Published Paper Blames Schizophrenia on Demons

DemonDemonic possession? Sure. That won’t play into the delusions of schizophrenics…

IS SCHIZOPHRENIA CAUSED by demons? A Turkish researcher seems to think so, and his article on the topic was just published in the Journal of Religion and Health, a scientific journal owned by Springer, a German-based publishing company.

The first two-thirds of M. Kemal Irmak’s paper, “Schizophrenia or Possession?”, read normally enough. You learn about the devastating symptoms of schizophrenia, current treatment approaches, and the nature of the delusions and hallucinations that schizophrenics experience. And then you arrive at this little doozy:

“One approach to this hallucination problem is to consider the possibility of a demonic world.”

The abrupt transition from established science to outlandish woo is positively comical. And once the quackery starts, it doesn’t stop. You’re first treated to a background on all things demonic:

In our region, demons are believed to be intelligent and unseen creatures that occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. In many aspects of their world, they are very similar to us. They marry, have children, and die. The life span, however, is far greater than ours (Ashour 1989). Through their powers of flying and invisibility, they are the chief component in occult activities. The ability to possess and take over the minds and bodies of humans is also a power which the demons have utilized greatly over the centuries (Littlewood 2004; Gadit and Callanan 2006; Ally and Laher 2008). Most scholars accept that demons can possess people and can take up physical space within a human’s body (Asch 1985). They possess people for many reasons. Sometimes it is because they have been hurt accidentally, but possession may also occur because of love (Ashour 1989; Philips 1997). When the demon enters the human body, they settle in the control center of the body–brain.

via Published Paper Blames Schizophrenia on Demons | RealClearScience.

46 Comments on "Published Paper Blames Schizophrenia on Demons"

  1. kowalityjesus | Jun 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm |

    Might there be a transcedent unity between science and religion after all?

  2. erte4wt4etrg | Jun 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm |

    the demons live longer than us, what the hell is that

  3. “There are currently no plans to retract the paper, but two rebuttals are already slated for a future issue, Curtis added. The journal’s publisher, Springer, recently made headlines by withdrawing 16 gibberish papers spotted by an independent computer scientist. The nonsense papers were created with a computer program, SciGen.”

    That explains it. But I am very curious about his citations.

  4. Why are you belittling this story? Do you really believe that YOU have the truth? You yanks keep on voting for imaginary creatures (Bush- Obama) yet don’t accept this? Open your minds. The theory has more truth than “the US is a democracy”. Who’s the fool? And no, I am not endorsing the idea that demons exist or not.

    • Echar Lailoken | Jun 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm |

      You lost me at yanks. Get thee behind me!

      • Dear Echar, there I changed it just for you. I thought Americans would have thicker skins. After all, your demons are destroying the planet and killing thousands daily.

        • Echar Lailoken | Jun 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm |

          Where are you from? This way I can call you by your nationalized objectifying slur. Is it limey? We wear black hats here. Red hats for you?

          • I am your neighbor above who is getting fed up with all the atrocities that the demons below are getting away with. And keep the noise down.

          • Echar Lailoken | Jun 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm |

            Claiming demons externalizes the matter. I am seeing a theme with you. Externalizing, objectifying, and blaming. Then hiding it behind smug nationalism. Get thee behind me! The devil is in the details.

          • No no no, the devil is in the schizophrenics. I just read it somewhere…

  5. Simon Valentine | Jun 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm |

    oh how that part of me needs itself for what it must do
    one is lucky to know just_how_fun the psych is
    how wrong could one possibly be

  6. Tchoutoye | Jun 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm |

    Demons, hallucinations, illusions, consensus reality… they’re basically all labels for the same thing.

  7. Forbidden Fruit | Jun 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm |

    Ugh. Shit like this takes us back to the dark ages and makes it easier to marginalize and mistreat the mentally ill. Stahp.

    Demons, angels, vampires, zombies, aliens, ghosts, fairies and other mythical creatures are a product of the human imagination. Turn off the horror and Sci-Fi flicks and come back to reality. It’s boring, but it’s all there is.

    • I agree with Fruity-Vagina-Person. None of that stuff is real*.

      *Except for the fairies, of course. Got a garden full of the Kindly Folk and been seeing those since I was a kid, so obviously they exist.

      Oh, and zombies get a pass on a technicality, at least in Haiti, though there are probably localised populations elsewhere nowadays. See a lot of people staring at their phones all day that the jury is out on, for starters. 😉

      And ghosts. But then everyone sees dead people, right?

      Aliens? In a seemingly infinite universe, I reckon it’d be pretty short-sighted to dismiss the possibility.

      Angels are definitely bollocks though. Oh, and psychiatrists.

    • Echar Lailoken | Jun 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm |

      Two words, spectral evidence…

      To this I say More weight!

