Yes, his website is a good indication that he actually believes some of his own nonsense. But I wouldn't call it psychopathology any more than I would call it psychopathology when millions of people around the world dip their fingers in the holy water every Sunday.
I think a lot of the stuff he denounces is really unimportant to him (speed of light, natural selection, stuff like that) other than the fact that it is a way to press people's buttons.
I think for the most part he's just pissed at smart people controlling his life and thinking they are better than him.
While Ryan does not process conceptual thought very well, he does have a very heavy reliance on intuitive thinking. Intuitive thinking isnít much help in science without conceptual skills to over-ride the nonsense, but it can be useful when one is just dealing with how people feel.
Without understanding his own strategy in an analytical way, his intuition tells him that most people are invested in a win-lose strategy. And by denying others of an outcome of winning or losing, he feels he has won. All he has to do is refuse to acknowledge any defeat. He knows he canít win either, but that is a small price to pay when revenge is more important than winning.
By definition believe in mass crazy things (thing many other people believe) that are social, cultural or religious norms are not mental illness. It is the firm believe in things that one things, believes, perceives that are not subject to verification or rational understanding by others that qualifies as psychopathology.
If you would not call Jim mentally, then by what standard would he qualify?
1. He believes things that can be verified to be wrong by others.
2. He claims special position or status in effect stating that he is smarter than scientists EVEN THOUGHT he does not understand the basic concepts of what he is discussing.
3. He believes others have stolen his brilliant ideas and made money off of them.
And I am just warming up.
Look at the 4 D's of psychopathology vs. Mr Ryan:
1. Deviance - Check
2. Distress - Check
3. Dysfunction - Check
4. Danger - Apparently not.
I don't want to diss Jim. My point is that he would benefit from therapy and medication. He meets the diagnostic criteria for Delusional Disorder that any qualified clinician would make if he went in to a mental health center.