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Sep 12, 2011           

More Wittgenstein + more Russell

I am a bit better than yesterday, and did a bit more on my comments on Wittgenstein's Tractatus, and also finished - the first version of - my comments on Russell's foreword to the Tractatus.

As I said yesterday, I forgot to upload rather a lot I had done by April of this year, until yesterday, which may interest a few, though I should repeat, as I also said, that my comments are not finished yet, and are also in need of proofreading.

Then again, this - writing an extensive comment on Wittgenstein's Tractatus - is the oldest thing I am still working on, since I started this in 1968 or 1969, in a typescript, and the main three reasons I still have not finished it are that (1) I am ill since January 1, 1979, which really made me much less capable than it would have let me be otherwise, and that (2) what I have to say about Wittgenstein is mostly destructive, and won't matter much for logic, at least, because no mathematical logician takes Wittgenstein's Tractarian ideas very serious, while (3) doing better than Wittgenstein did takes time and trouble.

But it may help some not to be bewitched by Wittgenstein's philosophy or philosophies (counting the Wittgensteinian teachings  of the Philosophical Investigations as another philosophy than the Tractarian one), and may help them also see or find out that there were much better philosophers and logicians, both before and after Wittgenstein.

This can be found briefly expounded in my comments to Russell's foreword to the Tractatus, of which I did finish the first version today.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

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 of 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)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

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:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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