on Diederik Stapel
(the excellent Dutch
I move back to Nederlog?
Today I write
only about things I wrote about before: The Dutch ex-professor social
psychology also ex-doctor Diederik Stapel, and Nederlog, my eyes,
Notebook, and my site.
on Diederik Stapel (the excellent Dutch scientist)
I wrote about the
professor doctor Diederik
Stapel before, namely the first four days of November last year. My
reasons to do so were various
Then again, these things are difficult to explain to
foreigners, also because most who get a chance to utter forth about
them in the Dutch media belong to the same
caste of academic liars
careerists that effectively took over the power and management of the
Dutch universities from the nineteenseventies onwards, when
careerists and former radical student activists saw that they could
over the universities from real academics, and did so, in their own
personal and financial interests, like real Stalinists.
- I have an M.A. in
psychology, from the same faculty and university as the former doctor
professor of social psychology, who was shown to be one of the world's
greatest scientific frauds a year ago.
- It is very likely he
read my Spiegeloog-columns,
since these were published during the time
he studied, at the faculty and university he and I studied in, and that
quite (in)famous at the time, and indeed may have inspired Mr Stapel
(which I do not know at all: I merely make a guess).
- I do not
that psychology is much of a real science, although there are some
parts that make sense - though most that is sensible in it is already
to be found in William
of Psychology", for which
reason it is on line on my site, also because very few scientists wrote
as well as he did (though as philosopher James was disappointing, also
to his friend Charles
- I do believe that
the Dutch universities have been thoroughly destroyed by my generation
of "leftist activist" in fact careerist students and managers, who
got thrown the power over the
Dutch universities in their lap in 1971, when a law was accepted by the
parliament that gave 1 person working or studying in the
whether as professor, door man, cleaner, secretary, or student 1
in the yearly elections for the university- and faculty-councils, which
from that time onwards were in the firm Stalinist grip of Labour
politicians and Communist and far leftish students, which remained
until the next parliamentary law of 1995, that undid the nearly 25
years of Stalinist Soviet Rule in the Dutch universities [*]
- I believe there is a
great lot more of incompetence,
dishonesty and fraudulence in the Dutch
universities, and especially in the social and the soft sciences,
staff and directors of these universities want to (publicly admit they)
know or want to investigate.
So here are just four links to the Nederlogs I wrote about the Stapel
case a little over a year ago, all in English, from the first five days
of November 2011
One reason to mention this
is that I think the situation in the Dutch universities is still a
major and sick moral and intellectual mess; another reason to mention
this is that I am really interested in science and in truth, and most
Dutch academics are not and never were: They got where they got to be, in Dutch Academia, because they had the right political and
personal friends, and not because of any talent (with a few
exceptions, mostly in mathematics or physics).
Anyway... for those who are interested and read Dutch or are willing to
rely on Google.translate, here are some recent Dutch articles on the
subject of Mr Stapel.
I translated the titles:
The summary seems to be:
The Dutch do all they can to limit fraudulent social science to
a few persons, though in fact there is a lot of it in Dutch
universities since the 1970ies,
since when fraudulence and incompetence were institutionalized,
and the wrong
kinds of persons - those with political, personal, careerist and
financial interests, rather than those with any real interest in real
science - got the
power in the
Dutch universities; and also Mr Stapels himself does not seem to want
to cooperate with anyone to uncover the extent of his fraudulence, that
indeed now seems to extend over at least seven Ph.D.s as well (based on
his falsified data, not necessarily based on falsifications by these
Should I move
back to Nederlog?
I pose the
question, that in fact concerns my
and my site because
(1) I recently got
less sore eyes and (2) I
recently found a way to edit my site in such a way that I do not need
to see the standard white backgrounds to black text that still bother
me, while also not upsetting them.
The reason I started Notebook
its precursor is that I really saw no way to write anything for
my site with such eyes as I had than by concocting something where I
needed only to look at mostly black, dark blue or brown screens.
Now my eyes are somewhat better, though far from good, and I also have
found a way to edit parts of my site in a way that does neither hurt my
eyes nor upset the white backgrounds I still can't tolerate well or at
So... since Nederlog is a popular item on my site, which is
popular site, and
since it is something that effectively started (as Nedernieuws) in
2004, I am interested in continueing it, if indeed I can.
And I posed the title of this section as a question, because I am still
thinking about it.
If I find a way of doing it painlessly, I probably will, simply to
write in "the tradition I have been used to for years", though indeed
not as I did the last few years, because of
ME/CFS and XMRV.
Then again, all together there is - I just counted it - 126.3 MB
in these 9 years of writing on Nedernieuws
so the term
"tradition" is not unjustified, and indeed I know of no one who wrote
Whatever I do, if I keep writing on my sites at all, then it is likely
that I will write less about ME (the
disease) and more about me
(the person), and also will try to put a lot more on my site, if
and when I can scan it - for as it happens I think I have led an
interesting life, that also is very well documented in many ways,
indeed in my own prose, both in Dutch and in English, and since 1970.
More about this later, also about the present background, which is a
view from - approximately, not exactiy - where I lived in 1975. The
original - much broader and more detailed - is here; the part I cut out
to fit my screen is here.
There are worse places to live or go to, such as Amsterdam,
so I found,
through much suffering, pain and discrimination, because I
am, alas, an
P.S. My eye
leave the text on my eye problems for the moment as a P.S., to
clarify why I
use such colors as I do, and why I have, for the time being, mostly
stopped editing my site.
October 15, 2012: My eye problems
are the reason this page has the colors it does have: It is very
difficult to look at white and light backgrounds with such eyes as I
presently have. See also: Why
colors as they are?
The diagnosis is keratoconjunctivitis
sicca (possibly as a part of Sjoegren's
syndrome). It is less than it was, for months, but not as I should
like it to be.
settings of NOTEBOOK aka NB seem the best compromise between what my
eyes can handle, and what most readers like to see.
they have been
changed repeatedly, as have the links below to
change the background (but not the color of the text box).
of October 13,
2012, the standard setting for the text box is white
text on a
darkslategrey background while the standard background is maroon.
Version October 28, 2012:
Black text on #339999.
Version November 8, 2012: Changed background
(Background colors work no more.) I may changes this again, depending
on my eyes. I may even return to Nederlog!
November 10, 2012: Black text on #CCCCFF, changed background
fact, most of what is read in Nederlog is written in Dutch and - as far
as I can see - most of that got selected because I wrote about
something my readers are interested in, which means, as is indeed true,
that quite a lot of old Nederlogs are being read daily.
[**] Probably it will not
be a constant background, but it is a nice view and a nice memory for me, and indeed I do
intend to write some more about Dovre
and Norway, and in such contexts it will probably reappear.
necessary corrections have to be made later.