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The Symptoms and Warning Signs of Framework Psychosis

By Dr. Pill, M.D.

Framework Psychosis, a new and dangerous affliction sweeping through academia like wildfire, is the unhealthy (and unfounded) belief that one’s framework, whatever it may be, is the one true framework. As a public service, I have written up a set of guidelines that will allow concerned individuals to identify those suffering from Framework Psychosis. If you are an academic, I encourage you to post this list in your lounges, labs, lecture halls, and latrines. With your help, we may yet be able to eradicate FP in our lifetime.

At this stage, human beings cease to be human, and instead become elements of a grand framework that explains everything, including existence itself. For the rest of us, it’s best to simply avoid the afflicted. They may seem lifelike, and may still eat and breathe, but, rest assured, they are no longer humans: they are nothing more than theoretical constructs living out a theoretical existence.


1 Cf. Greenberg, Merritt and Joseph Ruhlen. (2006). “The Language of Prehistory”.

2 Cf. Bernini, Gianlorenzo. (1990). “Moving Greek Letters”.

3 Cf. Neuerblumenfeld, Gotthilf. (1998). “Multiple Choice: The Ultimate Algorithm”.

4 Cf. Papalopogous, Andreas. (1990). “The Priority of Written Language”.

5 Cf. Pulju, Tim. (1988). “A Stratificational Approach to Making Macaroni and Cheese”.

6 Cf. Goff, Ed. (1991). “On the indexico-relational inductivity hypothesis of proto-flectional meta-syntagm residuals in the discourse-evaluative elicitation of interactionally non-null quasi-specifiability criteria for quantificational irreducibility quotients in satisficing algorithms for preliminary displacement reduction of grammatological abductive derivational extrapolation heuristics factors considerations: A re-evaluation.”.

7 Cf. the 2004 announcement, “Further Evidence for Language as a Virus from Space: A Symposium in Two Movements”.

8 Cf. Tirizdi. (2006). “On the Necessity of a Tri-Branching Corpse”.

9 Cf. Snodgrass, Quentin P. (2007). “The Lexicalist Agenda: Exposing the Myths”.

10 Cf. Pill, D. (2008). “The Symptoms and Warning Signs of Framework Psychosis”.

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