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Mushrooms That Take Over Their Victims' Minds

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posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 12:58 PM
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Originally posted by VoidOfHope
Fascinating!
I wonder if the mushroom itself actually possesses intelligence or if it's some sort of pre-destinated patron of chemical processor driving it.


it's a bunch of regulated chemical processes, like everything we call life. and there is no intelligence in this mushroom. it has some simple chemical sensory equipment, but an information gathering and processing system like humans have it is impossible for such a primitive lifeform. the adaption to the ant we see is just a result of millions of years of natural selection. it took billions and billions of dead ants and therewith dead mushrooms to carve out the way to let the ant survive this long. next stepstone -evolutionary- is not to kill the ant at all but to nourish it and use it as tool for resource harvesting. symbiosis.




posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 02:43 PM
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check out this mind controlling parasite...

the parasitic wasp



[edit on 10-6-2010 by taguon]



posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 04:17 PM
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Wow I haven't seen that vid before but it gets to the bones of how far parasitism can go, not only infecting the body but actually getting the host brain to think its part of it so that it defends it till it starves to death.

Luckily humans are more advanced then bugs and other critters that we usually assimilates things like fungi parasites and uses them for fighting other parasites and what not. This does get you thinking what if something complex really came on a comet or from outer space and invaded the human body, something that can literally change it for its own purpose as it kills the host. Like that caterpillar, I guess there is something to all those movies like shrooms and that bug movie like pretty_vacant said. It's pretty much proven that you can change the human mind chemically to get the host to do things that no sane person would do. As in drug addicts would do things that no normal human would do under any circumstance like literally kill themselves for a substance. It's not that far fetched that a invading complex alien parasite would be able to make the host do what it wants, even assimilation to the human genome.



posted on Jun, 11 2010 @ 04:32 AM
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Some of these parasites are very cunning & sophisticated and can easily bypass a human's immune system.



How flesh bug fools immune system
Scientists have shown how flesh-eating parasites responsible for the disfiguring tropical disease leishmaniasis dupe the immune system.

The parasites produce a gel which the latest study shows can fool specialised immune cells into feeding rather than killing them.

news.bbc.co.uk...




Malaria Parasites Use "Cloaking Devices" to Trick Body

parasites use elaborate forms of deception, such as molecular mimicry, to fool the human immune system, new gene studies say.

The discovery could lead to new vaccines for the disease, which kills millions and is rapidly becoming resistant to treatment.

Carlton and her team have discovered sets of genes and proteins that help the parasite successfully invade red blood cells and evade the immune system.

"Once the parasite is inside a red blood cell, it produces certain proteins to coat the surface of those cells," Carlton explained.

Continuous changes on the surfaces of the red blood cells prevent the body's defense mechanisms from detecting the parasites.

Among the 5,433 genes in the P. vivax genome, the researchers found 346 that help the parasites trick the immune system.

news.nationalgeographic.com...




Do Parasites Rule the World?
Every living thing has at least one parasite that lives inside or on it, and many, including humans, have far more. Leopard frogs may harbor a dozen species of parasites, including nematodes in their ears, filarial worms in their veins, and flukes in their kidneys, bladders, and intestines. One species of Mexican parrot carries 30 different species of mites on its feathers alone. Often the parasites themselves have parasites, and some of those parasites have parasites of their own. Scientists have no idea of the exact number of species of parasites, but they do know one fact: Parasites make up the majority of species on Earth. Parasites can take the form of animals, including insects, flatworms, and crustaceans, as well as protozoa, fungi, plants, and viruses and bacteria. By one estimate, parasites may outnumber free-living species four to one. Indeed, the study of life is, for the most part, parasitology.

Most of the past century's research on parasites has gone into trying to fight the ones that cause devastating illness in humans, such as malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. But otherwise, parasites have largely been neglected. Scientists have treated them with indifference, even contempt, viewing them as essentially hitchhikers on life's road. But recent research reveals that parasites are remarkably sophisticated and tenacious and may be as important to ecosystems as the predators at the top of the food chain. Some castrate their hosts and take over their minds. Others completely shut down the immune systems of their hosts. Some scientists now think parasites have been a dominant force, perhaps the dominant force, in the evolution of life.

discovermagazine.com...


5 horrifying parasites guaranteed to overstay their welcome.
edition.cnn.com...

Cat Parasite Affects Everything We Feel and Do.
www.giveittomeraw.com...



The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.


scienceblogs.com...

[edit on 11-6-2010 by kindred]



posted on Jun, 11 2010 @ 08:54 AM
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This has got to be one of my favorite threads on ATS ever. These are all examples of some crazy stuff.

Plus it motivated me to go get the movie "Shrooms" just to see. Haven't watched it yet but thanks OP for starting such an interesting thread and all you people showing up with these sick little bits of natural beauty.


Originally posted by pretty_vacant
Brain Parasite Epidemic

I think this was the thread that I read about a year or so ago.. It presents information similar to the OP. Where a parasite makes its way into the brains of rats and then drives them to suicide by hanging around areas where cats habituate.. So they are more likely to be eaten..
You know what this also reminds me of? The movie Shrooms. You'll understand when you see the ending.

[edit on 10/6/10 by pretty_vacant]



posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 08:29 PM
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theres a movie about just that i think. it stars nicole kidman, i think its called the invasion. havent seen it yet, but i remember the plot. pretty scary to think about




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