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Nash always had difficulty in social situations, he was ill at ease and gauche with real people, and perhaps that is why he had to invent his closest friends in his mind. His basic social needs went unmet, and so they were "solved" in his mind. With imaginary friends, he could be himself. He could also devote all, or nearly all, his time to his problem solving, rather than wasting time with social obligations that meant nothing to him. It was not until he met and married that he really had to continually interact socially, and that is when his mind rebelled, and created problems. He solved them scientifically, as he solved all the important problems that faced him in his teaching, and his life.
It is both in spite of and because of his mind that Nash won the Nobel Prize in 1994, and perhaps he would not have had the ability to see things so clearly, and solve his scientific problems if his mind had not been what it was. Scientifically, it was brilliant, truly a "beautiful mind." Socially and morally, it made no sense; it was a sick mind that could not reach out to others, only inside itself for comfort.
In conclusion, a mind that is confused is the only kind of mind that could see people who are not there, and then ignore them. A mind that is full of brilliance is the only kind of mind that could see people who are not there, and solve the problems so it can get on with life and what is truly important. John Nash has such a mind -- a beautiful mind. It is not always the most socially correct and lucid mind, but it is a mind that can solve problems rationally and scientifically -- allowing survival and even growth. John Nash is a unique individual, who managed to solve the problem of his own life, and make it into a powerful and rational equation. Part scientist, part philosopher, part madman, and part shining star, Nash and his mind certainly deserve a place in history, a beautiful place for a beautiful mind.