A fascinating book. Initially quite gorey, it gradually settles down to draw together behaviors illustrated into a broader discussion on the effects of parasites of different kinds on various species, including humans. Pursuing concepts that would otherwise be quite far removed from most people's expectations and imaginings, but which seem entirely plausible when considered in context, the author considers cultural conflicts in the real world right up to those still being contested in the present day.
This is an engrossing book, a well written page-turner — in fact impossible to put down! It introduces a whole new aspect to so many issues that can so easily get stuck in sterile arguments.
This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society Paperback – Illustrated, 19 December 2019
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KATHLEEN MCAULIFFE is a contributing editor to Discover. Her work has appeared in over a dozen national magazines, including Discover, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, and Smithsonian. From 1999 to 2006, she was also a health columnist for More. Her work has been published in Best American Science Writing, and has received several grants and awards, including a science writing fellowship from the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. She has appeared numerous times on TV and radio, and was interviewed by To the Point, the nationally syndicated Osgood FIle, and other programs after her 2012 Atlantic feature "How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy" became the second most widely read article in the magazine's history. McAuliffe lives in Miami with her husband--a research physicist--and her two children.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544947258
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544947252
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A real eye-openerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2018
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On parasites and there effectsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2018
This is a good book on the subject of the interaction of parasites and their hosts, written by a non-specialist in the field. As such the book is well written gaining much of its information from interviews of experts in the field. I liked the early part but could not go along with the latter chapters of how much they had affected our thoughts and emotions.
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Very good introduction to the subjectReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2021
Well written at a level where a non-expert can follow the reasoning. It will change your view of yourself and of others but it does so by laying out the evidence for how these things affect us.
Can't put it down! Fascinating bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2018
I can't put it down! Fascinating book that gives a whole new perspective on the impact parasites have on our world and ourselves. So worth reading and learn more about all that goes unseen on Nature's backstage.
Fascinating if a bit thought provoking.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2019
Opened my eyes to what is within our bodies as well as without. A very enjoyable read. Made me question the concept of free will.
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