• Hank Wedow

Toxoplasma gondii

Updated: Oct 22, 2019

My girlfriend Emily and I were driving home to Rochester with a group of friends after a long-weekend in NYC about a month ago. Among the many s̶t̶u̶p̶i̶d̶ lively topics of discussion was one brought up by Emily (a registered nurse) who noted some article she had skimmed which said something along the lines of (in her words) "did you know there is a parasite that comes from cats that infects our brains and turns us into risk averse zombies that get into car crashes?"


We were skeptical. But I'll admit, she had our curiosity. She went on to Google and read the following to us from Sam Osborne of Independent:


"A mind-altering parasite found in cat feces may give humans more courage and help them overcome their “fear of failure,” research has suggested. According to the study, being infected by the organism, Toxoplasma gondii, may give an advantage to entrepreneurs and managers. The protozoan parasite, which is spread by cats, is known to invade the brain and may cause personality changes associated with risk-taking... But the latest research provides new evidence it may actually drive risk-taking in business, helping to promote the entrepreneurial spirit." 



Anyway, after the laughing and joking I wondered if I had this cat parasite in my brain making me do risky things like the below:





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Fellow builders/developers/flippers - when you are faced with a decision to save an existing structure or demolish and build new, what are the major deciding factors?

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