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(NPR)   Extrapolate this research to humans and brain parasites could explain a lot of recent behavior   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Creepy, Toxoplasmosis, DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Leadership, Toxoplasma gondii, CONNOR MEYER, Kira Cassidy, new study, individual wolf  
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2022-11-29 2:18:23 PM  
Isn't that the parasite that cats carry around and give to us?
 
2022-11-29 2:33:55 PM  

aleister_greynight: Isn't that the parasite that cats carry around and give to us?


It is everywhere, not just cats.
 
2022-11-29 2:44:40 PM  
I tend to think of myself as a one man wolfpack.
 
2022-11-29 3:01:26 PM  
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2022-11-29 3:19:34 PM  
So the secret to being the big dog, is to own cats.
 
2022-11-29 3:41:12 PM  
From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.  So, maybe this is just a case of cart before the horse, and the advanced age of the pack leaders simply means that they are more likely to have picked up the parasite somewhere along the way due to having been around longer.
 
2022-11-29 3:43:46 PM  
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2022-11-29 3:45:06 PM  

LrdPhoenix: From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.  So, maybe this is just a case of cart before the horse, and the advanced age of the pack leaders simply means that they are more likely to have picked up the parasite somewhere along the way due to having been around longer.


The article said that the parasite also made them many times more likely to leave their natal packs.  The implication being that they are then more likely to start new ones, and be the parents.
 
2022-11-29 3:54:29 PM  
Pack leader who gets to eat first has the most parasites?   You don't say.  Also reminds me that most 'alpha males' with parasites in the western world are also loud guys with jacked-up trucks who like to shoot and eat wild animals.  Don't cook it too much, I need to live stream this to my social media followers.
 
2022-11-29 4:21:53 PM  
Has anyone checked the MAGA hats for brain slugs?
 
2022-11-29 4:27:34 PM  
Me mam got tocksopamosus wen she was dregnat with me and me toorn out potoato
 
2022-11-29 4:47:39 PM  

LrdPhoenix: From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.


And this doesn't have to extrapolate to humans, though it might for Americans. Native Americans picked leaders by picking the most humble person (at least in general).  Crazy people would have been run out of the tribe, not picked as leaders just because they could make the most noise.
 
2022-11-29 5:12:24 PM  

DarnoKonrad: Pack leader who gets to eat first has the most parasites?   You don't say.  Also reminds me that most 'alpha males' with parasites in the western world are also loud guys with jacked-up trucks who like to shoot and eat wild animals.  Don't cook it too much, I need to live stream this to my social media followers.


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2022-11-29 6:08:44 PM  

transporter_ii: LrdPhoenix: From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.

And this doesn't have to extrapolate to humans, though it might for Americans. Native Americans picked leaders by picking the most humble person (at least in general).  Crazy people would have been run out of the tribe, not picked as leaders just because they could make the most noise.


I was considered honorary 'not white' and that meant more to me than just about anything in my resume.
 
2022-11-29 6:39:11 PM  

transporter_ii: LrdPhoenix: From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.

And this doesn't have to extrapolate to humans, though it might for Americans. Native Americans picked leaders by picking the most humble person (at least in general).  Crazy people would have been run out of the tribe, not picked as leaders just because they could make the most noise.


The exceptions to this rule wound up being highly notable for the usual reasons.

Which is to say, terrible ones.
 
2022-11-29 7:06:00 PM  
What makes a wolf leader of the pack?

Not what. Who.
The Shangri-Las. That's who.
 
2022-11-29 7:33:29 PM  

aleister_greynight: Isn't that the parasite that cats carry around and give to us?


It only reproduces in cats. If a rodent gets infected, the parasite gets into the brain and literally drives the mouse into the mouth of the nearest cat. It's actually kind of fascinating.
 
2022-11-29 8:01:41 PM  
I believe they prefer top be called 'Parisians'.
 
2022-11-29 8:20:09 PM  

SBinRR: What makes a wolf leader of the pack?

Not what. Who.
The Shangri-Las. That's who.


Brrrrmmm! Brrrrrmmmm!
 
2022-11-29 9:58:08 PM  
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2022-11-29 10:57:13 PM  

aungen: transporter_ii: LrdPhoenix: From what I understand, the alpha wolf is a myth and pack leaders just tend to be the parents of the pack, which also makes them the oldest members.

And this doesn't have to extrapolate to humans, though it might for Americans. Native Americans picked leaders by picking the most humble person (at least in general).  Crazy people would have been run out of the tribe, not picked as leaders just because they could make the most noise.

I was considered honorary 'not white' and that meant more to me than just about anything in my resume.


Sheesh, nobody took that to the next step.

I was also the first to die after the ghost dance.
 
2022-11-29 11:09:55 PM  
When a vaccine for Toxoplasma gondii becomes available it might have a significant effect on human behavior
 
2022-11-29 11:17:59 PM  

Arthur Jumbles: When a vaccine for Toxoplasma gondii becomes available it might have a significant effect on human behavior


Peace in the Middle East, is my first bet.

"Sorry about all that.  It was hot and I had a virus controlling my brain.
 
2022-11-30 12:16:33 PM  
If there was only a way to rework TFG.
 
2022-11-30 12:17:38 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: If there was only a way to rework TFG.


I got to figure out how to turn off auto "correct": Deworm.
 
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