Episode 182 – The Ick and Wow Factors

This is one of those podcasts that I think of as belonging to my “Can of Worm” Series. I so categorized it because the more I thought about this particular subject, the more I realized that as usual this wasn’t just about science. In addition to science, it was  about ethics and also about how we feel about ourselves as individuals and what makes us and all animals unique. Even more confounding, our identities probably consist of a collection of personal wow factors that may be another’s ho-hum or even ick factors. As a result, how much ick each of us would accept to preserve a wow seems like it would boil down to a lot more than anything science alone could determine.

Here’s one of the multiple articles that have appeared in the past few years about how parasites change human and nonhuman animal behaviors. And here’s another.