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Philip Barton
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There are a few parasites which are known to affect the higher functions of the mind - rabies making dogs vicious, parasitic wasps which commandeer orb spiders, flatworms which make ants commit a strange sort of suicide atop blades of grass, where they can be eaten by sheep. And, of course, there's toxoplasma gondii, whose primary habitat is in the intestines of cats, and which can be responsible for "crazy cat lady syndrome."

But while we usually think of this as being a rare, acute condition affecting only a few people, it turns out that infection rates may be far higher than we imagined - 10-20% of Americans, and over 50% of Europeans - and that even these low-level infections may have subtle but significant effects on our personalities.

We may well be, in short, under the effect of mind-controlling parasites right now. And things as fundamental as our introversion or extroversion, or as seemingly arbitrary as our fashion sense, may be affected.

Via +A.V. Flox​

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A Google search for "do facts need a narrative?" yielded this result.

I've come to accept that facts rarely reside in the mind outside of some narrative encapsulation. Facts don't evoke emotion, and narrative does. "Things which fire together wire together."

With respect to history, I saw an interesting video a while back (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N5zfBzzTvs) regarding the distinction between "history" and "the past". On a personal level, it's something I think about regularly now that a stretch of my past has two remarkably different historians.

For a while, I had great anxiety about exclusion of "key" facts from narrative, or choices in wording. That anxiety is much better these days. I'm comfortable with people hearing as much as they want to hear from whichever narrator they prefer. I'm comfortable with people asking any questions they might desire to ask. I'm comfortable with not knowing what the other narrative has been.

I've decided that my narrative will have more fire and explosions from now on, though.

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