…when you can just ‘tell something is wrong’ in a situation and decide to leave, and later found out that something bad happened later that evening. These sorts of stories are often used as evidence that people have psychic powers of some kind, and are equally often dismissed as just a coincidence.
But another possibility is that humans communicate through scents more than we realize. Maybe you could actually ‘smell something is wrong’ rather than supernaturally ‘tell something is wrong’ in the above hypothetical situation.
…if some people with schizophrenia have issues with cognitive sense of self, could they also have a problem with the immune sense of “self”? It turns out they can. Autoimmune disruptions in patients with schizophrenia were first reported in 1937. Autoimmunity happens when the immune system fails to discriminate self from other and mistakenly “attacks” the self. When we think of autoimmune disorders, we usually think of diseases like lupus, but there is evidence that autoimmune disorders can also cause delusions, the bizarre and fixed false beliefs that characterize schizophrenia. For example, Morvan’s syndrome , in which patients mount an immune response to their own neurotransmitter receptors, can also suffer from delusions. One patient with Morvan’s developed paranoid ideas about the medical team treating him, his family members and the hospital where he was being treated, believing falsely that they were trying to involve him in a drug smuggling ring. This patient was treated with plasma exchange, a blood purification procedure in which his blood cells were separated from the plasma and the cells retuned to his circulation diluted with fresh plasma. Plasma exchange removed the autoantibodies from his blood, allowing his neurotransmitter receptors to return, and his delusions resolved immediately and permanently.
In another case of Morvan’s:
…the patient reported reduplicative paramnesia; he firmly believed that his home had been copied by a stranger and that the replica existed 40 miles away. Every detail of the replica including ornaments and personal effects had been copied exactly. He even stated that his wife had visited the replica. This time treatment with immunoglobulin caused the delusion to resolve. Immunoglobulin is a specific antibody derived from blood donors. We do not know the definitive mechanism of immunoglobulin treatment but it seems to encourage the removal of autoantibodies by binding to them and it may also have anti-inflammatory effects involving histamine. Again, calming the immune response reduced the delusion.
tim borgman’s website
coding freedom: the ethics and aesthetics of hacking by e gabriella coleman
from nature.com blogs a story about an
antarctic lake mission reports historic breakthrough
The more than 300 lakes discovered in the past couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth.
At 05.00 a.m. local time, the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) field team hit the shallow waters of Lake Whillans, a small subglacial lake beneath 800-metre-thick ice at the margin of the West Antarctica’s ice sheet.
The historic breakthrough has been long in the making. The WISSARD project has been planned for more than a decade and required three and a half years of intense preparation.
As she scraped cold dirt from the remains of an extinct bison, Pam Groves wrinkled her nose at a rotten-egg smell wafting from gristle that still clung to the animal’s bones. She lifted her head to scan the horizon, wary of bears that might be attracted to the flesh of a creature that gasped its last breath 40,000 years ago.
In the type of discovery they have dreamed about for years, Groves and Dan Mann, both researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in summer 2012 found in the thawing bank of a northern river almost the entire skeleton of a steppe bison that died during the last ice age.
from the young feminist wire an article rape in india, rape everwhere: the struggle for gender equality is universal by ghadeer malek
We, feminists and women’s rights activists from across the world, are distressed and outraged at the death of a 23 year old Indian woman as a result of the brutal gang-rape she endured at the hands of six men on a New Delhi bus on December 16th. The gang-rape, the young woman’s immense bravery and her untimely death have galvanized India‘s population into demanding safer spaces and effective legislative measures. We have witnessed a frank and much-needed discussion on misogyny, patriarchy, rape and sexual violence across newspapers, social-media, and other forums. However, some of these discussions have been riddled with a distasteful neocolonial narrative of rape and sexual violence as reflective of ‘backward’ Southern countries, rather than a patriarchal epidemic that affects women the world over!
moral revolution! creating new values, undermining oppression, and connecting across difference
a summary of sarah lucia hoagland’s Lesbian Ethics and other sundry quotations, compiled by Kriti Sharma at freedom is free
“Before we will be capable of resisting and undermining oppression, we must be able to work together in ways that do not nourish thinking which makes oppression credible. This is not a a ‘personal,’ ‘private’ matter. I believe that without certain changes in the values we affirm through our interactions, there can be no social change which will undermine oppression. Male-led revolutions — economic and military and intellectual — have not changed the essential ominance/subordination relationship at the heart of oppression. I do not believe oppression is going to be lifted from us…If oppression is going to end, we must move out of it. And in part that means becoming beings who are no longer in the habit of enacting oppressive values (values which contribute either to the oppression of ourselves or others).”
quote from maria lugones:
“Women who are perceived arrogantly can perceive other women arrogantly in turn. To what extent those women responsible for their arrogant perceptions of other women is certainly open to question, but I do not have any doubt that many women have been taught to abuse women in this particular way. I am not interested in assigning responsibility. I am interested in understanding the phenomenon so as to understand a loving way out of it.”
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