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Originally posted by OrphenFire
Weird. I remember reading about this fungus a few years ago. My question is this: is the behavioral change purely biological/chemical? Or is the mushroom consciously controlling its host with its own mind?
Originally posted by kindred
reply to post by Doctor Squiggles
I think you have things back to front. A parasites only goal in life is to procreate by infecting and destroying everything in it's path and it doesn't care how much pain and suffering it brings to the host. These nasty critters don't appear to have any evolutionary purpose that is beneficial to nature or the animals and insects living on this planet.
[edit on 10-6-2010 by kindred]