Dislocated is rooted in the basic idea that our environment shapes who we are and how we feel. The food we eat changes our body chemistry. The things we see with our eyes changes our brain structure. Everything we consume has an effect on us, in a literal sense: our bodies get change and our brains get rewired. And this ultimately has an effect on our mental states and feelings of well-being.
Part of the challenge in researching specifically modern problems is finding a “control” against which to compare modern lifestyles. Modernity has so infiltrated the globe that we have few untouched societies.
In an ideal situation, to study the problem of dislocation we would have the following:
– significantly large but isolated population groups that were living more primitive lives without the influence of modern affluence and convenience
We would then hope to compare cancer rates, obesity rates, heart disease rates, autism rates, ADHD rates, etc. against these control groups.
The goal would be to discover what “normal” rates of obesity, cancer, heart disease, etc. are and whether these issues are enhanced by our modern, affluent environment.
To a certain degree we have do have vast disparities in social wealth. But health data is sparse in poor societies, and increasingly it is the poor societies who are absorbing negative modern habits (reliance on cheap grains as a food source).