Nov 2, 2011 `
The excellence of Dutch science & psychology: Diederik Stapel - 2
I leave my epigraph and title standing, though I have added a " -2" to the title, that shows it is number 2 in a series started yesterday on what it takes to become a Dutch excellent scientist, in a social science, at least.
Here is some that
seems to have been published on the subject of the main cause of
Case of Massive Scientific Fraud - The Scientist
I wrote yesterday about it and ended then with these paragraphs:
And I followed this up by a footnote in which I try to briefly explain the veritable Soviet-type of organization of ALL the Dutch universities, by law, approved by parliament in 1971, that ruled supreme from 1971 to 1995, and also put Diederik Stapel in power, quite possibly strengthened by reading my Spiegeloog-columns of 1988-1989 (the link also contain English translations), from which Mr Stapel could have learned at least four things as virtual pragmatic certainties:
1. In the
University of Amsterdam and in Dutch universities at large almost no
one is really interested in real science,
especially not in the so called "social sciences": These were and are
the province of political types who had professorships and
lectureships for political or personal and not for scientific
Then again, there is a real difficulty: Very few Dutch scientists, and no Dutch bureaucrats, will agree to the above, for either they have all lied and collaborated for a long time with the essential political institutions that the Dutch universities are and have been since 1971, or else they will be so junior as scientists that criticizing their elder colleagues very seriously risk their jobs and their careers, and will be landed in the dole very soon, like I have been, for the same reason: I dared criticize the decline and corruption of the Dutch universities and educational system when it still could have been stopped, if only the Dutch professors and lecturers had show any civil courage - but instead, like nearly all of their parents and grandparents during World War II, quite unlike my parents and grandparents, they collaborated with the powers that be, looked the other way, whether it concerned razzia's on Jews or fraudulence in science, and made a career by conforming and collaborating, and by smearing the few who did stand up for science and truth and civilization.
The great majority of the Dutch social scientists I have seen since the late 1960ies - hello professor Abram de Swaan, how are you?! - were bullshitters, knew they were bullshitters, and probably took a lot of private pride in being bullshitters, for it gave them the best jobs, the highest incomes, the most status, and incidental access to the media to pour out their on personal career-serving bullshit. As professor Frankfurt wrote:
This is so, except that one must not be tempted to believe scientific bullshitters do not know they are bullshitting:
They do, and
that's what made them professors and lecturers in whatever
social science they thrive in like lice on sore heads: They produce
fashionable nonsense, the cant of the day, the
political comrades, just as willingly as Stalin's academic
bullshitters did the same in the Soviet Union, and for the same human
reasons, namely for making a career and making money and pleasing the
political authorities, but indeed also with one major
difference: There was no Lubyanka for
those who said no to bullshit and fraudulence - for these very
rare individuals there was the dole, where I indeed have been
lodged now for decades, having some 10 dollars a day to buy food,
clothes, books, new computers, internet connection etc. and namely
because of publicly asking questions like these, in 1988, just as
I could write and cite a lot more about this, but for the moment restrict myself to four successive paragraphs by Ewen Callaway in Nature, dated November 1, 2011. The following shows the modus operandi of Stapel, and also of the commission led by Willem aka Pim Levelt, a psycholinguist born in 1938, who to my knowledge never led himself be heard while the Dutch universities and schools were being destroyed, dumbed down, moronified and levelled in the name of democracy, universal equivalence of all, and of leftist (**) political propaganda.
I will insert some of my comments inbetween, without indentation:
What Stapel is quoted as saying in fact amounts to a claim that everybody in social psychology in Holland is just as "honestly concerned with the field of social psychology" as Stapel is and was for decades, and that what he is sorry for is not what he did - his fine colleagues must be as honest - but that he was found out.
I would not be amazed if he is quite honest here, and considers it very unfair that he is singled out for doing what he knows or believes most of his colleagues do and have done for decades, without anybody objecting.
Levelt may say so, but he has been part of the game for decades, and could not, to my knowledge, ever find it in him to protest while the Dutch universities and schools were being destroyed - about which he must have known, because not only did I write about it, but also well-known well-read Dutch authors like W.F. Hermans and Jan Blokker, both already in the 1970ies, when professor Levelt could have spoken up, like they did, and for their reasons, if he couldn't think of moral or scientific reasons of his own.
As to Stapel's PhD students about whom Levelt claims that "they really didn't know what was going on in this data fabrication": Perhaps. I don't know. But it is a fact that if they never got to see any raw data, they all should have had to protest, and probably also a fact that very few did, namely for fear of risking their career. (I did speak up as a student: Spiegeloog-columns and only received lots of personal discrimination in thanks, namely from almost everyone who was then employed as professor or lecturer in psychology.)
True - but it all started in the politicized and levelling climate in the Dutch universities that rules there in the departments of psychology (and other social sciences, and languages, and philosophy) since 1971, about which I am not aware of having heard or read any protest by Levelt.
Indeed, the only psychologist I know of that did protest publicly, to my knowledge, was A.D. de Groot, apart from myself, who at the time of my protests only had a B.A. in psychology, and since then may consider myself happy that I can eat, being ill, without help, in the Dutch dole, to the great joys of many a professional professorial psychologist or philosopher I have known, and have defeated in discussion, because they did not have the civil courage to protest against the destruction of the Dutch universities and schools.
I did, and a Parliamentary Committee that investigated the stunning declines of the Dutch universities and schools and reported in 2008, in effect agreed that I had been right for decades - but the credit, kudos and financial benefits went to the presenters of the Parliamentarian Report, such as Jeroen Dijsselbloem, of Dutch Labor, the political party the members of which created the mess in the universities in the first place, on purpose, for political reasons, to help their own comrades and themselves take over the universities, and in order to live, as the Dutch has it, as parasitic lice on a sore head for decades, pretending falsely to be real scientists:
But everybody employed in the Dutch universities in psychology (and elsewhere) at the time - from the late 1960ies to the middle 1990ies - saw the emperor had no clothes, looked away, and said nothing in public, though some agreed in private with me that the Dutch university system was a major and dangerous politicized mess.
Judged by Burke's saying, quoted above:
there are and have been at most a handful of good men with degrees in psychology in Holland, the past 40 years in which the Diederik Stapels and their ilk ruled the roost of the Dutch universities in their fields of "scientific" research, and of that handful only one or two found the civil courage inside themselves - in spite of there being no Dutch Lubyanka for whoever dared to speak the truth! - to speak up against the simultaneous destruction of civilization, education, science and honesty at the Dutch universities.
The rest, like their fathers, mothers and grandfathers under Nazism, simply collaborated, and enjoyed their status, lives, and incomes, while seeing to it later generations would only find travesties and parodies of real science, good education, and real universities.
And yes, I do believe that's genetical and I do see that as a major human problem
And for readers of Dutch: Here is a link to THE definitive guide to become what professor Diederik Stapel in fact was and worked hard, if not honestly, to become: A Dutch Top-Bureaucrat:
P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
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.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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