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The only psychopathic murderer that I knew

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He seemed like a nice guy, a little bit of a class clown. He want to parties, he was sociable, people liked him. He never did anything that seemed evil.

The evil things he did, murder, and then some sort of insurance fraud, were for the purpose of making money. As far as I know (based on reading the book written by Johnny Bonds and Rick Nelson and subsequent news articles, and of course personally knowing him) he never randomly hurt anyone for sadistic amusement.

But he was definitely not the anti-social loner with a bad personality that Stephen Paddock seems to be (except for his one employee who seemed to like him). So when I judge Paddock against a real psychopathic murderer, Paddock doesn’t match that personality at all.

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October 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

Posted in Psychology

Late-onset schizophrenia

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Late-onset schizophrenia is a thing, and it would neatly explain Stephen Paddock. Risk factors are (1) the bank-robber father may have had some psychosis and there is a genetic risk factor; and (2) he was a loner, and most people thought he was kind of weird.

Often, people with late-onset schizophrenia have a history of being eccentric.

Late-onset schizophrenia is less likely to be accompanied by negative symptoms. In other words, he had no mental impairments that prevented him from having a successful career (as an accountant and then as a real estate investor and landlord).

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Nate is forecast to make landfall in the Florida panhandle, on Sunday morning, as a Category 1 hurricane. A mere annoyance compared to Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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More details are emerging, investigators say, that suggest Paddock’s mental state was deteriorating before the shooting — significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and an obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband.

Negative symptoms of late-onset schizophrenia?

From the above link, the following (among many other) are noted as symptoms of schizophrenia:

  • Social withdrawal, isolation, and suspiciousness of others
  • Deterioration and abandonment of personal hygiene
  • Noticeable and rapid weight loss

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October 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Psychology

Did Stephen Paddock have Asperger’s Syndrome?

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Not that there’s anything wrong with having Asperger’s Syndrome.

This is diagnosed based on only two primary pieces of evidence:

1. He was a loner who wouldn’t talk to his neighbors.

2. He devoted a huge amount of time to playing video poker. It’s a symptom of Asperger’s Syndrome to have a fanatical interest a highly repetitive activity.

The counter evidence:

1. He travelled a lot. People with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t like to travel because they like to keep to a routine.

2. He was married and divorced twice, and had a girlfriend he cohabitated with.

The counter-counter evidence:

1. He liked cruises, which are an Asperger-friendly type of vacation because they are less free-form and more structured.

2. The ex-wives and girlfriend are Asian. And the girlfriend, Marilou Danley, may be a gold-digger rather than someone who actually liked him for him.

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October 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

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Alexandre Bisonnette, beta-male

From a Google translation of an article at La Presse

People around him say he was bullied at school. “In high school, he and his brother did not really have friends. Alexander, especially, had an antisocial personality, testifies Stéphanie Guimond, who did all his secondary course with the suspect. As he was always apart, he attracted taunts. He responded with insults, and the confrontations seemed to amuse him. He treated girls of whores, for example. The two brothers did not go to their graduating ball, the young woman added. When they were 14 or 15 years old, they boasted of creating computer viruses to sabotage corporate networks.

“When we talked about him and his twin brother, they were called” the villain “and” the gentile. ” His brother was much more amiable, “testifies Marc-André Malenfant, who also knew Alexandre Bissonnette in high school. “What I retain most of him is his arrogance. ”

“He was a quiet guy, not at all violent. I never imagined that he could do anything like that, “commented Marius Valentino, who occasionally attended Alexandre Bissonnette and his twin brother for several years. “I saw him about two weeks ago. We had a beer together. He liked to talk about politics, but never had anything inappropriate. He never expressed admiration for extremist politicians. ”

Police investigators spent the afternoon at the home of Alexandre Bissonnette’s parents in Cap-Rouge, under the incredulous eyes of neighbors in this wealthy and quiet neighborhood.

Here, the brothers Bissonnette, identical twins, are known figures on the Rue du Tracel.

Wow, what an interesting case of nature vs. nurture. The identical twin brother was also a beta-male who was bullied by his classmates, but he wasn’t as bitter or angry as Alexandre, and he didn’t go postal.

They appear to have high IQs, because they allegedly created computer viruses when they were 14 and 15.

That his parents are rich reminds me of Elliot Rodger. But unlike Rodger who killed the people whom he believed were directly responsible for his problems (girls his own age), Alexandre goes the route of white-trash Dylann Roof.

I do believe that this is a crime that wouldn’t have happened if Alexandre’s parents had been able to provide him with a schooling situation where he wasn’t bullied by his classmates. And since his parents, like Elliot Rodger’s parents, were rich, we can’t blame their lack of money or sophistication for their failure to do better for their son.

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January 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Psychology

More vinyl!

Reported by the NY Times (which can have good reporting when they are reporting on stuff that has nothing to do with Donald Trump or other pet liberal issues):

The alt-weekly The Nashville Scene first reported last week that the United Record Pressing plant, a mainstay of vinyl production since 1949, would be expanding its operations to a new 142,000-square-foot facility in South Nashville. In a later article by Billboard, United said that the new facility, estimated to be the size of “two football fields,” would double the plant’s production capacity, and that the expansion would help the country’s largest vinyl manufacturer keep pace with strong market demand.

