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Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Beautiful Mind

The story, A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, is everything but a beautiful mind. It is the story of one man's mental illness, schizophrenia. The long Prologue tries to make the reader believe John Nash was a mathematical genius that lapsed into a twenty-year breakdown and when he miraculously came out of it, he still had a beautiful mind.

John Nash is surrounded by Jews at such schools as MIT, Princeton and Cambridge. Nash was one of only a few non-Jews. Just as Machiavelli wrote The Prince for the Medici (Jewish) family in Venice during the 1500s, I believe A beautiful Mind was written to tell people how many Jews are in academia. Many people I have spoken to that have read The Prince, dislike it because it tells leaders to lie. I liked the book because it was a 'blueprint' on why leaders (or princes) must lie to keep their positions. The same is with A Beautiful Mind. It shows the reader what goes on in our colleges and universities and who runs them.

John Nash had an illegitimate son and a legitimate son and refused to support either. After his mental illness was in remission, his first son was free of any mental illness but his second son developed schizophrenia. Even after Nash reconciled somewhat with his first son, he still said insulting and cruel things to him.

This story, however, does explain a lot about mental illnesses and how people react to them. It asks the question of whether schizophrenia can really be 'cured' and also states that manic depression could more easily be cured. What I have witnessed is that manic depression can never be 'cured' because the axioms and neurons that develop in the brain have been hardwired before the age of ten. Drugs can 'change' the behavior of Manics and schizophrenics but does not cure them.

It appears that John Nash was born again after his mental illness subsided. It was as though he began learning the social and emotional skills that he never had, those skills being thwarted by this genius. Einstein, a Jew, was also a mathematical genius and although strange acting, did not seem to have a breakdown as Nash did. Perhaps Einstein wasn't quite as intelligent as John Nash.

I have known a couple of high-IQ geniuses. Both were drawn to the military and both were paranoid, believing people in grocery stores were saying 'things' to them or someone would go into their homes to put a penny on the table, tails up. Having a high IQ is not a blessing. It is more like an 'acceptable' mental illness because of their genius in academic fields.

More remarkable than a genius are those people who are very intelligent, wise, well adjusted and kind without an IQ of 150. But there seems to be no story about 'normal' people, those people who are level-headed, logical and know the answers to most of life's questions, yet are humble.

From reading this book, I came away with the distinct feeling that it was more of a boast book for Jews in academia. Jews and liberals saturate our schools of higher learning. I believe that John Nash was just an excuse to brag about those in academia and how ironic that the only mathematician that went crazy was an Episcopalian.