I just wrote an article titled, "Schizophrenia and the Evolution of Complex Linguistic Development in Humans," which is still under review at an online publication site. I did some simple research, and drew the conclusion through my readings and my own personal experiences with my own cognitive linguistic dysfunctions during my psychosis, that schizophrenia is directly related to the evolution of the modern human mind. When the brains of homo sapiens began to develop in linguistic complexity, the language dominance switched from the right hemisphere to the left, and there was a dramatic increase in cerebral metabolic energy consumption, which in turn caused cognitive dysfunctions that manifested in individuals suffering from schizophrenic psychosis. However, without this boost in energy consumption, we would not have achieved the level of creativity and linguistic complexities that we are innately endowed with today. Schizophrenia, is therefore a bi product of evolution. It is also well documented that people who exhibit schizotypal features (symptomatic of schizophrenia without being full-blown psychotic) in many times have higher intelligence and greater creative powers, along with relatives of schizophrenics. Can it therefore be presumed that schizophrenia hold an imperative role in the evolution of the human species. I am not a professional psychologist, nor do I have any medical or scientific background; however, I do possess a great deal of personal experience having schizo affective disorder, that I feel qualified to share my findings in hope that it may help remove some of the stigmatization we find in society. I am grateful that I am able to use language as well as I can, and this is unlikely given the great decline in my language processing abilities during my psychosis; but, I recovered and went to Penn State University where I received a bachelors degree in English. Send me your thoughts on this subject. I am very curious to hear what everyone has to say about this theory.
Very interesting post, who could honestly claim that we have an imperative role in human evolution.
I can this though, when we discover to much, it will probably all end. (for people anyway)
And I don't mean discovering new ways of talking to someone across the planet, or flying to mars and having a picnic, I mean when we discover things, or percieve more, I mean, do you know what you are looking at right now?
Perhaps that is our fate, ask questions, and destroy ourselves doing it.