Tuesday, 6 March 2007

The sleep of reason ...

We might, as a thumbnail definition of madness, voice the idea that mad people have an insufficiency of reason (they're more like beasts, they manifest the fallenness of Adam's children etc); but the mad scientist is the reverse of this, mad through a sort of excess of reason.

It's not even a case of the sleep of reason producing monsters; it's the waking moments of reason that produce the monsters. The sleep (that moment in Frankenstein where Victor just, you know, passes out, wakes up and goes on with his life forgetting that he's just created a hideous monster) is the psychotheraputic part.

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