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CULTURE AND SCHIZOPHRENIA:
A Consideration of Ignorance and Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

David Gordon Howe, Ph.D.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chapel Hill
1977






 
 

Culture and Schizophrenia: A Consideration of Ignorance and Information argues that "schizophrenia" is founded in problem-solving behavior. This perspective is elaborated in an information systems theoretical frame. Both as individuals and in groups, humans act as adaptive systems. Such adaptation calls for ways to solve problems that arise, involving the processing of information. A problem is reacted to by a problem-solving response. It is posited that these mechanisms for solving problems make it possible to solve some problems but concomitantly cause others. It is further argued that one such connected problem is "schizophrenia", which can be viewed as a malfunction of the problem-solving mechanism.
 
 

CONTENTS
 
 

INTRODUCTION

 

COMING TO TERMS WITH DEFINITIONS


 
OF MAPS AND GAPS IN THE MINDS OF MAN


THE PROBLEM WITH PROBLEMS









Note: Looking at this work now, it appears to me that it has aged wonderfully well.
Over the years I have done a great deal of editing and when I look back at the rough draft of this manuscript I cringe. My dear friend Margo Byrd did such a marvelous job of clearing away the underbrush that when I read through it now I see my meaning and her clarification so wonderfully juxtaposed I wonder that I didn't end up marrying her, notwithstanding her husband and horses (I have been feuding with horses for more than 40 years and Margo was a serious equestrienne). Some friends give you a warm glow that never gives up and she is one of those. I look back chagrined in that at that time I suspect I was less than properly grateful for her marvelous contribution to this work. My debt of gratitude remains right here. Thank you, Margo, ever so much.
My apologies in that I still have not found a program to make the graphs this text contains to my satisfaction. The first two are simple logical definitions of the universe of concern and the issues involved should be clear from the text. Later there are two in "The Problem with Problems", the first of which is a grid (rather like a chess board) with the cells denoting on/off states with the x axis being cognition and the y axis being emotion. The second is these grids stacked on one another forming a cube of grids one on one another with the z axis being time.

 


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