I found a weird and intuitively strange document that is submitted with the thesis. It is called
Propositions To accompanying a dissertation on the.....
and it is such a strange thing included, that maybe it is a cultural thing specific to Dutch academia? Its content is as follows:
To cycle up a steep hillside one needs to accumulate strength beforehand. This is a similar process to planning one’s work. Democracy is forbidden in science. Doing science is similar to the Chinese martial arts (Kungfu). Alongside learning and practice, both are capable of creating physiological or psychological disorder.
In the end, this proposition finishes with
The contention is that these propositions lend themselves to opposition and are defendable, and have been approved as such by promoter [promoter’s name] and co-promoter [co-promoter’s name].
for me, this is so strange and not understandable. Why would this be submitted with the thesis? Please, can someone explain me the meaning?