Wednesday, April 7, 2010

FQXi news

The FQXi-395 thread about El Naschie, which we archive here and here has been silent for a couple of days, which is very unusual.


That's probably because the usual suspects are distracted by other goings-on at FQXi.

One is that FQXi has announced it's awarding $2,000,000 in grants for research on Time and Foundations.

The other is the new E8 theory disproved? thread started by Garrett Lisi, which with our naming convention we should call FQXi-627. The usual suspects like Steve Dufourny, Ray Munroe, T H Ray, et al, have settled in comfortably there. Martin mentioned to me that Lisi isn't widely known in Germany. Maybe he's Hawaii's answer to Egypt's Great Man, I don't know. On FQXi-627 I am amused to see that Luboš Motl has shown up to serve scorn and ridicule. To Lisi he writes

Luboš Motl wrote on Apr. 2, 2010 @ 12:40 GMT
...Nothing about your theory has ever worked, not even the most elementary tests. You may have gotten excited but that's because you don't have the slightest clue about high-energy physics... your paper has never been about physics but about a surfer dude who wants to impress other people who have no idea about physics... It's clear that the people who have no idea about physics and who find it "cool" for a surfer dude to find a theory of everything and to beat the boring non-surfing "professional physicists" will continue to believe that a new genius is being discriminated against, while those who understand that your paper is flapdoodle won't read Distler and Garibaldi's reply, either. So they've manipulated themselves into the role of an appendix of a crank.


and

Luboš Motl wrote on Apr. 2, 2010 @ 12:51 GMT
...What you write is just complete nonsense. You can't get gravity from a gauge group in the bulk, you can't get fermions, you can't get chirality, you can't get renormalizability (of gravity), you can't get anything that matters in high-energy physics. You can only be excited about this rubbish if you're on crack.


Don't be shy, Luboš. Tell him what you really think.

Oh, here's another possible reason for the Naschie Party's silence on FQXi-395. They complained to the Admin about three posts (Jason on Apr. 3, 2010 @ 12:29 GMT; Jason on Apr. 3, 2010 @ 19:13 GMT; and Anonymous on Apr. 4, 2010 @ 05:50 GMT) critical of the Great Man, but he declined to delete them. They may be sulking.


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