Tuesday, January 24, 2017

[lsftlwrt] Eliminating mind-control microorganisms

There are microorganisms which do mind control on humans, famously Toxoplasma.  In the near future, I predict we will discover many more of them, catalogue them, measure their prevalence, and eliminate them using public health techniques.

Humanity might then see a new age in which a vast mental fog has gotten lifted.

But what if it was a microorganism infection in the population that helped someone achieve or maintain power?  Would they be keen to deploy public health techniques to eliminate that microorganism?

What if it is a microorganism that is helping prevent anarchy?  Perhaps encouraging people to be docile, or not to fight each other, or form social connections evolutionarily advantageous for the microorganism to propagate?

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