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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Justin Mason tagged brain

'With the price of bread running into billions a loaf the German people [...] had to get used to counting in thousands of billions. This, according to some German physicians, brought on a new nervous disease known as "zero stroke," or "cipher stroke" [...] The persons afflicted with the malady are perfectly normal, except "for a desire to write endless rows of ciphers and engage in computations more involved than the most difficult problems in logarithms."' (via Joe Drumgoole)

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Being a wingnut is neurochemically addictive (via torrez): 'The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data'

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apparently it's called 'punding', and has been observed in 'people experiencing dopamine excess states, such as when patients are overtreated with Parkinson's disease medication', as well as chronic speed addicts

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