5 thoughts on “links for 2011-03-16

  1. David Zinger

    You have such a great eclectic and improvisational presentation of links. I always approach your blog entries with the spirit of Keith Johnstone’s “what comes next.” I usually never fail to be pleased. Thanks.

  2. Ian Glendinning

    Huh ? I assumed this was a memetic infestation being suggested, which is doubly ironic because that cordyceps parasitic fungus has been used by Dennett as a metaphor for the effects of memes infecting hosts. Must re-read. Is this guy actually suggesting a literal fungal effect on brain behaviour …. rather than metaphorical psychological effect of ideas ?

  3. Ian Glendinning

    I came back and re-read the piece and its links. As I suspected the cordyceps (fungal) infections concern insect brains and how they are induced into behaviour that takes them into the food chain of higher animal hosts who are not affected. ( freaky, but non-contentious). Generally any relation to meme spreading in human brains is metaphorical.

    Also non-contentious is the lifecycle of toxoplasmosis (protozoan) within mammals, including humans.

    What is contentious are interpretations of *correlations* between toxoplasmosis infections and behaviours likely to risk spreading the infection. Interesting nevertheless.

  4. Johnnie Moore

    Thanks for the research effort Ian. Lots of scope for confusion here! I’m a bit sceptical of the whole “meme” meme myself.

    What I took from the article was that there may not be mind control, but outside agents do affect the way we think and decisions we make. We’re much less the captains of the ship than we think we are.


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