The Dutch Society against Quackery (VtdK) is cross with Wageningen's Studium Generale.
‘That we promote pseudoscience is utter nonsense', responded Rob van Haarlem, who organized the lectures. ‘Studium Generale offers a platform to scientific and societal developments of all kinds. Biophysical medicine is based on a number of theories drawn from scientific research, such as the effect of bio-photons and electromagnetic radiation.'
Biophysical medicine is a movement that is beyond the bounds of conventional science, admits spokesman Simon Vink on behalf of the executive board. ‘And you won't find it in the research or educational programmes at Wageningen UR. But these sorts of ideas are knocking around in our society. So it is only right that Studium Generale organizes a discussion about it. That is the role they should play. There is scope for it, and it fits in the context of a university. Studium Generale makes no value judgements, but draws attention to the issue. That is not the same as promoting something: they are not legitimizing the movement.' The series had ended now anyway; the last lecture was last Tuesday.