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I debated on putting this under the “Did I hear that right” topic, but decided it deserved its own.

The prompt was this interview on the QAnon mental illness. It involves religion in a big way, but is bigger than that.

One comment - I find most religion to be just as delusional as the QAnon spectacle, but for the longer lasting ones there are wide swings between malevolence and benevolence in their histories. I noted that the CNN guys gave a tip of the hat to mainstream religion as not being kooky, which I see as an ingrained fear of doing something that might piss off the “sane” delusionals.

I’d score this gentleman as 100% BSC…

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I realize the question is unanswerable in any practical way, and that crazy falls on a spectrum. But it's a dramatic opener!

Going out on my own limb, I'll speculate that 80% of humanity is within that zone of the delusion spectrum as to cause themselves and others quantifiable damage.


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So forclarification, if you’re pretty much out of touch with reality but you’re NOT in danger of hurting yourself or others - does that mean you’re probably NOT batshit crazy?

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Sounds reasonable...

Given that the subject is so vague and without definition, I suppose any definition is competitive!

(Note: it is probably a cosmic law that no one is competent to self-assess batsh!t craziness.)

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The number that keeps popping up is 30%


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Originally Posted by Greger
The number that keeps popping up is 30%
Would that be the population segment with the primary characteristic of Trump Cultist?


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This may be a side effect of Covid. It is known to cause neurological symptoms. Just shows how serious it is, that it can cause those in people who have never been infected or vaccinated! ( wink )

Seriously though, we probably need to test anti-vaxxers for SARS-COV2 antibodies. If most of them were infected with asymptomatic cases, the need to vaccinate them disappears and their "movement" is just a Long Covid symptom. ( idea )


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Actually, I had a more basic question: if x percent of the population is indeed batshit crazy, has that number changed over time, and if so, why? Clearly there were a large number of BCs during, say, the Cold Wa4 and the McCarthy era. The entire First World War was indicative of widespread batshit craziness. So were the careers of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, though on a much smaller scale.

So - has the percentage changed over time?


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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
So - has the percentage changed over time?
According to my source (me) - not really. There are ups and downs but the average is safely above 80%. Might even be 100%, rounding to the nearest whole number. Some people are saying (me), everyone is "on the spectrum".


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Damn. That’s a lot. So what you’re saying is, my “certifiable” certificate probably isn’t worth all that much on the open market?


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