Monday, 26 December 2011

Rats, Agriculture and the Industrial Revolution

What would happen if an artificial community of rats was manipulated to give a changing pattern of 'role distribution' over time such that it mimicked the human race's changing patterns?

For the sake of simplicity, let us say that one human generation = 100 rat generations.

Initially, at T-10,000 years (~500 human generations, about 50 years in rat timescales) we have 100% wild type rats.

As the generations pass, some rats will begin to take the role of 'farmers' and the rest will remain wild. The farmer rats will have an electronic tag fitted which will allow their environment to be controlled in respect of that particular rat.

All rats will be able to 'forage' for a slightly inadequate amount of food, but the bulk of their food will only appear when the 'farmer' rats have done enough 'work'.
Farmer rats will release food upon having delivered a certain amount of work. These rats will be able to eat only the food released by their own work, in addition to the small amount available for foraging. Wild type rats will still be able to forage, they will also have access to food released by all the 'farmers'!

The proportion of 'farmers' will increase from 0 to 90% until we get to T-200 years when we will introduce a third role, the 'worker rat'. The worker rat will not be able to work for food or forage for food. Worker rats will enjoy a life of leisure but will be dependent on  'farmer' rats for food. Wild rats will still be able to forage and take food from both other kinds of rat.

Throughout the experiment, rat populations will be allowed to follow the same rate of increase as human populations did over the relative timescales. Whenever populations get 5% bigger than they should be, food supplies are constricted for one generation and excess rats are removed at random, sacrificed, and examined at the molecular level.

That's the basic outline anyway. The purpose of the experiment is to look for neurological changes that might give us clues as to whether or not the changing role structure of the human race could be responsible for the development of psychiatric disorders such as autism, adhd, sociopathy and related.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

MDMA for autism again

Alternet have a story about giving empathy pills to autistic people and it makes them have empathy.

Note, this is not a cure for autism, just a way to give autistic people empathy so that they can develop without the usual disorderly pervasions getting in the way.

Cannibal sex history fans go here.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Prosthetic empathy again!

Brought to our attention today, a phone that tells you how the caller is feeling.

Soon, the 45% accuracy of autistics, the 55% accuracy of controls, and the 65% accuracy of experts will be improved upon by machines with up to 85% accuracy.

P is less than a seventh.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Pun for all the Scamily!

Our estranged brother over at merely silenced by age of autism has amused us with his Quaction Figures (TM) series.

Being keen on both yoga and herbs as tools for the medics' box, I do hope he doesn't mean all of us, just the dishonest woo-pushers of this world...

My brother is a just little older than me, but you'd think there was 20 years difference if you saw us both in a swimsuit!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Recalling, recalling, this year's 5th was boring!

To recap:

0) God was skint so she didn't go to the party.
1) Anon and Zetas did not have a war and instead now co-exist like arctic fox and polar bear.
2) Someone in a boat threw some dox into the twitter ocean.
3) The rumored US 'legalization' of cannabis did not happen.
4) The BBC pandered to the Occupy movement, rendering it instantly boring. Fixed.
5) Witvhes rly sickth!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A mislaid π is retrieved!

π, here

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It's now Caturday and the time is 1200 likes O'clock! AMQ is 22.05, Shields are at 87.52 and the gossip ratio fallen slightly, up to 7.02 :)

[For the nerds: PI*Gossip Ratio = 22.05 = current AMQ. Looks like we found our third PI!]
 ·  ·  · p2p · h4xx · 0c70b3r 22

  • Rita Smith <3 7h15

    • Cannabis for Autism PI Accurate to 1 part in 55,000

      So that's 3 PI's... what next? Maybe we need to find PI Squared? We could be looking for PI-3 as well...

      0c70b3r 22 @ 2:00pm · 

    • Cannabis for Autism With a bit of fiddling, it turns out to be equivalent to 62833/20000


      (62 833 / 20 000) / pi = 1.00001825

      So a bit of tinkering gives the more accurate and less wieldy (3927 / 1250) / pi = 1.00000234 which is accurate to about one part in half a million :)

      0c70b3r 22 @ 2:35pm · 

    • Cannabis for Autism I knew I'd lost a PI somewhere! Thanks for finding it again for us Rita!
      3 m!nz b4 · 

Friday, 4 November 2011


She is the combined consciousness of all the living things on this planet, favorite daughter of Ra, Goddess of Witches, She is Eating Itself.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Some Sense

Some may sense that the human race is under some population pressure, and that infectious disease is one option for population reduction.

If this was the case, with a small leap of imagination, the child could receive instructions, in utero, to develop a better immune system and a more analytical mind along with a disconnect from normal sociability (and a slightly larger head).

The mother could later be inclined to fight against disease control methods. Even going so far as to become unfathomably passionately vocal against immunisation or anything else that so much as resembles sensible infection control methodologies.

