Hi Steph, thanks! I thought the articles were cool. I used to study microbial ecology and the roles that microorganisms have in ruminant health and nutrition. This is even more strange, that we may engaged in a type of multispecies ecological interplay, with cats as the source and breeding environment for toxoplasma, and human behavior subtly influenced by toxoplasma organisms in our brains. And then the rats of course becoming less fearful of cats, so the cats eat them. It's all conjecture of course.
How our brains may be affected by cats. This is a little misleading - more specifically, by toxoplasmosis, affecting our behavior and personality, to some extent our temperament and identity. Interesting reading, lots of implications.
Yeah I'll be trying as best as I can to stay away from this place. I will be taking a grad course beginning in March and I can start now by doing the reading, so it would be best if I do that rather than socialize (if you can call it that) on here. Also my wife is pregnant YET AGAIN (argh!!) and this time it looks like it is going to be multiples :-O, so she will be due sometime in November I'm guessing, which means I am taking this class just in time, because it may be the last class I ever take! :'( I will probably not be able to hold myself really from checking in on occasion, but I will have to do my best. And I will miss you too! I would say I have felt a greater connection with you here than with anyone else, so feel free to drop me a line if you're ever lonely or need someone to talk to. I'd be glad for the human contact. But I'm sure I'll be back once my class is over, and hopefully with another nice paper that I am proud of and can show off to anyone who cares. Live long and prosper! (heh, just got finished watching the new Star Trek movie for the first time, it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be! Pretty good actually.) Later Steph!