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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:28 am

A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US. The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness.  Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.

Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae. Dr Robert Yolken, a virologist who led the original study, said: “This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behaviour and cognition.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virus-that-makes-humans-more-stupid-discovered-9849920.html


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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:27 pm

So what afflicts the far left then? Another kind of algae virus perhaps? Laughing

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:07 pm

a brain eating amoeba...

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:17 pm

This is a leftie virus, affects ability to have independent and rational thought and sufferers may also exhibit behaviour of severe arrogance and superiority, delusional psychosis and denial where they truly believe that they are always right even when faced with irrefutable evidence to the contrary....
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:30 pm

This coming from the man who is scared of homosexuals, people with black skin who are the same race as you etc.#
Sadly we now realise Tommy you have been suffering with this virus all your life

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:45 pm

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Yeah and this is a horse......

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:48 pm

And you are a donkey

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:32 pm

Then you are an ass...



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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:35 pm

You fantasizing about me again Tommy?
Its okay, you are only human.

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:41 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:So what afflicts the far left then? Another kind of algae virus perhaps? Laughing

Good sense and the willingness to think before acting.

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An ass...

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:47 pm

So beastiality then, well what ever you get your kicks by Tommy.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:55 pm

No, you are an ass... And an arse!

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:27 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:So what afflicts the far left then? Another kind of algae virus perhaps? Laughing
Compassion and intelligence are the afflictions of the left Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:32 pm

Sorry, far-right-wingers, it's just science Smile

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:26 pm

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Raggamuffin wrote:So what afflicts the far left then? Another kind of algae virus perhaps? Laughing
Compassion and intelligence are the afflictions of the left Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

Hmmmm, not sure about the intelligence, and the compassion is usually false. Laughing

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:33 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:
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Raggamuffin wrote:So what afflicts the far left then? Another kind of algae virus perhaps? Laughing
Compassion and intelligence are the afflictions of the left Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

Hmmmm, not sure about the intelligence, and the compassion is usually false. Laughing

OK, here's something I've been wondering lately -- because conservatives say that a lot about us lefties -- how can you be so sure that someone else's compassion is false?

I mean, have you seen liberals approach homeless people with a bill in their hand saying "Here, have some money," and then pull it away at the last second, yelling "Psych!" and laughing?

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:41 pm

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Hmmmm, not sure about the intelligence, and the compassion is usually false. Laughing

OK, here's something I've been wondering lately -- because conservatives say that a lot about us lefties -- how can you be so sure that someone else's compassion is false?

I mean, have you seen liberals approach homeless people with a bill in their hand saying "Here, have some money," and then pull it away at the last second, yelling "Psych!" and laughing?


To be honest Ben each argument from both side is wrong as it stereotypes the other with the view to be prejudice towards each other basing a view that one is inferior. It is where people go wrong when they should look to compromise not castigate as all prejudice is born from a dislike of another.
Remove the prejudice and you can move towards unity.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:47 pm

I am going to change the title, as was more interested in the fact there is a virus out there like this and it clearly has sent this debate down the wrong path based off me having some fun and banter with the title.

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:13 pm

I'm not really surprised and there is probably several of them

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/toxo-terror-are-our-brains-controlled-by-cat-loving-parasites

like Toxoplasma gondii that infects peoples brains and makes them like cats (also effects rodents and makes them not react to threat of cat)


I like the way the link above explains it.
Teeming within your body alone are trillions of microorganisms—bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists—that make up 90 percent of all the cells in your body. You are more them, than you are you. In fact, there’s not really a you. Your body is more of an ecosystem than a discrete organism. The sum effect of this fact is unnerving: In a way, you are not one thing, but a codependent mass of countless organisms, moving in unison toward shared goals. Through hundreds of thousands of years of co-evolution within this host-microbe habitat, these organisms have developed a complex scheme of cat-and-mouse survival strategies that affect the overall system.

So then: Whenever you do something, whenever you make one of the myriad, inane daily choices that ultimately define who you are, who is it making the decision? You? Or is it them?

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:34 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:
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Hmmmm, not sure about the intelligence, and the compassion is usually false. Laughing

OK, here's something I've been wondering lately -- because conservatives say that a lot about us lefties -- how can you be so sure that someone else's compassion is false?

I mean, have you seen liberals approach homeless people with a bill in their hand saying "Here, have some money," and then pull it away at the last second, yelling "Psych!" and laughing?

This is the kind of debate that conservatives start/perpetuate because they are unaccustomed to original thinking. We call it jingoism, bellicism, zealotry, platitudes, and sometimes triteness. It is use of the mind for things other than thinking...overlain by repetitiveness. It occasionally serves for cleverness, but only to other conservatives.

Liberals should be spending their time and ingenuity figuring out how to rid the planet of the stupid ones...or at least, cleaning the gene pool of them. Lol.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Spoken like a true left wing fascist ....



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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:50 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:Spoken like a true left wing fascist ....

All dissent and opposing views must be eliminated!

Conservatism is an unhealthy virus, Tommy.  It is classified as a mental disease:


Psychology Today wrote:Conservatism as a Mental Illness
Republican pols have recently exhibited 10 telltale signs of mental illness.
Published on June 12, 2012 by Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Entertainment

n Creationism as a Mental Illness, Robert Rowland Smith argues that creationists exhibit several signs of mental illness including denial, psychosis, and inability to grasp irony.