A poor lady's response to a population crisis may be to try to outrun the pack by having more offspring. A rich lady's options are somewhat less obvious. When the morality of the day forbids the generation of dozens of kids of one's own, then what can one legally do to reduce the size of the surrounding population by way of compensation?

It's not called a human race for nothing, and all forms of locomotion including cheating and sabotage are not only permissible but inevitable under Hobs law.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Inherited visions?

Does it still count if you inherit it in the womb? How many of our dreams or inner visions were of our fathers?

Here we are broken in gently, but how long before ancestral memory is taken more seriously?

Unless you've got a better explanation for the widely held belief in reincarnation?

Hyper-nutrition as a driver for ASD

When you were an egg in your mummy's tummy when your grandmother was pregnant with your mother, your great-great grandmother, your great-grandmother, and your grandmother all sang a song to your mother, and that song was taught to your great-great grandmother by your great-great-great-great grandmother, you heard it, and it's encoding onto your 'junk dna' was reinforced. That song spanned six generations of women, sometimes it can span as many as ten generations.

Nothing new here, just a slightly more politically correct hypothesis for a possible 'cause' of autism than the one presented in the previous post.

Looking at thisthis and now this, along with the baffling set of demographic correlates for ASD, one finds it hard to ignore the possibility that these correlates are all compatible with a streamlining of the diet, maybe over a small number of generations, giving rise to exploratory evolutionary changes in the human race.

The only thing that autistic people have in common is the triad of social impairments, which could be a fundamental requirement for exploratory evolution. As for the rest of the differences we find from one autistic individual to the next, there seems to be no end to the variation. As if mother nature is telling the human race to let it's hair down and find a new trend!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Cannibals for Autism?

Yes that's right. Autism is cannibals. Don't worry, like all animals that consume conspecifics, autistic people will not attempt to eat conspecifics if fed (and in some cases restrained).

This explains why there are more combinations of genetic expression found in autism than any other genetic disorder. It is because it relates to something so fundamental as 'Which way does which food travel?', this is applicable to any higher animal and certainly any mammal.

Whenever a population of animals experiences cannibalism, that population adapts to attempt to recognise predation in it's midst. Any obvious predators are removed but still nature keeps churning out new cannibals! It's not the baby's fault, it's the fault of the human race for being so good at producing food yet paradoxically easy to catch and eat, superficially speaking.

They say that when you've met one person with autism you've met one person with autism. Nature and evolution will try absolutely anything to get at the best meat (which she has been making for herself all this time).

Cannabis is the cure for Cannibals. That's the hypotheses, will it stand the test of time? Only the elimination of all other possible aetiologies for autism would leave the obvious, however unthinkable, as the strongest contender.

Those autistic mice by the way, what the researchers don't tell us is that half these autistic mice are eating the other mice when they don't feed them and put them in a cage together.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Any Legitimate Cannabis for Autism Research on the Radar?


 ·  · Y3573rd4y @ 7:02 4m

    • Cannabis for Autism Yesterday was just another day. If you haven't seen this happen in real life then you cannot possibly know...

      Y3573rd4y @ 7:05 4m ·  · 

    • Jenny McCarthy Body Count Hello, CFA. I'm a little confused. This looks like a screenshot of a post being made on this page, but no post ever appeared on this page, and there is no post in the spam folder. Thanks.
      Y3573rd4y @ 5:58pm · 

    • Cannabis for Autism Hi JMBC/Derek, my comment from yesterday is only visible to you and me due to the 'spam' filter. The SbSbAoA blog post tells a simple story of the day in the life of an asperger medical cannabis user.

      We support this page more than you could know, and we dislike the 'anti-vaccine' movement for the damage they do to everyone and especially the autism community.

      What you must realise is that to deny something due to 'lack of research' is fine 'in the large' but it is not fine 'in the small'.

      There are thousands and thousands of autistic people benefiting safely from cannabis every day and you can find them if you care to look.

      They cannot ALL be hopelessly addicted, deluded and a complete asshole like me. We cannot all be lying off-topic drug peddlers.

      When your members say things to me, they are talking to a real flesh-and-blood individual who is going to be active in the 'autism community' for perhaps the next 60 years.

      Perhaps a little caution could be exercised?

      Or just do the right thing and PROVE to us that cannabis DOES NOT treat autism and we will retreat, embarrassed.

      21 hrz b4 · 

    • Jenny McCarthy Body Count Hello, CfA.

      I have no data one way or the other to either support or oppose the medical use of cannabis for autism symptoms. However, the onus is actually on the person, or group, making a claim to prove that it works.

      I think the strong reaction you are getting from some science-based medicine advocates is because the claims being made are similar to the "correlation/causation" claims being made by antivaxxers. "I gave my child a vaccine and he got autism. Therefore the vaccine caused the autism." and "I smoked cannabis and my autism symptoms went away. Therefore the cannabis cured the autism."

