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Do You Know the Definition of Insanity?

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Do you, asshole? It's primarily a legal term describing a mental illness that is so severe the patient either finds it hard to distinguish reality from fantasy, cannot conduct his/her affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.

It has nothing to do with repetition, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, or Mark Twain. Books, movies, video games, and people who believe themselves witty need to find a new fallacy to beat into the ground.

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  1. dog$'s Avatar
    I've never heard or read anything linking Benjamin Franklin to insanity.

    Eccentricity, sure, but not insanity.
  2. Mzo's Avatar
    People attribute the "definition of insanity" quote to all the people I mentioned.
  3. dog$'s Avatar
    Einstein I guess I could see someone stretching the term insanity towards. It would be wrong, but trying to apply the term to Franklin or Twain is much more misguided.

    Franklin was very intelligent and Twain was a master marketer.
  4. Mzo's Avatar
    OK, let's try this:

    I've been seeing this shit everywhere for years in books, movies, and even video games. People say "Do you know the definition of insanity? It's doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    It's not. That quote has been attributed to Einstein, Franklin, and Twain at different times. They never said it. It's a stupid thing to say that needs to go away.

    No one is saying that they were insane people, just that they coined that phrase. They didn't.

  5. dog$'s Avatar
    Oh. Yeah, I've heard that quote before but didn't connect it to your initial post.

    Everything makes sense now.
  6. Rated E's Avatar
    That generic insanity quote was in some game preview I saw, though I don't remember which one because I wasn't that into it. I've never cared for that particular definition.


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