September 30, 2010


ME + me :  Light relief: JC on brains and scientists, me on science


As before, I continue being not well, for which reason I still have not yet written more on the DSM-5TM  and there also was no Nederlog yesterday. I also wanted to write a bit more about psychiatry and about Cargo Cult Science and pseudoscience, but these things also have to be queued awaiting somewhat better times.

On the other hand, it's still a tiny bit better than it was before, and for the moment I have on this place just a little bit of light relief I found recently that I liked:

As you may have realized, having come this far, JC = John Cleese, and the above I found by accident on Youtube, and both seem to date to 2008.

I do not like the intros and outros, especially not their lengths and music, but that's very  probably not Cleese's doing, and the two bits themselves are fine, funny and quite instructive also.

Indeed, I have heard many an academic lecture quite as refined and clear as the first one, that also has been firmly, lucidly and compellingly been based on the first principles of academic science (*), as you may find out if you listen attentively.

The second lecture may not teach you all about the human genome, but again manages to be perfectly clear on basic principles, that also deserve being know to a wider audience, for which reason I supplied the link.

Finally, here are two somewhat related bits of light relief, that are related to my appreciation of nonsense and absurdity.

This is quoted from the standard specification of JavaScript, and is a literal quote, quite true as it happens:


The value of the null literal null is the sole value of the Null type, namely null.

It also is true with "null" substituted by "twit", but that is a topic outside specifications of computer-languages, or so it may be hoped, at least.

And this is a quote I found attributed to the physicist Wolfgang Pauli:

Famously, he once said of such an unclear paper: Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch! "Not only is it not right, it's not even wrong!"

I do advice you to follow the last link (on Wikipedia), where Pauli's reasoning is explained, but in case you didn't, here are some quotations from it:

Not even wrong

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An argument that appears to be scientific is said to be not even wrong if it cannot be falsified (i.e., tested) by experiment or cannot be used to make predictions about the natural world. The phrase was coined by theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who was known for his colorful objections to incorrect or sloppy thinking. Rudolf Peierls writes that "a friend showed [Pauli] the paper of a young physicist which he suspected was not of great value but on which he wanted Pauli's views. Pauli remarked sadly, 'It is not even wrong.' "

In brief, if it's not verifiable nor falsifiable at all, it is not testable, not empirical science, and mostly in the nature of baseless belief, false presumption, delusion, fraudulence or nonsense.

To continue quoting:


Statements that are "not even wrong" may be well-formed, but lack reference to anything physical (as in "Souls are immortal", because the noun "soul" is not well-defined in terms of experimental results), or may simply be gobbledygook which appears meaningless. The phrase implies that even a wrong argument would have been better than the argument proposed, because an argument can only be found wrong after at least meeting the criteria for being considered academically (proper assumptions, falsifiable, makes predictions). Arguments that are not even wrong do not meet these criteria.

Quite so - and please note that this is so in real science, but usually not outside real science: There what is not even wrong often is the dominant ideology, religion, or  fashionable cant of the day, that is enthusiastically embraced, often for ostensibly and apparently the best moral reasons, by the democratic multitudes.

To continue quoting:

The phrase "not even wrong" is often used to describe pseudoscience or bad science and is considered derogatory.

Indeed, and again we have arrived implicitly at professors Wessely, White, Sharpe, Chalder, Bleijenberg and Van der Meer, pseudo-scientists all - and what's far worse, though with the possible partial exception of Chalder and Bleijenberg in view of their evident tremendous dimness (**) - who all know very well they are blathering, lying, posturing and being fraudulent and very dishonest.

Incidentally - and contradicting the final part of the quoted article:

A theory that is not testable, that is, the logically entailed consequences of which cannot be compared to experience, is not empirical science, but may be intellectually quite respectable if it is decent mathematics or logic, especially if this may be made testable by improvements in technology (such as better microscopes or telescopes, say).

But most of the "not even wrong" theories in the soft sciences, especially the pretentious ones like psychiatry and psychology, are not testable because they are not intellectually respectable at all, but consists from the start from nonsense, delusion, pretension, prejudice and appeals to authority and rank ("as Fraud taught us").

And the psychiatric pseudoscientists Wessely, White and Sharpe, at least, know full well they are pseudoscientists whose careers are based on fraudulence and deception, and that they are personally neither real scientists nor real intellectuals, but simply conmen who ought to be hunted out of the groves of real Academia and real science.

So I end once again with the physicist's John Archibald Wheeler's call:

Drive The Pseudos Out Of The Workshop Of Science!

and with my sincere hope this may be starting to happen in the US.

P.S. And there it stands for the moment, and corrections need to be brought in later. Incidentally: I did correct two minor typos in yesterday's text, and found that this month I have effectively written one Nederlog every two days, which is, given my none too good health, fairly well.

It may be Nederlog and this site change in orientation, though, in the coming time, for which removal from ME-land one then has to thank Ms. Goudsmit, Patricia Carter and CFS_since_1998, who abundantly illustrate the thesis of De la Boetie and Machiavelli that in almost all walks of life - all walks but science, until that too was deeply corrupted and falsified by my generation of fraudulent postmoderns - it are the liars, the bastards, and the posturerers who tend to achieve social prominence and power, while the porportionally far fewer truly  intelligent and moral ones are haunted, discriminated, calumniated, persecuted, abused and depicted and often entitled as if they are the subhumans, which is also why so far

"History is little else but the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind"

Thanks but no thanks, leading folks! And you can save me your intellectual and moral phony shit, or your phony pretenses of being offended or "harassed": For Socrates, Lucian and Swift and De la Boétie and Multatuli saw this as clearly as I do and did, and the only solution I can see takes time and will not happen in my lifetime, if at all (and then après vous le déluge, I fear): On a fundamental problem in ethics and morals. Ye are yahoos, alas!

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.


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.

(*) As I have been explaining this year on quite a few occasions - and I will repeat some of the links here, because of what Ms. Goudsmit, who knows of me and my site since one or more decades, wrote about me this month, although she was neither intellectually nor morally capable to write the following this year, among all the other things she didn't and couldn't and wouldn't and daren't write:

I also add here that in view of the levels of humanity and intelligence in persons who act as "Leaders Of Our Community Of ME-patients", who for the most part make the impression on me of being precisely of the same sick lying fraudulent part of my academically qualified generation that ruined the Western universities for the most part the last decades (see: Scientific Realism versus Postmodernism, including Ms. Goudsmit, who silently consented to all while it happened), it is likely that in the future I only or mostly consider my own interests, leaving "patients with ME" to the good graces of Ms. Goudsmit, CFS_Since_1998 and Patricia Carter, who simply are intellectually and morally not on the level.

(**) Especially for those poor but erudite and gifted souls like me, who have closeread parts of dr. Gijs Bleijenberg's Ph.D. thesis and (miraculously or through very courageous techniques of mental hygiene) managed to survive the experience - which is quite a feat, for the more sensitive ones among them.

Also, it should be remarked in due fairness that, while professors Bleijenberg and Chalder both do not have the intellect any university-professor should minimally have, this is no good excuse for their being there at all, and meanwhile both certainly know they have been lying and deceiving for decades, even if they belong to the class of dumbheads who originally may have believed the pseudoscience they were served as science in their misspent student days. And see Mandarins with an IQ of 115 and Yahooism & democracy.

Maarten Maartensz

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