Dedicated to Ms. Ellen Goudsmit, doctor of clinical
I keep being unwell, but for today there is a new translation
of an item in the series I published in 'Spiegeloog' in 1988-1989, through
which Ms. Goudsmit became known to me, very probably because of the text that
Meanwhile, Ms. Goudsmit has harassed me a second time, which
suggests to me that she loves living dangerously, which is a desire I can and
will contribute to, since I do not wish to be calumniated by her, nor
intentionally misrepresented as if she does not know that she knows my texts
since 1988 at the latest, and probably since 1981, since we then both studied
at the UvA, so far as I know, and I had some local fame (infamy) there as 'a
student leader' - see below for a little more.
Here are the links to previous texts of mine about this
doctor of clinical psychology, that should be of interest both to people with
ME and to people interested in freedom of speech:
and here is the no doubt intentionally "apology" published
yesterday, that I will treat later in more detail, because I take grave
offense at being intentionally gravely offended by such a one as Ms. Goudsmit
has turned out to be
Ms. Goudsmit knows this since 2002 at the latest, and
probably much earlier, and also knows - or should know: I can not look inside
her mind, and find her prose very confused and confusing - that my "excellent
degree" was mentioned in the (to me) very unsatisfactory e-mail
correspondence I had with her last November, when I politely and friendly
inquired why she had not even mentioned professor Malcolm
Hooper, Margaret Williams and Hillary Johnson on David Axford's site, on which
she regularly wrote for years, and on which I had to depend till July 2009 for
information about ME/CFS, since till then I had a slow and badly working
telephone modem. (See in this connection - the moral duties of a scientist -
Williams vs White + Feynman vs Wessely, again
something Ms. Goudsmit insists you should beware of.)
Ms. Goudsmit also knows since 2002 at the latest -
it is on my site that she claims to know; and I
also mentioned it in my letters and mails to her and to her associate David
Axford over the years - that I have been threatened for nearly 4 years
by Amsterdam drugs-mafiosi with special permit by the mayor of Amsterdam, drs.
Ed van Thijn, to deal in soft drugs in these terms
"If you do anything we don't like, we will murder you."
The Amsterdam municipal police laughed in my face when I
dared complain, and told me, knowing full well I was an invalid and could not
"If you do not love Amsterdam,
you can fuck off to a foreign country!"
(Brigadier Lammert Takens, Amsterdam municipal
police, summer of 1991)
Knowing she knows all this, very probably knowing from David
Axford that I had mailed him with the friendly inquiry what had gotten into
her, which no doubt caused the above fake "apology", she complained on the
same day on another ME Facebook site, in a text and a thread that were since
removed because members of that forum complained about her, that, speaking for
herself, as ever unclearly and without any evidence or specification, that
"I was threatened. Before. Boy, was I threatened."
That is not nice, but Ms. Goudsmit
threatened others on those Facebook-forums that she would go to the
police and have them prosecuted for "harassment", for no other reason
that I can see than that they criticized her, quite politely also, if
not full of personal admiration for her, and indeed she did go to the
police repeatedly, and had people prosecuted for the offense of
criticizing her, perhaps in unfriendly terms, but without any threats,
menaces, defamations or calumny.
As I indicated, Ms. Goudsmit knows of my site since 2002 at the
latest; pretends that she is perfectly fit to judge
it: "" and pretends
that she knows all about drugs in Amsterdam, or at least much more
than I do (who was the boss in a very large Amsterdam coffee-shop,
exploited by a youth-foundation, that indeed did not threaten the
neighbours, for example, and did not deal in hard drugs) since she
Beware of this site. If you
home page, he make
claims about the mayors of Amsterdam
if you're from that city, you will not recognise
what he writes.
So I would like to know e.g. the following:
Was Ms. Goudsmit threatened like I was
- over a course of nearly 4 years, repeatedly, because no one helped
me, from 1988-1992 - by drugsdealers on the ground floor of the
place she lives, with permission to deal illegal drugs above the
signature of the mayor on their shopwindow, after having tried
to gas me, and with threats like these
"we will murder you if you do anything we
uttered with menaces and with physical pulling
and pushing, by evident drugsdealers, one of whom was later
arrested with 2 kilos of heroine and one of cocaine, or the other
way around, very close to his shop also, and indeed by armed persons,
also with two or three Doberman Pinchers?!
