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  June 9, 2012                  
Crisis: Where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks? - 2

"Les hommes sont si pervers que le seul espoir et même le seul désir de les corriger, de les voir raisonnables et honnêtes, est un absurdité, une idée romanesque qui ne se pardonne qu'à la simplicité de la première jeunesse.

-- Chamfort

"Maybe the brilliance of the brilliant can be understood only by the nearly brilliant."
-- Anthony Smith, The Mind

Previous crisis       

I continue today yesterday's treatment of the problem in my title - Crisis: Where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks? - with a partial answer in dotted points, and also some more Zappa, because I really like it.

And as an aside, triggered by a Zappa-item, there is a little on the WPI, who stand exposed - to one with my moral values - as confidence-tricksters with a sickening set of values.

First, the answer in points, which I only give for the benefit of young people with a decidedly high intelligence, mostly to help them not to be misled or abused. As to '
decidedly high intelligence': I mean 1 in a 1000 or beter, and if you want to recalculate in terms of IQ-values, be my guest - I qualify, but I am also convinced that above ca. 140 IQs cease to be informative or predictive, since there have been too few studies of the bright and the brilliant (*)

where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks?
  • First, and to start with, there only are a rare few:  1 in 10.000  is  a very optimistic estimate, as there are very probably far fewer, at least these postmodern, post world war years (**)
  • Second, being fairly well-read these days - something like 5-15 days worth each day, on my two sites  - I must say that the majority of my readers probably do not recognize a brilliant person or a genius, by themselves, unaided, unless the said unfortunate person has been publicly acclaimed already (in which case chances are the person is not: you can't trust the media).
  • Third, the few that remain are mostly not in the universities these days, at least outside the faculties for mathematics or physics, and those in the universities, in so far as they do stand out as special, nearly always are special in their own specialism only: Persons like Richard Feynman, who clearly was a genius in physics and outstanding in other ways (talking, teaching) are very rare in modern academia, and indeed so rare that I do not know of anyone like him, though there are some outstanding living physicists and mathematicians - but not in Feynman's class, as most will know and be willing to affirm.
  • Fourth, the proportionally few who are truly brilliant these days, if they do not live in a police state where they probably get murdered or otherwise repressed before becoming well-known for their outstanding qualities, are most probably in the arts, or possibly - though this is a lot less likely (***) - in finance or business.
  • Fifth and last: What should one do if one is brilliant and young, say in one's late teens or early twenties  (and believe me: You know you are special, if you are special, and you know it since a young age, and so do others (****))? Here is my answer, in two parts: A. I really don't know, since there are quite a few types of brilliance, and brilliant people have to find their own way - in the end you have to do it yourself, because no one else can think for you, and no one else feels your feelings or has your interests and concerns, whatever they are, and whoever they are. B. Ceteris paribus - unless you are a definite mathematical genius, in which case mathematics is your field - my advice is to get a degree in computing, since this (i) gives you probably the best chances academically, also with potential access to many other academic fields and employments, and because (ii) this will allow you to make money from your computing skills, also outside academia (that tends to be a sick place since postmodernism triumphed and the universities got levelled and effectively destroyed (*****)).
That was today's lecture on brilliant people for brilliant people.

If you missed it, there are a lot of interesting links to interviews with Frank Zappa in yesterday's Nederlog, and below there is a little more Zappa material, simply because I like it.

But by way of introduction first something else, that is a sort of follow-up to the Zappa-interviews I linked to yesterday, from a site called 'theindustryexposed':  A clearly  quite intelligent rapper gives his views (and I saw meanwhile elsewhere that he has decided to study rather than rap, which very probably is a sensible decision, if voluntary):

    Obama Nation Part II - Lowkey (rap on Obama and his drones, 5.22)

Strong stuff, as the phrase is, but I like it and I think it is justified.

