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If you are smart are you crazy?

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There is a link between genius and madness – but we don’t know why we evolved this gift,

  • Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder more      frequent in highly gifted people
  • 20 or 30 studies prove link
  • Studies on Swedish 16-year-olds prove      intelligent teenagers more likely to develop disorders

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It’s all about ME

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But are you really interested?

Bragging on twitter / Facebook / blogs can feel as good as sex, researchers have revealed.

A team from Harvard University found that talking about ourselves triggers the same sensation of pleasure in the brain as food, money and even sex.

They say it could explain why 40 per cent of everyday speech is devoted to telling others about what we feel or think.

‘Self-disclosure is extra rewarding,’ according to Harvard neuroscientist Diana Tamir, who conducted the experiments with her colleague Jason Mitchell.

‘People were even willing to forgo money in order to talk about themselves. This helps to explain why people so obsessively engage in this behaviour. It’s because it provides them with some sort of subjective value: It feels good, basically.

The team offered participants money if they chose to answer questions about other people, such as President Obama, rather than about themselves.

Questions ranged from whether they liked mushrooms on a pizza and enjoyed snowboarding to their views on personality traits, such as intelligence, curiosity or aggression.

Brain scans also confirmed that when they chose to talk about themselves, the mesolimbic dopamine system in the brain became active—the same area that responds to reward and satisfaction from food, money or sex.

Are psychopaths responsible for their deeds?

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‘I would have done it again’ Anders Breivik

 

Devoid of shame or an ounce of remorse about massacring defenceless teenagers, Breivik appears tormented by his failure to go to university.

Then I read a review on the book The Psychopath Test where Hare ( I think he is an academic)  and I quote from the Amazon review explains the science of psychopathology: a part of the brain called the amygdala doesn’t function in psychopaths as it does in other human beings. When a regular person experiences extreme violence or carnage (or even photographs of such scenes), his amygdala becomes overstimulated, provoking an extreme anxiety response in the central nervous system. When a psychopath experiences the same stimuli, his amygdala does not respond: no anxiety response occurs. This explains the psychopath’s lack of empathy.

This is a theory of course but does this mean psychopaths are not responsible for their actions?

Which implies of course that these monsters and  perpetrators should be excused.

What a sad and cruel world

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