But OK: Ms Goudsmit writes - knowing my site, having judged my site
and my person as false, dishonest, and incompetent by direct
implication, for reasons that must be hidden deep in Ms. Goudsmit's
"I was threatened. Before. Boy, was I
Did the London police tell her smilingly, as
the Amsterdam police told me, that I could fuck off to another country
if I didn't like it in Amsterdam, knowing full well I was an invalid,
and couldn't flee?!
I do not believe Ms. Goudsmit was ever threatened that way.
I was, repeatedly, over the course
of four years, while at the same time
the Amsterdam Chief of Security and Order, Ms. Mr. Sarucco,
who I had succeeded in reaching by phone - with much trouble -
after the Amsterdam municipal police had tens of times refused to come
to even inspect the case and the drugsdealers, simply left me to
my pain, my suffering and to the threats of the drugsdealers
as if my parents and grandparents had been in
the Dutch and Amsterdam Resistance - as both
Ms. Sarucco and Ms. Goudsmit knew, and as Ms. Goudsmit has been able
to read on my site since 2002 - to be
threatened by drugsdealers while one is an invalid and cannot flee,
and all of Amsterdam's
bureaucracy refused to lift a finger to maintain the Dutch law or
investigate my complaints and allegations, as I was also
repeatedly denied the right by the municipal police to even make a
formal complaint against the drugsdealers they know threatened me with
Now Ms. Goudsmit has complained against me
that "the worst thing that happened in Amsterdam" in the past decades
- indeed after intimating I must be lying or insane as regards
situation of drugs in Amsterdam, as she can see with divine
clarity from her own laptop near London - was... "that the trams were
Personally, I find that pretty sick, precisely in Wessely's and
White's and Sharpe's ways: These persons get huge kicks from offending
people covered by their personal authority as "doctors of med or psy".
And I find that the more sick since Ms. Goudsmit knows and
insisted she knows from my site -
that she can read since 2002 at the latest,
and that she pretends to have read and to be able to judge as very
inferior - that my father
and grandfather were in the
Amsterdam and Dutch Resistance in WW II, co-organizing the
and were convicted to concentration-camp imprisonment for that, which
my grandfather did not survive.
Anyway... I will return to this topic on this
place soon, and now turn to something else Ms. Goudsmit knows since
1988 but does not want others to read:
!!HEALTH WARNING!! !!"BEWARE OF THIS SITE"!!: Something
I published in December 1988 in the monthly for students and staff at
the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam,
after I had been removed
in July of that year by the Board of Directors of the UvA, briefly
before taking my M.A. in philosophy, because of my asking publicly, as
invited speaker in the Faculty of Philosophy,
39 Questions -
which removal (and note please that I am the only student removed for
his opinions since WW II ended in Holland) in fact moved me to finish
my M.A. in psychology instead, since I already had a B.A. in that, and
although I had learned also this was very badly taught at the
UvA (to me, to all others, and to Ms. Goudsmit) and that besides
psychology is for the most part, and especially in the form of
"clinical psuchology" not a real science but a
2. Whores of Reason
So here goes for something Ms. Goudsmit insists you shouldn't read:
Whores of Reason
"If we believe in absurdities,
we shall commit atrocities"
(Voltaire, en Anglais).
All reasoning is based on assumptions.
So let me begin with some assumptions about you, reader: You are a serious and
interested student, who would like to know a lot about psychology, and desires
to specialize in this science.
You (or your family) is making significant economic sacrifices for this, and
you yourself invests
at least 6 years of your life to achieve this goal - that is, to become a
competent, scientifically capable psychologists, who is capable of doing good
scientific research and of helping people with psychological problems.
During those six years of study - that you could have spent with a higher
income and without any obligations on welfare - you are dependent on the whims
and vagaries of your teachers, for whom you are supposed to work without
payment other than course points for passed examinations, while your academic
although they pretend to treat you as their equals, receive 8 to 10 times as
much money as you receive from your loan or grant.
