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  July 5, 2012                  
me+ME: Varia relating to my site and to Nederlo


Enjoy and give pleasure, without doing harm to yourself or to anyone else - that, I think, is the whole of morality.

If I had written about Hilbert spaces yesterday, I might have gotten as many downloads -  from which the logically gifted reader infers (unerringly) that the regular readers of Nederlog are not really interested in formal or mathematical logic.

Well... I don't mind and I am also not surprised, and I will continue to put in Nederlog what interests or concerns me, also if I believe that this will not be of interest to most of my readers.

Besides, it is true that I do get a fair amount of hits relating to propositional attitudes, and justifiedly so, since this concerns some quite fundamental concepts in logic, psychology and philosophy (for terms like 'believes', 'knows', 'desires' are quite fundamental to nearly all the conscious thinking humans do, about themselves and about other human beings).

Also, I know most people do not like mathematics - but then I really can't avoid formal methods of some kind when trying to come to grips with propositional attitudes.

I can promise it won't happen often in Nederlog - that today does not contain anything like mathematics or formal logic, and consists of a record of a number of updates to the site I made today, and a number of various links about various subjects I also wrote about in Nederlog, with brief comments by me, that may interest some. The reason they are mentioned here is that they are related to subjects I wrote about in Nederlog.

       1. Various updates to my site
       2. Various links relating to earlier Nederlogs

Also, in case you want or need it: At the end of the second section there are links to quite a lot of comic relief.

1. Various updates to my site

The brief of it is as summarized in 'Recent Changes' (aka 'summaries')

Added the Epicurus file that I wrote last year in Nederlog to a new section on Epicurus, in the philosophy section, and corrected a mistake in the Epictetus-index.
Also added an explicit Home link to all the opening indexes of the philosophers on
my site, with their texts, usually with my comments.

Epicurus is new in the section on philosophers (generally with my comments on the texts, as in this case) but is, for the moment, the same as a Nederlog of 15 months ago (which may suggest (correctly) that I did not have much health or energy, until some 4 months ago).

The other changes were made to make the site easier to use, and also to have an explicit link to my home page, that till today was not always present.

2. Various links relating to earlier Nederlogs

To start with, here is a link to an interesting US individual anarchist I hadn't heard of, who I found in the context of searching for background information relating to the files about the crisis of the first three days of July:

       Benjamin R. Tucker (1854-1939)(<- Wikipedia)

As some of my readers may know, I hail from a - truiy, not merely pretentiously or fashionably - marxist family, with a mother with anarchist parents. I do know a fair amount of leftist thinkers, but I hadn't heard about Tucker, who seems to qualify very well as one of those rare persons that Liu Binyan was tryng to find in China, for which see my

Crisis: Liu Binyan on being human.

Tucker seems to have been a man with a fine individual mind and considerable courage, which is why I mention him here. I read some of his prose, that I liked, but not much. And I probably disagree with him on quite a few counts, but that doesn't mean I can't see he must have been an interesing man with interesting ideas.

Next, I have been much concerned the last 2 1/2 years- mostly implicitly, at least as regards non-intellectual corruption - with medical corruption, mostly in the context of ME/CFS and the DSM-5, that also is relevant for people with a diagnosis of ME/CFS, as you may check out in my ME-Resources.

There is much more medical corruption than most medical people seem to be willing to acknowledge publicly, but happily there are some medical men and women who have the courage to speak up. Here are two such sites:

       1 boring old man
       Health Care Renewal

The first is by a retired psychiatrist/psychoanalist who seems quite sensible and who knows a lot about psychiatry in the US, and the second is by several US medical doctors who do care about real science and their patients, and whose main subject is as the title of their site suggests, where one can find quite a lot of thorough and rational discussions about health care in the US (which to this European reads as if the US still is parked in the 19th or early 20th century, as regards health care, labor relations, and trade unions).

Next, as to specific medical corruption on a very large psychiatric scale, see the site of
1 boring old man, for the entries of the last days (late June, early July 2012) and the following entry on the interesting and informative PharmaLot site:

       Glaxo-Smith Kline buys off legal persecition for 3 billion US dollars

This concerns the stunning drugs-corruption that is also spoken of in me: ME + DSM-5
that also contains this reference to a courageous whistleblower, Ms Gwen Olsen, who has a very interesting site

       Gwen Olsen the Rx Reformer

that is concerned with the very subject of prescribing dangerous psychiatric drugs without any medical need other than medical greed, where you can find more courageous and clear videos by her:

In case you want to know more about medical corruption: There is a lot of it (indeed far more than naive folks probably incline to believe), and there are - still - some journalists and researchers who try to document and oppose it:

       Slides about various cases of medical corruption/scientific misconduct

This I owe to 1 boring old man's site, where there is more on the subject. None of this will make you happier or healthier, but at least there are some people who care about - very extensive, extremely remunerative - medical corruption, who dare to document and oppose it, which in view of the large amount of money and the complete lack of morality involved in medical corruption is quite courageous and commendable.

Next, I mentioned evolution and human groups in a note to my Crisis: Milgram on obedience, quite naively but quite rationally, and then I found that this months Edge page contains a long essay by Steven Pinker on the subject:

       The false allure of group selection

I mention it because I wrote about it, not because I know much about it: At least there is a theme of group selection in evolutionary biology, though I can't say how sensible that is, e.g. in view of the fact that groups 'are not people, my friend' - to vary Romney's bullshit - and also do not have DNA. (And I didn't know this theme exists until today.)

Finally, here is a reference to an intelligent and sensible man, in an interview, in three parts, of which I only link the first, of some years ago:

       Bill Maher (interviewed by Larry King): "The people are sick!"

I quite agree (*), and wrote about that problem before, repeatedly, in the following terms, because that is what it comes down to, effectively:

       The tragi-comical human fundamental problem (mostly George Carlin links)      
       Should I've been a comedian? (mostly Bill Maher links)

The last two files are from a little over two years ago, but I think the links (mostly) work, which is nice, and gives you quite a lot of sensible ideas disguised as comic relief.

(*) I should not need to say this, but in view of the enormously worsened education people have received the last decades in the West, both in schools and universities, Bill Maher's position, and also my own, which is at least as pessimistic as his, it does make sense to insist that Maher's and my position are quite consistent with the Christian myth of the fall so many Christians believe or pretend to believe:

It should not be a problem to insist that, on average, most men are sinners and bad and immoral people by the very norms they themselves publicly claim to believe, but alas it is.

So let me quote a Catholic saint, and a supposedly saintly Protestant divine on the subject of man's sinful nature:

"That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell."
   (St. Thomas Aquino, Summa Theologica)

"The sight of hell's torments will exalt the happiness of the saints forever."
   (Jonathan Edwards)

I do not agree with these saintly Christians - eternal burning seems a most reprehensible thing to do, to want or to admire: You surely see why I am not a saintly man, at all - but faithful Christians should, and indeed they and I agree on one thing: There are persons who are quite evil, and who also seem to enjoy this and the financial benefit this brings to them, and while I still think eternal roasting is wrong in any case, for anyone, imprisonment seems to me quite right, for that is what major frauds and thiefs deserve, morally and legally, if only to protect others and warn likeminded intentional abusers of others' rights, riches or trust.

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 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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