the Suspicious Mind

suspicious Minds – how Culture Shapes Madness
by Joel Gold and Ian Gold
Free Press, Toronto, 2014

PART I – the Sleep of Reason
1 a short history of madness
2 one hundred years of delusion

PART II – The Social Life of Madness

3 the Madding Crowd

…the health of a population isn’t correlated with the average income in that group but with the size of the gap between richest and poorest. The bigger the gap, the worse the overall health of the population. …longevity doesn’t depend on absolute wealth. more egalitarian countries, all things equal, are going to be healthier than those with large social inequalities. Continue reading “the Suspicious Mind”


the Tribal Imagination

Fox, Robin. The Tribal Imagination: Civilization an d the Savage Mind. Harvard University Press. Cambridge. 2011.


Chapter One – Time out of Mind – Tribal Tempo and Civilized Temporality

Familiar Time

Our chronomyopia—our fixation on the present and familiar—leads us to overvalue the period of time we label “history” to the point of relegating more than 99 percent of human existence to “prehistory”—a mere run-up to the real thing. We casually refer to the beings inhabiting that huge percentage of time as “early man.” It would be more logical to label hominids up to, say, the invention of tools, as “past man,” those from thence until the Neolithic revolution as “present man,” and ourselves as “late man.” Whether there will be a “future man” remains an open question. The coming, significantly, of “post-historic man” has been forecast, and Francis Fukuyama, following Hegel, has announced The End of History and the Last Man, to quote his book title. … The “history” referred to is of course this blip at the end of human time—the last few thousand years of a very warm interglacial period, characterized by unusual population growth and frenetic socio-cultural activity in its later years. We shall never understand the significance of this blip until we understand that it is indeed a blip—a blink of the temporal cyclid—and not the Greenwich Mean Standard by which all human time must be judged. Continue reading “the Tribal Imagination”

Antisocial Personality Disorders

Normalizing the Abnormal?

Following up on the entry regarding the Lucifer Effect, I’ve delved into the definitions of antisocial behaviour. The two sources I’ve used are the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), considered the principle resources for defining and diagnosing mental illnesses, and the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

I’m at odds of late, with how individuals around me behave, as often it is acceptably antisocial (or at least to me it would appear so), and I’m curious about how much of this is merely individual surliness, and how much of it is a cultural acceptance (and in some cases promotion) of antisocial behaviour. I don’t have a vast background in psychiatry or psychology, just a dilettantish curiosity in what makes us behave the way we do, beyond our personal choices. I certainly don’t claim to have any answers, only questions. Mostly variations of WTF?

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