The specter of mental illness does indeed loom large over creationists, but they are not alone. Signs of psychopathology can also be seen among their political bedfellows, conservative politicians, especially when you consider a wide range of illness indicators. In his award-winning 2005 book, Dr. James Whitney Hicks discusses 50 signs of mental illness including denial, delusion, hallucination, disordered thinking, anger, anti-social behavior, sexual preoccupation, grandiosity, general oddness, and paranoia. Now I'm no clinician, but in my (admittedly biased brown) eyes it seems that prominent Republicans have evidenced each of these ten telltale signs of mental illness over the past year:

1) Denial: humans did not evolve;  Obama is not a native-born American Christian

2) Delusion: climate is not changing

3) Hallucination: God ordained me to be President

4) Disordered Thinking: being for small government that's huge in the bedroom;  being anti-contraception and anti-abortion

5) Anger: Newt Gingrich’s perpetual scowl

6) Anti-social Behavior: toward women, gays, minorities, anyone without an umbilical cord or trust fund

7) Sexual Preoccupation: a fervent compulsion to control when we can mate, with whom we can mate, and precisely how we are allowed to mate (which I lampoon in Why Do Politicians Want to Police Dick and Jane's Private Parts?)

8 ) Grandiosity: even Rick Santorum recognizes Gingrich’s “over the moon” grandiosity

9) General Oddness: Ron Paul

10) Paranoia: pretty much all of them, all of the time

Even (the not necessarily dumb) Pope Francis appears to recognize that “it is a serious illness, this of ideological [conservative] Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

Regrettably, the Republican who least exhibits anti-science stances is the only one who (tongue-in-cheek) acknowledges his mental illness:

Virus that makes humans more stupid. 98162-95059

Until Jon Huntsman becomes the sane voice of his insane party, maybe "Republican Syndrome" should be added to the DSM-V so that crazy conservative pols can receive the mental health treatment they need. I bet "Obamacare" would even cover it.

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:56 pm

Poor stereotypes again, so how does your hypothesis work Quill if a person changes their political view points?
In other words view points are variable and forever changing, thus you can make only guesses.
The above is about belief as a factor not a political view point, where it is using creationism.

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:00 pm

You are talking about secondary views. Only lazy people engage in secondary conclusions.

A liberal is a thinking person. He gets it right the first time. He doesn't have to take his cues from signs...he's thought it through to the core. Cool

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:14 pm

Original Quill wrote:You are talking about secondary views.  Only lazy people engage in secondary conclusions.

A liberal is a thinking person.  He gets it right the first time.  He doesn't have to take his cues from signs...he's thought it through to the core. Cool


Sorry but again it is a best guess based off how some people act or vote, where again your hypothesis does not factor in if a person renounces their faith or changes their political stance, hence why it is very shoddy to say the least to make such assumptions.

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:18 pm

I always said the "liberal " was the most poisonous of creatures and here we have quill suggesting some sort of "final solution" for those whos views he doesnt like.

I suggest he take a hard look i9n the mirror for any signs of "that" moustache.....

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:52 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:I always said the "liberal " was the most poisonous of creatures and here we have quill suggesting some sort of "final solution" for those whos views he doesnt like.

I suggest he take a hard look i9n the mirror for any signs of "that" moustache.....

Jingos victor. Try displaying for us your original thoughts.

But then...you have to have them first. Razz

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:54 pm

and he cant even refute it... Virus that makes humans more stupid. 3489511464

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:59 pm

Brasidas wrote:
Original Quill wrote:You are talking about secondary views.  Only lazy people engage in secondary conclusions.

A liberal is a thinking person.  He gets it right the first time.  He doesn't have to take his cues from signs...he's thought it through to the core. Cool


Sorry but again it is a best guess based off how some people act or vote, where again your hypothesis does not factor in if a person renounces their faith or changes their political stance, hence why it is very shoddy to say the least to make such assumptions.

How does a political party act to hate women, act to hate Africans, act to hate Hispanics, the largest growing demographic in the US, then start wars based upon lies, and act to destroy democracy itself...and then when they lose an election, say it's just a messaging problem.

No, I'm sorry...that's sheer, raw stupidity.  You guys got the same disease over there: austerity and the economy tanks.  Duh...

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Sorry but again it is a best guess based off how some people act or vote, where again your hypothesis does not factor in if a person renounces their faith or changes their political stance, hence why it is very shoddy to say the least to make such assumptions.

How does a political party act to hate women, act to hate Africans, act to hate Hispanics, the largest growing demographic in the US, then start wars based upon lies, and act to destroy democracy itself...and then when they lose an election, say it's just a messaging problem.

No, I'm sorry...that's sheer, raw stupidity.  You guys got the same disease over there: austerity and the economy tanks.  Duh...


That is a fallacy argument, we had the BNP over here where around 1 million people supported the where many studies were done on the supporters, where around a third were racist, a third angry at the system and a third voting a protest vote. Not all people behind a party does so off all its policies and actually hold certain policies as more important to them and why they vote for a party. For example some people vote for the Green party more off its environmental issues, hence why such classifications of voters who vote or support a party fail to factor all this in, they take a general view of how they see what they view as a typical supporter of a party, which unlike the Brits do a thorough study of the supporters of parties, showing why this is so flawed. Where again they fail to factor in where people change who they vote for.

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Post by groomsy on Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:48 pm

i see most right wing nuts here already have it
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