Back to Zappa, to whom I also owe the last link, indirectly, as I explain below. Here is some more Zappa that maybe is not quite what you expected:

    Zappa plays Zappa - Son Of Orange County-More Trouble Every Day

This is not with Frank Zappa but it is with the two oldest children of Frank Zappa, Moon on sax and Dweezil on guitar. It is from 2008, and they played with an excellent band, including two fine drummers, and fine drum solos, and also with the vurtuoso Steve Vai on guitar. I really like it, which is why it gets linked here, and I also like it better than Frank Zappa's own original version -
I think mostly because the equipment these days is so much better than it was in his time, and because Dweezil Zappa has a name and doesn't have to make one from scratch, without money.

I hope you liked it. Here is the originator of the music, and of Moon and Dweezil:

Frank Zappa speaks his mind... (click image for footage, or look under it):

       Frank Zappa 1940-1993

If you click the picture, you should get to the youtube video The Industry Part 78  (youtube video, 14.28, not by Zapppa or his family, I think, but with footage of Frank Zappa explaining how the media fool people: 'It's all a fake'. Halfway into it, Lowkey, mentioned above starts rapping, with the following text appearing in the video...

                   Explanation: What is a VNR?

...which changes to this in the video...

                   Explanation 2: What is a VNR?

... which gave me an idea, namely about the WPI (Whittemore Peterson Institute), that got so well known with stories about a connection of XMRV and ME/CFS, that since got exploded, but that the WPI pushed into the media, also - so it appeared - on 'Nevada Newsmakers, with Sam Shad'. See my

me+ME: WPI annual report w/Sam Shad PR & RR PR + ERV
      - me +ME: PR, groupthinking and Goffman + Mach on HGRV 

Well... unfortunately for the many patients who supported the  WPI financially, that was propaganda, public relations, VNR, confidence tricking, lies, while that nice presenter Sam Shad heads a PR-company and is Vice-President of the WPI. Here is 

Khaly Castle's blog, March 15 2012: WPI publishes annual report

As it happens, I did write about this on April 19, but unfortunately that file got lost the next day. In any case, here is the moral of it all:

Folks with ME: You have been had - cleverly, immorally, and deceptively. I have been had too, and I did not expect to be lied to so brazenly, so immorally, and so sickly, by such degenerate masters of deception, and indeed I don'þ take kindly to that, at all:

The sooner the WPI gets handed to the Seenos
, the better it is for justice. (******) If the Whittemores and their PR bullshitters play this kind of sick sadistic games with ill people, exploiting their misery, pain, poverty and naivety with this manner of sick shit, they belong in jail, and the sooner I see them there, the better I will feel about it.

I despise liars, especially liars to the ill and defenseless, so as to get their money or support.


(*) I do qualify, in terms of test-smartness, but - also being a psychologist - I should add that tests for high IQs seem to me quite useless, uninformative and misleading and above ca. 140 IQ cease to be really significant, because there have been too few good studies of the bright and the brilliant. However, there is this rule of thumb: If you don't score above 130 in a standard IQ test; if you never were first in your class or year in university without any special effort; if you do not stand out for excellent conversation; if you find it hard to write or be creative in another field (music, mathematics, drawing) than you are good at; if you are beyond your middle twenties and never did anything special others noticed ... forget it, indeed even if you score well on an IQ test. Finally, what I mean by 'brilliance' is not excessive development of one talent (and such people do exist, are useful, and are certainly gifted in a definite sense, if one is speaking of a great programmer, mathematician, musician or draughtsman) but evident excellence in several departments, such as being excellent in art or science, and in conversation, and in being an independent person in one's own right, is rare - which is why I gave Frank Zappa as an example, because it is evident he excelled in the three fields I just mentioned.

