February 5, 2011


me: Just a bit of interesting fun (Beatles)


Yesterday I spent on Discussion of Kitei's Editorial that followed uponBleijenberg + Kitei's Editorial + "Everyone's a critic now".

Today I just have a bit of interesting fun - if you are thus inclined and in the mood - that I came upon in connection with my mentioning yesterday The Beatles: "You say you want a revolution", because it seemed somewhat relevant.

But then I came to peruse the Beatles - which very many did besides: a link I offer below has over 6 million recorded views - and found quite a few interesting videos.

Here are some from the amazing registration of their concert in the Shea Stadium

This is interesting for many reasons, though probably for me it also enters that I was 15 at the time and can recall the sudden arrival and arisal of the Beatles rather well, though I never was a great fan or collector of pop music.

One reason is the - let's say - ecstatic female behavior and crowd and mass behavior, both to behold and if you think about it: Very many people turning close to ecstatic, in ways never seen that way at that time in those places, and doing it in crowds, notably without things turning totally mad - some faint, some get into trouble with the police but most scream and "go out of their mind" in a controlled and social way, for the most part.

The footage brings that out quite well, though of course what one sees and hears must have been quite different from what the audience saw and heard.

And for me there are quite a few memories connected to the songs - incidentally, quite unlike the footage in the links, for the Beatles in Holland mostly came on records. But it was quite sensational nevertheless, which probably is difficult to get if you don't recall the stuffy, cramped, grey, stiff nineteenfifties.

Here is another example of what was at the same time quite scandalous and daring - consider the text and the music - yet in a way supported by even the Queen Mother, because the immediate appeal of the Beatles

Both again have lots of interesting psychological and sociological details.

Above is 'Twist and shout' in b/w. Here it is in full color in the Shea Stadium in 1965

Anyway... as I said: Just a bit of fun, with interesting sides.

I liked it a lot - and there is quite a lot more - and saw it all for the first time, and thought "Let's do something else than ME, something that is enjoyable and interesting also".

Have fun! (Or not - just as you please.)

P.S. Corrections must wait till later.

One reason I found the above videos interesting is because it shows masses of fairly ecstatic - outside themselves, while still behaving social - people (young women especially). From my own experience, I know this only, in a strong and long sense, from the time I spent in Paris, during the student revolts in May and June of 1968.

Maybe that is a subject for later: I should look for videos indeed.

And maybe I should say that so far this year I have kept up with Recent Changes: Summaries of relevant changes on the site.

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 (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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