That the new facility is the size of two football fields reminds us that vinyl records take up a lot of space. It’s not a practical gimmick for people who live in tiny Manhattan apartments. Even finding a place for a turntable (which needs to be a on flat stable surface that’s easy to get to) can be challenging. And on top of that, new vinyl LPs cost twice as much as the same music legally purchased digitally (and the same music can be easily obtained for free, although of course you shouldn’t do that because it’s illegal).

My theory is that the human brain didn’t evolve to understand intellectual property on an emotional level. We have an evolutionary urge to acquire resources (which used to be useful for helping to make sure your children lived long enough to have children of their own), and our illogical animal brain thinks of a vinyl record as a resource but can’t grasp a digital file as being a resource.

Nevertheless, the re-emergence of vinyl records still seems to me like a temporary fad.

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December 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

Very smart people happier with less socializing

According to this academic article, most people are happier the more time they spend socializing with friends, but the opposite is true for those who are very intelligent. The abstract says “More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.”

Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall so I can’t read the details.

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“james n.s.w” has the following comment (definitely safe for work):

I have a feeling this might just be because ‘very smart’ people often have a lot of difficulty meeting people just like them, on account of the fact that they are so smart people within their intellectual range are very rare. Somebody with normal or below average intelligence living in a town where everyone had an IQ of 135 and above would feel out of place and less inclined to socialize, too. I don’t buy it that weird and different people don’t crave socialization, it’s just they have difficulty finding people who they click with so they just give up and feel dissatisfied with the people they are forced to compromise on.

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November 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

Posted in Biology, Psychology

Rational thinking is not very highly correlated with intelligence

This finding is explained in a NY Times article.

My take on this is that most people make decisions based on feelings, emotions, bias, previous behavior patterns, etc, and then, after-the-fact, they use their intelligence to rationalize the decision, and the higher the person’s IQ, the more sophisticated—but ultimately misleading and deceptive—argument they would make for why they made the decision.

And then there are people like me who are unusually rational.

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September 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Psychology

RealClearScience promoting HBD!

This article linked to by RealClearScience, written by Alex Berezow, says “Political Correctness Prevents Advancement of Science” and he mentions both HBD (“group differences in IQ”) and climate skepticism.

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August 13, 2016 at 12:42 am

Posted in Biology, Psychology

How do you convince your parents to play World of Warcraft?

Yes, the headline of this post may sound like a joke, but it’s not. A study showed that playing World of Warcraft has mental benefits for seniors:

Researchers from NC State’s Gains Through Gaming laboratory first tested the cognitive functioning of study participants, aged 60 to 77, to set a baseline. The researchers looked at cognitive abilities including spatial ability, memory and how well participants could focus their attention.

An “experimental” group of study participants then played WoW on their home computers for approximately 14 hours over the course of two weeks, before being re-tested. A “control” group of study participants did not play WoW, but were also re-tested after two weeks.

Comparing the cognitive functioning test scores of participants in the experimental and control groups, the researchers found the group that played WoW saw a much greater increase in cognitive functioning, though the effect varied according to each participant’s baseline score.

“Among participants who scored well on baseline cognitive functioning tests, there was no significant improvement after playing WoW – they were already doing great,” McLaughlin says. “But we saw significant improvement in both spatial ability and focus for participants who scored low on the initial baseline tests.” Pre- and post-game testing showed no change for participants on memory.

I believe it, because it makes sense that stimulating the brain in a way that’s novel to the study participants would have beneficial effects.

The problem is, how to I get my grumpy, senior-citizen, computer-hating parents to play World of Warcraft?

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July 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Lion was right about Andreas Lubitz!!!!

The final report has been released.

As you know, almost immediately after the crash, I said that Andreas Lubtiz had schizophrenia and had a psychotic episode while the flight.

A year later, the official report is mostly in agreement with me.

On 10 March 2015, the same physician diagnosed a possible psychosis and recommended psychiatric hospital treatment.

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The BEA investigation concluded that the process for medical certification of pilots, in particular self-reporting in case of decrease in medical fitness between two periodic medical evaluations, did not succeed in preventing the co-pilot, who was experiencing mental disorder with psychotic symptoms, from exercising the privilege of his licence.

In particular an interview with the co-pilot’s relatives and his private physicians was impossible, as they exercised their right to refuse to be interviewed by the BEA and/or the BFU. However, the majority of the team of experts consulted by the BEA agreed that the limited medical information available may be consistent with the co-pilot having suffered from a psychotic depressive episode that started in December 2014, which lasted until the day of the accident. Other forms of mental ill-health cannot be excluded and a personality disorder is also a possibility.

They are calling it psychotic depression instead of schizophrenia, but I was close enough, they officially imply that he was experiencing a psychotic episode on the flight.

To all the obnoxious commenters who told me I don’t know crap about psychiatry, well a big F-YOU, I was right.

Unfortunately, we still don’t completely know everything there is to know about what Lubitz was suffering from because everyone refused to talk.

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Here is a description of “psychosis”:

Psychosis is a serious mental disorder characterized by thinking and emotions that are so impaired, that they indicate that the person experiencing them has lost contact with reality.

People who are psychotic have false thoughts (delusions) and/or see or hear things that are not there (hallucinations). These are referred to as “positive” symptoms; “negative” symptoms like loss of motivation and social withdrawal can also occur.

These experiences can be frightening and may cause people who are suffering from psychosis to hurt themselves or others. It is important to see a doctor right away if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of psychosis.

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March 13, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Posted in News, Psychology

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