If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?

Contrary to what you might think, the “selfish gene” paradigm does not imply that we should be self-centered to the point of believing that only we exist.

Mother’s Baby—Father’s Brain? Maybe!

More paternal than maternal genes are expressed in the brains of mice, and the same could well be true of us if genetic conflict is the key.

Hyper-Mentalism, Hyper-Empathizing, and Supernatural Belief

Researchers reveal that the predictions of the diametric model are fulfilled where supernatural beliefs of various kinds are concerned.

Rigidity v Chaos: A Diametric Model of Brain Networks

A new schema of semantic networks in the hemispheres of the brain fits the diametric model perfectly.

Testosterone v Oxytocin: Bridging the Gene-Behaviour Gap

Testosterone and oxytocin express the diametric opposition of genes that determine both mental illness and normality via their effects on the brain, mind, and behaviour.

Hyper-mentalism in Children Reporting Psychotic Experiences

Hyper-mentalism can be present in childhood as a new study reveals, but only the diametric model of mental illness reveals its positive aspects.

The Diametrics of Psychology Today

The diametric model suggests that psychology is divided up into folk and scientific, popular and official sub-types, with popular psychology being superior in some respects to its official counterpart.

The Plague of Modern, Mechanized, Multi-cultural Life

Plagues, like mechanization, modernization, and multi-culturalism, isolate individuals in ways comparable to autism.

Robinson Crusoe: an Autistic Fantasy With Universal Appeal

The sensational success of Robinson Crusoe lies in its perfect portrayal of the autistic fantasy of escape from the general Plague of Mankind.

Blindness and Schizophrenia: The Exception Proves the Rule

The unexpected finding that protection against schizophrenia is conferred by congenital cortical but not peripheral blindness gives credence to the diametric model’s claim that hyper-mentalism is the core pathology in psychosis.

Life History, The Diametric Model, and Sex Scandals

A new study reveals clear diametric associations between autistic v. psychotic traits and impulsivity, sensation seeking, and socio-sexual behavior.

The X Factor Explains Androgyny in Male Asperger’s

Feminization in some male Asperger’s cases contradicts the extreme male brain theory but conforms to expectations of lingering maternal imprints on the X chromosome.

Birth Size Inversely Varies Risk of Autism v. Schizophrenia

A study directly comparing autism and schizophrenia risks in a population of 5 million provides the first large-scale empirical test for the imprinted brain theory’s prediction that such risks co-vary inversely.

The Complex Cognitive Plane, and a New Measure of IQ

If complex numbers can be represented in two-dimensions, so can diametric cognitive configurations ranging from genius to retardation—not to mention measures of IQ.

Mentalizing à la Mode

We may be hard-wired for diametric cognition, but we are free to choose how we engage those anti-correlated networks.

Can You Be Both Mad and Creative?

Findings related to incidence of mental disorders among people of different professions fit the diametric model: but most of all poets, who are strikingly predisposed to bipolar disorder.

Cognitive Complexes: Everyone’s Hang-Up, Especially Sex

Society, like individuals, can suffer from costly complexes, but their true nature is only revealed by the diametric model of cognition.

High and Low: A Visualization of Diametric Genius

Genius is the rare synthesis of diametrically opposite mentalistic, top-down, and mechanistic, bottom-up insight stunningly visualized in Escher’s High and Low.

Come Back, Homunculus—All Is Forgiven!

An inner, observing self has been widely ridiculed as a model of consciousness, but the diametric view of cognition and the symptoms of both autism and psychosis argue strongly for it—along with some recent discoveries in neuroscience.

Linus Pauling Award Winner Discusses Imprinted Brain Theory

Leading authorities in epigenetics are beginning to see the far-reaching implications of the imprinted brain theory for their field.

Why Clever People Can Be Foolish and the Uneducated Clever

Contrasting examples show how intelligent people can seem stupid or canny street-vendors innumerate thanks to conflicting mechanistic and mentalistic modes of cognition.

A New Basis in the Brain for Democracy, Law, and Science

Recent brain-imaging’s endorsement of the diametric mind argues that there is no unitary brain system to sustain general reasoning or single, comprehensive solutions either in psychology, society, or science.

The Costs and Benefits of Cloudy Thinking

Bottom-up questioning of top-down conventional wisdom may be a symptom of autism, but it isn’t necessarily pathological—even if it is unfashionable.

Brain Imaging Reveals the Diametric Mind

Brain-imaging of cortical areas involved in mechanistic versus mentalistic cognition reveals not simply difference between the two, but “anti-correlation” as predicted by the diametric model.

Applied Behavior Analysis Embraces Genetics

Genetics is now taking its proper place in applied behavioral therapy, but only the imprinted brain theory can provide a paradigm that goes beyond behaviorism to fully integrate genetics, psychology, and psychiatry.

Being Female: Protected From Autism But at Risk of Psychosis

Only the diametric model of autistic versus psychotic spectrum disorders can explain why females are more prone to psychosis, but at the same time protected against autism.

Hysteria: A Historic Anti-Asperger-Syndrome Syndrome?

The diametric model predicts that for every autistic syndrome, there should be a psychotic anti-syndrome, with opposite symptoms. Seen this way, hysteria begins to look like an anti-Asperger’s syndrome.

The Epigenetics of Behavior: Easier Than You Think!

Because people think of DNA as controlling behavior rigidly, they fail to understand that it could encode simple rules similar to those that guide free running robot vacuum cleaners.

The Diametric Genius of Realism in Western Art

Claims that great artists such as Van Eyck, Vermeer, and Caravaggio exploited imaging technology make perfect sense in terms of the diametric model of genius, and extend it to include painting.

Epigenesis: What People Don't Understand about Epigenetics

People misunderstand epigenesis because they think of genetics in out-dated, pre-scientific, preformationist terms. In fact, epigenesis is the only credible alternative to preformation, and the imprinted brain theory the only genuinely epigenetic explanation of the mind.