Epidemic of illogic

In Paranoid Logic. Dr. Sanity wonders about the epidemic of illogic and its effects.

If scientists can say that obesity is “socially contagious”, consider for a moment how a much more contagious psychological processes like paranoia and projection are. Indeed, this tendency to deny reality is at epidemic levels. In our own country, we must deal with an entire poltical party and half the nation in the grip of the illness.

In making paranoid pronouncements, the paranoid person always takes himself or herself extremely seriously.

Everything can be explained by paranoid logic. In fact, paranoia is really nothing more than the use of reason and logic in the service of the irrational and bizarre.

To those who are using such a defense, their behavior and rhetoric seem perfectly logical and internally consistent. It is, in fact, as impeccable as any reasoning can be–considering that it originates from distorted premises. Paranoia has been referred to as “the rational in the service of the irrational” for good reasons.

And, by that kind of “logic” it makes perfect sense to use the maximum force possible to destroy those who the paranoid believes are responsible for the evil:

The key points here:

    • People tend to conform to group norms whether it is lifestyle habits that lead to obesity or thinking habits that lead to paranoia and delusion.
    • There is a certitude and completeness that goes with unhealthy thinking that is necessary to confirm its credibility by creating a balancing weight to reality.
    • After a delusion has been created and internalized, then it is necessary to fit the ‘square peg into the round hole’ by doing whatever is necessary to attempt to make reality fit into the delusion: the ends come to justify the means.
  • These are things to look for when you evaluate the credibility of debate. Hysteria and emotional diatribe presented with an astounding certitude often accompany the attempt to make a complete picture distorted from reality. The conclusion is paramount and often based on a perception of a group norm. There is a stridency to do what is necessary to make the conclusion true.

    It is one think to assert that “the sky is blue and the grass is green” and yet another to say that “the war in Iraq is lost.” The manner of presentation should reflect the difference in the precision and accuracy of these statements.

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