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Nash, John Forbes - Dream-like delusional hypotheses

Identifier

001606

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

It is often the case that great genius also goes with so called ‘mental illness’ and John’s inspiration appears to have been helped a great deal by this until it developed,  progressed and became more pernicious

A description of the experience

I later spent times of the order of five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis and always attempting a legal argument for release. And it did happen that when I had been long enough hospitalized that I would finally renounce delusional hypotheses and revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional circumstances and return to mathematical research. In these interludes of, as it were, enforced rationality, I did succeed in doing some respectable mathematical research. Thus there came about the research for "Le problème de Cauchy pour les équations différentielles d'un fluide général"; the idea that Prof. Hironaka called "the Nash blowing-up transformation"; and those of "Arc Structure of Singularities" and "Analyticity of Solutions of Implicit Function Problems with Analytic Data".

But after my return to the dream-like delusional hypotheses in the later 60's I became a person of delusionally influenced thinking but of relatively moderate behavior and thus tended to avoid hospitalization and the direct attention of psychiatrists.

Thus further time passed. Then gradually I began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking which had been characteristic of my orientation. This began, most recognizably, with the rejection of politically-oriented thinking as essentially a hopeless waste of intellectual effort.

The source of the experience

Nash, John Forbes

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Inner speech

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Stress

Suppressions

Brain damage
Reducing threats
Schizophrenia

Commonsteps

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