TOXOPLASMOSIS AS AN ENGINE OF PROGRESS
Surprising fact – the simplest of parasites, that which causes toxoplasmosis, affects the proclivity for business and risky behavior in business transactions.
This discovery was made by Colorado scientists. They were studying the connection between Toxoplasma gondii and behavior.
You can catch this valuable protozoa through poorly-cooked meats, dirty water, or contact with the feces of an infected cat.
According to Wikipedia, toxoplasmosis is present in half the world’s population. In some countries, it reaches 95%. Not all of them have gone into business so far, however.
There aren’t any special symptoms of infection, but cysts form quietly in the brain and remain until the host dies.
The scientists took 1500 saliva samples from students and another 200 from participants at business seminars.
The results: carriers of the parasite are 1.7 times more likely to choose a specialization in business with an emphasis on management and entrepreneurship.
Moreover, those that were infected at the business seminars were almost twice as likely to open their own business than the uninfected.
It’s the same on a national level. In those countries where T. gondii is more common, there is greater entrepreneurial activity.
Sound like nonsense? Scientists have studied statistics from 42 countries over a quarter-century to come to this conclusion. This is from Norway at 9% infected to Brazil at 60%.
What’s the explanation? There’s a hypothesis that the parasite somehow reduces fear of failure. It helps those who start off more conservatively to participate in riskier enterprises.
Even rats with the magical T. gondii aren’t as afraid of cats. At the same time, though, these scientists in Colorado are cautious. They stipulate that the research does not concern cause-and-effect, but rather correlation.
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If you decide to take this business advice to heart, though, don’t immediately rush to drink some dirty water or look for cat feces. Infection with the parasite is also linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eye disease, bouts of anger, auto accidents, and even suicidal behavior. Those countries with a 95% infection rate may need to be warned.
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