Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

Gulliver’s Travels: Another Classic Portrayal of Autism

Gulliver’s Travels can be read as an autistic’s satire on a society into which he does not fit: neither physically nor mentally.

Matter- but Not Mind-blind—and Vice Versa

A pioneering study shows mentalism to vary inversely with mechanistic cognition as predicted by the diametric model.

The ABC of the Diametric Model, Twenty Years On

Twenty years after it was first published, the diametric model can be seen as a striking co-discovery like so many others in the history of science.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

The Bachs and the Epigenetics of Music

Many believe epigenetics makes inheritance of acquired traits possible, but the example of imprinted genes on chromosome 15 provides a better explanation of innate musical ability.

Epigenetics of Music: A Karaoke vs. Bach Genetic Conflict?

A study of a rare imprinting disorder has wide implications for our appreciation of music—Bach and karaoke included!

Voyage to Kazohinia: A Diametric Dystopia

Sándor Szathmári’s satirical novel, Voyage to Kazohinia, is based on an implicit insight into the diametric model of mental illness.

Scans Reveal Diametric Differences in More Detail

A followup study to a previous one that showed striking diametric differences between autistic and psychotic brains also reveals similarities in the so-called social brain.

Imprinting and the Epigenetics of the Brain and Sleep

One of the best-understood epigenetic mechanisms—genomic imprinting—explains much about both sleep and the brain.

Solitude Is the School of Genius

Great scientists in the past have not only tended to be autistic, but also to be socially isolated.

Mindful in the Classroom: New Lessons in Mental Literacy

A new age of neuroscientific literacy is beginning in the classroom.

It’s the Mode For Men to Have More Sex Partners

A common fallacy mistakes the mean for the mode where numbers of sex partners distinguished by sex is concerned.

Early Brain Over-Growth Is Indicative of Autism as Predicted

The imprinted brain theory links brain growth to autism, and a new study confirms the association.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, and Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

Opposite Genetic Profiles of Autism vs. Schizophrenia

Although both autism and schizophrenia feature symptomatic communication difficulties, genetic profiling reveals them to be opposites as proposed by the diametric model.

Imprinted Genes and Infant Temperament: First Findings

The first study to compare expression of imprinted genes with measures of infant temperament yields encouraging results for the imprinted brain theory.

“Obese” Mothers and Autism: Not As Simple As It Seems

Maternal BMI is a simplistic measure—particularly when related to the complex issue of the cause of autism.

Gray & White Matter MRI Opposite in Autistics vs. Psychotics

Brain-imaging reveals that white and gray matter in autistic brains vary oppositely to schizophrenic brains, suggesting a new diagnostic tool only explained by the diametric model.

The Diametrics of Personal Space: Autism vs. Schizophrenia

New research into the sense of personal space.

Can You Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

Autism and Psychosis Can Cancel Out in Bipolar Disorder

The first study to assess the expression of autistic and schizotypal traits in adults with bipolar disorder confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the diametric model.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

The Mothers of Mankind

Proposed self-domestication of our species raises the issue of who the domesticators were. Insights of the imprinted brain theory argue they were ancestral mothers.

Schizophrenics as Hyper-domesticated Humans

As predicted by the diametric model of mental illness, if autistics are hypo-domesticated, schizophrenics are hyper-domesticated.

Autistics as Undomesticated Humans

To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.

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