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The excellence of Dutch science & psychology: Diederik Stapel

 
   "Préjugé, vanité, calcul, voilà ce qui gouverne le monde. Celui qui ne connait pour règle de sa conduite que raison, vérité, sentiment, n'a presque rien de commun avec la société. C'est en lui-même qu'il doit chercher et trouver presque tout son bonheur."
   --
Chamfort

If you are not Dutch, you may not know about that great Dutch scientist in the science of social psychology, professor doctor Diederik Stapel, of Tilburg University, formerly of Groningen University, both in Holland, who started his career in the University of Amsterdam when I studied and published there - and who may well have been inspired by my published writings, a possibility that I will return to below, after illustrating what manner and how important a kind of scientist the excellent professor doctor Stapel is. (When I write "excellent" I repeat many of his colleagues who have known him and his many excellent works for many years, and who are all collectively and sometimes also personally advertised - with or without picture and proper name - by their universities as "excellent scientists": That is PC language in Holland.)

Professor doctor Stapel has published a great number of research papers in the science of psychology, all based on meticulous evidence-based empirical science, and he even reached the very prestiguous Science journal recently.

It is to professor Diederik Stapel and his many mostly Dutch colleagues, co-workers, fellow Dutch psychologists, and to the climate in the Dutch universities since decades, that mankind owes such evidence-based scientific insights as that

- Garbage in the streets leads to discrimination
- Meat-eating leads to boorishness and anti-social behavior

Indeed, the last evidence-based scientific fact was presented by professor Stapel's very own colleague at Radboud University professor Roos Vonk, who in fact also is a proud colleague of that other great Dutch psychologist, professor Gijs Bleijenberg. Professor Vonk let it be known to the world, in a specially prepared statement to the press sent forth in the name of the - tax-paid - Radboud University, which for a few decades indeed was widely known in Holland as the "Karl Marx University", because of its great number of ex-catholic then neo-marxist students and idem members of staff, that

"Meat (eating) generates the worst in human beings

That is what psychologists of the Radboud University Nijmegen and Tilburg University concluded from different studies into the psychological meaning of meat. Thinking of meat makes people less social and in various ways more boorish. It was also shown that people choose more often for meat if they feel more uncertain, quite possibly because it gives a feeling of superiority or status, the researchers assume."

As professor Stapel said, who has published more than 200 research papers, and who is world famous, in Holland, as one of Holland's leading scientists and most eminent psychologists:

"It seems that vegetarians and flexitarians are happier, and they are also more social and less lonely."

Behold the power of empirical evidence-based scientific research! Save your self, your loved ones, your colleagues, and the world by not eating meat! It works - evidence-based research from Radboud University has shown it!

Speaking of science and scientific research, here is the abstract of the article that professor Stapel and his co-workers managed to publish in April of this year in Science, that prestiguous journal, quoted from the site of Science:

Coping with Chaos: How Disordered Contexts Promote Stereotyping and Discrimination

Abstract

Being the victim of discrimination can have serious negative health- and quality-of-life–related consequences. Yet, could being discriminated against depend on such seemingly trivial matters as garbage on the streets? In this study, we show, in two field experiments, that disordered contexts (such as litter or a broken-up sidewalk and an abandoned bicycle) indeed promote stereotyping and discrimination in real-world situations and, in three lab experiments, that it is a heightened need for structure that mediates these effects (number of subjects: between 40 and 70 per experiment). These findings considerably advance our knowledge of the impact of the physical environment on stereotyping and discrimination and have clear policy implications: Diagnose environmental disorder early and intervene immediately.

Behold the power of empirical evidence-based scientific research - once more... except that it is not and was not, for as it stands now I take it there is no proof that any of the published research of professor Stapel is not fake, falsified or fraudulent, and there is proof, a commission that investigated says, that quite a few of his papers are based on fake, falsified or fraudulent data.

As Mr Martin Enserink points out, in the pages of Science, where I earlier met Mr Enserink in the context of XMRV. I have added my bolding to stress the importance of Diederik Stapel's evidence-based science for the evidence-based understanding of "the workings of the human mind":

Dutch University Sacks Social Psychologist Over Faked Data

by Martin Enserink on 7 September 2011 (..)

AMSTERDAM—A Dutch social psychologist whose eye-catching studies about human behavior were fodder for columnists and policy makers has lost his job after his university concluded that some of the data in those studies were fabricated.

Tilburg University today officially suspended Diederik Stapel, who heads the Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research. But in a TV interview today, university Rector Philip Eijlander said that Stapel had admitted to using faked data and said that he would not be allowed to return.

Stapel has worked at the university, located in southern Netherlands, since 2006. He is known as a prolific researcher and a successful fundraiser. His studies appeared to offer new insights into the workings of the human mind; for instance, a Science paper published in April showed that people are more likely to stereotype or discriminate in messy environments.

