November 24, 2010


ME + me: More comments on Wittgenstein - 6 & 7

I continue being not well, and otherwise also as before, so I cannot do much.

But I did again add some more comments on Wittgenstein, and I have now  commented almost all the theses under 4..; the beginning of the theses under 5..; and almost all the theses under 6.. and 7.. (the last is just one thesis, so that was not difficult).

Also, I have straightened out the backgrounds and links, and the notations for logic and mathematics, and the figures.

So in effect most of the heavy gruntwork has been done now -which is a considerable relief! - so what remains to be done is this:

  • insert the comments to the theses that have no comments, where useful

  • run through it all as a general check

  • insert some additional material + comments, such as Wittgenstein's foreword; Russell's introduction; and perhaps some other things

  • insert some additional comments and summaries

  • decide whether I want to use the Ogden-translation, and if so work it in

  • make a summary of my own comments

  • make an edition in 7 files, supplementing the present one in over 500.

So there still remains rather a lot to be done, but I have moved forward rather a lot.

Then I should add that this is the first version of the first version, and that I have left some comments and pictures out till later, while also the nathematical and logical notation should be straightened out.                                                               

P.S. And since I think I have done enough for today, I refer you you to 5.. and 6.. if you want to read more of what I wrote today and yesterday. 

Actually, I have been most of the last 25 days busy on this, and have done very little else, but then nearly all of the comments were written already, and indeed these comments have been written over a period of 43 years - that is, more precisely: at various dates during that period, and mostly in the early seventies - and I believe they are good.

Also, what there is now about the Tractatus on my site is better than there has been so far.

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz

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