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    It is very possible that many things working together cause schizophrenia.  It is also possible that only one thing - an infection, or a disorder of metabolism - causes schizophrenia.

    My personal opinion is that we do not yet fully understand the workings and malfunctions of the brain.  And one day in the future we will understand that a number of disorders have been lumped together in what we today call schizophrenia.  And these different disorder will likely have different causes.  So, we might find that gene problems cause one slice of what we today call schizophrenia, and that toxoplasma causes another slice of what we today call schizophrenia.

    What we do not know about the brain, and especially the higher functions of the brain like emotional responses and cognition, is orders of magnitude greater than what we do know about the brain.  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 12:17:01 PM PDT

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