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Dec 4, 2011               

GW: On faith + Mikovits as Woman Of The Year


H.L. Mencken quotes:

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.


Continuing, in a way, the previous four Nederlogs, linked here:

Bright Mystical Lights and Geroupies
More on WPI vs Mikovits
Praying for Mindy and dr. Jamie
Bits and pieces relating to ME and XMRV

for the moment a brief one from my Philosophical Dictionary that may shed some light (more light in the links):

Faith: Belief or creed that is used as an orientation in the world and society of a philosophical or religious kind.

Man is a creature of faiths, an ideological ape, a rationalizing animal, and the reason is that human beings are too intelligent not to see the past, the future and its dangers, and many kinds of possible explanations for their experiences, and so have much to fear, not only in this life, but in a life to come that they are promised or threatened with by religious prophets, and have the gift of language and abstract ideas to paint all manner of possibilities for them in fantastic colours, that are very well geared to their emotions, needs and prejudices by systematic wishful thinking and are usually not much influenced by rational thinking, intelligence or scientific method, since these three ways to knowledge are only interesting and useful to a small gifted minority.

Thus, the reason that there are so many human beings who feel proud to belong to some religion or political creed or party is that so many human beings are natural born followers without good or great intelligence, and with little true originality or courage of their own. (Since most of this is not a matter of personal choice, and since no one wished himself or herself on the world, all of this is excusable and understandable, even if it also is the foundation of extra-ordinarily much evil in human history.)

As a rule, a faith is a simplified version of a political ideology or a religion, and plays the same role for the faithful as these: It provides ideas about what the world is (a metaphysics) and what it should be (an ethics), and besides it gives coherence, agreement, and possibilities of cooperation for the faithful, whether these are political, such as Marxists or Liberals or Conservatives, or religious, whether Christian, Mohammedan, Buddhistic or Hindu.

Usually, the truly faithful are the none-too-intelligent, who have much to fear and little power of independent individual thought, and who have therefore a strong inclination towards conformism, followership, and the belief in authorities and leaders, and who are, therefore, in times of crisis also easily moved to fanaticism.

Also, by far the best guess about leaders of the faithful is that they do not really believe the faith in which they lead, and certainly not in the way they propound the faith, but are in it for the money, the status, the power or other privileges. (See: Clergy, Priests)

See also: Ideology, Fanatic, Religion, Politics, Wishful thinking

Also, I escaped today barely from laughing myself to death: Patricia Carter, earlier identified here as the Prophetess of St. Judy, has yesterday proposed Dr Judy In Whom We TrustTM as Woman of the Year, strongly supported by another legalese type, Justin Reilly Esq., and by Polly of the Anna ilk. To quote said Polly, with title, cheeky smilies and bolding added by me:

       "She is an amazing woman with a brain the size of a planet"

"Dr. Judy Mikovits is certainly my woman of the year . She has given me hope that one day in the not so distant future I will be well again and not just me millions of people worldwide . For a scientists like Dr Mikovits to genuingly care about the people she is studying is outstanding . For a woman to be able to stand her ground in the scientific world is outstanding . For a woman to have the guts to go where other scientists dare not is outstanding . None of us asked for this illness . None of us wanted our illness to become a political battle ground, all any of us wanted was hope that one day there would be a cure . Judy has given us hope . She is an amazing woman with a brain the size of a planet ."

Imagine saying the first bolded passage about a black man! Imagine saying the second bold passage to any other person with a degree in some science, like one's GP!

I quote Schiller from his play The Maid Of Orleans:

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain."

For more on the theme, including George Carlin links:

The tragi-comical human fundamental problem

Have fun!


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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