(...)

Just last week, Stapel made headlines with a press release claiming that thinking of eating meat makes people "more boorish" and less social. The announcement, which said that "meat brings out the worst in people," raised eyebrows because the study hadn't yet been written up, let alone published.

And since that was written, nearly two months ago, the formerly excellent scientist has been dismissed as a professor, has admitted faking data in many more publications, at least 30, it seens, and possibly 200; has been told he must appear in court because of fraudulence and deception; and doesn't want to appear in public but insisted, yesterday, in writing to the Dutch media, that he really "did not do all these things for egoistic reasons", since - presumably - the status and the income and the pension and the perks of being an eminent, excellent, Dutch psychological professor, albeit on the basis of false and faked data, was not, in his honest opinion, in his interest.

Why did I reproduce the above, with links to the originals?

First, because it amuses me, in a wry and bitter way: I have been saying for three decades now that the universities in Holland are mostly destroyed and corrupt, but until recently all that produced for me was (i) being thrown from university in 1988 as "a fascist" and "a terrorist", namely for insisting there are such things as truth and civilization and real science (ii) the refusal to help me - who has been ill since almost 33 years - in any way to help me write and get the Ph.D. and (iii) decades of discrimination, namely as "a fascist" and as "a terrorist", in Amsterdam and Holland (which I can't flee because I have been ill and am ill, again without any help, since I clearly lack any of the human qualities to deserve help, in Amsterdam and in Holland: I am fit material to be gassed, to be threatened with murder by drugs-mafia, and to suffer pain for decades without any help).

Second, because I see lots of lying going on as various commissions try to limit the damages to Mr Stapels, and Mr Stapels alone, who so far seems to have been shown to have falsified data in at least 30 and possibly 200 of his "scientific evidence-based research", that was published even in Science. What the committees and commissions seem to be trying to do is to wash everybody else in Holland squeaky clean, while piling as much as possible on Mr Stapel, who has been dismissed as professor, and also risks loosing his doctorate.

Third, because he is a colleague of professor Bleijenberg, also a psychologist, also at the Radboud University, also a fraud, in my opinion, and also somebody who I suspect of falsifying, cooking or editing his "evidence-based data", possibly not in quite the same way as his esteemed colleague Stapel, but certainly as one working in the same colleaguial setting and university environment, and as a man whom I learned in the UoA that I must be regarded, as a morally PC-thinking Dutchman of academic education, as "the equivalent" of professor Stapel (which, in this case, I am quite willing to believe).

Fourth, because I am not at all amazed; because I think that, certainly in Holland, and especially in the so-called social sciences, probably many more frauds of various kinds have been and are being committed; because it illustrates the depths of corruption to which the social sciences in Holland have sunk, and that last because the majority of the nominations in the universities in Holland, and especially in the social sciences, have been taken for decades now - since the early seventies - on political grounds, not on scientific grounds:

In Holland, one became a professor, one could get help if one wanted a Ph.D., one could get a position in a Dutch university, from 1972 till 1995, at least, on condition that one was a member or supporter of the Dutch Labour Party or the Dutch GreenLeft Party or - before ca. 1989 - the Dutch Communist Party. (Since the last ten years members of other parties also get positions, on condition they are good party-members who serve their parties loyally: Any ex-minister and most ex-parliamentarians can get nominations these days in specially created personal professor-ships, all paid from the taxes. Many do, for the pay and pensions and perks are excellent, and the duties of work virtually nil.)

Fifth, because I wouldn't be at all amazed if Diederik Stapel got inspired by reading my Spiegeloog-columns if the late 1980-ies, when he studied the science of social psychology in the University of Amsterdam, and where I published these columns, making it almost certain he has read them, for they were quite infamous at the time at that faculty, where he and I studied. Look e.g. at

- Whores of Reason
- Mandarins with an IQ of 115
- Truth and Value
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The ideological ape

I got very little thanks and a lot of discrimination for writing these columns. But suppose that one is a natural born fraud, deceiver, and trickster:

What can one have learned at the University of Amsterdam or any Dutch university in the 1970ies and 1980ies other than that - in Feyerabend's words - absolutely "Anything goes" in the Dutch universities, especially in the social sciences, which anyway are mostly pseudosciences for mostly pseudoscientists, where all positions and nominations as professors or member of the staff depended on one's standing in leftist political parties?

Well, what one should and could have learned, e.g. from my reception and removal from the faculty of philosophy:

That in Holland, in the Dutch universities, anything goes - as long as it is produced by the political types who took over the power in the Dutch universities in the 1970ies, who were all members of the Dutch Labour Party, the Dutch Communist Party, and later, after the demise of the CP in 1989, of the Dutch GreenLeft Party - whose political propaganda, e.g. about meat-eating, about the environment, about discrimination, about gender, about feminism, about homosexuality a.s.o. for virtually the whole Dutch leftist political agenda, have ever since been backed up by - supposed, claimed - "evidence-based" "research" by such marvels of integrity and science as Diederik Stapel and his many colleagues.

