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15th Nov '17 10:05:31 PM Discar
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-->--'''Joel Robinson''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Film/TheMadMonster''

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-->--'''Joel -->-- '''Joel Robinson''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Film/TheMadMonster''
15th Nov '17 12:03:50 PM isolato
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* Paul Erdős, a mathematician known for publishing more papers than any other mathematician to date and collaborating with damn near everyone in the field (to the point that the mathematicians' equivalent of the Bacon Number is the Erdős Number), took amphetamines. He was offered a sum of money by a friend to give up the habit for a month. He did, took the money, then went right back on amphetamines, claiming his sobriety impeded his ability to think.

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* Paul Erdős, a mathematician known for publishing more papers than any other mathematician to date and collaborating with damn near everyone in the field (to the point that the mathematicians' equivalent of the [[SixDegreesOfKevinBacon Bacon Number Number]] is the Erdős Number), took amphetamines. He was offered a sum of money by a friend to give up the habit for a month. He did, took the money, then went right back on amphetamines, claiming his sobriety impeded his ability to think.
19th Oct '17 11:27:10 PM PaulA
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* In one of Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' short stories, appropriately titled "Madness Has its Place," it's revealed that [=ARM=] (the technology-suppressing SecretPolice branch of the UN) deliberately employs sociopaths and paranoid schizophrenics, though they're issued mandatory medication. The main character is one (he's implied to be a former serial killer), but in order to help prepare a defense against the approaching Kzinti aliens, he goes off his medication. His descent into paranoia and sociopathy make him frighteningly competent at war preparations for a humanity that hasn't known war in centuries. The [=ARM=] also creates treatments to ''artificially'' induce paranoid schizophrenia and other disorders in its agents, in case enough naturally occurring crazies of the right sort are unavailable.

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* In one of Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' short stories, appropriately titled "Madness Has its Place," "Literature/MadnessHasItsPlace", it's revealed that [=ARM=] (the technology-suppressing SecretPolice branch of the UN) deliberately employs sociopaths and paranoid schizophrenics, though they're issued mandatory medication. The main character is one (he's implied to be a former serial killer), but in order to help prepare a defense against the approaching Kzinti aliens, he goes off his medication. His descent into paranoia and sociopathy make him frighteningly competent at war preparations for a humanity that hasn't known war in centuries. The [=ARM=] also creates treatments to ''artificially'' induce paranoid schizophrenia and other disorders in its agents, in case enough naturally occurring crazies of the right sort are unavailable.
3rd Aug '17 10:28:40 PM Rikmach
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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], Unmada]] where one believes their mad science is true and everyone else is crazy, or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.
20th Jul '17 11:11:33 PM Kalaong
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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, which, depending on the series, may be either the cause or the result of SRMD. Likely to lead to a NoMedicationForMe[=/=]FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome situation. Can quickly lead to TheMadnessPlace. Not to be confused with MemeticMutation. Also compare TheSparkOfGenius, which is sometimes combined with this syndrome.

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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, which, depending on the series, may be either the cause or the result of SRMD. Likely to lead to a NoMedicationForMe[=/=]FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome situation. Can quickly lead to TheMadnessPlace. Not to be confused with MemeticMutation. Also compare TheSparkOfGenius, which is sometimes combined with this syndrome.syndrome, as well as NeurodiversityIsSupernatural, where atypical mental conditions convey less scientific talents.
11th Jun '17 8:56:23 AM PixelKnight
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* Attention Deficit Disorder is a disruption of dopamine and ephedrine distribution within the brain which causes some areas to be flooded constantly with the chemicals, while others receive relatively little, similar to the effect that cocaine has on the brain. As dopamine can be loosely described as the "like button" neurochemical, while ephedrine is the "alertness" chemical, this causes the brain to follow somewhat random patterns regarding what is [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny perceived as important at the moment]], and [[SensoryOverload inhibits the ability to filter both mental and external noise]].[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, individuals with ADD/ADHD are not oblivious to what is going on around them. Its just that their brain flags the oven being on fire with the same level of importance as trying to remember where they put the remote, a stray thought about that lame joke they heard earlier, and the fact that they could ''really'' go for a grilled cheese sandwich right now. Wait. Grilled cheese sandwich. Oven. Smoke Alarm. OhCrap.[[/note]] This typically manifests as a constant state of extreme curiosity for subjects considered "interesting", impulsive behavior and thoughts with little inhibition, bursts of extreme inspiration and creativity, and elevated excitability. ADHD is generally treated with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomoxetine epinephrine reuptake inhibitors]] and dopamine reuptake inhibitors like stimulants, which even out the distribution somewhat. Thus medication makes cognition less chaotic, which can be frustrating for those who enjoy the buzz of constant..."colorful"...thoughts.

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* Attention Deficit Disorder is a disruption of dopamine and ephedrine distribution within the brain which causes some areas to be flooded constantly with the chemicals, while others receive relatively little, similar to the effect that cocaine has on the brain. As dopamine can be loosely described as the "like button" neurochemical, while ephedrine is the "alertness" chemical, this causes the brain to follow somewhat random patterns regarding what is [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny perceived as important at the moment]], and [[SensoryOverload inhibits the ability to filter both mental and external noise]].[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, individuals with ADD/ADHD are not oblivious to what is going on around them. Its just that their brain flags the oven being on fire with the same level of importance as trying to remember where they put the remote, a stray thought about that lame joke they heard earlier, and the fact that they could ''really'' go for a grilled cheese sandwich right now. [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Wait. Grilled cheese sandwich. Oven. Smoke Alarm. ]] OhCrap.[[/note]] This typically manifests as a constant state of extreme curiosity for subjects considered "interesting", impulsive behavior and thoughts with little inhibition, bursts of extreme inspiration and creativity, and elevated excitability. ADHD is generally treated with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomoxetine epinephrine reuptake inhibitors]] and dopamine reuptake inhibitors like stimulants, which even out the distribution somewhat. Thus medication makes cognition less chaotic, which can be frustrating for those who enjoy the buzz of constant..."colorful"...thoughts.
25th Nov '16 11:33:19 PM WingedCat
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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.
13th Nov '16 11:31:56 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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*** Arguably, the Sons are actually an aversion of the trope; while most mages have their powers as a result of what is more or less a psychotic break that turns their view of the world into reality around them, the Sons are former Technocrats; that is to say, they're fully aware of how the consensus and paradigms work, and have made a conscious, informed decision about what they're going to believe rather than having to follow the mad inspiration of their Avatar like everyone else. They wear the tropes of the mad scientist, but mechanically they're more like [[DoingInTheWizard Sane Mages]].
1st Sep '16 2:41:55 PM margdean56
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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like making a sexy robot out of platinum.

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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like creativity--like making a sexy robot out of platinum.



* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he tries to find a cure and managed to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.

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* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he vampires. He tries to find a cure and managed manages to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.
5th Jul '16 7:33:26 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."

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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Howard Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."
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