Re: [Evolutionary_Psychology] "Mass hysteria" is alive and well, researchers say: news story
- Sorry,I could not bring up the article with the address you listed.Tom Saunders----- Original Message -----From: euclidean253@...To: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; Evolutionary_Psychology@yahoogroups.com ; CB_Psychology@yahoogroups.com ; Psychology_News@yahoogroups.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.comSent: Monday, September 27, 2004 7:34 AMSubject: [Evolutionary_Psychology] "Mass hysteria" is alive and well, researchers say: news storyIn medieval times, when whole groups of people started acting oddly, someone would end up at the stake. Today the phenomenon meets with more compassion, but the same befuddlement.
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- There was a recent PBS show about this which I found pretty
convincing; the answer to this phenomenon in many or most cases
seems to be ergot poisoning. This is the same stuff that they make
LSD out of and it can infect rye plants in certain conditions and
then be consumed by humans. It causes the veins to constrict,
lowering the amount of blood getting to the brain, and also has
The researchers found a strong correlation between witch burnings
and areas of Europe that ate a lot of rye. They also found accounts
from an episode in Europe in modern times, around WWII, where a dog
exhibited behaviors exactly like those of a dog described in the
accounts from Salem. They did trace the outbreak in that town to
ergot from one bakery, but they still had the priest exorcise it.
This episode in the article sounds very like ergot poisoning to me,
both in observed symptoms and because the symptoms go away when the
people leave that area. Perhaps these are the people who get the rye
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> In medieval times, when whole groups of people started actingoddly, someone would end up at the stake. Today the phenomenon meets
with more compassion, but the same befuddlement.
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