Disambiguating psychoticism and associative horizon

Up until now, I’ve been using these almost interchangeably. But I think I understand the underlying difference now, and I’m beginning to understand some of the artifacts thereof.

Psychoticism (Eysenck, Charlton) comes from a relative overabundance of gray matter in the whole brain, vs. white matter. This is why we see it manifest heavily in both negroid personalities, which are exogenous, and thal personalities, which are endogenous. The primary difference between these two examples is that modern thal hybrids tend to have enough white matter to be in the 95th-99th percentile of NW European intelligence (IQ 125-200). White matter acts as a rationalizing heat sink for gray matter impulsiveness, instinct, and intuition.

Associative horizon is concerned with the white matter network, and its activation level. I’ve previously mentioned the reticular activating system as a possible candidate for determining activation level, but the important thing to understand is that each brain will have a general factor of activation potentials. This general factor is what I will hereafter refer to as associative horizon.

Since I finally picked up that Kahneman book, I suppose it makes sense to mention that psychoticism is concerned with System 1 subconscious cognition (perceptual, instinctive, intuitive) and associative horizon is concerned with System 2 conscious reasoning (step-by-step, rational, discrete).

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6 Responses to Disambiguating psychoticism and associative horizon

  1. Nottuh says:

    Perhaps I’m just very deficient in White matter. Might explain why I’m an extremely dull Thal.

  2. Edenist whackjob says:

    “Since I finally picked up that Kahneman book, I suppose it makes sense to mention that psychoticism is concerned with System 1 subconscious cognition (perceptual, instinctive, intuitive) and associative horizon is concerned with System 2 conscious reasoning (step-by-step, rational, discrete).”

    So, psychoticism is taking one’s crazy hunches seriously. And associative horizon means having a really big box when solving problems?

    “White matter acts as a rationalizing heat sink for gray matter impulsiveness, instinct, and intuition.”

    It can also act as a mechanism for stringing together internally coherent rants about said intuitions. Which then leads one to quickly pick up impressionable fans whose conscientiousness in turn leads them to take those accepted-as-true premises to their logical conclusions and also try to cross-pollinate them with other crazy thought-systems *cough*edenism*cough*.

  3. Edenist whackjob says:

    “White matter acts as a rationalizing heat sink for gray matter impulsiveness, instinct, and intuition.”

    I wonder if this can lead to mental illness? I myself feel kind of crazy for being at the same time a quite rational person, yet believing in all kinds of craziness (even if it’s half-belief most of the time).

  4. Edenist whackjob says:

    Tex wrote recently:

    ‘I told you, people with “Aspergers Syndrome” (Neanderthal gene expression) are wired like Siamese cats. They can sense stuff independently, they don’t need to consult a consensus. They can just feel it coming. They know lots of things without anybody having to tell them or teach them about these things. It is as if there is tons and tons of racial memory encoded there when they are born like they come front-loaded with a database before they can even walk.’

    I know what he’s talking about. I get these things all the time. It’s System 1 and the amygdala working in tandem, is my intuition. Visual + kinesthetic. A certain aesthetic + gutfeel that just makes you go “ughh, that’s evil”.

    It’s how I became a teenage libertarian, by instinct pretty much. I just “knew” the government was bad and socialism was a bad idea. (My System 2 wasn’t mature enough to really understand Ayn Rand at the time).

    The problem is that these hunches are not always accurate. We need to develop an “art” that lets us really be sure about things, or at least to a higher degree. Less Wrong seems to offer a lot of that kind of arch System 2 methodology.

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