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    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    Not entirely sure what that meant, but if you want to find a more credible source google Hymenoepimecis
    , which is the name of the wasp. It's true I looked for the most sensationalistic article I could find, but it's still pretty cool even in non-tabloid versions.
    It means I lost interest and moved onto something else for now. Maybe later...

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    Interesting, maybe in the future we can genetically modify parasites to alter exactly those things of our personality that we want to change. It's a freaky and disturbing thought, I know, but also very pragmatic.

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    It is rumoured the KGB developped methods of human mind control long ago. :P
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    Yuri?

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    The ethical question is where does mind influence stop and mind control come into existance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraph View Post
    Oh wait. They already have. How could I have forgotten the cinematic delight that was The Happening?
    Is it a coincidence that I watched that film last night, and clicked on this link today? I think not, the plants are giving me a special warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    This is one of my favourite behaviour-altering parasites.
    That is amazing.
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    Do siblings count as parasites?

    It's good that they're doing the research, since we aren't usually the designed hosts of the parasites.. Parasites still give me the chills, not least for the wasp thing.

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    see this brings up an interesting aspect about the physical nature/basis of personality.... I so want to say "No, the idea of parasites that "change" personality is nonsense".

    Obviously, a parasite could not change a personality directly since personality is supposed to be stable and immutable, in theory. However, if we are to be somewhat materialistic and believe that personality results from internal physiology, then significantly altering the internal physiology can GENERATE a NEW personality, creating the illusion of a "changed " personality.


    Parasites change the creatures behavior - personality is something else; its more of a conglomeration imo

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    Babies are parasites living off the host mother. With bulbous heads, large eyes and wrinkly appendages, their presence strikes fear into the heart of all they encounter.

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    ... and that the differences depended on sex. Infected men were more likely to be aggressive, jealous and suspicious, while women became more outgoing and showed signs of higher intelligence.
    Hm. I'm curious as to how many women would deliberately infect themselves with this parasite.

    I'm also now somewhat curious how often this parasite is involved concerning cases of domestic abuse.
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