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Colin Wilson’s The Mind Parasites Channels Lovecraft And Existentialism

The Mind ParasitesWhen I was in high school, my older brother loaned me a beat up paperback with an ominous title: The Mind Parasites. All he said was, “Read this.” His unusual terseness and seriousness piqued my interest and I settled down soon thereafter to read it, much in the way one settles down to watch a good horror movie. The comparison bears out—The Mind Parasites is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. I’ve now read it three times, and with each reading, I find new details that make this horror story all the more frighteningly plausible.

Colin Wilson is a British author and philosopher whose best-known work is The Outsider, which explores existentialism and the artists and writers shaped by the philosophy, such as Albert Camus. Wilson’s fascination with existentialism also plays a huge role in his fictional works, including The Mind Parasites.

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Scientists Help Finches Build Parasite-Resistant Nests

FinchHave you ever watched a nature documentary and realized with horror that the lion is about to catch — and shred — the gazelle? Or worse, that the pod of killer whales that have been following a mother grey whale and her calf for hours have successfully tired them out and are about to separate the calf from its mother so they can eat it? Every time I watch one of these scenes unfold, I wonder whether the folks behind the cameras might stop the carnage. Even though I know they’re not supposed to intervene with the natural, if sometimes brutal, events that transpire in the animal world, I still sometimes hope they will. And in this next story, scientists did intervene to help save the Galapagos finch. The unobtrusive way they did it is pretty brilliant.

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Excellent Claymation Shorts Offer Zombie Gore And Dystopian Parasites

You’d have to work at the lamest job imaginable if it’s a place where claymation gore is NSFW. I mean, claymation gore isn’t necessarily indicative of job loyalty or a healthy work ethic, but that’s just management speak for boring. Down with management! Down with clay zombies! (The first video is the exuberantly gross one. The second one is disturbing in an entirely different manner.)

Clay artist extraordinaire Trent Shy makes short claymation films and posters. And when I say “makes,” I mean he must have signed a deal with some demonic deity at one point in his life that allows him to manipulate clay with just his mind, culling together an impressively creative array of splatter-shots and goregasms for his clay characters to act out. Did you notice it was called Monster Zombie Claymation? Nobody gives a shit about clever names when there are so many goddamned zombie heads to explode. Seriously, it’s worth grabbing a pair of tomatoes before watching this video just so you can squeeze them to a pulpy nothingness and feel like part of the fun.

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Sci-Fi In Real Life: Parasites Trick Rats’ Brains Into Not Being Scared Of Cats

Well hello there, Mr. Cat.When asked what scares them the most, people will generally gravitate towards tangible things–sharks, bears, the dark, closed spaces. These are the sort of things most people would describe as scary. But today I have something for you that you’ve probably never thought about before, but is absolutely terrifying.

Toxoplasma Gondii. Ring any bells? Chances are no, but let me enlighten you. It’s a parasite that lives in warm blooded creatures whose goal is to reproduce, which it does in the digestive system of felines. That’s not the scary part. The scary part is how it gets there. According to a recent study published at PLoS One, Toxoplasma Gondii that finds life in rats alters the brain patterns of rats so that they are no longer afraid of cats, their greatest enemy. Which essentially means that these rats no longer fear or will flee from the death that will definitely happen if they come in close proximity to a kitty.

This of course is a small example. Rats and cats, what do we humans have to worry about? Maybe nothing, but what if you went camping and all of a sudden you were no longer afraid of bears all because a little microscopic parasite wants to be inside that bear? Yeah. That’s scary.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: New SF Books For The Week Of Jan. 5, 2015

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

City1“City 1” by Gregg Rosenblum

From the creators of Homeland and American Horror Story comes City 1, the chilling finale to the Revolution 19 trilogy.

The time has come to win the cities back from the bots — or die trying.

After finally reuniting at a rebel camp, siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are willing to do anything to stay together — and free their parents from bot rule. But the leader of the rebel camp has her own ideas. Cruel and determined, General Clay won’t let anything stand in the way of her plan to destroy the robots and all the brainwashed humans. For Nick, Kevin, and Cass, this means their parents’ lives are at stake, but they can’t desert the rebels when they’re so close to freedom. How far will they go to save the world they believe in?

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Is Doctor Who: The Last Christmas’ Santa The ‘Real’ Santa?

TheLastChristmasThe Doctor Who Christmas special is one of our favorite holiday traditions here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, so every day closer we get to this year’s installment — entitled “The Last Christmas” — makes us just a little bit happier. Not to mention full of questions, and those questions aren’t finding many answers in this new batch of promotional images from the special. Chief among them: what the hell is up with all the goddamn oranges?

The Doctor’s got an orange. Santa Claus has an orange. I’m betting Clara’s got an orange or two stashed somewhere too. What does it all mean? I haven’t the foggiest, except that maybe this year The Doctor is facing off against some sort of vitamin C vampire.

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