In Holland, since the early 1970ies, in the universities anything goes - that supports and supported the politics of the political parties whose members run the universities and most of the department, and who ever since the early 1970ies, especially in the social and literary sciences, only have nominated staff members who have had the political approval of the already nominated staff members, regardless of their abilities, competence and integrity: One must be One of Us, that is, until some 10 years ago: A card-carrying member of Dutch Labour or GreenLeft, to get a position in a Dutch university at all, at least in a social science, a literary science, or in philosophy.

Sixth and last, I may return to this, in Dutch, because the Dutch interim-report is quite interesting, and not quite honest:

The pretense is that it is all Stapel's fault, and everybody else is not to blame, since they all are, as the Dutch universities themselves, falsely, advertise their staff to be: "excellent scientists"; while the truth is that there has been a sick, degenerate, corrupt, political and unscientific climate in very much of the Dutch universities since decades, if only because ALL Dutch universities have been explicitly run - by law, also! - as if they were democratized Soviets from 1971-1995, thereby enabling for some 25 years the careerists from the Dutch leftist parties to be nominated in positions of power or as "scientific staff" in the Dutch universities. (*)

And apart from the few studies that really require talent, these were nearly all political nominations of people with little or no interest in real science, and with strong personal and political interests in pseudoscience, bullshit, fake "science", and politicized "science".

They were and are truly excellent - as frauds, as liars, as deceivers, as parasites, as whores of reason, as political pseudoscientists, as fakers, as bullshitters and as very willing betrayers of civilization, of science, of truth and of morality.


(*) This is simply the literal factual truth almost everybody who works in a Dutch university will deny and refuse to discuss. It was a totally insane model of University- and Faculty-parliaments, each and all based all these years on the "democratic" one-man/one-vote principle, namely for students, professors, doormen, secretaries and for cleaners, that worked out in fact as a full Soviet-schema in which only card carrying party members of the leftist parties could expect nominations and promotions. In the time that Diederik Stapel was a student of psychology, the University Parliament and the whole University of Amsterdam worked as the Soviet Union did under Stalin, namely with a Five Year Plan that had as it explicit central ends of the whole university, of all of its staff and all of its students, that the university exists to work and educate (I quote the Five Year Plan 1982-1987):

     - for the interests of the trade unions
     - for the interests of the feminist movement
     - for the interests of the environmental movement

Whoever dared to disagree was publicly descried as "a fascist", got no promotion, or was kicked from the university, quite explictly as "a fascist" and "a terrorist", by the Board of Directors, who were each and all totally corrupt and stealing members of the Dutch Labour Party, who did not even administrate the universities finances, simply in order to be able to steal the more from it, as they did.
(%)

That was the climate that created the flourishing of Stapel and his many like-minded colleagues in Holland.

It is also what makes the Dutch universities, their great decline, and their utterly dishonest staff very difficult to explain to foreigners, for nowhere else where universities run on a similar model by similar people: From the national taxes, but by a "plenary democracy" as in the Sorbonne of May 1968, that again was mostly in the hands of corrupt supremos from Dutch Labour in most universities in Holland, for almost 25 years continuously - and still mostly is, though the laws were changed in 1995, for another totally crazy aspect of this insane system for running universities is and was that whoever got a position in a Dutch university gets a position as a Dutch bureaucrat, effectively for life: The persons are mostly the same, or are safely and very richly pensioned.

The Dutch universities, meanwhile, are effectively dead as real universities: The wrong people have lorded over them for the wrong reasons for a whole generation of 25 years, and the whole Dutch educational system has been meanwhile levelled and moronified to such an extent that it will need a real revolution to get a majority of real scientists in any Dutch university. The Dutch universities are and have been political institutions, for the most part, for decades now and with the - partial - exception of the faculties of physics, mathematics and chemistry, and perhaps a few other studies that demand real talent or real work.

(%) Messrs Cammelbeeck, De Hon and Noorda managed to let "dissappear" between 40 and 65 million guilders in the 1980ies. Nobody did or said anything against it, except for me, but Noorda had me kicked from the UoA and still is one of the most powerful men in Dutch education: A true degenerate, and a real fascist terrorist, indeed like many of his co-leaders of the Dutch Labour Party, also the party of the protectors of the Amsterdam drugs mafia.


P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- Nov 2, 2011: Corrected some and inserted a few words.
 


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1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
2.  Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: 
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
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)
9.
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
10.
 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 understands 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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