  8. And there I was thinking schizophrenia caused demons.

    • ÿ know these demons well
      ÿ call them words

      oh noes they’ve possessed me again…

      • Argh, I sympathise. The only thing worse than being possessed: being repossessed.

        Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the payments…

        • Mÿ solution:

          1. Discard that which is possessed
          2. Start over

          That way each possession is a new trip! Nobody likes re- anything. Prefix? Sounds satanic to me.

          Now if only that worked on mÿ creditors…

  9. Echar Lailoken | Jun 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm |

    I highly recommend you watch Magic Magic

  10. Something evil has possessed people across the West in the 21st century.
    A few years ago, it was common to encounter passionate anti: Bush, Iraq war, British monarchy sentiment.
    Celebrities would unapologetically perform for Gaddafi, Ice Cube hated the police and numerous public figures vowed to boycott the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony.

    Now, virtually everyone has inexplicably lurched to the far Right; defending South Park’s right to cruelly mock AIDS victims, Arabs, Blacks, Jews; Obama’s right to continue and extend scandalous Bush regime atrocities, and an institutional hatred of: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Iran, The Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islam.

    • Adam's Shadow | Jun 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm |

      Robert Mugabe is a horrible person and dictator, as was Gaddafi; North Korea is a totalitarian hell-hole run by delusional hypocrites; Iran is still controlled by religious fundamentalists, basically being the Persian version of Pat Robertson and James Dobson; the Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah are fanatics who have absolutely no qualms killing civilians in the same manner that the West does, they just have fewer resources in which to accomplish those goals. Do you really think that Hezbollah and other militant Islamic groups don’t drool at the thought of having access to Hellfire missiles, daisy-cutters, and Predator drones, and that they wouldn’t indiscriminately kill people with those technologies, just as America and the West does? Knowing that American imperialism and military might is destructive and exploitative does not preclude the fact that anti-Western groups and individuals such as you describe are any better simply by being anti-West. You can be anti-Bushbama, anti-war, anti-authoritarian and also be equally disgusted by the actions of the leadership of North Korea, Zimbabwe, and others.

      And if you have such a problem with an American cartoon show mocking AIDS victims, then you must be livid at the treatment of LGBT people in Zimbabwe, Iran, Afghanistan, and other nations with actual laws and practices persecuting those people. Just try and be openly gay in Iran; go ahead, try it. Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the entire world, and male-male sexual relations are illegal there. Ask Hamas or the Taliban for their opinion on Jewish or gay people.

      • Is there a similar hatred from typical contemporary Westerners for their countries’ and allies’ tyrannies?

        Are we likely to hear allied and domestic calls for a NATO-enforced no fly-zone over Washington, in response to the regime “killing it’s own people”?

        No we are not. The consensus view is that all who are and that is seriously wrong in the world exists in those lands which oppose control from the U.S. empire.

        There aren’t even audible calls for Chinese boycotts, let alone trade sanctions.

        • Adam's Shadow | Jun 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm |

          “Is there a similar hatred from typical contemporary Westerners for their countries’ and allies’ tyrannies? …The consensus view is that all who are and that is seriously wrong in the world, exists primarily in those lands which oppose the U.S. empire.”

          You post to this site on a regular basis and think no Westerners criticize and are appalled by the actions of their governments? And as for a Chinese boycott, tell me one country that has called for, much less actually followed through with, a boycott – do you really think the U.S. is alone in being dependent on Chinese imports? That all of those groups you describe are not just as dependent on the Chinese and their cheap goods as the American Empire is? I’m assuming North Korea is going to take a noble stand against cheap Chinese goods any day now; oh wait, Kim Jong Un is almost completely dependent on Chinese largess, not to mention U.S. and South Korean food aid.

          Countries and groups like North Korea, Zimbabwe, Hamas, and others you mention have about as much moral standing as America does, which means not much. Trying to hold them up as examples of righteous rebellion is ridiculous.

          • Disinfonauts are typical contemporary Westerners?

            I was referring to grass roots boycott calls, such as those Liverpudlians who abstain from buying The Sun tabloid.

            My original post wasn’t championing the mentioned groups nor lands. My point is that the ubiquitous hatred is obviously Imperial rather than moral, hence the blind eye turned to the world’s largest sweatshop.

          • Adam's Shadow | Jun 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm |

            Point taken. Yes, it is disgusting to watch the slavering hero-worship of the military in this country; they are, after all, state-sanctioned murderers.

  11. ah, the good ole fnords of yore
    don’t make em like they used to, do they?

  12. In other words, thoughtfulness and awareness is the demon-slayer.

  13. Which book is this from? I’ve read all of them but I don’t recall this particular citation.

  14. Thank you.

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