“People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better.”, Me: this is applicable esp. to people with great dreams, i.e. if you have a big dream, you have to exponentially grow to manage it (and you pay a price for it), but it may still not be enough, e.g. Euler did not manage to beat prime numbers (the same for Gauss), Newton could only start with a naive idea of infinitesimals, and we currently see a big battle “what is human?” ; see Cantor- he had to enter a psychiatric hospital, even though he was right all time (he kept on saying that infinities aren’t all the same)
“In madness, I thought I was the most important person in the world.”, Me: one needs to remember two things here: firstly, we can develop exponentially so that our intelligence exceeds the average intelligence by millions or billions of years; at the very same time, we are extremely limited, and from a larger perspective all look like small points; as for the quotation, importance shall not even be a feature, which we take into consideration in the decision making process; additionally, we should just give everyone a chance to give the best of him.
“I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium and symptoms of schizophrenia.”, Me: if you grow exponentially, then you are far away from the people who surround you, i.e. you optimize a totally different set of features, then you are alone (even if surrounded by many), then you have almost no help or true understanding from the outside.
“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.”, Me: yes, if it is you who must learn from as explicit values as possible, then fragile constructs, like politics, remain just a pragmatical implementation of thoughts of many to you; given that your thoughts are totally different, you don’t spend much time elaborating on those issues. This applies to people who must learn from the most explicit feedback. The word “must” is very important here.
“At the present time I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health. One aspect of this is that rationality of thought imposes a limit on a person’s concept of his relation to the cosmos.”, Me: when it comes to thinking and AI in general, we are right now experiencing a beautiful progress; terms, like “rationality”, will change forever.