July 5, 2010


ME + me :  On CDC-"science" - message from highest authority


I am still not well at all etc. as before, but must gladly admit that the heat has abated here in Amsterdam and the heatsink that is the house I live in has returned most of its savings.

For heatsinks, see texts of physics, and speaking of physics, here is the total content of today's Nederlog, me having been occupied with other things, that I may return to here, or not.

In any case, for your delectation and instruction: Here is a message for highest human authority from on high, between Eden and Paradise, written with the greatest kindness and clarity, continuing where I left yesterday:

Whether the great man has all his equations right I'm not quite certain yet, but it does seem to me that he did get the drift of real science really well, as he nearly always did, indeed, even outside his own field.

P.S. I found the image on an ME-forum and suppose the heavenly photographer can be found from the picture. And to settle authorship, at least for 1 part in 16 million: It seems to be a Dutch speaker, but it did not originate with me. Thanks very much. (And I only read some of the great man's papers and books, with great benefit indeed.)

Anyway, being a very bookish man myself, here are some nice references for those without much knowledge of tensor calculus or systems of differential equations:

  • Einstein and Infeld:
    Evolution of Physics
  • Einstein and Born:
    The Born - Einstein Letters: Friendship, Politics and Physics in Uncertain Times
  • Schilpp Ed:
    Albert Einstein: philosopher-scientist

All are cheaply available in 2nd hand editions, and in case you want the third (excellent autobiographical essay by Einstein; excellent paper by Goedel on time and much more): My edition is in two paperback volumes.

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 (many 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)

Short descriptions:

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:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

"Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

P.P.S. ME - Resources needs is a Work In Progress that hasn't progressed today.

Maarten Maartensz

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