Psychosis: Bending Reality to See Around the Corners

Psychosis: Bending Reality to See Around the Corners
Paul Fletcher | TEDxCambridgeUniversity
Dec 2, 2016

Psychosis is a highly misunderstood condition. In this talk, Paul illustrates the condition’s complexity, taking apart how our brains perceive reality by reinventing illusions around us. If perception is just a form of controlled hallucination, what does that make hallucination?

The Anatomy of Violence

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological
April 30, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/05/01/180096559/criminologist-believes-violent-behavior-is-biological

On reconciling the victim part of him with the criminologist part of him
“I’m a Jekyll and Hyde. So there’s a Dr. Jekyll inside of me that’s done the research, seen these risk factors, done longitudinal studies, documented these early risk factors beyond the individual’s control that moves them into a criminal way of life, and that Dr. Jekyll is saying, ‘You know, you can’t ignore this. You can’t turn a blind eye to the biology of violence and the social factors, too.’ But there’s a Mr. Hyde inside of me ranting and raving and saying, ‘Look, I don’t want sob stories. I don’t want excuses. There’s a cause for all behavior. We can always find a cause for behavior. … It comes from the brain: So what? We found the cause. OK, great.’

related:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/giffords-tells-senate-panel-on-gun-violence-we-must-do-something-audio

Toxoplasma May Influence Human Behavior

The role of inflammation in suicidal behaviour
L Brundin, et al.
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2015 Sep; 132(3): 192–203.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4531386

Common Parasite May Influence Human Behavior
July 3, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/07/03/156216620/common-parasite-may-influence-human-behavior

Chapter 19. Toxoplasma gondii, the Immune System, and Suicidal Behavior
in:
The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide.
Dwivedi Y, editor.
Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2012.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK107197

Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in Mothers
Marianne G. Pedersen, MSc, et al.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(11):1123-1130.
http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1206779

October 30, 2011
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/30/141832947/invasion-of-the-mind-controlling-parasites

Toxoplasma gondii Seropositivity and Suicide rates in Women
Vinita J. Ling, MA, et al.
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 Jul; 199(7): 440–444.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3128543