posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 08:21 AM
I posted this to another thread yesterday. I wanted to start a new one though to drum up a conversation on the toxoplasma parasite.
There is a lot of information available on this issue. I think it to be more than chance that the domestication of the cat and the origins of
civilization coincide almost exactly.
google "lafferty t gondii"
It seems that even the latent infection can cause behavior changes conducive to people living in close co-habitation. We don't have predators as an
infected mouse does. However, we do have enemies. The ability to be in close proximity to others that we may deem a threat would certainly be
conducive to civilized society. That would be the human equivalent to a reduced sense of threat. As mice infected no longer avoid areas where cat
urine is present, humans would no longer avoid threats from other humans and would develop new sets of skills for dealing with conflict. As well, it
seems to cause neurotic symptoms. OCD has helped us survive and overcome plague after plague. As well it has aided us in developing learned behaviors
that protect us from threat. Particularly interesting is that t gondii infection reduces novelty seeking, increasing reliance on routine.
More than interesting, this is amazing. I'm going to get tested soon. . . .lol. It's too bad, I love my cat. He'll have to start staying outside
There is no treatment once the infection becomes latent. Researchers are just finding chemicals that can breach the boundary of the cysts that the
parasites lay dormant in.