Feedback on draft theses

I have recieved (and read with pleasure) 9 out of the possible 10 draft theses. Thank you for that. I give an overview of what I have recognized as dreams formulated:

  • Support the checking of scientific consensus (look for hidden controversies)
  • Find a way to establish that medical evidence meets the Daubert standard
  • Build a bridge between alpha and beta disciplines
  • Solve the problem of hand-picking snippets of scientific evidence strategically
  • Solve the problem emerging when speculation trumps social scientific evidence in courts
  • Find out what a doctor’s rights are (how to prevent being held accountable for a patient’s death)
  • Give legal experts the knowledge needed for evaluating medical diagnostics
  • Combine statistic and scientific expertise
  • Recognise (pseudo) scientific evidence as such in court

All these dreams are interesting and on topic in the HC. I think it is wise to warn again that the issue of cross-diciplinary discomforts is too big and complex an isuue to be solved completely in a single HC thesis. To be able to submit something of value it is necessary to focus and define limits of scope.

For example Freweini’s dream (recognise (pseudo) scientific evidence as such in court) is really at the heart of our HC, yet may also be too big to accomplish. When reading what she has been up to, I thought  that dreaming about  answering questions like how do I define/comprehend the concepts of “miscarriage of justice” and “miscarriage of science” might be more than sufficient for carrying a single thesis. Moreover, such definitions/understanding is almost a prerequisite for the other theses. My point is not that Freweini ought to follow this suggestion, but to stress that when complete solutions are not reasonable, limiting the scope of one’s dream might be in order, and is acceptable.

There have been raised questions about re-engineering. I have suggested that you use this technique for finding mechanisms that help realise your dream. Writing a thesis and planning research for falsification are design activities. Re-engineering is designing in reverse: finding ways how a (possibly imagined) end product can have been realised from a known initial state.

I have noticed that you did really send draft material. Perhaps it is useful for you to be informed that I found the draft by Liz Lieverse currently already up to final-version standards (or allmost).

I think that not everyone has yet grasped the idea of discussing the falsification issue at the end: specifying how a hypothesis can be falsified is of great sceintific importance. When you cannot falsify it,, it cannot become science. So the falsification requirement really matters (also for grading). [And please be reminded that considering side-effects can be part of alsification]

Good luck, success and have a happy new year! (And feel free to email me with specific questions when you happen to get stuck — my ancient experience as a computer programmer taught me that the simple excercise of explaining a problem I got stuck in was often sufficient to see the solution).

Final Thesis Sofie Tolmeijer

(The layout is wrong in this program due to copy past from word) 1         DREAM & PROBLEM Science, in all its forms, has in recent years invaded the courtroom to an unparalleled extent (Rakoff, 2008). To handle this new information, a new manual on scientific evidence appeared in the courtroom for the first time in 1994 […] Continue reading →

Final thesis Lorijn van der Spek

1 DREAM and PROBLEM statements   1.1 A short introduction based on Rakoff’s ‘Science and the Law’   As Jed S. Rakoff said in his Timbers’ lecture, science is increasingly important in the courtroom. It has ‘invaded the courtroom to an unparalleled extent’, however, since science and law are so different in all aspects, whether […] Continue reading →

Draft Thesis (Charlie Pieterman)

Hidden Controversies: how the judicial system is to solve scientific disputes Part I Introduction More knowledge, more evidence Throughout the whole of society, science is seen as a fact generator. All models, theories and paradigms that arise from science are used by science, industry and society for the benefit of all. A probably less obvious […] Continue reading →

DRAFT Thesis DREAM & PROBLEM statements The Lucia de B. case has been stated as the biggest miscarriage of justice in the Netherlands. Because of others, driven by the certainty that Lucia was innoncent and a victim of this gross miscarriage, the case was reopent by the supreme court of the Netherlands as new (or some might say old) […] Continue reading →

