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Hello Vince and Dick,
I just found your podcast and I love it! You have some wonderfully witty banter.
I am only on my 4th episode (that's what you call a podcast segment right?), and have a question pertaining to my original reason for searching out your podcast.
I am working on the research portion for a short story I am wanting to write about what the world would look like if we knew exactly how different parasites effect behavior. Think of it as a thought experiment dealing with the nature of environmental determinism and the concept of free will. Say, would people purposefully expose themselves to a parasite for a desired effect, or use one as an alibi for an act of bad faith? I may bring in epigenetics into this story as well, but I'm not sure how it will fit. It is meant to be science fiction with a bioethical slant.
Importantly, I don't want it to seem too sensationalist though, so I am trying to base as much of the story in reality as possible. Hence listening to your podcast! Do you have any suggestions on where I should look for information about this? Do you have a podcast/episode/segment about this? It's validity as an idea? Conspiracy theory or reality?
Also, love the mini-history lessons. Myself, I am a student of history of science/medicine/technology and seriously appreciate it! A++ will listen again.
If he is of Indian origin, the first name is not pronounced as in chancre
Minas in Portuguese means ‘mines’.
You wanted to know how many NZ listeners you have so now you know you have one more. :p
Keep up the great work.
I saw this in my inbox this morning and thought that it would be a good TWiP pick of the week.
Dear Vincent and Dickson
I thought that this paper from PLOS one would be worth a mention on TWiP
The fossil from Brazil has been found to contain the oldest known examples of tapeworm eggs.
The specimen was so well preserved that a worm larva could be seen in one of the eggs.