Of course, the word crazy was a teaser. What I really meant is that we are all different, and when we talk to others, we find that some of these differences look like craziness. For instance, I like the way Pagetheoracle thinks, because up to a certain point, he thinks like me, but I am sure to find a crack in his reasoning with time, a crack that I surely don't have because if I had, I would not interpret it as a crack. These differences appear because we can talk, otherwise we could only see differences in characters, which are never interpreted as craziness unless they are huge.
Since I think that mind had to develop a random process to cope with the randomness of its environment, I thus define craziness as what happens when we express our ideas without having had the time to check them out thoroughly, as for the one I am expressing actually. If you feel bad without a cause, it is because you have been imagining bad things and that you did not check them out before beginning to feel bad. If you think that you are being menaced while you are not, it is because you did not check that it was true in the beginning. If you hear or see things that are not there, it is because you think that you didn't have to check them out at fist. These three examples corresponds to the three main mental disorders: depression, paranoia, schizophrenia.
If we really use a random process to imagine things, then we have to check them out as soon as possible, otherwise we might get caught in a mental trap, from where it might be difficult to come out, because we get used to what we think, whether it was random or not.
I define the randomness that I am talking about as the impossibility to predict an outcome. If our ideas were only about facts, then there would be no way of changing them, and it would always be possible to predict their outcome, which is not the case. With a random process, we could change part of them, and try them out to see if they work. If we change them too much, it is going to hurt when we try them, but if we don't try them and still believe they will work, then we can let them drift so far away from reality that we cannot get back to it after a while. The necessity to verify our ideas before going on developing them might be one of the reasons why we cannot generate strongly random data. The other reason could be that we cannot give a sequence of words without the following one having a link with the precedent one in some way, though after a few words, it is nevertheless impossible to fin the link between the first and the last word. To me, this observation means that our ideas are linked together, but that the direction they will take is unpredictable, thus depending also on a random process.
What a better way to explain free will than the randomness that I am talking about, which has to be associated to the way we verify our ideas to be useful. Yes we are free to imagine anything we want if it is a random process, but watch out those who will not verify what they think before harming others.
This is known as adaptive behavior.
We observed adaptive behaviors in species too, and we discovered that they needed mutations to do so. Why would the adaptive behavior of mind be so different as to always be predictable? Could this impression be an illusion?
In this sense, “crazy” people can be considered less, not more, “random” than non-crazy people, the opposite of your speculative assertion that craziness is caused by too much mental randomness.
I do not think that mental disorders are more random than normal, but that some of it is due to an evolution process that ends out of reality because of the randomness gaining ground with time when we do not verify our ideas or our feelings.
Also, as I explain above, I don’t believe an important “random process function” has been show to exist in human or animal thought.
Even for what we call creativity? Even when realizing that life is so uncertain?
A strong hereditary predisposition for bipolar disorder has been shown, strongly suggesting it’s caused by physical brain abnormalities
We are all different from one another, so it is quite normal that some of us are more subject to let their ideas wander, whereas others are inclined to control them, nevertheless, we all face the same uncertainties, and we all have to take risks, which means to me that we all necessitate a random process going on in our brain, otherwise like the species, we could not adapt to our changing environment.
Edited by LeRepteux, 15 November 2014 - 10:29 AM.