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...a newly found algae virus appears to be negatively impacting the cognitive abilities of at least those living in cities on the ocean. //snip// A follow-up study of 92 healthy people found that 43% of them had the virus, and that was associated with a reduction in cognitive functioning by approximately 10%.
The virus, called ATCV-1, which first showed up assays of human brain tissue several years ago, was initially assumed to have entered the tissue after the death of the patients. This post-mortem hypothesis was quickly defeated when the virus started showing up in the throats of people with psychiatric diseases. //snip// More follow-up studies are going to be needed before we can really characterize exactly how this virus infects and affects humans.
A Virus That Makes You Stupid Has Infected Up to 1/2 of Humanity
Ok, so we have these horrible brain-affecting diseases. Why aren't we going hardcore for cures for them? It's seriously disturbing for me(who has a terrible directional sense and poor memory) that this is taken so lightly.
originally posted by: wasaka
It would explain, for example, why so many people who
vote democrat live on the coastal regions.
Just kidding. Sorta =(
originally posted by: CantStandIt
Then there is the philosophical angle... assuming I started with an average cognitive ability (and some would question whether I did!), would it be a curse or a blessing if I lost 10% of that, but in doing so, recognized cultivated and relied more heavily on other aspects of me? Like... empathy? Artistic expression? Musical aptitude?
originally posted by: Another_Nut
a reply to: wasaka
well this explains the east west and southern coasts of the US
looking into this more now
as i am currently hoboing in houston this explains a lot
maybe time to change scenery again lol