(Not) treating mental “illness”

Some excerpts from an intriguing Invisibilia episode (transcript):

BAXTER: Sure. At the village of Geel in Belgium, it was well-known that the insane have been placed under the management of the villagers.

MILLER: Geel, it turned out, was a quite radical society, a place where everyday people welcomed strangers with mental illness into their homes.

BAXTER: Like a beloved aunt or uncle.

MILLER: And would allow them to stay there, often for decades.

BAXTER: When I asked several foster families why they had welcomed a guest, they seemed confused. Why would they not? Their parents and grandparents had all done the same.

MILLER: First stop, the doctor’s. There’s this big medical facility right in the center of town called the OPZ, where patients come when they first arrive in Geel. They’re prescribed meds and paired with a therapist. And it is there that the doctors discuss and choose which family the patient will go and live with.

The doctors in Geel believe in its power so much that they have dispatched with the thing most sacred to the profession – the idea that there is a problem to fix. When a patient comes to stay with a family in Geel, they are told nothing about the diagnosis.




Right, so the mystery began more than 50 years ago when a British sociologist, George Brown, made a very surprising observation. Male patients who were suffering from chronic schizophrenia did a lot better after they left the hospital when they went to live in lodgings rather than going home to live with their wives or their parents.

That desire to fix the problem, it oozes out of a person, they have found, and works to trigger relapse in the person they’re thinking about. … Crazy as it sounds, our private thoughts about a person, our disappointment in them or even our wishes for them to get better, shoot out of us like lasers and can change their very insides.

Syncing Twitter and Facebook.

You know you can cause all your tweets to automatically appear on FB and vice versa, right?

Twitter to Facebook – details here. (while giving FB posting permissions, make sure that the tweets appear on facebook to a limited audience – say friend or friends of friends to avoid a feedback loop in case you setup FB-> twitter posting)

Facebook to Twitter – Just set up public posts to be tweeted by going to https://www.facebook.com/twitter
If you automatically share from WordPress to Facebook and Twitter – beware that the FB<->Twitter syncing will cause a feedback loop. Rather, just sync with one of them.

An outdated experiment to find the value of scholasticism amongst tamiL brAhmaNa-s

Foreword on date

This was done a long time ago, in 2008, when the young author (then a bachelor) was rediscovering his roots upon being struck by the contrast between the culture he was raised in and what he observed in USA. So, it is outdated, and in places potentially immature. But it is still worth archiving so, we’re copying here.

An anthropological experiment to find the value of scholasticism among Tamil Brahmins.

Purpose of the experiment:

I will suggest a very simple experiment to you. Our purpose here is to examine the “Brahminical qualities”/ “emphasis of learning over money”, “greater love of advanced learning” and to see if it is all hype, or if there is any truth behind the prejudice. Is there anything in the Brahmin culture and circumstance to cause Brahmins to be more likely to seek advanced learning?

Disclaimer (not a professional anthropologist) and request for criticism:

I do not have the resources, time and training of a professional anthropologist. I had a question in my mind, and I wanted a reliable answer with minimal expenditure of time and energy. It is likely that there are deficiencies in my methodology and analysis; and criticism is therefore very welcome.

However, the experiment has been, in my view, decisive enough for me to form an opinion based on actual fact.

The experiment (Main page version):

  1. Go to http://www.tamilmatrimony.com/.
    • Where else would you find easily available caste information together with education information?
  2. In the Quick Search bar, you will find “Female” between 18 and 30 selected. Select the Hindu religion, do not select a caste. Uncheck the “profiles with photos” option.
  3. Click search.
  4. Results will show up. In the right pane entitled “Refine your search”, select the Education tab and check PhD. 5. Select USA as the “country living in”. (A crude filter for degree quality.)
  5. Click on Search.
  6. Many results will appear. Do a page by page visual count. Calculate the fraction of Brahmins amongst the people you see.

Repeat the above experiment for males. (Make age range: 21 to 33.)

The experiment (using advanced search):

Note that finding the absolute number of Brahmin PhD holders by selecting the “Brahmin” as the caste option in the first page is problematic. Instead, using the advanced search option to select “Brahmin, Iyer, Iyengar, Gurukkal” is more reliable. Advanced search may also be used for finding the number of PhD holders among the general population.

