I doubt that there are many people who have known someone with a mental illness and would claim that there is anything positive about the experience. While sometimes the mentally ill themselves claim that they have a superior insight into reality, that's just because they lack insight into the fact that they are unwell. However, what mental illness, or any other disease, does provide is a natural experiment that helps us understand the normal function of the affected organ or system. For just this reason, in medical research, one of the most common experimental tools is to deliberately cause lesions in an experimental animal and observe the resulting effects.

--Stathis Papaioannou

From: "Jesse Mazer" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED], everything-list@eskimo.com
Subject: Re: Many worlds theory of immortality
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 14:48:17 -0400

Generally, unasked-for attempts at armchair psychology to explain the motivations of another poster on an internet forum, like the comment that someone "just wants to hear themself talk", are justly considered flames and tend to have the effect of derailing productive discussion. I actually agree with your other comments about it being implausible that the mentally ill have some sort of superior insight into reality, but hey, this list is all about rambling speculations about half-formed ideas that probably won't pan out to anything, you could just as easily level the same accusation against anyone here.


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