None of this would be bad if two basic conditions would have been satisfied:
That you will receive a sound scientific education, because 2.
your high-paid teachers are on average hard-working, competent and
enthusiastic researchers and teachers of science, and are otherwise honest
But neither is the case.
is the case, and why, is too complicated to explain in one piece of a few
pages, but I will provide here are some considerations that may help you to
fairly estimate the education you receive [in this university] in its full
I think that you and I are being deliberately deceived in the University of
Amsterdam; that the scientific training that you receive has no real
scientific merit; that the examinations are usually awfully bad; that the
lectures and are horribly boring and uninspired, and are presented in bad
Dutch; that the books
you are obliged to read are usually bad or are mediocre at best; that you are
entitled to good syllabi and abstracts provided by your teachersm [which you
get from none]; that the practical courses are exceptionally bad, designed
without any inspiration and implemented awfully; and that, in brief, your
lecturers and professors usually are didactical disasters who
- deservedly - have no scientific reputation (outside the Netherlands) and do
not publish anything of value; and for the rest are exceptionally lazy,
unmotivated and boorishly impolite (the last time in case you have any
What I said In the preceding paragraph I have been saying [and writing, in
public] since 11 years; I'm 38, I have studied philosophy, psychology and did
Scandinavian Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and the reason
that you may never have read this
is that I suffer since 10 years from a
rare muscular disease, while I have also had had to go to court for about 6
years, because the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam
refused to provide me the rights that I do have in Dutch law [as the court
eventually agreed with me].
I also have set up a student movement that was represented in the University
Parliament (Dutrch: Universiteits-raad = UR) for some years. In
the fall '82, I wrote the following address to the
that I reproduce below almost literally, since it is still topiical while it
also clarifies the background of my views.
Some reasons of principle why there no (further) financial cuts should be made
on science education and study grants.
science as a cultural foundation: In at least two meanings of the word
"scientific" we live in a scientific society: Our prosperity and our
environment are largely the products of centuries of research, while a lot of
what we call "high civilization" is based on standards
for reasonable discussion, empirical research and rational behavior that form
a part or an extension of scientific methods.
Science is of fundamental importance our society: Apart from a number
of political factors, our current level of prosperity based on an age of
scientific research been made as knowledge, culture and technology and (until
very recently) existing high (preparatory) scientific
this knowledge and culture training to apply and expand.
Science is fundamental to our culture: Scientific reasoning methods are
our only means to adequately understand and explain reality, and to rationally
criticize senseless political ideologies, derailed religions and other forms
And finally science provides us with the tools to alleviate human suffering
- and it is a bitter and tragic truth about our time that, while there
exist for the first time in the history of human civilization, the knowledge
and methods to alleviate global hunger, disease,
environmental pollution and to eliminate these for the most part, only a very
small part of these existing scientific possibilities are used.
Therefore there should be no (further) cutbacks on science and education -
since after all:
The Netherlands live economically by science and by scientific education.
Only by ensuring that Dutch society remains competitive with other highly
developed countries in terms of science
and by scientific education
can it be assured that the Netherlands will remain prosperous.
A large part of our civilization is based on science and good (preparatory)
academic education (see Section 1).
A society can only maintain its high level of civilization by providing the
largest possible proportion of its population with the highest
and scientific education garrottes
Our society is based on an ideal that is also reflected in the Declaration
of Human Rights (which is part of the Dutch law): Whoever has the abiilities
and interests for higher education should get the chance of following
Then, students and budget cuts: The Minister of Education still seems
to intend that the current system of grants and study loans will be abolished
and instead students will be given fl 3500, - annually and be forced to live
on loans for the rest of the money to be able to survive.
The result will be that almost only children of wealthy parents will be able
to study in Holland, and the Netherlands will act contrary to Article
26.1 of the Human Rights act ("Higher
education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
") Every student should ne entitled to welfare, both in terms of social
justice and because studying is socially important, since presently doing
nothing at all in the dole is financially better paid than studying all day to
pass university exams.
Evaluation of the University of Amsterdam
The above was quoted from something I wrote six years ago, and presented to
the University Parliament. All
three proposals were voted upon in November 1982 and received one vote, viz.
that of my group (the New Amsterdam Student Association, defunct since 1984
defunct due to the lack of student interest in a good scientific education).
If that parliament had been more sensible six years ago, then maybe the
government's educational policies might have been less nonsensical and
damaging than they were.
But the members of the University Parliament of the UvA did not want to react
reasonably, six years ago. On the contraryL What the
the University Parliament
wanted was "socially relevant education", "gay studies", "feminism", and
politicized "science" specially tailored, the Five Year Developmental Plan of
the UvA declared, to benefit "the trade union movement, the women's movement,
the environmental movement",
other leftist pressure groups in the Netherlands: From 1982 to 1987, during a
whole generation of students, this was the Development Plan in terms of which
the University of Amsterdam was governed.
