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‘Are you delusional?’: The title of Victoria Shepherd’s recent magazine article

The Autumn 2022 issue of the New Humanist contains this article, written to coincide with the publication of her latest book: ‘’A History of Delusions; the Glass King, a Substitute Husband and a Walking Corpse’’ (Blackstone Publishing). If that doesn’t make you want to rush out and buy it, penned by this historian, radio documentary and podcast producer, then reading is probably not for you.

As an avid studier of financial markets, one of my favourite books is Charles Mackay’s ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds’ (1841). My John Wiley & Sons copy was printed (1996) together with ‘Confusión de Confusiones’ by Joseph de la Vega (1688). I can thoroughly recommend. These texts back up Victoria’s idea that the ’the principal types of delusions have remained consistent for as long as there have been records.’ She continues: ‘I’ve come to see delusions as imaginative creations, their meanings encrypted’.

Which neatly segues on to why I’m writing about this today. As many will be aware, crypto currencies and big technology companies have taken a beating this year. The latest, and one of the biggest, was Friday’s bankruptcy proceedings for the US crypto currency exchange FTX, which at peak was estimated to be valued at $32 billion. The famous US FAANGS have so far all lost between 30% and 80% from peak value – which wasn’t all that long ago.

In the same magazine Rami Gabriel, associate professor of psychology at Columbia College Chicago, notes how our ancestors lived by a strict and unchanging set of beliefs, while many of us feel that science has liberated us from this straight jacket. This then leads us to a reliance on psychology and disdain for previous mantras. In this way the seeds for the next rise and fall, boom and bust, are sown. Artificial Intelligence here we come!

Let’s not forget that this year many Central Banks jumped on the CBDC bandwagon: Central Bank Digital Currency. And late in October the British Parliament was pushing to make crypto regulated financial instruments. As if they hadn’t got their hands full enough with Fiat money!

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