(**) The qualification is relevant: In Athens, in the 4th century BC or in the Renaissance there were probably more than 1 in 10.000, or else there would not have been so much great art and great philosophy produced by relatively so few. But these were special places, with special people, and these do not exist these days - at all, for I am not speaking of a few universities or polytechnics, but of full and flourishing civilizations and cultures. The qualification is also relevant in this sense: It is highly likely that the two world wars of the 20th C and the major dictatorships of Hitler, Stalin and Mao have costs the lives of several thousands of persons who could have been known now as major geniuses or artists, but who weren't, and instead died miserably on battlefields, in concentration-camps, in 'centers for re-education', in madhouses or in torture chambers.

(***) This is 'a lot' less likely because real genius and real brilliance is being inspired for and by something humanly inspiring like art, mathematics or real science: The problems with business and finance for brilliant folks is not that they may not excel there, but that these fields tend to be very boring and mostly useless as regards civilization, and that the folks one meets in these fields are for the most part also extremely boring or unpleasant. The same holds for politics: Brilliant people are not to be found in politics, except - perhaps - in special times and situations.

(****) I am speaking from experience but should make an important qualification: I have met one indisputably brilliant woman in my life (and like quite a few brilliant persons, in the end she failed, and is now unknown, mostly because she could not well cope with the differences between herself and the more normal academic 'intelligentsia') and I find it far more difficult to speak sensibly about the chances for truly brilliant women: It will probably be more difficult to be admitted as being brilliant, at least unless they (also) excel in looks and in some popular form of art, and there are - still - fewer career-possibilities  for  brilliant women than for brilliant men.

(*****) You don't need to believe me, and the outer hulls are still standing; the term is still used; and mortar boards are still awarded - but these days (colleges included) these paraphernalia of learning are handed out to about 50% of the total population that nominally 'qualifies' in terms of age and education, and hence effectively to completely average people, also without the least intellectual interest, but with a great desire for money, can 'qualify' as your GP or psychologist - and yes, I have met such folks, that 45 or more years ago would have never have gotten through a grammar school, never would have admitted into a university, but who presently can pretend to themselves and the world that they are 'intellectuals'. And haven't they diplomas that prove they must be?! Well... I am glad I am 62 and will not need to spend 40 years in the police-states that seem to be dawning upon the West, though I do hope, if that is what will happen, that the economic crisis will explode the Western world, so as to save it from postmodern fascist police states, that may last many generations with modern technology. (Folks considerably younger than I do not have that consolation, but should know almost everyone around them of their age will enthusiastically embrace the New Age, once it had been ushered in by such noble, reliable, colored folks like the good Obama, elected on promises to close Guantanamo, but currently the proud president of the predator drones.)

(******) Maybe I should explain here that I do not have any illegal ideas in mind, so let me explain what led up to my terminology:

I was rather amazed by the court case Harvey Whittemore's former partner started against him, demanding 40 million dollars

me+ME: Whittemores in court

and more amazed by Harvey Whittemore's reply, to the effect that he wants 60 million dollars from them:

me+ME: X-Rx + Whittemores

For me, that was a bridge too far, and smells far too much like greed, possibly from both sides.

Then again, I would probably not have paid much more attention to this, were it not for my belated realization that the WPI's co-director Sam Shad has been lying to the public, and specifically to ill people with ME/CFS, with a

I find that thoroughly disgusting, and what I mean by the phrase '
The sooner the WPI gets handed to the Seenos, the better it is for justice' is only that I suppose the Seenos are more right than the Whittemores, and that if they win, the Whittemores' assets, that includes the WPI, will go to the Seenos. I have no reason to think they will do any better, but then they did not massage me with a VNR, which I find quite disgusting anyway, about any subject, but especially so in health charities and medical institutions. But that's all there is to it: Moral disgust, indeed of the same kind I feel about the APA and systematically lying and deceiving shrinks: Such greedy deceivers ought to be in jail, and ought not to be allowed to deceive and swindle and abuse the ill or the public about health matters. I find that very, very sick.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
                             -- Jun 10, 2012: Corrected some typos and added Note 6.


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 understa, but nds 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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