Now [in 1988] the Executive Board that the University of Amsterdam
"a technological university" , and now the Executive Board
that the kind of things that I proposed six years ago
to the UR.
That turnaround of 180 degrees means that:
Either a whole student generation at the UvA has been defrauded with utterly
worthless and totally mistakenly oriented ill governned "education", or else
the next student generation the UvA, will be defrauded by denying them the
"socially relevant education mainly for the benefit of the trade union's
movement, the women's movement and the environment's movement"
Or else it means that the entire Board the University of Amsterdam, the
Executive Board, the University Parliament, and the boards and councils of
faculties of the university provide pseudo-government on the basis of
empty and impracticabler slogans
Clearly, I hold the latter is true.
It is a deliberate scam in exactly the same sense as the treachery of the
priestly caste, that has deceived and parasited upon mankind for ages: In that
sense, the UvA intellectuals, in terms of the Swedish leftist intellectual J.
Myrdal, predominantly consisted of "whores of reason", who abused their
ever so tiny little bit of talent that they have for careerism and parasiting
- except that at a whore
least gives that for which she was paind,
whereas the professors and lectures of the UvA
are3 predominantly focused on not doing that for which they are paid.
To make more clear why I think so, and why I think I have been
at the University of Amsterdam (wherefore I remigrated to Holland, as to
receive a good education, rather than the scam I and my generation of students
were subjected to), and why I think
that the entire teaching staff and the entire management of the University of
Amsterdam is responsible for this utter scam, here follows an extended
quotation from a letter of mine to the Executive Board of the University of
Quality of education
Lectures: I have attended dozens and dozens of lectures and workgroups
in different faculties given by dozens of lecturers and professors (usually
partial, given the quality).
With exactly ONE exception they were invariably bad: Poorly presented, poorly
prepared, in bad Dutch, without any enthusiasm or apparent interest or special
expertise in the subject, almost never accompanied by good lecture notes or
summaries from the treated books prepared by the lecturers,
and never inspiring, whereas the books in use, with a few exceptions, were
poor to mediocre at best.
Moreover, the average quality and interest of the students, whose own
contributions are expected in working groups, was normally low, usually due to
factors beyond their control, such as the poor pre-university education that
they had received, which led to difficulties in the use of foreign
texts (no French, no German) or with texts that included some mathematics.
Students: The qualities of the students were tested almost exclusively
by almost invariably poor multiple-choice exams. Nothing was done in the UvA
the bad pre-university education, although this was urgently needed in the
areas of foreign languages, mathematics and general knowledge.
Research into the quality of M.A.-theses written at the UvA, that constitutes
excellent material to base a valid judgement about the qualities of training
and teaching and the level of knowledge and skills provided by a course of
education in the UvA, to my knowledge never happened.
Lecturers and professors: Your lecturers and professors are living in a
parasites paradise: Nobody controls them, supposedly "because nobody
has the qualities required to do so"; they do not have to satisfy any
criterions of quality of any kind; and their salaries are extremely
high, as are the status and privileges.
The result is that the vast majority of your lecturers and professors
provide bad and lazy lectures, and do virtually no scientific work of
The COWO, the institute of the University of Amsterdan that is
supposed to measure the quality of education and research, told me in
1982 that it would do no research concerning the qualities of the
lecturers and professors, "because this only would give rise to large
The received cant at the University of Amsterdam, that has been
publicly expressed by the Executive Board many dozens of times is that
"scientific qualities can not be objectively determined".
The truth is that this holds only if these qualities are not there.
And yes, there are some dedicated and competent lecturers and
professors, but they constitute a very small minority, who fear
for their jobs and therefore keep their mouths shut about the
surrounding mess, flee (Mr Spits, statistics), or are bullied away
van de Grind, physiology).
(Compare also the brave, competent and gifted UvA-teacher Rentes de
Carvalho, in a long interview in the Folia Civitatis [the weekly of
the UvA] of September 9 last: This man speaks the truth about the
University of Amsterdam, and does so based on 24 years experience).
Contents of the education:
A large part of the education you receive in the UvA has little to do with
science and has everything to do with political superstitions: you are
studying in a faculty that is still dominated by the political folklore from
This leads to totalitarian education, in which university lecturers
try to convince students of the more blatant nonsense, such as "truth
does not exist", which is highly useful argues for feminists and the
ASVA, but comes straight from the pen of Mao; "science and
rational thought are morally irresponsible", because the mentally
retarded abhor everything that conflicts with their prejudices, and
"all standards are culturally relative", which makes it very easy for
one to do as one damned well pleases without listening to arguments.
