TOXO

Frankly, I don’t really understand all this excitement about zombies and vampires. I mean, why now? And what the fuck is so funny about them? This probably means that I’m getting old.

But there are some ‘real life zombies’, whose brains are controlled by a parasite making them do its vile bidding. Bearded hippie dude / professor and parasite expert Robert Sapolsky gives a twentysomething minute interview on the matter, which is fascinating. Somebody has to tell the world what’s going on, man! Seriously though, it’s a good talk.

You want to know something utterly terrifying? Here’s something terrifying and not surprising. Folks who know about Toxo and its affect on behavior are in the U.S. military. They’re interested in Toxo. They’re officially intrigued. And I would think they would be intrigued, studying a parasite that makes mammals perhaps do things that everything in their fiber normally tells them not to because it’s dangerous and ridiculous and stupid and don’t do it. But suddenly with this parasite on board, the mammal is a little bit more likely you go and do it. Who knows? But they are aware of Toxo.

I can’t figure out how to include the video here, so head over to the Edge, which is a pretty neat magazine that you should check out anyway.

Some douche bag didn’t turn off his cell phone though.

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