A Beautiful Schizophrenia [was: Re: AI Eureka!]

Charles R Martin crmartin at indra.com
Tue Apr 9 13:14:51 EST 2002


"gmb" <gmb at nomail.com> writes:

> "Charles R Martin" <crmartin at indra.com> wrote in message
> news:m3adscdbup.fsf at localhost.localdomain...
> > "Geoffrey A. Landis" <geoffrey.landis at sff.net> writes:
> >
> > > > use.my.name at acm.org (jimirwin) wrote:
> > > > > After seeing "A Beautiful Mind" I've begun to wonder if some of
> these
> > > > > "cranks" are merely deluded.
> > >
> > > I've recently been struck by the fact that great parts of Usenet (and
> > > the web) are uncannily similar to the conspiracy ravings of paranoid
> > > schizophrenics.  It occurs to me that there's no prohibition against
> > > schizophrenics buying computers, and many of the wacky parts of the web
> > > probably *are* the work of paranoid schizophrenics.  (Unfortunately, the
> > > web seems to serve as an amplifier.)
> >
> > I'll go a step further with this: I've wondered (eg with conspiracy
> > theorists) if there isn't some kind of "subclinical schizopheria"
> > involved.  Schizophrenia appears to be pretty completely an organic
> > problem now; the last I read anything about it, the theory that it was
> > caused by some malfunction of NDMA glutamate receptors was popular, or
> > more loosely by some kind of limbic defect.  As such, it's entirely
> > likely that there's some kind of "spectrum" there; it'd be easy for
> > there to be subclinical manifestations of the same _kind_ of defect.
> 
> UFO and conspiracies are a classic american phenomena, a
> something so typical of the american society. Teen girls especially, love
[word salad deleted]
> and people. These things sell. They bring money. They also
> create a generation of people who are totally off in lala land.
> Art Bell show comes to mind.

I can't decide if that was an excessively elaborate troll or an example.

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state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is
much worse.  A man who has  nothing for which  he is willing to  fight, nothing
which is more  important than his own personal safety,  is a miserable creature
and has  no chance of being  free unless made and  kept so by  the exertions of
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Charles R (Charlie) Martin                              Broomfield, CO 40N 105W




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