Finally: Anyone who studied in the past 15 years at the UvA in a
softish "science" has been defrauded and scammed.
As a student, you are also in a hopeless position to do something
about it(and as I* said: I have had to go throught three years of
litigation against the UvA about something I was clearly right about):
Your teachers are in majority corrupt, incompetent, and dishonest -
but they all are entrenched
on the softest cushions
that are on offer in The
Netherlands, and only governmental measures can remove them before
their official retirement [since all university lecturers and
professors are civil servants in The Netherlands, and civil servants
have only rights and no duties, no personal responsiblilty and no
personal accountability in Dutch practice since the 1960's].
My advice to all scientifically interested and talented students is
this: Try to do all you can to study abroad (eg USA, England or
Here you are ripped off by corrupt incompetents, and although you can
very easily get a degree, the content is worth virtually nothing - by
which both you and society are seriously harmed if you do not do
anything about it yourself.
26 september 1988
The notes to the above - which you do need, I agree, if you are not Dutch,
to be able to understand all of it - have to be made later, in view of my lousy
P.S. And there it stands for
the moment, and corrections - very probably needed - must be made later, what
with my healthm as I will add the
translations I made later of my
Spiegeloog-colums to the
ME in Amsterdam directory later as well.
Also, there probably will be more on Ms.
Goudsmit on this place, where I shall avail myself of the whole repertory of the
Dutch and English satirists to make my points. This should give some people
something to look forward to with gladness, since I have been assured many times
that I can do that well and amusingly.
Indeed, one of my prime subjects will be the pseudo-science of clinical
psychology ms. dr. Goudsmit believes herself to excel in and that she seems
to pretend to
others - "laymen and laywomen" - gives her a special insight in the psyche of
others. I shall invite her - I do it herewith - to an extended discussion about
her "science" with me, seeing that she admitted, after repeated prodding,
that in fact I do have an
M.A. in it, and as it happens a better than she could achieve, in all
probability (*), whereas I also have relevant degrees and
knowledge in philosophy, where I had hoped to become a philosopher of science,
until I was removed from the University of Amsterdam for speaking the truth, at
a time the whole notion of truth was decried at the UvA as "fascist" or "an
illusion" while professors lectured publicly
that "everyone knows that truth does not exist", just as Orwell foretold in
1984 and Mao insisted.
Well... I went to the same university and the same faculty at the same time
as Ms. Goudsmit did, and got the same lectures, read the same books, had the same
professors, and did the same examinations as Ms. Goudsmit did in Amsterdam, for
my B.A. in this "science", at least, or
if these items differ, the relevant difference is very small. And as I argued above, in "Whores of
Reason", the education Ms. Goudsmit and I got was awful, but since I graduated
with the best possible marks, and an average of 9.3 on a scale of 10, I can fairly
probably conclude that I did better, in formal terms, in the educational courses
in psychology that Ms. Goudsmit takes so much pride in to have taken, than she
I should also note what most Dutchmen know, but foreigners don't:
was one of the very few who dared to cry "Wolf!" when the schools and
universities in Holland were effectively ruined between 1965 and 1995, in 2008
the Parliamentary Investigatory Comittee Dijsselbloem investigated the
state of Dutch education, and concluded in a long report that it was horrible,
while most really intelligent Dutchmen, such as W.F. Hermans, Jan Blokker and
Gerrit Komrij indeed also have protested in writing against the ridiculous and
very dangerous levelling of all education in Holland between 1965 and 1995. They
also did this to no avail, except for the small satisfaction, for Blokker and
Komrij at least, since W.F. Hermans died in 1995, that they had been right all
the time, even according to a Dutch Parliamentary Investigatory Comittee. (Dutch
verraad van mijn generatie" and the files that follow it.)
My reason to mention this here, as a matter of fact, is that I must fear
that if I don't Ms. Goudsmit will write on some Facebook-site that I am the only
one who thinks so in Holland, or whatever: No, and she knows it since 1989 at
the latest, and indeed never saw any reason to protest against my writings
before, whereas she should have, if she thinks my ideas are so bad as to need
"BEWARE OF THIS SITE"
- which I shall take as strong evidence that she knows
I am right but doesn't want others to read my prose.
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.