El Naschie's sockpuppet Mark wrote on Feb. 25, 2010 @ 12:07 GMT
Two decades ago he [El Naschie] was proposed as a successor to Abdu Salam [sic. Abdus Salam, a Nobel Laureate] in Trieste [ICTP in Trieste]. Nobel Laureate David Gross went on the barricades to block this nomination.
So apparently Gross recognized El Naschie for the crackpot he is and, as a scientist, acted appropriately.
Gerard 't Hooft
Zoran Skoda wrote on November 6, 2008 10:43 PM
When Urs [referring to Urs Schreiber] visited me last month I mentioned this during the lunch and he was well aware of the nonsense papers often published there [in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals]. I contacted one influential Nobel prize winner [Gerard 't Hooft] who knows El Nashchie and told me that he can’t or does not want to do much about it, and this is not a big thing and so on. And I was informed of huge influence of that guy [El Naschie] in some middle east countries, what is not an argument which should be cited by a person of Nobel prize standing, and I feel it insulting for the decency of discussion.
Gerard 't Hooft, who sold his principles for El Naschie's lavish hospitality, must regret inviting the great man to his birthday party.
An El Naschie Watch reader called "H" is displeased with this post and by my criticism of John Baez. I'll respond here to the points he raised.
I support your mission and agree on your views on El Naschie, Ji-Huan He and Rössler. (I read some of He's papers on 'Homotopy Perturbation Method' about two years ago and I was amazed that such low-quality papers could be published.)
But the more I read this blog, the more I lose respect for you. You put words and opinions in Gerard 't Hooft and David Gross' mouths, because of some anonymous comments on the Internet?
Mark's comment about Gross was favorable, so I won't bother defending it. Zoran Skoda's comment was not anonymous. He's a real person. I quoted Skoda reporting first hand on his communication with 't Hooft. Having a Nobel in physics doesn't make whatever dumbass action you take morally defensible. In this case Skoda has principles and 't Hooft doesn't.
You don't respect John Baez' choice of letting this thing go, and call him childish things (like a Coward and a poltroon) various places on the web?
By "John Baez' choice of letting this thing go" you must mean his cravenly pulling down his El Naschie criticism at the first hint that lawyers might get involved. But John Baez is a self-styled Internet tough guy and scourge of crackpots; it may be what he's most famous for. So, yes, I concluded from my phone call with him that he's a coward. See 1. Did Baez and Distler succumb to legal threats? 2. My phone call with John Baez 3. My emails with John Baez 4. John Baez: calm, firm, unafraid, hard-knuckled.
You insult 't Hooft, by saying that he has lost his principles?
Yes. In return for favors, 't Hooft willingly lent his prestige to a man he knows is a crackpot. El Naschie and He are crackpots and impact factor frauds. Baez is a coward and a poltroon.
This blog is unmoderated; I allow anything but spam. 't Hooft, El Naschie, He, and Baez are welcome to defend themselves here, or have others defend them if they don't want to get their hands dirty. I am happy to post retractions when I have been unfair.
If you keep on behaving childish, insult established scientists and draw conclusions based on very very thin documentation, you yourself will become a crackpot. I respect your work and hope you will proceed with more professionalism, rather than like a tabloid "journalist".
This blog is respectable enough already, maybe too respectable. I have no aspirations of journalistic professionalism. I do this for fun and I tell the truth as I see it. A tabloid or scandal sheet for eggheads is a fair description of El Naschie Watch.
Your admonition not to "insult established scientists" reminds me of the discussion concerning the deletion of the Wikipedia entry on El Naschie:
insulting famous and respected people like that is punishable by law and Prof. el naschie is going to take a legal actions if you don't stop that.
't Hooft is not above criticism. I am with Skoda on that.