we need to increase our surface area. So that means we'll need leaves too.
 

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No, I would rather have symbiotic algae embedded in my skin like corals and giant clams. It's much prettier.
 

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Breatharianism is often ridiculed around here. However, in this day and age of amazing discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences...!
People who ridicule breatharianism are just ignorant.

Also, you should expect to see your proposal in Lierre Keith's next book, similar to her claim (culled from a website) in her last one about how vegans want to divide the serengeti to keep carnivores away from herbivores.
 

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Also, you should expect to see your proposal in Lierre Keith's next book, similar to her claim (culled from a website) in her last one about how vegans want to divide the serengeti to keep carnivores away from herbivores.
I'm so excited at the prospect....

Btw, I've done some thinking. Ideally the new species will be smaller than homo sapiens sapiens, maybe just about a meter tall, with bigger head-to-body ratio to preserve our ginormous brains. Here's a sketch of what I envision they will look like:
 

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Breatharianism is often ridiculed around here. However, in this day and age of amazing discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences, what if we could alter our DNA so our skin had chlorophyll thereby allowing us to absorb energy directly from the sun through photosynthesis? Wouldn't that be a huge step forward, certain to significantly reduce both human and animal suffering?

So to take everyone to the next level, we could create an endogenous retrovirus that would enter our germ cells, snip the DNA at the right place and insert the magic code sequence for chlorophyll production and photosynthesis. Think about it - a new superior race: Homo sapiens solaris! The Green Man!
No, thank you.
 
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