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*shivers*
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Oh this is awesome, I need to get my hands on this fungus.
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Originally Posted by pale_neon View Post
I'm interested to know how exactly something as simple as a fungi can even understand directionality, much less motor skills.
Maybe it releases toxin's that impair a hosts emotions, similar to alcohol. A drunk can still walk and talk, maybe not coherently, but some motor functions work. However, alcohol brings out the worst in people, the shy get braver, the angry/moody get violent..

The toxin's in the fungi are probably like crack to the ant. The ant wants more, so it goes where there is more of it. So it makes the ant look like its being controlled by it, but in reality, its just a crackhead that will do anything for more crack.

post #14 of 61
this isnt really a NEW discovery. i read about this fungus about 5-6 years ago.

also read

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant-fungus_mutualism

and check the references (stuff that dates back into the 90's)
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This is a repost, I made a thread 3 days ago that got deleted about it. There is at least 2 other threads about it too, this is the one I could find but I know there is another one with links to videos.

http://www.overclock.net/technology-...-fungus-2.html

Very mindblowing topic though.
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Damn....nuff said.
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Woooo! Zombie apocalypse 2012! I hope this can evolve to cause humans to go cannabalistic in time.
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post #18 of 61
I remember seeing this on earth Planet Earth or Life.
Ant gets infected, ant goes batpoop crazy, colony moves, ant turns to fungus statue.
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I doubt a fungus could take over a human brain considering how complex the human brain is compared to an ant
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post #20 of 61
Old. This gets 'discovered' about once a year.
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