"The mild and the long-suffering may suffer forever in this
world. As long as the patient will suffer, the cruel will kick."
-- Sidney Smith
I am still around, but not disposed to write much for NL, mostly
because my heart is not in it, and not - this time - because of
radically failing health.
One reason my heart is not in it, is that it got thoroughly
poisoned by rot I received about and around Ellen Goudsmit, who is a
But more about her manner of bullshitting the public later - here
are just a few nice and educational quotes about the subject.
First, is a piece of text that describes much medical posturing, by
the Princeton philosopher who wrote what seems to be a study on this
rich and inspiring subject:
Bullshit (<- Princeton University)
In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.
Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of
themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is
true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the
conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant.
Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent
forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the
practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does
not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By
virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the
truth than lies are.
Quite - and see the prose of Wessely, White, Reeves, Jones,
Bleijenberg, and lately Nancy Klimas. Also, my dear superintelligent
readers probably are already aware of the pomo-angle, for which see my
Realism versus Postmodernism and
shines a bright light on postmodernism - to which one
should add that nowadays it is considered morally very proper
and very admirable if anybody "contributes" anything
about anything whatsoever, and indeed all deserve "much
respect" from the audience. "That is awesome", dear reader, is the
appropriate PC reply, if yonder ignorant idiot, who can neither write
nor think, and read five books in his life, discusses quantum
mechanics and mysticism, modern philosophy and Heidegger's
contributions to freedom, soccer, sex and spirituality, or whatever,
including diseases and ME.
Indeed, for bullshitters, whether professional, or simply by
education, for indeed most education of people younger than me - I am
60 - consisted these days of the art of bullshitting or of articles
full of bullshit, as for bullshitters
there is no more
truth, at all: There only is Politically Correct Doublespeak,
the pomo way, for which reason it is most disrespectful if you say
this, or even hint at it, and also morally very reprehensible of my
readers to read this, since among pomo bullshitters, whether in
North-Korea, in China and of late in the USA, the only allowed
language is what The Leaders Of Our Community (and their moderators or
secret police) allow as "a p p r o p r i a t e". Generally, all
terms and statements that state the truth objectively are "i n a p
p r o p r i a t e language", lacking in respect and refinement. (I
have spaced "a p p r o p r i a t e" because it is such a nice,
bland, meaningless, manipulative typical bullshit term: Whoever tells
you that your language is not "a p p r o p r i a t e", is
telling you in effect he or she is of the PC Thoughtpolice, and if
this were Mao's China or Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia you were
much better of dead.
- Wikipedia, minus some links and my bolds:
Bullshit is commonly used to describe statements made by people
more concerned with the response of the audience than in truth and
accuracy, such as goal-oriented statements made in the field of
politics or advertising.
"Bullshit" does not necessarily have to be a complete fabrication;
with only basic knowledge about a topic, bullshit is often used to
make the audience believe that one knows far more about the topic by
feigning total certainty or making probable predictions. It may also
merely be "filler" or nonsense that, by virtue of its style or
wording, gives the impression that it actually means something.
In his essay
Bullshit (originally written in 1986, and published as a
monograph in 2005), philosopher
Harry Frankfurt of
Princeton University characterizes bullshit as a form of
falsehood distinct from lying. The liar, Frankfurt holds, knows and
cares about the truth, but deliberately sets out to mislead instead
of telling the truth. The "bullshitter", on the other hand, does not
care about the truth and is only seeking to impress:
It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he
knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.
A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to
that extent respectful of it. When an honest man speaks, he
says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is
correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to
be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he
is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false.
His eye is not on the facts at all, as
the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as
they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he
says. He does not care whether the things he says
describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them
up, to suit his purpose.
Quite so: Here we are at the Wesselys, Klimas, Bleijenbergs etc.
And indeed also at cubic miles of philosophy, psychology, medicine,
and theology. Which is also why I so often mentioned
- and Frankfurt agrees:
Frankfurt connects this analysis of bullshit with
Ludwig Wittgenstein's disdain of "non-sense" talk, and with the
popular concept of a "bull session" in which speakers may try out
unusual views without commitment. He fixes the blame for the
prevalence of "bullshit" in modern society upon
anti-realism and upon the growing frequency of situations in
which people are expected to speak or have opinions without
appropriate knowledge of the subject matter.
Here we are on the patients forums - and indeed in almost any
university in the West (all but the best, indeed):
The sad thing is that it is not so much that "people are expected to
speak or have opinions": They think they have the right to speak on
anything whatsoever, and
demand r e s p e c t for themselves
and that right.
And while they seem to be discussing, in fact they are playing
games, bullshit games: "Look at me, look at me! See me participate
in Our Community!" Finally, for all the feminists I have met in my
life: As patients forums for ME show, were women are in a
considerable majority, women are at least as good at that as men,
who tend to be about as gifted in the great art of bullshitting as
Not only that:
The vast majority think that bullshitting is good,
bullshitting is social, by bullshitting they contribute to
Our Community, and nobody has any right to point out to any
bullshitter that he or she is bullshitting, wasting time,
propounding nonsense, posturing, pretending, play-acting, and behaving
as authentically honest and sincere as a common cheap whore.
O no! One who says that used "i n a p p r o p r i a t e
l a n g u a g e", and the only reason the democratic majority of
Our Community doesn't throw him or her for the beasts (ad bestia) in
the circus, or burn him or her alive to make a nice moral lesson full
of human warmth and the glow of sincerity, is that, these days this is
not PC. \
P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
And yes, readers: I realize I am a thoroughly bad man, undoubtedly
immoral too. What's worse: My only defenses are that I am uncommonly
smart, and my deviances of the PC norms, in intelligence and morality,
So really: I can't help it, as little as I can help I see colours.