But a little repetition is good for you. Plus, lots of people have trouble believing things that aren’t spoken by authorities, and one or two of those might end up here at one point.
When John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, schizophrenic, and paranoid delusional, was asked how he could believe that space aliens had recruited him to save the world, he gave a simple response. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way that my mathematical ideas did. So I took them seriously.”
Instances such as these have led many to suppose that creativity and psychopathology are intimately related. Indeed, the notion that creative genius might have some touch of madness goes back to Plato and Aristotle. But some recent psychologists argue that the whole idea is a pure hoax. After all, it is certainly no problem to come up with the names of creative geniuses who seem to have displayed no signs or symptoms of mental illness.
Dean Keith Simonton
If You Think You’re a Genius, You’re Crazy
Cooijmans does an excellent job of explaining this, calling psychosis the high end of associative horizon. The importance of intelligence can’t be understated for the purpose of filtering perceptions and pattern recognition (hindbrain stuff, parietal and occipital).
To illustrate this, recall something I said in conversation to Eden’s Thaw:
But your brain usually corrects you upon further inspection, because the sense data contradicts the hallucination and destroys the delusion. Hypnopompic hallucinations often vanish when they’re supposed to be touching you, but you don’t feel anything. The delusion is shattered because it becomes unbelievable.
Might be I’m a bit crazy, but I think the edenic psychology theory is coming along nicely.