In short, herein seems to lie the difference between idiots and madmen, that madmen put wrong ideas together, and so make wrong propositions, but argue and reason right from them; but idiots make very few or no propositions, and reason scarce * at all. Passages from the diary of a late physician - Page 31by Samuel Warren - 1838Full view
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Amos Yong - Religion - 2007 - 450 pages
...seems to lie the difference between Idiots and mad Men, That mad Men put wrong Ideas together, and so make wrong Propositions, but argue and reason right...few or no Propositions, and reason scarce at all" (2.11.13; 1975: 161).28 Because idiots do not have innate ideas/knowledge, they only give the appearance...