Be careful to remove the “residing in USA” option while guaging the percentage of Brahmin profiles.

It appears that the website returns different data when different tools are used. The main page version of the experiment seems more reliable.

Null hypothesis:

If there is nothing in the Brahmin culture and circumstance which does not accord greater emphasis on advanced learning than in the general population, the Fraction of Brahmins amongst PhD holders should be commensurate with their percentage in the population, or with the percentage of Brahmin profiles posted.

Criticism and adjustment:

Also find the percentage of Brahmin profiles amongst all the profiles posted, for either sex, including all regions of the world. This can assuage to some extent, if not address, the criticism: “It is possible that tamils other than brahmins have a better way of seeking a match than tamilmatrimony.com.”

Information for further analysis:

The percentage of Brahmins in the Tamil Population is less than 3%. Since 1921, the fine state of Tamil Nadu has been a poineer in reservations! (Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reservation_in_India#Reservation_policy_in_Tamil_Nadu for further information.) They started by restricting Brahmins to 16% of total seats. Currently, by state law, 69% of the seats are reserved for backward castes, of which around 52% actually ends up getting used.


Dated July 18th, 2008.

It appears that the website returns different data when different tools are used. The main page version of the experiment seems more reliable.


Fraction of Brahmin profiles: .19 (8472/ 44582)

Fraction of Brahmin profiles according to search from main page: 0.0296 (340/11481), which is close to the actual fraction of Brahmins among Tamils.

Fraction of Brahmins amongst PhD holders in the USA: .75 (122/ 162).

Fraction of Brahmins amongst PhD holders in the USA according to search from main page: 0.719 (36+77)/157.

Overrepresentation based on population percentage (close to number of profiles according to search from main page): 25x.

Overrepresentation based on number of profiles: 3.94x.


Fraction of Brahmin profiles: 0.117 (18513/ 157812).

Fraction of Brahmin profiles according to search from main page: 0.0229 (3117/135788).

Fraction of Brahmins amongst PhD holders in the USA: .52 (315/ 602). (87+192)/510.

Fraction of Brahmins amongst PhD holders in the USA according to search from main page: .54 (87+192)/510.

Overrepresentation based on population percentage (close to number of profiles according to search from main page): 17.3x.

Overrepresentation based on number of profiles: 4.44x.

Qualifying statements:

We are concerned here with fractions rather than absolute numbers.

I do not disparage prowess in literature or the arts.

I do not disparage any honorable means of survival.

All cultures are not equal in all respects. (There is, for example, no mincing of words about the dominance of the Jewish people in academic research. Or of the amazing fecundity of Hungarians of recent times when it comes to mathematics.)


Is there anything in the Brahmin culture and circumstance to cause Brahmins to be more likely (than the rest of the Tamil population) to seek advanced learning in the sciences? The fraction is smaller than what I expected; but it appears that the answer is a clear “yes”.

Can this result be extended to the arts and literature? I am not sure.

Excerpts from “A geopolitical package: July 2016”

