GondiiParasites influence behavior to a remarkable extent in humans and markets (they are called viruses on computers). For example: gondii causes humans to be very attractive to cats so the gondii can be transmitted. The markets develop these parasites also. They  show systems that work. They are eaten by investment advisers and publishers and promoters and CTAs. That way they can be transmitted by the water supply, — I mean, money supply. When transmitted, they cause losses as they cause the brain to malfunction to think that for example cycles will persist, until the next round of non-infectives can be found.

Scott Brooks responds:

Human behavior is just like the deer on my farm. It's cyclical and goes thru a "feast to famine to feast to famine" ongoing cycle. Deer, if left unchecked by hunters, will explode in numbers to the point where disease, often in the form of parasites such the midge flea that carries EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease), spreads. Mother Nature is the older and much crueler sister of the Market Mistress, and when she steps in to to correct a situation, long painful deaths ensue. Starvation, death from disease (which often results in a weakened animal being caught and eaten alive by a predator) and other horrendous forms of death and miserable existence (for those that survive) ensue. Mother Nature steps in and cleanses out the excesses. The Market and Economy go thru the same boom and bust cycle. Everyone "Parties like it's 1999" without realizing that every good thing must come to an end. That's when the Mistress steps in cleanses out the excesses…..and the party stops. Market downturns, recessions are her way of cleansing the herd. But when the herd doesn't respond, deeper more painful methods must be used — just as we saw in the 1930s, and 1970s, and as some would say we're seeing right now.

Janice Dorn comments:

T. gondii damages the astroglia of the brain. These are sometimes called astrocytes and are kind of a brain glue or support, particularly as regards the blood-brain barrier. For years we have known of correlations between certain mental disorders and T. gondii. Schizophrenia has a strong correlation with T.gondii and is believed to be transmitted from mother to fetus. High rates of T.gondii are also associated with a variety of anxiety, depressive and so-called "neurotic" disorders in the affected population. These include bipolar (manic-depressive) illnesses known to be associated with hypersexuality and volatile behavior. There appears to be some difference in the behavioral manifestations of T.gondii in women vs. men, although the exact brain mechanisms or anatomical pathways for this are not, to my knowledge, well-delineated at this time.

Debra Humbert comments:

I have been thinking a lot about the systemic and interactive components of the cat tales. Do infected men and infected women fit more naturally as a couple? Do the rocks in his head fit the holes in hers? Does a non infected male respond in the same way to an infected female as would an infected male? How does an infected male affect a non infected female? Can the dynamic only be created by two infected parties? Or is one infected party of either gender enough to demonstrate the dynamic? Analogously, I'm curious as to which gender would be perceived as the cat and which the mouse? I'm not sure it is as obvious as one might assume. The studies may be influenced by researcher perception/bias. Here is why. Alley cats: risk taking and rule breaking men are hot and attractive to some women. The alley cat male is a challenge and an aphrodisiac/bad boy kinda thing in the same way that a promiscuous female has powerful desirability. It is a phenomenon that women often discuss. Are the symptoms as gender specific as they seem? So the mice will go closer to the cat? Got that. But I don't get which is the mouse or the cat in terms of gender. The infected male or the infected female? Also, in terms of evolutionary adaptation — what would be driving it? More births? Fewer births? Gender of offspring? Questions, questions. I have so many questions.





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