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  July 11, 2012                  
Internet: Three fine websites: Freud, Quotes, Music


If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
-- David Hume, Enquiry Understanding     
Of these austerer virtues the love of truth is the chief, and in mathematics, more than elsewhere, the love of truth may find encouragement for waning faith. Every great study is not only an end in itself, but also a means of creating and sustaining a lofty habit of mind; and this purpose should be kept always in view throughout the teaching and learning of mathematics.
-- Bertrand Russell

This Nederlog gives links to three very fine websites, and some reasons why I like them.

The links to the opening pages of the site are in the section titles.

1. Richard Webster.net

Richard Webster (<- Wikipedia) died in June last year, age 60. He must have been a man who thought well, wrote well, and did well, a judgement supported by his website and the lemma on him in Wikipedia.

I had written about him January of that year, in a Nederlog that may be useful if you want to understand Freud or psychiatry:

More on Freud and psychiatry

The reason I mentioned him then is that I had found his site some months before writing the above linked Nederlog, when I was looking for some sensible material on the net about Freud and psychiatry, and I had found his site that I immediately liked a lot.

Richard Webster seems to have been a man with a fine mind, who wrote sensibly and clearly about anything I read by him, and his site continues being maintained, is very well designed, with lots of interesting articles on quite a few subjects.

If you want to know more about the man and his work, there is an obituary in the Guardian.

2. Today In Science History

I like real science, where the "real" is motivated by there being pseudoscience as well, that I much dislike, and I like quotes - aphorisms, witticisms, indeed any piece of text that makes some point well and memorably.

That I like quotes can be seen from my

    Quotations server

that recently was updated to 611 quotes that I like, and that are mostly also in my Philosophical Dictionary.

Of course, I like my own collection, mostly because I sorted them from collections (on paper, originally and mostly) myself, but there are much larger collections of quotations, on several sites, or parts of sites, dedicated to quotations. These I found of varying quality, and indeed usually less interested in scientific and philosophical quotations than I am.

I found the
Today In Science History only recently, of which the

    Dictionary of Science Quotations

starts under the link, with - I quote from that page - "
science quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists plus pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

I found it because I was looking for quotations from scientists. It has by far the best and largest collection of quotations - many excellent, and often unknown to me - that I have seen, and the site is also very well designed, and has the merit of giving the precise source of the quotations, and providing links to related subjects.

To find this out for yourself, consider four items from very many more

    Bertrand Russell Quotations
     Abstract Quotations
     Stupidity Quotations  
     Von Neumann Quotations    
     Quotations involving terms that start with S

To give three examples of quotes I found today, didn't know, and quite agree with, having thought along similar lines, and here reproduced because they are relevant to the pseudoscience of frauds, charlatans, liars that calls itself psychiatry, for which also see the above-mentioned Richard Webster site:

There is no supernatural, there is only nature. Nature alone exists and contains all. All is. There is the part of nature that we perceive, and the part of nature that we do not perceive. ... If you abandon these facts, beware; charlatans will light upon them, also the imbecile. There is no mean: science, or ignorance. If science does not want these facts, ignorance will take them up. You have refused to enlarge human intelligence, you augment human stupidity. When Laplace withdraws Cagliostro appears.
-- Victor Hugo (from above Stupidity Quotations, links added by me)

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work—that is, correctly to describe phenomena from a reasonably wide area.
-- John von Neumann (from above Von Neumann Quotations)

What is important is the gradual development of a theory, based on a careful analysis of the ... facts. ... Its first applications are necessarily to elementary problems where the result has never been in doubt and no theory is actually required. At this early stage the application serves to corroborate the theory. The next stage develops when the theory is applied to somewhat more complicated situations in which it may already lead to a certain extent beyond the obvious and familiar. Here theory and application corroborate each other mutually. Beyond lies the field of real success: genuine prediction by theory. It is well known that all mathematized sciences have gone through these successive stages of evolution.
-- John von Neumann (from above Von Neumann Quotations)

And what is important about the pseudoscience psychiatry is that it was and is developed in no way like science, but as explicit fraudulence from its very start to this day, when it has become, in the DSM-5, a 100 procent pseudoscience on slander, accusation, denigration and lies, covered and justified by a basic degree in medicine, where any scientific method has been replaced by Public Relations propaganda, obfuscations, and loaded terms and diagnostic labels, that only serves to enrich psychiatrists as shills for pharmaceutical companies, prescribing medicines they know to be dangerous and not to be effective at all, except in making them and the pharmaceutical corporations enormous amounts of money. It is fraudulent science. See my

Incidentally: I hope to give soon an explanation of The Psychiatric Method Of Fraudulent Pseudoscience, for I think I have grasped what its method is: It is not just lies, there seems to be an intentional overturning of the scientific method, that indeed is incompatible with pseudoscience and psychiatry.

3. Radio Paradise

I have mentioned Radio Paradise (<- Wikipedia) before, and do so again, because I like it a lot - excellent choice of music, without any commercials - which I know because I listened a lot to it the last month, that I spend partially in bed, in the dark, with painful eyes, having little to do that I was able to do except listen to music.

Here is its owner, DJ, producer, and programmer, Bill Goldsmith, in a fine interview with him on  Planet Geek!

Radio Paradise is the old 1960s progressive-FM philosophy ("put a DJ in a room full of records & turn him/her loose") applied to the whole universe of 21st century music: modern & classic rock, world music, electronica, acoustic, even a smattering of jazz and classical - with a real human DJ in full control, not just an "iPod on random play" jumble of styles. It's radio-as-art, rather than radio-as-marketing - something you just don't hear on FM any more. Try it. It's addictive.

I like it a lot. Here is another interview with Bll Goldsmith in the Los Angeles Times: 'Call it 'MyTaste'". You can find their site in the link in the title of this section, with various possibilities to listen to Radio Paradise, that I listen to via the RhythmBox Music Player on Ubuntu, where I also found it - having now missed some ten years of excellent music, well presented, and without commercials or other bullshit.

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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