Friday, November 22, 2019
First the Worm Gets in the Bug’s Head. Then the Bug Drowns Itself.
The mind-controlling parasites are “like a back-seat driver, but a bit more sinister.”
An earwig and the mermithid worm that lived inside it. Credit...Haseeb Randhawa and Ken Miller
By Veronique Greenwood
Nov. 22, 2019
A few years back, Ryan Herbison, then a graduate student in parasitology at the University of Otago, painstakingly collected about 1,300 earwigs and more than 2,500 sandhoppers from gardens and a beach in New Zealand.
Then, he dissected and examined the insides of their heads.
This macabre scavenger hunt was in search of worms that lay coiled within some of the insects. The worms are parasites that force earwigs and sandhoppers to march into bodies of water, drowning themselves so the worms’ aquatic offspring can thrive.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Fog of Imperialist Propaganda
Review of the NYT's 'Science'
There's an old Freudian theory that criminals subconsciously want to get caught and that this explains why they leave clues at the scene of their crime.
One needn't be a Sherlock Holmes to detect a metaphor for the NYT's own propaganda in the "Science" article to the left.
Here's the opinion of Joel Dvoskin, a clinical forensic and correctional psychologist:
Question: Looking at some recent cases of self-incrimination, where the perpetrator flaunts their criminality, it seems unfathomable anyone would willingly shoot themselves in the foot. What’s the logic behind it?Yeah, you might say that.