Geyserism No. 18

February 5, 2017 by Dr. Geyser

No doubt, madness has something to do with the strange paths of knowledge. … But if knowledge is so important in madness, it is not because the latter can control the secrets of knowledge; on the contrary, madness is the punishment of a disorderly and useless science. If madness is the truth of knowledge, it is because knowledge is absurd and instead of addressing itself to the great book of experience, loses its way in the dust of books and in idle debate; learning becomes madness through the very excess of false learning. (Michel Foucault, Madness & Civilization, p. 25)

Mental disorders appear wherever multiple precedents, multiple ways of life, are being and becoming actively confused. The mental patient, who in the United States is frequently a student, can no longer decipher from among the m-precedents of daily life the way of life along which they are being and becoming actively committed. Prior to the appearance of such a labyrinth of ways, means, and false steps which for others nevertheless appear to be true, no sense of disorder or premonition of disease can be found, other than perhaps a genetic tendency which might help to identify the yarn of a Thesueus who has been waylaid. Yet Theseus enters the labyrinth by his own volition, while the mental health patient may not even believe that they have entered a labyrinth at all. The symptoms of a mental disorder are an adaptation to an underlying physiological state, while the lexicon of the psychologist makes use of a specific region of the brain for the sake of reorganizing an unknown sequence of physiological frames along a path that takes these into account based upon a history of m-precedents. The therapist and the patient are captivated by a ball of m-yarns, all of which seem to have lost their color. There is no longer any distinction between precedents, there is no longer any separation between the habit one has learned and the compulsion one has acquired.

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