Nature, Science & Tech — 07 December 2016

In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, British science journalist Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites. Shown on TED.

We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence… and yet there’s a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As Ed Yong explains, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree.

He introduces animals and organisms that live on the bodies (and brains!) of other organisms, causing them to do their bidding. So are they influencing us? It’s more than likely.

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