Creativity and Non-Conformity Now Listed as a Mental Illness by Psychiatrists

I've often wondered what R. D. Laing would have made of the diagnostic process for identifying mental illnesses these days.

Via The Mind Unleashed:

Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

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Water cannon: a shocking device that could transform British policing

If the political classes in the UK could get away with it they'd be quite happy to turn the country into an overt dictatorship – they're doing a pretty good job of leading us in that direction as it is.

Via The Guardian:

The cold jet from the water cannon slammed into the back of my head, tipping me off balance and sending adrenaline pumping around my body. This was the Ziegler WaWe 9000 in action: a German-built 30-tonne riot-tamer that can blast its targets with up to 18 litres of water a second and toss demonstrators like rag dolls. It is the kind of weapon that the home secretary, Theresa May, is now deciding whether to introduce to English and Welsh streets.

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Intelligent People Are More Likely to Use Drugs. Why?

Are you smart enough to try drugs?

Via AlterNet:

Two major papers have found a positive correlation between high childhood IQ and adult drug use.

The first was published in 2011 (Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood: 1970 British Cohort Study). The second was published in 2012 (Intelligence quotient in childhood and the risk of illegal drug use in middle-age: the 1958 National Child Development Survey). Both were co-authored by James W. White PhD and all of the data for both research papers comes from The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), a research council operating from the Department for Quantitative Social Science, Institute of Education, at the University of London.

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US. Government Guilty of Martin Luther King’s Murder – The Corporate Media Covers it Up

The government's involvement in the death of Martin Luther King has been something of an "open secret" for decades – it's hardly surprising that the corporate media would cover up the fact – that is, after all, their role.

Via Global Research:

“We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – Coretta Scott King, married to Martin for 15 years, worked to communicate the facts of his assassination by the US government for 31 years: King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Today’s US government and media “leaders” are criminally complicit among Martin’s killers because they ongoingly cover-up the assassination year-after-year with known lies.

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The Incredible Truth About Time

Is time an illusion? Or is it of the essence? Here are some more thoughts from Robert Matthews writing in Science Focus for you to ponder over.

Time: it rules our lives, and we all wish we had more of it. Businesses make money out of it, and scientists can measure it with astonishing accuracy. Earlier this year, American researchers unveiled an atomic clock accurate to better than one second since the Big Bang 14 billion years ago.

But what, exactly, is time? Despite its familiarity, its ineffability has defied even the greatest thinkers. Over 1,600 years ago the philosopher Augustine of Hippo admitted defeat with words that still resonate: “If no-one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.”

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Canadian Man Apprehended by Mental Health Authorities After Spending a Few Days Giving Away Money

Are altruism and generosity bad things? According to this article from Reason, in Canada yes they are.

Richard Wright spent last week giving away silver coins and CA$50 and CA$100 bills across Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was reportedly stopped by police for a “wellness check” shortly after driving back to his hometown, Charlottetown, Prince Edward’s Island, about 200 miles away. According to The National Post:

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The future of Silicon Valley may lie in the mountains of Afghanistan

No plans for a military withdrawal just yet, it seems.

Via Venture Beat:

The future of Silicon Valley’s technological prowess may well lie in the war-scarred mountains and salt flats of Western Afghanistan.

United States Geological Survey teams discovered one of the world’s largest untapped reserves of lithium there six years ago. The USGS was scouting the volatile country at the behest of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. Lithium is a soft metal used to make the lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries essential for powering desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. And increasingly, electric cars like Tesla’s.

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Former World Bank Senior Council Says A “Second Species” On Earth Controls Money & Religion

The aliens aren't coming – they're already here, apparently.

Via Collective Evolution:

Former World Bank Senior Council, Karen Hudes has been making a lot of noise lately, and she recently said something she’s never said before. She said that a second species on Earth controls money and religion. Many people who have held positions to know things that the rest of us might not know have made some very shocking statements lately. For example, Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister of National Defence recently said that there are at least “4 known alien species that have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.” You can read more about that here.

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The Effects of Video Games on Children’s Brains

Any video gamers out there care to debate the points raised here?

Via Waking Times:

As the number of people playing video games rises, the impact of video games on the human brain becomes a more intriguing research area. Video games are gaining popularity with both children and adults. There is concern among the public that the brutality portrayed on television, as well as within video games, encourages aggressive behavior within its spectators. Critics of this theory remind us that we lack adequate evidence to support this assertion. However, there are some studies demonstrating a connection between video games and a hostile demeanor, as well as disturbed eruptions.

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What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment

I think the writer would do well to research a little more into Hitler's fate, but beyond that quibble this is an interesting article on the implications of life extension technology on crime and punishment from Aeon:

Even in my most religious moments, I have never been able to take the idea of hell seriously. Prevailing Christian theology asks us to believe that an all-powerful, all-knowing being would do what no human parent could ever do: create tens of billions of flawed and fragile creatures, pluck out a few favourites to shower in transcendent love, and send the rest to an eternity of unrelenting torment. That story has always seemed like an intellectual relic to me, a holdover from barbarism, or worse, a myth meant to coerce belief. But stripped of the religious particulars, I can see the appeal of hell as an instrument of justice, a way of righting wrongs beyond the grave. Especially in unusual circumstances.

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