With regards to this question on "insanity", initially, I was inclined to vote to close because:
- it used terminology that implied a lack of understanding of the medical and scientific knowledge about psychiatry and clinical psychology.
- the question did not make sense to me because it was asking for a scientific definition of a term which is generally not considered scientific.
However, I also then saw Ben's answer which is very good. It answers the question, and corrects the assumptions of the person asking the question. And in a very general sense, there is the kernel of an interesting question.
So my questions here are:
- Should this question be permitted?
- What can we learn from this question about what is permitted/not permitted, encouraged/discouraged? (e.g., what questions are too easy? what questions lack sufficient research? How welcoming should we be to outsiders? etc.)