The Xanax Effect

I dreamt this one. So bear with the ridiculousness. In populations of deer, there are known to be individuals who are hyper attentive. Usually most types of deer graze in herds and as they graze, everyone keeps an eye out for predators. But as with everything, there is some natural variation in the frequencies with which certain deer ‘keep an eye out’ versus other members. So naturally there exist deer that are real keeners for predator watching. Now this seems like a pretty cool thing. The hyper vigilant deer confer a benefit to the rest of the group. Now translate this to today’s human society. I think it’s possible that those hyper vigilant deer might be branded as having some type of mental disorder. They might even be given a drug or two. Maybe Xanax for example since they might be considered ‘high strung’. But if these people who are said to have a ‘disorder’ are actually just the keener deer, and maybe they have some benefit for us.
Is it possible that when something bad is going to happen (war, drought, fire, something on a large scale that could effect a serious portion of the population) these hyper keen individuals, who are likely these days to be on drugs, might have an increased need for their ‘medicine’. Does anyone have any access to Xanax (or other equivalents) sales that might show that before major disasters, sales or use increases?
Now. Let’s get weirder. Think that humans might be connected in some way from a mental stand point? No, I don’t think that we can all communicate across oceans telepathically, but I do think that there is something for which we don’t have an explanation. “The G.O.D. Experiments” does an awesome job showing us that there are phenomenons that take place in controlled experimental settings for which western science has no explanation. Maybe these connections have an amplification effect on the above noted ‘Xanax’ effect?
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2 responses to “The Xanax Effect

  1. Kevin

    Hi Tim,

    Another great post and spot on as usual.

    Have you seen…

    http://twoicefloes.com/

    I think it would be up your street.

    Keep the great posts coming.

  2. Elizabeth

    I think that’s very interesting. Maybe as a society we need the hyper vigilant people to keep an eye out for various forms of trouble. In the past, when fewer people were taking calming drugs (or at least less potent substance), those people may have played an important role in society. If now that subset of the population is frequently in an artifically calm state, they may not be as hyper vigilant and may not be alerting the rest of us to various problems. With around 10% of the population on anti-depressants (frequently for anxiety), it could affect our ability to avoid danger as a society.

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