What's not to like about Mohamed El Naschie?
There are superb practitioners in any area who are awful people, are unfaithful to their wives, and have any number of character flaws. And there are fine people who are good at their jobs as well. Generally, the details of peoples personal lives are not good predictors of their professional lives. Similarly, the question of whether El Naschie has wronged me (he hasn't) may be personally interesting, but it is irrelevant to whether the assertions I make about him are true or false.
I got an email asking
Are you a private person who got into an argument with El Naschie? A faculty member at UW who got deprived of credit for some of your research? Has he wronged you in some way? Why don't you state your case clearly and concisely the way scientists usually do, and then we can judge for ourselves. In the short time spent on your blog, I could not establish why you don't like him or dedicated an entire website to criticizing a single person without giving any reasons. Your email address and signature does not give any indication of affiliation; for all I know you could just be somebody who got into a fight with him over a woman and got upset with losing her.
There is only one sentence here that has anything to do with the rightness or wrongness of my bloggery: "Why don't you state your case clearly and concisely the way scientists usually do, and then we can judge for ourselves."
I'll do my best.
The other questions are entirely irrelevant to the justness of my blog. However, people are people. They are curious. I understand, and I don't mind answering.
- I've never met El Naschie.
- Years ago I was an assistant professor at the UW.
- I have no current affiliation.
- I've never been deprived of credit for my research, afaik.
- He's never personally wronged me.
- After the UW I worked at a huge software company widely and stupidly regarded as evil. Eventually I quit. I'm taking time off and doing what amuses me.
- Discomfiting this creep amuses me. No one pays me to do it.
- We are not rivals for any woman's affections. (Too bad. It would be great for traffic.)
Now I'll explain why he's a creep, and deserving of the scorn we here at El Naschie Watch cast upon him.
But first, two non-reasons:
- Many of his papers are rambling stream-of-consciousness numerological nonsense.
- Chaos, Solitons and Fractals is a $4,520.00 per annum ripoff.
No doubt he'd rather write good papers. He just can't. That doesn't make him a creep. Nor did he as Editor-in-Chief set the price. Elsevier did that. That's not his fault, and it doesn't make him a creep.
These are the things that make him a creep deserving of all the derision this blog can dish:
- He's a hyperenlawyered bully.
- He lies about his credentials, e.g., claiming to be a full professor.
- He claims to be a great scientist deserving of a Nobel prize.
- He unloads this garbage to an uncritical Arab media and successfully hoodwinks the gullible.
- For his lack of a Nobel prize, he blames racism against Arabs; and prejudice against those named Mohamed; and against Muslims.
That last one is the most egregious. It is scapegoating. He promotes victim mentality and encourages anti-Western xenophobia among Arabs even while living his cushy gazillionaire life with homes in Alexandria... and in Surrey. It's the reason this blog uses the Arabic stylistic ornaments (faux Arabic writing in the header and Arabesque tiles on the sides) that some visitors here have objected to. It's my way of throwing the poseur's crap right back at him. It's not to offend Arabs or Muslims, many of whom know that El Naschie is a fraud: It's to offend M. S. El Naschie.
This is getting long, so I'll talk about the hamas photoshop in another post.
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