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  Mar 27, 2012                  

On Some Favourite Books & Authors

Intro: Here is another repeat - the third in a series - that I put here because I saw that for some reason it was yesterday the most popular file on my Danish site.

The original dates back to 2010 and was originally written for Phoenix Rising, that I stopped writing for a month later, being intentionally offended by moderators and by the anonymous brainless bullshitter Bob the Respect-Bully, who is so much beloved by the owners and moderators of Phoenix Rising, who must much desire to rather help dumbo bullies of his kind than to set up some facility where the minority of the intelligent highly educated ones can discuss plans and theories relating to ME/CFS without being vomited upon by a sick sadistic anonymous asshole like this insane piece of moral and intellectual corrupt rottenness. (*)

Indeed, I will return to this theme in what's probably the next Nederlog, about the ever rising tide of stupidity, degeneracy and dishonesty that I - who happens to be blessed or blighted with a very high intelligence (no moral virtue or choice: genetics) - have been running into again and again and again since in 1965 in Holland the schools that provided the education fit for entering the university were simplified, something that has since happened some ten more times, so that now some 50% of the Dutch population may attend universities, where the study times have been halved or quartered, the average IQ cannot be higher than ca. 100 and most degrees are degrees in pseudosciences, given to folks who can't write, can't do mental arithmetic, hardly read any books, and don't care shit for science or the life of the intellect since they just don't have any (worth speaking of, to distinguish them from total idiots).

The idea for that theme I got here, from the New York Review of Books, that soon won't be in demand anymore:

- Age of Ignorance

More about this later, but for background you can read this warning by me from 1988, when the average IQ of the students then was the ridiculous 115, while it now has presumablty shrunk to the disastrous level of ca. 100 - who were nearly all "educated" by the incompetents, parasites, morons and lazybones I studied with, who just "KNEW" I must be "a fascist" for insisting everybody is not "of equal value" as anyone else, and to say so is to deny truth and civilization, and indeed the whole existence of intellectuals, indeed meanwhile an almost defunct small subset of mankind:

- Mandarins with an IQ of 115

To show you what I addressed then, in which I have turned out to be completely right, for this has happened - and note the following was written and published in January 1989:

The result will be what can be seen now, after some 25 years of postmodern levelling education: [4]

Moronic academics; complete, half and threequarter charlatans as Masters of Art in psychology or sociology; academically titled pseudo-intellectuals who hardly know foreign languages and claim to be "too busy" to read; who cannot write, and do not speak good Dutch (of the kind of honourable Members of Parliament - an asylum filled with selfenamoured yahoos that unfortunately has room for only a few hundred minibrains); semi-scientific but heavily subsidized research that never yields anything but above average incomes for "scientists" of very average grocerly brains, and unreadable research reports in awful bureaucratic cant "to help the feminist movement, the trade union movement, and the environmental movement" (as the central aims of the University of Amsterdam were for many years) - in brief, The Netherlands will be governed by corrupt mandarins with an average IQ of 115. And the usual hypocritical impostures and backhanded greed, that is to say "in the name of our exemplary Dutch dumbocray, sorry: democracy".

Nothing new? Real science will become even rarer than it is, in an atmosphere filled with ten thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands Masters of Art of minimal brain size and maximal greed - for an average IQ of 115 does not precisely exclude greed, ambition, intrigue and that delicious species-searches-species trade unionist mentality).

The cultural level of societies will sink until public mediawhores on the dreambox can move the population to any form of unreason. Public gangsters, frauds, parasites and eagerly upcoming dictators will be left free to do as they please - and the only social group that could have opposed them with rational arguments based on real knowledge and understanding of human civilization, will have been reduced to a set of stammering know-nothings, precisely of the level of people's parlementarians there is already.

Nothing new, I ask again? No, indeed: Virtually the only thing we do not have yet is a populist would-be dictator that abuses the opportunity. For we have had already 25 years of postmodern education. And we live in  moronified society, that moronifies further incessantly.

Thanks to the present so called academic elite, that has let it happen while they parasited upon it: The present generation of university professors and lecturers. Après vous le déluge, quoi? [5]

But that was by way of introduction. Here is what I wanted to reproduce - and if you want to read the numbered notes, you'll have to move to the original, and here is a link to the outro if you want to skip thereto

Some Favourite Books & Authors

I have been hooked on books ever since I could read, and only now the internet is a little replacing printed books as a source of information and enjoyment. Here are two lists of favorite writers & books I read the last 50 years (i.a.) mostly from the top of my head, ordered in time and with links to brief numbered notes on the right (*)


Before 20th

Lao Tzu
    Tao Teh Ching    [1]
    Sophocles Plays    [2]
    Herodotus Histories    [3]
    Thucydides Pelopponesian Wars    [4]
    Plato Theaetetus    [5]
      Republic    [6]
    Chuang Tzu Inner Chapters    [7]
    Unknown Ecclesiastes    [8]
    Lucretius De Rerum Natura    [9]
    Plutarchos Parallel Lives    [10]
    Lucian Sketches    [11]
    Juvenalis Satires    [12]
    Tacitus The annals of imperial Rome    [13]
    Augustine Confessions    [14]
    Boccaccio The Decameron    [15]


