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"Logic In Love" : Analysis Of John Nash's Nobel Prize Speech In The Movie "A Beautiful Mind"

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"I've always believed in numbers. In the equations and logics that lead to reason; but after a lifetime of such pursuits I ask, what truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has take me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional and back, and I have made the most important discovery of my career... the most important discovery of my life. It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found."This is a quote from John Nash's fictional Nobel Prize speech. In actual fact, he was never asked to speak upon his acceptance of the prize. Regardless, this combination of words still speaks a powerful message, one that contradicts western society's modern beliefs that love is irrational. He states that the only logical reasons lie within a feeling, an emotion that we have termed 'love'. Nash was a man who lived his life based on "verifiable, empirical data". He believed in something only when he could explain why. So why then would a mathematician of such high status ever state something that so blatantly went against his system of belief?I believe that this statement came as a result Nash's ordeal with schizophrenia. Because of his mental disease Nash was forced to look at life in a more idealistic way. His trust in substantial proof was challenged because his senses had betrayed him. His mind was no longer trustworthy. He saw and talked and interacted with people that did not exist, people that only he could see. Everything he believed in was based on his ability to prove its truth. When his judgement turned out to be flawed he needed to discover another way to find the truth, a way that could differentiate his delusions from reality; a new form of logic.Logic is defined as the science or method of reasoning. Most reasoning is dependent on visible, inarguable fact. However, John's new logic depended largely on the...

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