Monday, June 21, 2010

A lovely crackpot site

Check out the amusing Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science. One thing that's funny is that in the list of members they typically have the word "Scientist" in parentheses after their names. I can't explain why that's funny, but it is.


Zahy smells crackpots there, and wonders why El Naschie hasn't won one of their awards. If readers need more evidence that it's a crank site, the Associated Institutes section has a link to a woo-woo place called the Noetic Advanced Studies Institute. Have a look and decide for yourself.

They also link to a Telesio-Einstein Academy!

This is more than I can bear. There are also Santilli-Einstein and Santilli-Galilei academies. Their Web site features this assurance

No Members of The Telesio-Galilei & Telesio-Einstein Academy of Science are Members of The Santilli-Galilei & Santilli-Einstein Academies

in case that was an issue of potential concern to you.

I agree El Naschie and Telesio-Galilei appear to be a match made in heaven. The closest connections I could find are these:

Lawrence P. Horwitz is a Telesio-Galilei member and 2008 Gold Medal Winner. He turns out to have published in El Naschie's erstwhile vanity journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals.

Diego Lucio Rapoport is another member and he's a 2010 Gold Medal Winner. A Google Scholar search shows that Rapoport has written several papers citing "Scale Relativity and Fractal Space-Time" by E-Infinity group member L. Nottale. (Correction added much later: Nottale isn't an E-infinity group member.)

There is another reason to be amazed that El Naschie hasn't been honored by these Telesio academies and doesn't seem to know about them. Sit down, and hold on to your chair: They are both located a few minutes drive from El Naschie's post office!

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5 comments:

  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column for Tuesday, June 22 is up. Inevitable unit. Arabic or English.

    El Naschie talks about being a theoretical physicist who spent twenty years specializing in unifying the fundamental forces. He mentions music, literature, poetry, and the Golden Section. He compares unifying the fundamental forces with unifying the Arab world.

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  2. > I agree El Naschie and Telesio-Galilei appear to be a match made in heaven.

    It is a mystery that he hasn't been honored. Among the "academy award" winners are many notorious loons, e.g.,
    Myron Evans and Florentin Smarandache.

    The latter is the biggest contributor to vixra.org (252 submissions) and also started his own journal
    "Progress in Physics" to promote his crackpottery. (Note postal address for journal...).

    There are many such "alternative" journals set up to promote work that is repeatedly rejected from conventional publications. It is a historical accident that CSF landed with a semi-reputable publisher that eventually passed to Elsevier through acquisition, had been picked up by the Science Citation Index early on, and hence open to gaming of impact factor (through collusion with He's journals). The rest have not been so fortunate. And it remains remarkable that it took so long for CSF malfeasance to be publicized, but perhaps there are other extant examples (in other fields?) that continue operating under the radar.

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  3. Nice links, anonymous. The Myron Evans link quotes Gerard 't Hooft, expressing mild exasperation at crackpot journal submissions on "Einstein-Cartan-Evans theory".

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  4. Anonymous:

    I don't know much about Smarandache, but I do know this much:

    1. He has a doctorate and is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Mexico.

    2. He signs his name to what he publishes.

    Both of these things set him apart from you.

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  5. Spookily, the Florentin Smarandache page has been deleted from Wikipedia! Just like... someone else's...

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