New Psychiatry: From Centralization as Security to Decentralization as Security
“Before Pasteur popularized the notion that bacteria cause disease, healthcare was effectively a disease vector, and we will come to look at centralized legal systems as vectors for what we have called diseases of the mind. “
The nation-state era has used centralization as security, which also shaped the culture that emerged within it. Within nation-states, there has been a gradual decentralization process, or democratization process. The advent of universal suffrage decentralized power, and a number of social revolutions have further decentralized power, enforcing gender neutrality and race neutrality within nation-states.
The globalization process which began with the internet two decades ago which then became the social web about a decade ago, is now reaching a crescendo with the web 3.0 and what Maciej Olpinski calls Incentive Networks, a web of people connected via economic links (tokens). This leads to an age of decentralization as security, which brings about a number of social changes.
In the context of this transition, I’ve put forth the New Psychiatry framework, a research project that looks at how legal systems and brains interact, and proposes what could be a new science of psychiatry for the web 3.0 and the age of Decentralized Borderless Virtual Nations (DBVNs).
With decentralization as security, there is a shift to where coercion is viewed as a security risk. This has profound implications for how we view what is normal and what is not, and the world is turned upside down.
Towards a New Psychiatry
Hoyle Leigh published the seminal work Genes, Memes, Culture and Mental Illness: Towards an Integrative Model in 2010, and one way to look at diseases of the mind is that “pathological memes” could be treated the same way we learnt to treat bacterial infections 150 years ago (after we discovered bacteria), by targeting the source of the pathological memes themselves.
Coercive law does not integrate well with the brain, and is fought off the way a body would reject an implant. This is what we see in ADHD, bipolarity, autism, schizophrenia, and all of these behaviors could be prevented by targeting coercion itself. Let the brain select peers the way it has evolved to and the way it is hard-wired to do.
The new psychiatry is a code of ethic for treating the fight and flight symptoms that we call mental illness. The model defines mental illness as obedience to coercion, and follows up with that the only possible treatment for obedience is self-determination.
Fighting coercion can have two outcomes: Either the subject wins and conquers the system, or they internalize why they must force themselves to accept the coercion. Both outcomes increase longevity compared to passive obedience.
Historical examples of a decline of coercive memes
There are some examples from history. Female voting rights was a meme that shaped human culture, and it led to a decline of what was diagnosed as “hysteria” and eventually a complete disappearance. Chemical castration of homosexuals was another meme — a behavior, imitation — which led to stress symptoms amongst gays.
If those trends are extrapolated, then the removal of a coercive meme, or a “pathological meme”, would remove the fight and flight response towards that meme where it is “fought of the way a body would reject an implant”.
Academic research leading up to a new psychiatry
In 2008, The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine published the paper Is Psychiatry a Religion in 2008, and made the case that
“It may sound bizarre to suggest that those working in psychiatry are somewhat akin to missionaries, but anyone with access to an Internet search engine will soon discover that this is indeed a common self-conceptualization. For example, prominent psychiatric journals, service providers and academic departments all have ‘mission statements’. Missions cannot occur without missionaries. Thus psychiatry (and clinical psychology), it can be concluded, is ‘on a mission’. “
Two years later in 2010, Hoyle Leigh, psychiatrist and MD, published the seminal work Genes, Memes, Culture and Mental Illness: Towards an Integrative Model. The work was one of the first to look at psychology using memetics.
In his book, Hoyle Leigh writes that
“What produces mental illness: genes, environment, both, neither? The answer can be found in memes — replicable units of information linking genes and environment in the memory and in culture — whose effects on individual brain development can be benign or toxic. “
Laws are also memes, as they run on human “brain-ware”. You host within your mind a vast number of norms, ideas, and beliefs which you have been conditioned with since birth.
Coercive laws which infect a mind get fought off the way a body would reject an implant.