01 March 2013

Aliens, Serial Killers, and Mental Illness Addendum A: Sufficiently Alien Cognition

A nine minute video detailing my "sufficiently alien" hypothesis; made for a general audience.

Some conditions such as schizophrenia and autism might not be deficiencies, they might be normal modes of cognition under sufficiently alien conditions we are not currently aware of. Just as ADHD would provide optimal survival value in a hunter-gatherer society and be considered normal, while a modern Western post-industrial person who is currently considered normal would, under such conditions, be considered to have a disorder, it is possible that there are hypothetical situations where "shadow societies" could exist where people currently considered to have other types of disorders would be considered normal. I call these people "sufficiently alien."