We are a service provider for "knowledge management at the highest possible level".
The "highest possible level" can be objectively defined for each task. Working at this level requires seriousness by all of those involved, a real interest in knowledge and: impartiality. We work according to the principle "sine ira et studio" ("without anger and doubt") and as complete as necessary to clarify the respective questions.
What we do - and why
WHAT: We observe and document completely, create "secure knowledge" and make it available to clients. We present everything that was, is and could be constitutive for topics, processes, etc. in the future.
WHY: The present abundance of "information" is often misunderstood as "knowledge gain". This alone shows that the knowledge of criteria for evaluating information is not good. W+D GmbH performs the function of a pilot leading through dangerous terrain. Information always has an origin, originates from "existing or past circumstances, incidents, occurrences, relationships or conditions". Each "information" consists of more than the sensually perceptible "external facts". Why something happened is justified by the fact that "inner facts" had led to it. If the respective "motives and intentions of action" are not determined, a process - from our point of view - is not sufficiently documented. This can have fatal consequences, and this is something that others have already described many years ago - see the following sections "We Amuse ourselves to death" and "Bullshit".
So that no false impression is created: W+D GmbH is not "against" modern technologies. More than 30 years ago, we ourselves were involved in the development of such systems. From the approaches taken at that time, we have developed procedures that enable error-free analyses of even very complex processes. We use techniques and procedures for meaningful tasks, always rational.
This distinguishes us fundamentally from the vast majority of internet and social media users. We do not assume that "information" as such constitutes an "undeniable blessing","promotes happiness, freedom, peace, social well-being, justice". On the contrary, from our point of view, people today are as gullible as they were in the Middle Ages. We accept Neil Postman's assessment:"In the Middle Ages, people believed in the authority of religion with unshakable steadfastness. Today, with unshakable steadfastness, we believe in the authority of our science." (Postman, The Technopol, 1991).
"We amuse ourselves to death"
In his book "We Amuse ourselves to death / Formation of judgement in the age of the entertainment industry", Postman 1985 had already described that technical inventions (telegraphy) had raised "trivialities to the rank of news", forming "cycles of unconsciousness". An irrelevant opinion would comment on an other irrelevant opinion. Floods of "information" would led to "information chaos" and inevitably to the dulling of the people.
Today it is already history that the creation and maintenance of "cycles of unconsciousness" was and is one of the most successful business models worldwide! The inflationary spread of "social media" and the often uninhibited use of technical tools such as smartphones seems to have led many people to a total loss of communicative skills.
Anyone who has to deal with the Internet and "social media" on a professional level should familiarize themselves with concepts and discussions about "bullshit".
The book "Bullshit" by the American professor of philosophy Harry G. Frankfurt was published in 2005. He describes, among other things, "humbug","lies", differences between a "man who lies" and a "lying man". The proliferation of "bullshit" has deeper causes in "various forms of scepticism that denies us the possibility of reliable access to objective reality and claims that, in the end, we can't even see how things really are".
If something triggers "shit storms", sometimes tens of thousands of users of "social media" express themselves in a strange way, then such should be registered. Of course, it could be determined whether a certain "shit-storm" actually existed or whether its existence was a "Bullshit"construct.
What is much more serious and will have consequences for society as a whole is: "Bullshit" has become a or even "the" main design element of "science". Every day, several thousand studies appear in the field of "life sciences". Most people lack any kind
"Bullshit"-production: a prospering business
Thousands of journals offer "bullshitters" the possibility to spread their secretions unfiltered. Some "publishers", which often consist of just a few people, publish hundreds of journals with fancy titles and additions such as "International","Global". Anyone who pays for it can publish. Practically speaking, this is (many times) fraud, the "publishers" are collecting money.
The situation is so dramatic that in December 2017 the "International Committee of Medical Journal Editors" ("ICMJE") issued a new version of its "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholary Work in Medical Journals" and warned urgently against such "predatory" or "pseudo-journals". Researchers should avoid sending manuscripts to such "plundering" journals. Every scientist should review the integrity, history, practice and reputation of journals.
The fact that thousands of fraud journals exist is also due to the fact that there is an enormous need to advertise products and other things (also: procedures, ideologies) as "scientifically documented". Mentioning a "study" works like a magic word that opens doors to disseminators in the media. Fraud journals are also used to present alleged results of government and/or internationally funded research projects. State support is often used for projects that are not even "serious" in their approach, but are "politically desirable". Not infrequently, government clients even pay the fees that "pseudo-journals" charge for the publication of bullshit studies.
In our opinion,"Bullshitter" and its supporters are antisocial and damage the community / society. They do something that sincere people would never do, i. e. to proclaim what they do not believe to be true.
Lastly on the ICMJE and its new version of the recommendations: ICMJE has published a list of 3802 journals, which declare by themselves they would follow the recommendations. This should, at best, be understood as a declaration of intent, not as proof, that it is not a fraudulent journal.
Example "Bullshit": A dog as publisher
May 2017: Dr. Olivia Doll has an impressive curriculum vitae. She is a Senior Lecturer at Subiaco College of Veterinary Medicine, has a doctorate in "rabbit studies" and a bachelor's degree in "animal studies". In addition, she is a member of seven international editorial boards of renowned scientific publications, including among others: "EC Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine", the "Journal of Tobacco Stimulated Diseases" and the "Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Disorders".
still requires to diclose: Dr. Olivia Doll is a dog, exactly: a
five-year Statfordshireterrier owned by Professor Mike Daube from
Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
When this text is drafted, January 13, 2018, i. e. almost 7 months after her "unmasking" as a dog, the supposed scientist is still considered to be an editor of two journals; screenshots:
Prof. Frankfurt would not be surprised. He had formulated "The bull shitter simply disregards the authority of the truth. That's why bullshit is a greater enemy of truth than lies."
Bullshit-driven campaigns against "gene technology" and "Glyphosate"
W+D GmbH published for the first time comprehensive information about
the background of the "Gene Technology"-campaigns; the
article was printed in "Deutsches Ärzteblatt".
Publisher of "Deutsches Ärzteblatt" are the "Bundesärztekammer" and the "Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung", so the magazine is comparable with JAMA.
Link to the article: original printed version; transcription and translation: format html format pdf
Translation of the REFEREBCES in the original 1997-wording: html, pdf
Remarkable: 20 years later the specific "gene technolgy-bullshit" is still going strong. And the same persons directing the campaigns can be found in same positions.
In the introduction to his book "Amusing Ourselves to Death. Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" Postman compares visions of George Orwell ("1984") and Aldeous Huxley (novel:"Brave New World", published in 1932):
"Orwell warns of the suppression by an external power. In Huxley's vision, on the other hand, no big brother is needed to deprive people of their autonomy, insight and history. He reckoned with the possibility that people would begin to love their suppression and worship technologies that would destroy their ability to think."
W+D GmbH has compiled quotations from "Beautiful New World" in a "Photo Calendar 2018". The calendar can be downloaded here free of charge and used in the sense of "fair use". German version / English version.
In addition to the (above briefly described) documentation "Campaigns against "Genetic Engineering" and "Glyphosate" you will find here: Documentary on Neil Postman and the American philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt and his publication "Bullshit" published in 2005 and historical treatises on professors.
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