Draft thesis

Section 1: Dream and problem statement As a nurse, doctor or other employee in the health care, you have a huge responsibility, namely the responsibility for  someone else’s life. This big responsibility comes with a big vulnerability too. Because; what if someone dies on your watch? Is that your fault or not? Where is the […] Continue reading →

Thesis by Liz Lieverse

Link to pdf Dream & Problem In our society, multiple disciplines continuously work together to solve various problems. In order for various political policies to be applied, various types of research will have formed a fundamental base and will have proven these policies are actually useful. Treatment policies for mental illness combine knowledge of both […] Continue reading →

Thesis (4685 words)

Thesis by Tahira Nakchedi (4685 words) Paragraph 1 Introduction into the problem at hand and the dream solution: As an introduction into science and law I have provided a brief summary of Rakoff[i] .Science and law have become inseparable due to the fact that scientific methods aid in lawsuits. Whether it be DNA tests or […] Continue reading →

Draft Thesis – Jordy Steltman

DRAFT THESIS – 1605 WORDS Dream and Problem statements Dreams contributes to the solution of a problem. Although there are many differences in the cultures jurisprudence, engineering (science), social science and economics, for which the terms α, β, γ and δ are used,  in every culture are ideas about what they stand for. Beside this, […] Continue reading →

3.1 Sofie Tolmeijer

3.1 Beta-Alfa In the Lucia de Berk case many things went wrong. One of the mean things that was wrong interpreted was the statistics. First the Juliana Children hospital calculated the probability that is was a coincidence that during a work shift of Lucia de Berk there was an incident. – An ‘incident’ in this […] Continue reading →

Summary 1.2.c – Jordy Steltman

[1.2] Summaries of the reading materials [descriptive & wrt aim] 1.2.c Kaye & Sensabaugh (DNA Identification evidence) [Manuals] Nowadays DNA identification is an important tool of evidence in court. According to D.H. Kaye and G. Sensabaugh the courts should examine in passing on the admissibility of novel DNA evidence. They argue that some understanding of […] Continue reading →

1.2.d summary Kaye and Freedman (211-302)

  Introduction This reference guide describes the elements of statistical reasoning. Admissibility and Weight Statistical studies will generally be admissible under the Federal Rule of Statistics. Sometimes a study may not fit, however, often the battle over evidence concerns weight or sufficiency. Varieties and Limits of Statistical Expertise Statistics has three subfields: probability theory, theoretical […] Continue reading →

Example video on LyX (Experimental)

Here is an example video [my browser does not show the video when activated in WordPress to see. If required (until I have mended things), just download the mp4 file behind the link and play locally], a first particle of introducing LyX to an imagined newbee. I made it after the first meeting, with the […] Continue reading →

1.1.h The final ‘uitspraak van gerechtshof Arnhem’

NB    I hadn’t realized that this resume very probably needed to be in English. I will adapt this ASAP. Arrest Gerechtshof Arnhem Sector strafrecht   Parketnummer:               21-004292-08 Uitspraak d.d.:  14 april 2010 TEGENSPRAAK Arrest van de meervoudige kamer voor strafzaken, gewezen na verwijzing van de zaak door de Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, op de […] Continue reading →


2.2 Beta-Beta In the Lucia de Berk case something went wrong in de medical branch of science. The passing of baby Amber was first described as a natural death. A doctor that was present at that time wrote this down. But later the hospital changed this to an unsuspected and inexplicable death. More medical dossiers […] Continue reading →

H3 – alfa/beta

Motivation According to the case about Lucia de B, I  choose to describe the alfa-beta part of the story. This because as a doctor, you are always vulnerable to do something wrong or for making mistakes. I would like to find out what your rights are as a doctor and what you can do to […] Continue reading →

H2- gamma gamma

  Motivation What I would like to describe is the gamma gamma part, because I don’t know a lot of this subject. That’s why I think this will be very interesting for me to study and it will broaden my knowledge. Gamma gamma are the ones that study social appearances, anthropology and psychology. From my […] Continue reading →

Summary [1.2b]

