"Charles R Martin" <crmartin at indra.com> wrote in message
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> "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
> > > > 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
> > > > probably *are* the work of paranoid schizophrenics. (Unfortunately,
> > > > 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,
> [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.
>> War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and
> state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth
> much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight,
> which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable
> and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the
> better men than himself. -- John Stuart
> Charles R (Charlie) Martin Broomfield, CO 40N