A brief followup to our recent post about the Nature lawsuit.
I've taken a new look at our older archives From Cairo with Love and That Hard-to-Find Baez Material to review what people were thinking when the El Naschie lawsuit madness was embryonic.
Blogger Stefan of the Backreaction blog attended the 2002 Frankfurt event:
About the “Distinguished Fellowship”, that’s bit complicated, and I was not sure who actually had awarded this title to El Naschie until I read it again in the printed proceedings of the event - even though I had been there at the time.
He came to the same conclusion that El Naschie Watch did, namely that El Naschie's title was not from the University, but from the friend's organization:
Anyway, El-Nashie is indeed a “Distinguished Fellow” in Frankfurt - he was awarded this title in June 2002, and there is even a writeup of the speeches of this event (in German, as PDF). However, this “Fellowship” has not been awarded by the physics department, but by a private association.
Stefan goes on to describe an El Naschie lecture:
El-Nashie gave a talk at the physics colloquium around that time which was quite, eh, strange [ :) -Ed]. But some of the elder faculty seemed to be lured by him somehow.
The "somehow" is not mysterious to us. Pecunia non olet, they were thinking: El Naschie's money doesn't stink.
One anonymous Naschienal Socialist wrote that Nobel Laureates attended the Frankfurt event, but he doesn't say who. He is oblivious to the fact that a mere benefactor's club made El Naschie a Distinguished Fellow, and not the University:
This is going to be fun. When El Naschie was made a Distinguished Fellow it was in the University of Frankfurt in the presence of Nobel laureates, hundreds of people as well as the press. Many German and Egyptian newspapers reported the occasion with photographs taken in the University of Frankfurt. El Naschie is also a Member of the Board of Directors and he has produced certificates and letters to this effect on one of his homepages. In fact there is a photograph of him at this ceremony together with Prof. Dr. Walter Greiner which appeared in the newspaper of Frankfurt. There is only one conclusion. Either the German professor [Greiner -Ed] or the German journalist [Schiermeier -Ed] is lying. My guess, and it is only my guess, is that Nature’s reporter is lying. I think Nature has taken a huge gamble and it will be interesting to see if this is going to end with an equally huge court case.
This blindness to reality, combined with panic and impulsive anger, probably suffused El Naschie's thinking and drove him down the ill-advised lawsuit road. Imagine his lawyers in the High Court holding up poster-sized photos of the Great Man receiving a piece of paper with calligraphy, saying "See? See?" Even in England, that's a losing strategy.
It was a long time ago, but readers may recall that I charged Baez and Distler with having no balls for taking their anti El Naschie stuff down at the first hint of resistance from the Great Man's lawyers. Looking back on it, Bee of Backreaction was only slightly less craven. It's true she didn't take down her blog post, but look how she reacts to Ludwig's bullying. These are the last two comments in the Chaos, Solitons and Self-Promotion thread:
At 7:04 PM, November 30, 2008, Anonymous Ludwig said...
Please spare me the crocodile tears. I have read for days and days now what you are writing. You are heart and soul with your colleague in the trade John Baez. You knew from day one that first Prof. El Naschie has a Ph.D and second he is a Distinguished Fellow. Are you really seriously asking how I know that? Because you are both German and married and your supervisor Bee was Horst Stocker who is a student of Walter Greiner who is a friend of Mohamed El Naschie. I am sure you are going to take this comment out. You have the nerve to have a go at those who are speaking the truth about John Baez and then you leave all these untruthful comments about Prof. El Naschie. John Baez might not know the whole truth, but both of you did. It is becoming a case for the police of Frankfurt where you live.
At 7:24 PM, November 30, 2008, Blogger Bee said...
Everybody who is familiar with the blogosphere has surely noticed by now that there is something decidedly odd about this comment section. We have a large amount of anonymous and pseudoanonymous commenters who repeat suspiciously similar sounding explanations, accusations, or paranoid conspiracy theories that do not refer to anything which was actually said here. I am not even remotely interested in continuing this fruitless exchange, and - with apologies to those who actually had something substantial to say - will therefore close this comment section.
She shut down comments because it was unintersting. Yeah. Uninteresting and fruitless, yeah, that's the ticket.
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