      If you can link to a double-blinded, science-based, medical case study regarding the effectiveness of cannabis in autism treatment then more people might be more willing to accept it. However, if no such study has been done and you are only able to provide anecdotes then more people will not be willing to accept your claims.

      It is evidence that is all-important. Nothing else matters.


      20 hrz b4 · 

    • Cannabis for Autism I wish the 'strong reaction' really came from correlation/causation claims but that just doesn't apply in this case. Vaccines happen once, as does onset of autism.

      I only became autistic once (roughly around the time of my birth, give or take 9 months, 2 years, or six generations, depending on where you stand on these things).

      The 'experiment' happens again and again. Here is a quick write up of yesterday's experiment:

      "Jacob, who stays in a house in London with a group of friends and with the kind permission of the owner who is in a home with dementia, needing guardians to keep the house out of the hands of her evil brother in law, has done it again.

      This morning he foolishly believed that a small period of non-medication would do no harm. How wrong. That's the problem with cannabis. It's a de-habituant. It makes you give itself up from time to time. Jacob got into an argument with one of those 'I want to help autistic people' types who, rather disgracefully in the truest sense of the word, did the unimaginative and accused our 'cub of a) not being autistic and b) being deluded by cannabis and c) being addicted to cannabis.

      Not wanting to come to blows, our 'cub heads out into the streets in search of medicine and, having nearly been run over by a car on the way, finds some easily and fixes the autism problem simply and easily. How easy."

      For me it's easy to prove it to myself and anyone else who can actually be bothered to be around me and pay attention.

      To prove to YOU would take stage III clinical trials at a cost of around $100,000,000.

      If I don't trust myself to judge, all I need to do is go to a psychiatrist on/off the medicine and see what diagnosis I get / fail to get.

      Why, when Multiply Sclerosis affects only 1 in 300 people and of those, only one in ten can be treated with cannabis, can they cause a £130,000,000 cannabis medicine company to spring up around them (GW Pharma) when the whopping 1% of people with autism can't get anywhere?

      Could it be that people with MS aren't autistic so when they tell their doctors that cannabis helps, their doctors take it seriously. When autistic people say 'I have found a treatment that works for me' we get treated like heretics.

      Not only when the treatment is cannabis, but when it is yoga too!

      Could it be the autism that is making it difficult for us to persuade pharmaceutical companies to research this? Are we just very poor at selling our ideas?

      I use cannabis to bring my symptoms down to a level where people don't try to murder me, not to turn me into a salesperson!

      20 hrz b4 · 

    • Jenny McCarthy Body Count CfA, it's not about proving it to me, or to any individual. It's about proving it scientifically. If you can't do that then it's just an anecdote.

      Please keep in mind that I'm happy that you have found something that seems to work for you, but your reasoning behind it is no different than Jenny McCarthy's "mommy instinct" because neither has yet been shown to be scientifically accurate.

      This does not mean that it is not accurate, only that it is unproven at this date. Please understand that I am not attacking you for your beliefs. I am simply saying that your beliefs are just beliefs until they can be scientifically proven.

      17 hrz b4 · 

    • Cannabis for Autism JMBC, we know, I know, we all know that the proper scientific proof is not there.

      C4A exists for two reasons:
      1) To call for more research.
      2) To inform those who will not hear it from their doctors.

      In the meantime, all we have is the single prospective case study by Kurtz, the Montana study (unreleased) and a rumour that a team in Luxembourg is doing research.

      As far as I can see, all anecdotes and data point to the 'trend' that cannabis may treat autism (or delude people into thinking their autism is treated).

      We also note that every single claim ever made about the health benefits of cannabis is later shown scientifically to have some weight behind it.

      Is the autistic population the only population to be sad enough to be deluded into thinking cannabis helps, when it doesn't.

      It is getting ridiculously easy for me to find supporting pseudoscience and this pseudoscience is finding it's way around the internet and onto televised news!

      Nature abhors a vacuum, and a research vacuum is no different.

      Increased blood flow to the superior temporal gyrus?
      Reduced CB1 expression in autistic individuals.
      'Autistic' CNR1(-/-) knockout phenotypes?

      It's all looking really obvious from a pseudoscience point of view.

      Don't lump me in with those who confuse 'correllation and causation over vaccines'. I am not confused, I don't believe that vaccines cause autism and I don't believe that cannabis can either cause or cure autism.

      Cannabis gives symptomatic relief of autism, not a cure!

      I am glad you are happy that it works for me. It seems to work for more than 7 out of every 10 autistic people. I'd be happier for them if they actually had access to it like I do (well, maybe 10 days in every 14 i do!).

      10 hrz b4 · 

    • Cannabis for Autism two:

      Luxembourg, cannabidiol for autism!
      Cannabis Science, Inc. CBIS Stock Message: Cannabidiol for Autism in Luxembourg?

      9 hrz b4 ·  ·