|Heidegger was undoubtedly a
genius. You can tell he was a genius because his philosophy
is so hard to grasp...
-- quoted in Arts & Letters Daily
I still don't have much energy and this time I will restrict myself to some
remarks about philosophical and related subjects - with this note to those
who read my Studies in MEdical sadism, that may well include professors
Wessely and Van der Meer (*): I certainly have not done yet with my subject
(that is fit for a Ph.D. in either medicine, psychology, psychiatry,
philosophy or psychology), but I do not want to write long consecutive
series on the same subject in Nederlog.
So today I deal with a few philosophical subjects.... or so I believed and
indeed did, but then again I had not
reckoned with my computer, that first let me wait more and longer than
it allowed me to type, and then blew the piece that was here and nearly
finished to bit heaven.
Not having the health nor the patience to write it again, I only link in my
sources to my list of subjects of today:
Heidegger: (from the Times Higher Education: "Heidegger: The
Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy" - bookreview)
The pope: (from Science,
Reason and Critical Thinking: "The TWAT in the HAT" - illustrated poem)
(from Neuroskeptic's Blog: "Is your brain a communist?")
Sokal: (from The
Philosophers' Magazine: "My Philosophy: Alan Sokal" - interview)
(from The Nation: "Heroic Impatience" - expository article)
There also was a piece on postmodernism and the confusion of respect and
politeness, and the
mindset, but today you must do without my writings for today, since they
disappeared, and must make do with my sources.
The first three are, each in their own way, quite funny.
P.S. Two earlier Dutch pieces by me on Heidegger are here:
Heidegger aan diggelen and Arendt en Heidegger, and
of course my opening quotation is ironical.
And it is a pity that the pieces I wrote - as usual, the computer collapses
when I was almost done: Murphy's Law - have disappeared, for they were
clear, amusing and instructive. The links I do provide are also interesting
(*) At least professor Wessely is supposedly known to
check the internet himself for interesting bits about himself, and both he
and Van der Meer seem quite vain to me. (But that is as may be: My problem
with them is not that they are vain, but that they knowingly lie and
deceive, and have caused much harm to and many suicides by genuinely ill
people who on the strength of their lies and deceptions got no help while