posted on May, 3 2009 @ 10:03 AM
Humans may be in the grip of a massive mind control epidemic.
Common parasite found in cats may be affecting human behaviour on a mass scale.
A study headed by Kevin Lafferty from the US Geological Survey indicates that a common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, may be
manipulating our brains.
"In populations where this parasite is very common, mass personality modification could result in cultural change," says the researcher.
"The geographic variation in the latent prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii may explain a substantial proportion of human population
differences we see in cultural aspects that relate to ego, money, material possessions, work and rules
." While this is all sounds
far-fetched, toxoplasma has long been shown to affect the behaviour of rats, turning them into risk-takers - a cunning plot by the parasite so it can
end up completing its life cycle.
Lafferty says the parasite appears to manipulate human personalities in the same way it affects rats.
When humans become infected by the parasite, we display mild flu-like symptoms. Then the invader remains in a dormant state in the brain and other
tissues, unless people's immune systems are severely compromised.
He says toxoplasma is associated with different, often opposite, behavioural changes in men and women, but both genders exhibit tendencies to feel
guilt (a form of neuroticism). Lafferty's analysis of different populations around the world found that people in countries with high toxoplasma
prevalence were more neurotic and western nations with high prevalence also scored higher in the "neurotic cultural dimensions of masculine sex roles
and uncertainty avoidance".
Infection with the parasite varies considerably from one population to another; in some countries it is very rare, while in others nearly all adults
It is believed that half of the worlds population is infected.
[edit on 3-5-2009 by Daniem]