Mappers, packers & toxoplasma

June 9, 2010

I loved Alan Carter’s Programmer’s Stone when I first read it in the late 90s, the mapper/packer distinction really hit the nail on the head. When he went on to diagnose the roots of that behavioural distinction as dopamine driven ritual stress addiction I heard a lot of echoes of the mindless proceduralism that I see in investment bank IT departments.

Reading this article on toxoplasma and how it’s been empirically determined to reduce novelty seeking behaviour, and increase neurotic behaviour reminded me of Alan’s work. I wonder if he’s aware of toxoplasma as a candidate cause of stress addiction ?

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