Do you know what it means to synthesize? The Wikipedia defines it as, “a combination of two or more entities that together form something new.”
A more popular interpretation is that synthesis involves a form of technology.
The human mind synthesizes all of the time.
If a person has read the Bible, looks at an apple, and equates that with sin, synthesis has occurred– two potentially different ideas have become combined into one. After all, an apple, in and of itself, is just a piece of fruit that can be eaten. It would require knowledge of Old Testament wisdom to see the “secret meaning” of an apple.
I have a theory that schizophrenics synthesize things differently than other people. I think that they associate meanings more than others– that they tend to feel that certain things “suggest” others, where sane people may not.
That would explain why schizophrenics say things that others dismiss as nonsensical– like that a strange sound on a telephone line means that the C.I.A. is listening in. That’s both a false belief, and a synthesis that is attenuated– that is too sensitive, too paranoid.
It also explains how many schizophrenics are natural artists. Their ability to associate images, words, ideas and other things can help them to portray various meanings using diverse media.
A weakness becomes a strength, and a strength becomes a weakness.