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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 03:16 PM
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38. the point seems to be not forcing non academics out of the equation
Edited on Sun May-24-09 03:22 PM by omega minimo
"Have you ever talked to one of those people who insist that, despite them never having studied any science, their opinion on scientific concepts matter?"

The OP starts off with that. The link is to a physics institute at Stonybrook University. The guy is mocking people who come to his office and want to talk to him about physics. Is he an instructor? What's up with that? Are these students discussing theoretical physics and he's turning them into clowns for his web persona?

"This page is dedicated to the many people who have occasionally drifted into my office, or sent me e-mail, or even mailed me their books, eager to tell me about their new theory, which they know will turn all known physics on its head, even though they have only studied an infinitesimal fraction of the latter. Some of them are just ignorant or naive, but are willing to learn; this page is not about them. It is easy to distinguish the quacks; although they may seem reasonable at first, they degenerate into absurdity progressively with any conversation.

"Quacks want only to talk and not to listen. They are paranoids with delusions of grandeur: Their theory could never be wrong; therefore everyone else's must be. Eventually the true quacks make the same remarks, some version of almost all those listed below. Generally, their comments are of 3 types:"

Well, it's true. Some physics students go nuts. Having a mocking macho dick for an instructor probably doesn't help much. Even at the CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, where thinking outside the box probably goes with the territory. /

Wonder how much of the chauvinism toward certain topics is academic one upsmanship and/or woven into the fabric of science over centuries, hmmm?

A history of science would show that science has plowed under many other modes and cultures, incorporating and obliterating, much like the church has.

These prepared lists and attitudes are why so many potential discussions here crash and burn or never happen.
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