Meet Kathleen McAuliffe, author of "This is Your Brain on Parasites"
Friday, March 16, 2018 5:00:00 PM PDT - 7:00:00 PM PDT
In the tradition of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel and Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, This Is Your Brain on Parasites is both a journey into cutting-edge science and a revelatory examination of what it means to be human. In myriad ways, McAuliffe reveals, parasites influence how other creatures—including humans—think, feel and act. Many are capable of manipulating their hosts with astonishing precision, coaxing rats to approach cats, spiders to transform their webs, and fish to draw the attention of predatory birds. Hosts have in turn evolved behaviors to keep them safe from infection. Disease avoidance is a major driving force behind numerous adaptations, from revulsions to sexual attractions, and in our case, even our social values.
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