Sunday, December 14, 2008

Possible evolutionary explanation of schizophrenia?

Fascinating article from Scientific American that explores the possible evolutionary explanation for schizophrenia.

7 comments:

Ann Victor said...

Very interesting article, thanks Colleen! Did you read the link at the bottom called "Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia"; it was also very interesting!

annerallen said...

This is why yours is my favorite publishing blog, Colleen. From Prop 8 musicals to the hot skinny on brain research, we hear it first at the Swivet. Thanks!

acpaul said...

Much is now explained to me. Well, not really.

I just spent four nights in a row trying to convince a schizophrenic patient that no, the nursing staff was not out to get her, and no, I wasn't going to poison her, and yes, she really did need to leave the heart monitor on.

Sometimes I love my job, and sometimes, I dream of doing well enough as a writer to leave the ICU behind.

prophet1 said...

Interesting article. I'm a healer. An energy healer? Quantum healing? Its hard to describe what I do. If I put a title on it, I think it will alter, influence, the healing.

I'm like Dr Eric Pearl with a bit of John Edwards as a side dish.

I've not worked on someone with schizphrenia, but I see unusual responses in the brain when I work. I see into the body in layers, and I wonder what I'd see.

I feel energy - I don't know if this is an accurate term - flowing from me and the patient. An increased energy. Sometimes it feels like I'm disolving. Is this increased energy linked to brain activity and or illness. Again, interesting article.

I wonder what would happen if science worked with someone like me?

I enjoy visiting. Thanks. Cheers.

Jeff said...

I wonder about the apparent link between schizophrenia and cat feces. Will the mutation of those energy-regulating genes coincide with the (so-called) domestication of the cat? Or will it coincide with the appearance of art? Or religion? Of course, the development of art, religion, and even (do-called) domestic cats cannot easily be defined or separated. They are the proverbial chickens and eggs.

crossoverwriter said...

Has anyone read The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes? A must-read for anyone interested in schizophrenia and the origin of consciousness in general.
His thesis is that in ancient times, the nature of consciousness was radically different, including the ability to hear voices (from the other, disconnected hemisphere of one's own brain, in the form of directives, similar to modern day schizophrenic voices, which Jaynes posits are remnants of our bicameral brains. Gaining more traction in the world of science.

davidf said...

Hm. Hm. Hm. Hmm. Hm. Hm. Hm.