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    Forum Radioactive Isotope zinjanthropos's Avatar
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    Apparently a psychological disorder that most of us have, according to Dr. Taylor here. I've not heard of the term and I wouldn't have bothered looking it up on-line but I was researching another article of his in which he states the oppression of women is a symptom of humania. He might be on to something here, tell us what you think. Are we all mad?

    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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      Forum Radioactive Isotope cosmictraveler's Avatar
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      Are we all mad?

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
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      Both of those articles were in Psychology Today. Not a publication I have much respect for.

      I followed a link about this Taylor chap. I'm not really thrilled by this mind-body-spirit stuff. He seems to be wanting to put a whole lot of stuff about common social behaviours and attitudes into individual psychology. Most of us find it fits more neatly into the anthropology/ sociology/ history/ politics disciplines of looking at how societies work, or change, or develop, or stagnate, or implode, rather than presuming that society is the way it is because lots of individuals want it to be like that.
      "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
      "nature is like a game of Jenga; you never know which brick you pull out will cause the whole stack to collapse" Lucy Cooke
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      I looked at the article, and the think that bugs me a little about it, what makes it seem not very scientific, is it's untestability. So it may be more of a philosophical question - if we are all "crazy" how would we know, if craziness is defined as some kind of deviation from the norm?

      On the other hand, it is kind of an interesting question if one considers that evolution doesn't necessarily care about our quest for truth and happiness, just that we survive and reproduce. My senses provide me with just enough accurate information to successfully navigate the world, but there is much of reality that I miss out on, not having eyes that allow me to see ultraviolet or infrared, hear sounds of other frequencies, smell as well as a dog or a bear, or senses to detect electric or magnetic fields. In the same way that I am terribly handicapped but don't know it, I guess we could all be "crazy" without being aware of it.
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