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Subscriptions, We Have a Problem

Not your usual rant about subscription services

Joe Duncan
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs
7 min readMay 27, 2024

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Sleep is strange. We’re forced to surrender our comfortable reality for the bizarre world of dreams. It’s astonishing that every organism must return to a period of unconscious slumber at regular intervals, becoming unresponsive, unproductive, and vulnerable to predation.

The mechanics of sleep make sense. In sleep, the body handles necessary processes: consolidating memories, the restoration of tissues, the removal of toxins from the brain, hormone regulation, the regulation of circadian rhythm, and more. But, over the countless generations of life since the planet began, wouldn’t you think some organism would’ve evolved a way to handle sleep’s processes while awake and not so unguarded?

In a world where, in the name of energy conservation, bears hibernate for the winter and crocodiles slow their heart rates down to two beats per minute, you’d figure someone would’ve beat the system, unlocked God Mode, and did away with sleep altogether.

It’s theoretically possible that somewhere in our ancestral tree, certain organisms bypassed the need for sleep altogether. Most mammals are nocturnal, evolving in the shadows of larger, more vicious reptiles. Reptiles are cold-blooded, restricted to…

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Joe Duncan
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

I’ve worked in politics for thirteen years and counting. Editor for Sexography: Medium.com/Sexography | The Science of Sex: http://thescienceofsex.substack.com