    The Prince    [16]
      The Discourses    [17]
    Boétie The Discourse of volontary servitude    [18]
    Shakespeare Plays (3 vol edition in Penguin)    [19]
    Butler Hudibras    [20]
    Winstanley Laws of Freedom and other writings    [21]
    Hobbes Leviathan, Part I    [22]
    Molière Plays    [23]
    Rochefoucauld Rochefoucauld    [24]
    Defoe Robinson Crusoe    [25]
    Swift Gulliver's Travels    [26]
      A Modest Proposal    [27]
    Mandeville The Fable of the Bees (poem + notes)    [28]
    Pope Essay on Man    [29]
    Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary    [30]
      Candide    [31]
    Fielding Tom Jones    [32]
      Voyage to Lisbon    [33]
    Dr. Johnson The Rambler    [34]
      Rasselas    [35]
      Lives of the poets    [36]
    Boswell The Life of Dr. Johnson    [37]
      The Diaries of Boswell (Ed. F. Pottle et al.)    [38]
    Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire    [39]
    Burke Reflections on the Revolution in France    [40]
    Godwin Enquiry concerning political justice    [41]
    Chamfort Maximes et Penséee    [42]
    Lichtenberg Aphorismen    [43]
    Hazlitt Table Talk    [44]
      Plain Speaker    [45]
      Lectures on English Poets & (idem) Writers    [46]
      Liber Amoris    [47]
    Schopenhauer Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung    [48]
      Parerga et Parallelopomenina    [49]
    Thoreau Walden    [50]
      Civil Disobedience    [51]
    Whitman Leaves of Grass    [52]
    Burckhardt Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien    [53]
      Griechische Kulturgeschichte    [54]
    Multatuli Minnebrieven    [55]
      Ideën    [56]
      Specialiteiten    [57]
    Nietzsche Die Froehliche Wissenschaft    [58]
    Twain Huckleberry Finn    [59]
    Clifford The Ethics of Belief    [60]
    Bierce The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary    [61]
    Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray    [62]
      The Importance of Being Earnest    [63]
      Lady Windemere's Fan    [64]
    W. James The Principles of Psychology    [65]
      Talks to Teachers    [66]
      The Varieties of Religious Experience    [67]

     20th C

    Chechov Stories    [68]
    Russell History of Western Philosophy    [69]

    Problems of Philosophy

      Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy    [71]
    Miller Tropic of Cancer    [72]
      Sexus    [73]
      The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch    [74]
    Orwell Collected Journalism & Essays    [75]
      Down and Out in London and Paris    [76]
      Homage to Catalonia    [77]
      Animal Farm    [78]
      1984    [79]
    Burnham The Machiavellians    [80]
    Crossman Plato Today    [81]
      The God That Failed    [82]
    Céline Voyage au bout de la nuit    [83]
    Borges Labyrinths    [84]
    Nabokov Ada    [85]
      Lolita    [86]
    Kerouac On the Road    [87]
      Dharma Bums    [88]
    Huxley The Perennial Philosophy    [90]
      Brave New World    [91]
    Watts The Spirit of Zen    [92] 
    Heller Catch 22    [93]
      Picture This    [94]
    Vonnegut Slaughterhouse 5    [95]
    Sturgeon More than Human    [96]
      Venus Plus X    [97]
    Kesey Sometimes a great notion    [98]
      One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest    [99]
    Gombrich The Story of Art    [100]
      Art and Illusion    [101]
    Feynman Lectures on Physics    [102]
      The characteristics of physical law    [103]
    BjØrneboe Frihetens Øyeblikk    [104]
      Kruttårnet    [105]
      Stillheten    [106]
    Zinoviev Yawning Heights    [107]
    Tuchmann The March of Folly    [108]
    Hill Dalziel & Pascoe series    [109]
    Chang Wild Swans    [110]
    Gardner Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science    [111]
      Science: Good, Bad and Bogus    [112]
      The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener    [114]
    Smullyan What's the name of this book?    [114]
      Cantor, Satan and Infinity    [115]

    The above is reading for pleasure (all except Feynman's Lectures on Physics, that is very pleasurable reading but requires maths, while the rest doesn't).

    O, and my general advice to younger people is this (which I found out the hard way):

    TRY THE CLASSICS--*******
    ....for they have been sifted carefully.....
    ...and don't depend on fashion or ads.....



    that is: the books that have survived 100 or more years of readership and are still well-known as special. I found them nearly always better & more worthwile than what the 20th C produced, that I read (and apart from science and mathematics, but that is not my subject now).

    And in particular, read from

    • Everyman's Library (the finest selection of books in one collection I know)
    • Dover Books (many classics in many fields)


    I could comment on any or all of this list, if asked, and suppose I will work it over and/or extend for my own website (www.maartensz.com).

    O, and in case anyone might like to ask: I have no TV since 40 years, since it generally turned out a stupid and annoying waste of time, while also I have a very good visual memory without delete button. This also keeps me out of the movies, since I prefer my own fantasies over those of others as prepared for mass consumption.

    Outro: Let me also add realistically that if you do not have the brains fit for it you won't appreciate much or anything from the above list, while you also certainly need not agree with my preferences. Then again, if you can't appreciate most of the books I listed, you're safe, you're average, you're no danger to the powers that be, and you're unfit for a real university, and the further good news is that you'll be quite happy with TV. Then again, you are not to blame: Nobody is stupid from free choice.

    Now let me switch to the theme of the age of ignorance.


    (*) I am aware Phoenix Rising has "Groups". My point is that intelligent educated people should not be forced to hide in the dark, outside the view of the public, while what is on view in public is subject to the terrorism of anonymous bullies like Bob. (The modern prevalence of the Bob-rule by total bullshitters is also dealt with in Age of Ignorance, of which more later).

    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)
    2.  Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: 
    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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