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Oct 11, 2011           

me+ME: Just a few relevant links for those who can think

I am still tired (let's say) of rather a lot of the prose and of the average level of thought on Phoenix Rising - and then I can't even read the mecfs-forum aka "the forum of the crazies", because I have been denied access to it since July 2010. So that's why there was no Nederlog the last few days.

Here are a few helpful links from Wikipedia, that may help a few:

- When Prophecy Fails
- Cognitive Dissonance

The first and second are, in reverse order, one of the few useful theories of modern psychology-as-a-science and the facts it was based on, viz. what True Believers do when their beliefs are clearly refuted, while the third gives the marks of pseudoscience, including a useful diagram of the spectrum from superstition to mainstream science.

I analyzed the underlying causes of it all several times:

- The tragi-comical human fundamental problem
- Groupthinking
- Wishful thinking

But it won't help, alas, except in a few cases:

"The power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous."
   -- Edward Gibbon 

Originally I had intended to write some more, in a somewhat sarcastic vein, but then I have been asked not to, and I won't, because it probably won't help.

Here is Cromwell, in 1650 (I have also read other versions, in more modern English)

"Bethinkest thee, by the bowels of Jesus Christ, that thou may'st be mistaken!"

The link in the quote is to Erv's blog of March this year.

Honi soit qui mal y pense!


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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