Gerald Hecht in beBee in English, College, Scientists and Research Toxicology and Behavioral Neuropharmacology Expert Witness Nov 19, 2016 · 1 min read · 3.9K

But Why Quibble?

But Why Quibble?

Insane:

There is only one kind of person, Phaedrus said, who freely chooses to accept or reject the mythos in which he lives. And the definition of that person, when he has rejected the mythos, Phaedrus said, is “insane”. To go outside the mythos is to become insane…

-Robert PirsigBut Why Quibble?

Insane:

adjective in·sane \(ˌ)in-ˈsān\

1: mentally disordered : exhibiting insanity

2: used by, typical of, or intended for insane persons <an insane asylum>

3: absurd <an insane scheme for making money>

4: extreme

-Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus of American English.But Why Quibble?

Insane:

adj. 1) mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. Insanity is distinguished from low intelligence or mental deficiency due to age or injury. If a complaint is made to law enforcement, to the district attorney, or to medical personnel that a person is evidencing psychotic behavior, he/she may be confined to a medical facility long enough (typically 72 hours) to be examined by psychiatrists who submit written reports to the local superior/county/district court. A hearing is then held before a judge, with the person in question entitled to legal representation, to determine if she/he should be placed in an institution or special facility. The person may request a trial to determine sanity. The original hearings are often routine with the psychiatric findings accepted by the judge. In criminal cases, a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity," will require a trial on the issue of the defendant's insanity (or sanity) at the time the crime was committed. In these cases the defendant usually claims "temporary insanity" (crazy then, but okay now). The traditional test of insanity in criminal cases is whether the accused knew "the difference between right and wrong," following the "M'Naughten Rule" from 19th Century England. Most states require more sophisticated tests based on psychiatric and/or psychological testimony evaluated by a jury of laypersons or a judge without psychiatric training. 4) a claim by a criminal defendant of his insanity at the time of trial requires a separate hearing to determine if a defendant is sufficiently sane to understand the nature of a trial and participate in his/her own defense. If found to be insane, the defendant will be ordered to a mental facility, and the trial held only if sanity returns. 5) sex offenders may be found to be sane for all purposes except the compulsive dangerous and/or anti-social behavior. They are usually sentenced to special facilities for sex offenders, supposedly with counseling available. However, there are often maximum terms related to the type of crime, so that parole and release may occur with no proof of cure of the compulsive desire to commit sex crimes

-Collins Dictionary of Law:

Insane. (n.d.) Collins Dictionary of Law. (2006).


Claire L Cardwell Jun 25, 2018 · #62

#61 @Phil Friedman - I could give you some tips!

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Phil Friedman Jun 24, 2018 · #61

#60 We’re not all certifiable. I’ve tried to get certified a couple of times but failed. :-)

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Claire L Cardwell Jun 24, 2018 · #60

@Gerald Hecht - don't know how I missed this one the first time around... my Prof at Kings once said to me that being 'normal' was the mark of a sociopath, and we are all in fact certifiably nuts...

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Gerald Hecht Dec 4, 2016 · #59

#58 @Brian McKenzie We thank you for your continuing support; as the man said: "yeah, yeah, yeah..."

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Brian McKenzie Dec 4, 2016 · #58

#51 I fully support, endorse and am actively working on collective extinction. The Trust None Over 35 Generation should know that their socialist ideology and bastions are on the chopping block. Let them eat Cake.

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Gerald Hecht Dec 4, 2016 · #57

#56 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli 👌🏻🕶

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli Dec 4, 2016 · #56

#55 :) lemme dig that!;) Thanks Gerry!

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Gerald Hecht Dec 3, 2016 · #55

#54 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli oh sorry...yeah, so his rejoinder was: "bank tellers are fatalistic --I'm a farmer. Who ever heard of a fatalistic farmer?"

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