Re: Schizophrenia (was RE: A Boring Movie)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 14:40:24 MST

On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 10:19:36PM +0100, Amara Graps wrote:
> > What I have always found fascinating is how one's perspective of reality
> >can be so obviously skewered, yet the vast majority of the mind still
> >works as it should. They know left from right, know sunshine from clouds,
> >can do complex mathematical equations or create great works of art.
> The internal mind of a schizophrenic is utterly logical. Perhaps
> even more logical than 'normal' people. It's their premise that
> sits in another reality. E.g. their internal world is completely
> consistent based on the very strange premises that they've adopted.

Actually, their logic can quite often be very strange too, so
"consistent" is a problematic term to use. However, I found this
interesting paper that seem to agree with you: It looks at what
premises are used to build logical conclusions, and suggests there is a
selection effect. Of course, once the premises are sufficiently strange,
then the logic will appear to be faulty: "Aha, it is dark outside, so I
will be successful at teaching my students about red-black trees
tomorrow!" :-)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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