The most important tool of paranoia’s toolbox is mathematics. Mathematics, as we all know, is the study of patterns, and paranoia is the quintessential student of patterns. Paranoia exists within, and is perpetually creating for herself [1
], a swirling nexus of patterns: the generation of patterns, the discovery of patterns, the description and explanation of patterns, the relationship of pattern to pattern. Paranoia without a thorough and constantly expanding knowledge of patterns — ;that is, of mathematics — is not true paranoia at all, but is, rather, schizomythia or even worse, poetry.