Two fairly brief replies:
Hello, and I am pleased that this forum exists. In general, people who want to know what I think about things can find this out for themselves on my website maartensz.org, where there is a lot of material (150 MB of html). The flip side for English speakers is that much of it about M.E. is in Dutch, but then my position in Amsterdam is rather special, for typically Dutch reasons, that are hard to explain briefly.
In any case, you will find that I have many outspoken and uncommon opinions, and that I usually took the trouble to argue them and give some intellectual backgrounds for my reasons for having my opinions.
Thanks for the reply. As you may have found by now from my site, I am a scientific realist - which is to say that I hold there is a independently existing reality we all are part of and it is best know by means of science - of firmly analytical persuasions, that in my case have much to do with mathematical logic. I read some of all the existentialists you mention, but I only have a somewhat serious interest in Husserl (specifically, in his Logische Untersuchungen). Incidentally, being widely interested in logic, including Scholasticism, you may be interest in Paul Vincent Spade's website, who is a professor emeritus in medieval philosophy, with a serious interest in Scholastic logic (that's why I know of him) who turned out - a bit to my amazement - to be a serious Sartrean. (I am not at all, but Spade is a capable man with a fine site.)
As to the XMRV-related controversy: You wrote
"The passion involved and the apparent conflict between one group, seemingly positively inclined to the sufferers' interest, and the other group, apparently hell-bent on controlling the situation both scientifically and socially."
This I find a bit too carefully formulated to be fully understandable. In any case, I myself have come to the conclusion that a considerable segment of the medical, psychiatric and psychotherapeutical people concerned with ME are little better than frauds and incompetents and very well may be sadists. ("All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton.)
However... I am nearly 60, ill without decent help for more than half of my life in one of the richtest countries on earth, while being legitimitally and really ill according to the official protocols in force (WHO), and I have an M.A. psychology with the best possible marks and besides have specialized in philosophy of science, methodology and logic, and can very well keep up my side of the argument, but do not advice those with not so good and appropriate qualifications to try to do the same.
The hassle that probably will result won't be worth it for you, although - having finally read Hillarty Johnson and Malcom Hooper three months ago - this will probably be the course I will be following in Holland, because I cannot get any help anyway "because of your outspoken opinions", and because I do have the degrees, and the site, and the argumentative ability and knowledge to do so, and also I think I am simply right about medical fraudulence, incompetence and/or sadism as regards many "health-professionals", as the term is, when ME is involved (and not only in that case, for llike most in most professions, most are in it only for the money or status).
As to sadism: Part of my argument is that I have for decades honestly claimed I am in pain and yet could get not help whatsoever, and no rational and reasonable answers or explanations either why this should be so, whereas I was polite, well spoken, obviously gifted, scientifically qualified etc. Well, as Dr. Johnson may have written: "We never hurt each other but by error or by malice." - and in the city where I live the civil servants who refuse to help me have for decades lined up in cohorts of bureaucratic well-doers to help all manner of junkies from the Amsterdam tax-money, because these poor junks have problems and need help. By contrast: I hurt; doctors tell that I am ill; but I get no bureaucratic help whatsoever, e.g. on the ground that there are no grounds to do so to be discovered in blood (like traces of heroin in the blood of a junk). Idem: I hurt, medical doctors who evidently have a much lower IQ than I have and who clearly know much less of science than I do tell me - a psychologist - I must be malingering or suffering from delusions (by direct logical implication) because I claim to feel ill whereas they cannot think of a physical explanation; and I get no medical help whatsoever. By now I have concluded that this happens quite often due to the kick this gives to the medical speakers involved, and because those who say so judge me not so primitive and not so strong as to kick them in the balls or guts then and there, which indeed is not in my interest to do either, and which I never did, except metaphorically in writing.
But as I have indicated: This is a line of argument that won't make you popular, not with medical people and not with most other folks, even if it is the bitter truth, or at least more of the bitter truth than most are willing to stand. So I disrecommend it, except - perhaps - for folks placed like I am.
Anyway... what triggered this mostly were an "apparent", and "apparently" and a "seemingly" in one of Denn's statements. For me, matters are mostly quite plain as regards to medical doctors and M.E.: There is a minority who are intellectually and morally competent and do their best in real scientific research or in helping patients, and there is a majority who intellectually or morally are not competent and do their best to hide this behind the tales of Wessely or the CDC, so as to get by with breaking their Hippocratic oath and quite a few articles of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights as far patients with ME are concerned.
It's a rather bitter conclusion, but it is the best explanation for the facts of my life over the last 32 years, and for much that other people with ME told about their experiences.
P.S. I see I should perhaps add something else, in clarification:
I am myself not an optimist as regards people in general (and while I am an atheist I can here find agreements with Christian theologians); I am neither a believer in nor a public pretender of the claim that "all people are equal" (from Einstein and King Jr. to Hitler and Eichmann, presumably), though I agree having equal rights is a good thing and I insist that it does not at all amount to the same thing as there being universal equality of all (for: if we all were equal, there would be no need for equal rights); and I dislike all manner of Political Correctness and prescriptions to me about what words are supposedly fit enough to be used by the likes of me.
(But apart from these many clear and palpable serious shortcomings, I am generally well-spoken, kind and polite, except to pretentious medical people, phony psychologists, fraudulent academics, and lying bureaucrats, for which indeed I have been duly punished many times, namely by not giving me the means to exercise the rights I have according to the legal laws that are supposed to be in force where I live.)