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  • Physics: Extreme stupidity or deliberate fraud?

    Is it extreme stupidity, or is it deliberate fraud?

    Why billions of dollars of your money are being wasted in order to prevent the advance of physics

    Is it extreme stupidity, or is it deliberate fraud? These are some of the major topics in modern “physics”, being worked on by the most famous “physicists”, in the most prestigious schools, being published in the journals most successful in bragging how important they are, and which are supported by billions of dollars of the taxpayer’s money. Some are listed below and details are given in the main text and far more in the books, especially the OAIU book. Physicists: extreme stupidity or deliberate fraud?

    A large number of "physicists" are working, at great cost to the taxpayer, on string theory. This requires that the dimension of space be 10 or 11. Since string theory violently disagrees with reality it is very attractive to "physicists". However it is well known that physics is possible only in dimension 3+1 (which Physicists (it seems almost all) who cannot distinguish reality from pictures used to keep the bookkeeping straight in an approximation scheme (as shown for example by all the nonsense about the energy of the vacuum) badly need professional help, obviously. Or is it all lies? What are they doing about it? Of course trying to keep it covered up so they can keep producing nonsense and wasting taxpayer money. What else could this be besides deliberate fraud?

    Academic freedom is very important in educational institutions. Is it a special privilege or is it essential for searching for truth? Much of modern "physics" is not a search for truth but a search for nonsense, for ways to avoid truth. Could those (all too few) physicists who really want to find truth be able to do so if important formation (like what they are doing is known to be wrong)is withheld from them? If the leaders of the physics community, and government officials, deliberately and knowingly suppress and destroy knowledge, don't they show contempt for academic freedom? Clearly it is a special privilege for those in power in those educational institutions that are most successful in convincing people of their importance. What is the purpose of tenure? Doesn't the behavior of the leaders of physics show that it should be abolished?

    Physicists believe quantum mechanics is nonlocal, that measuring the spin of a particle here affects the spin of a particle in another galaxy, instantaneously. Competent scientists know that if a result is strange something is being done wrong. And of course it is. Those who understand quantum mechanics know that the argument does not apply to it. What it shows is that classical physics is nonlocal. Physicists: extreme stupidity or deliberate attempt to confuse?

    There are physicists (yes there are!) who believe that gravity is weak (yes it is) because it leaks out of the universe (!), undoubtedly helping large amounts of government money to leak out of the universe with it. Physicists: severe mental illness or deliberate fraud?

    A leading belief of present-day “physicists” (leading ones!) is that our universe started when another universe (!) smashed into it, and that this might happen periodically. It seems that “physicists” to be taken seriously must act as if they are mentally ill. Or is it deliberate fraud?

    Belief (unless it is all lies) in the cosmological constant shows that physicists need high-school students to help them. Or is it deliberate fraud?

    Do physicists really believe (as their work on the cosmological constant shows) that a gravitational wave can be detected an infinitely long time before being emitted, or is all the research on the cosmological constant just fraudulent?

    Physicists (it seems almost all) who cannot distinguish reality from pictures used to keep the bookkeeping straight in an approximation scheme (as shown for example by all the nonsense about the energy of the vacuum) badly need professional help, obviously. Or is it all lies?

    These absurdities result from the same corrosive mixture of hubris and incompetence, and contempt for others, that made George Bush such an outstanding president --- outstandingly bad.

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How to determine crackpots

Posted by impunv on July 15, 2007

There are many strange ideas that are masquerading as science. How can crackpots be determined? There is a way that tells if a person is a crackpot. Someone who brags about all the great discoveries he is about to make is clearly a crackpot.  Reading what they say shows that string theorists are screaming at everyone that they are crackpots.  It is not necessary to look at string theory, which is glaringly crackpot, to tell, string theorists are screaming that they are crackpots. Of course string theory has nothing to with science, nor is it meant to. It is purely a religion (and like a religion ignores what experiment — reality — requires).

Replacing science by religion is not unusual in physics. A half century ago, for example, there was much excitement about ideas extended from dispersion relations, involving smoothness of surfaces.  Its center was at Berkeley and its leader was Geoffrey Chew. There was so much excitement that people at Berkeley asked each other “are you a member of the Chewish religion?”. That idea had no real rationale and was wrong but was not crackpot.  String theory is crackpot. That is why it lasted so much longer. It is still the leading religion of physicists.

And the problem is not only in physics. One particularly cruel example is autism, a devastating neurological disorder, now known to be due to brain abnormalities. However the experts decided that it was do to the coldness of mothers, named refrigerator mothers. The way the mothers held the baby in the first 30 seconds caused devastating abnormalities. Of course there was no evidence of this but that was unnecessary.  They were experts so qualified to decide even with no evidence at all (and, like string theorists, no matter how absurd their views). There is one thing experts know: how expert they are.

And this was particularly cruel, adding to the burden of a parent with a severely sick child the extra burden of (nonexistent) guilt. But experts responsibility is to their expertness, not to facts, not to patients, not to those with grievous misfortune, but to themselves.

And they were allowed to get away with it.

All too often experts are so proud of their expertise their heads swell up in pride so much that it causes brain damage.  This is quite clear in physics, especially with string theory, and in so many other places. Experts are dangerous.


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