Regaining or acquiring widespread Self-nonself distinction ability is critical for Hindus to survive and thrive. Analysis by the sage of MT is astute as usual. Excerpts:
The long term objectives of the three enemies would roughly take the following shape:
1) the mlecchas would seek to break up India into smaller states with which they can deal individually. They would like to ensure that some of these states will be preta or preta-run secular, which will do their bidding in various Asian conflicts especially with marūnmatta-s and cīna-s. They can play the glacial strategy aided by structural weakening by helping other enemies of Hindus.
2) the marūnmatta would seek to reestablish Islamic rule over al Hind either in the form in very general terms resembling the Delhi Sultanate, the Mogol empire of Awrangzeb or as part of the Khilafat. There would be tensions with the Arab Khilafat eventually, but if the Turks reassert their place as the leaders of the Mohammedans then there would be greater synergy with them. Their primary strategy would be reestablish the connection between TSB and TSP by conquering the land in between, especially by taking Prāgjyotiṣa, Magadha, Pāñcāla and the remaining Pāñcanada in the process. As we have said they will apply both the glacial and hurricane strategies as the occasion demands. In the south an independent sultanate in Kerala would be their other objective which may then serve as the base for the pincer grip of the rest of the land.
3) The cīna-s will aim for a land-grab of Arunachal, Sikkim, Ladakh, other border zones in the Northeast, the border nations like Bhutan and Nepal while not having any major objectives within the inner core of Bhārata. Here they might initially collude with the other enemies but then back off because they clearly understand that the preta states established by the mleccha-s are footholds for mlecchas to reach them, whereas the Islamic states will allow Islamic expansion against them. But being hard-nosed people ready to do a Dungan if needed they would not be too concerned about propping up Hindu states as a defense.
In conclusion, the weaker the Hindu identify and the scaffold and stronger the secular one or the regionalist ones the less likely the Indian state survives this triple assault.
To use someone’s words marūnmāda can advance both as a glacier and a whirlwind. We can see both strategies simultaneously at play. For example, the Moslem Brotherhood takes the glacial approach whereas the Khilafat under Dr. Abu Bakr takes the whirlwind approach. The same marūnmatta group can shift from one approach to another depending on the opportunities. Moreover, virulent strains of marūnmāda can persist even after a defeat with alternative strategies. For example Abd al-Wahab and Muhammad bin Saud and their successors founded the hellhole of Saudi Arabia by means of whirlwind Jihad campaigns paralleling those of Abu Bakr’s Khilafat of today. …

jain girl and the pic

KK: A jain girl was looking at nude photos of her boyfriend
KK: Mom walks in
KK: Sees the pic
KK: Beti yeh kya Kar rahi hai
KK: Naye guru aye hain maa
KK: Accha
KK: Jai jinendra😂😂😂

(I also heard that the jainas have tantra-s for accomplishing mAraNAdi-karmas. So much for their theory :-) )

दम्पतिभ्यां क्रियमाणय् औपासने सौन्दर्यम् किञ्चित्

अधुनैवास्याम् अमावास्यायाम् स्थालीपाकः कृतः। ततः प्राङ् मन्मनस्य् अस्फुरीद् इदम् सौन्दर्यम् औपासनहोमस्य सन्ध्योपासने सवितुः कृपया –

  • विवाहस्य साक्षी यो ऽग्निः, *स एव* विवाह-साक्षी भवति खलु दम्पत्योर् नित्यम् उपास्यः!
  • तेन विवाहे गृहस्थाश्रमे सर्वाश्रमोत्तमे च श्रद्धा वर्धते, तयोस् सामरस्यञ्च। विशिष्य यदि दम्पती स्मरतो विस्मयेन सौन्दर्यांशम् इदम्।
  • अहो! विस्मयावह आर्याणाम् इयं व्यवस्था गृहस्थगृहसमृद्धिपोषणाय!

आस्ताम्। गृहस्थैर् आर्यैर् इमानि कर्माण्य् अवश्यं कार्याणि सरलानि –

  • नित्यम् औपासनम्।
  • नित्यम् वैश्वदेवम् – दैव-ऋषि-पितृ-मानुष-भूत-ऋण-स्मरणार्थम्।
  • पर्वसु स्थालीपाकः। ततो निर्दिष्टदिनेष्व् आग्रायणम्, ईशानबलिः, सर्पबलयश् च।

हन्त! केचित्तु मतिनाशेनाऽनावश्यकाग्रहान् कुर्वन्त्य् उत्तमस्यास्य प्रकल्पस्यार्षस्य द्विजेषु प्रसारम् अवरोद्धुम्। देव वैकुण्ठवासिन् लक्ष्मीरमण – सद्बुद्धिं वितर।

Some small snippets of good rumour.

1 Hindu right wingers getting into army and IAS in greater numbers. Earlier they would be deliberately failed, now due to the low pay and such the army mostly attracts genuinely service minded people (ie the right hindu demographic).
2 haryANvI jAT-s, in small numbers, import bAnglAdeshi brides, and jATifying (implies also hinduifying) them solidly. (Unforseen effect of sex ratio imbalance.) Price under a lakh.
3 A famous hindu televangelist’s son, who had fallen in “love” with an ROP girl, is now back in the “fold” after his “love” chose to take the money and leave him. (Conflicting reports about this.)