Found this aptly named website (at bottom of repy) with a massive amount of information. I studied psychology, and used to volunteer with a range of
individuals with mental disorders. Personally, I agree with some of the previous posts that the blanket term of schizophrenia is used to describe
many distinct disorders. Personally, I feel the link between "schizophrenia" and multiple maladaptive behaviors in early childhood point toward the
direction of not necessarily a "bad" mental functioning, but different. More like Foucault's take in "Madness and Civilization: A history of
Insanity in the Age of Reason". I feel that a lot of our environment and social factors cause this dissonance in the mind, as we see individuals
with "mental disorders" as being irregular.
The majority of schizophrenics, I believe, are suffering from a cognitive anomoly. I feel increased empathy is more accurate in describing the
situation with "telepathic" schizophrenics, however that is due to the fact that there aren't any statistically significant experiments that can
validate telepathy, I'm atleast not aware of any but if someone knows of a study, I will definitely read it. I, for instance, do not think I am
telepathic, but I have deja vu atleast once a month for my entire life, can "know" what songs are on the radio sometimes, and other occurances that
I just see as coincidence and rational analysis. The radio, for example, only plays so many songs, and they are in an organized manner. Perhaps,
subconsciously, I have memorized the play list.
My personal theory, if an individual is put through enough stressors, especially at an early age, they would be more likely to become sensitive to our
non-verbal language. There's some studies that have showed links between seratonin and dopamine with schizophrenia, perhaps oversensitizing our
emotional side. Just as a poker player tries to "read" his opponent, I feel that the schizophrenics who may appear "telephathic" are filtering
out norms and assumptions which "normal" people are locked into, coupling the ability with heightened emotional awaremenss. The irregularity in
thought caused by schizophrenia could perhaps be filtering out the noise, in a social context, that "normal" people can't help but subconsciously
abide by. I have seen too many individuals who feel they cannot function, even on a basic level, while living with schizophrenia to feel that there
is an association with "evolution". I don't have schizophrenia, so this is just based on my academic knowledge and personal experiences with
schizophrenics. I also don't know if telepathy doesn't/will never exist, I just don't see evidence that schizophrenia and telepathy are linked at
this time. There's my two cents, good topic telepath.
P.S.: I have been reading abovetopsecret for a year now, and just decided it's time I joined. Hope there's no errors with my first reply to a
post. Have a great week everyone!