Now whenever there just so happens to be a correlation between two things such as these there’s a little bit of ambiguosity as to whether one caused the other, vice versa or indeed if they had any impact on one another in the first place. The simple fact that one manages to go up at the same time as the other doesn’t actually mean that it was actually tracking its progress for whatever reason. But that was a tangent of the scientific (or possible statistical, I’m not particularly sure at this juncture quite what’s occurring) variety that most probably has relatively little to do with the story in hand. I can only apologise (I won’t actually but it’s important to me for you to know that there’s nothing else I can do at this point. For some reason).
Well, it turns out that extremists are far more susceptible to the scourge that is Parkinson’s disease. Or Parkinson’s disease does a great many things to your brain including changing the wiring round just a tad so as to make you far more extreme than you used to be. One or the other and I’m not terribly sure what the connotations are when it comes to either scenario. Maybe radical views can be used as a potential marker for the development of Parkinson’s disease. Perhaps the arguments put forward by those with said illness will be more readily dismissed as they’re merely the rantings of a lunatic. Or most likely such extrapolations should be left alone for the time being.
As with most discoveries of this nature, more research is needed before anything concrete can be done with it. At the very least someone should have a crack at following up so that they can prove the first time wasn’t a fluke. And by that time someone will have devised a far more sensationalist hypothesis so we can forget about this one altogether.