Mentally Ill Pay for Others' Sanity
"Mentally disturbed people are not merely paying a personal price for our social sanity, but are sometimes gifted too in their own peculiar way."
"People with mental illness are effectively paying a personal price for our species’ collective cognitive adaptations. What they experience in lonely pain, anguish, and alienation, the rest of us enjoy as the fruits of civilization, the comforts of culture, and the consolations of society, friends, and family." "No one is completely immune to mental abnormality, and that what passes for sanity is nothing other than a precariously poised compromise between the extremes of autism and psychosis. Trauma, insult, infection, brain injury and—if the hygiene/old friends hypothesis is to be believed—immune dysregulation, and many other causes can tip the balance for anyone, at any time."
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A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
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- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.
- Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
- He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
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It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
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