Berger described the Dauber trilogy and its impact to eventually demonstrate issues that judges encounter and have to resolve. Determining whether scientific evidence is admissible federal circuits refer to the dauber decision Goodstein described that the  role of scientific proof has been the subject of discussion. More precisely, judges these days have to decide whether […] Continue reading →

Summary [1.1j]

[1.1 j] By analysing the institutional network functional-formal dependencies have been clarified in order to understand the actors  (agents) in the case of Lucia de Berk . However, a very essential part of this extraordinary case is the non-formal but yet influential relationships, which might have been the reason of the disastrous outcome. Lucia van […] Continue reading →

Summary 1.1b

Lucia’s case summary Lucia’s defence argued that in the event of an unexpected death or a sudden life-threatening incident one can not simply assume or conclude that the cause is unnatural if a natural cause can not be found or if the event does not fit the illness of the patient. The prosecutors and even […] Continue reading →

1.1a: De eerste aanleg

The ‘eerste aanleg’ took place at the 24th of march, 2003. The suspect is charged with thirteen murders and five attempts to murder,  of patients who stayed in four hospitals in the Hague (namely Leyenburg, Rode Kruis hospital, Juliana childhospital and the Penitentiair hospital). The inducement for the start of the investigation was at September […] Continue reading →

Summary 1.2j

Summary of ‘Evolutionary dynamics of cooperation’ The writer explains five basic principles for the evolution of cooperation. For cooperation a donor must pay a cost, c, for a recipient to get a benefit, b. The first described mechanism is kin selection. It is assumed a donor will be more willing to act altruistic for relatives […] Continue reading →

γγ & γβ

γγ In order to understand the interdisciplinary conflicts, one needs to understand the 4 disciplines first. I wanted to write about the γ discipline, that of social sciences. Though my background lies in the β discipline (engineering-, or in this case, medical science), my reason for taking this course was to learn more about other […] Continue reading →

Summary 1.1d en summary 1.2h

(1.1d)Summary of The “conclusie AG Fokkens eerste cassatie” t/m overweging 82: It starts with the initial charge against Lucia de B, which is that she had deliberately taken multiple lives and had attempted to take multiple lives in the Juliana Children’s hospital. The charge was filed when one of the other nurses noticed that children […] Continue reading →

Summary 1f: Grimberger Report

Summary of The Grimberger report Is it correct that only (possibly) inexplicable or suspect deaths that Mrs. de B was possibly involved in were investigated and that other deaths, of which it was established that she was certainly not involved in them, were set aside as irrelevant? In the hospital Juliana Kinderziekenhuis, two deaths occurred […] Continue reading →

Summary 2f: Reference guide on Engineering

What is engineering? Engineering is not just applied science. In engineering, some methods that are used by scientists are used by engineers as well. But in general, engineering is the designing and building of a product. This product is intended to solve a (societal) problem. In order to design and build the solution, the engineer […] Continue reading →

Book contributions: 1.1.c & 1.2.i

Lucia’s case summary Victim 4, a comatose young boy, was diagnosed to be in a ‘stable yet unfavourable’ condition on the day of his death. The defense stated that there were many possible medically explainable causes of death, but because the boy didn’t experience any pathological symptoms, these weren’t investigated. The cause of death remained […] Continue reading →

Beta-Beta and Alpha-Beta

For step 2: α-β-γ-δ disciplines and cultures I would like to write about the β discipline and the debate between the fundamental and applied arm of the β culture. Fundamental science wants to understand causes and concepts and the objects and laws of fundamental science can be seen as the foundation underlying all other forms […] Continue reading →

Summary 1.1.i – Jordy Steltman

[1.1] Summary of Lucia de Berk case and its disciplinary discomforts in the form of short summary-building blocks (max 1500 words – half descriptive, half focused on disciploinary frictions) based on 1.1.i Institutional network analysis on (functional-formal) dependencies (based on blog material of week 3) In the case of Lucia de Berk there are many […] Continue reading →