Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Otto E. Rössler Omnibus of Crackpottery

All aboard!


24 November 2010

First there's an abstract for Clifford Algebra Applied to Arnold Schwarzenegger, focusing on the California governor and ex-bodybuilder.

by Walter Ratjen & Otto E. Rössler

Institut für Theoretische Chemie, Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 8, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

Abstract accepted for Tucson 2004
home Printversion enlarge March 12th, 2004

In his movie "Last Action Hero" Arnold Schwarzenegger performs in the double part of playing himself and the action movie hero "Jack Slater." Magically, the two levels of reality, everyday life and virtual reality, are exchanged when Jack Slater steps through the canvas screen into real life and Arnold Schwarzenegger disappears through the same interface into movie reality, thus gaining invulnerability and immortality. Both figures, Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as Jack Slater, feature the same mentality, i.e. they possess human consciousness and intelligence and act effectively in their environment, the real one and the virtual one, respectively. Both "persons" are deadly sure of their reality being universal, i.e. being the single one at all in existence.

Investigating into the possibility of turning that movie into reality, i.e. of creating a reality parallel to the existing one, the first concern is that this possibility would violate the law of the conservation of energy. Instead of quitting at this point, we ask if the mathematics needed to get the task accomplished is available or rather needs to be developed. In other words we ask if mathematics is complete, and if this question of completeness is decidable. Our method of studying these questions is by operationalizing them, a method that has proven so overwhelmingly useful in putting psychology on scientific grounds.

Operationalization calls for a stubborn conviction in the feasability of the task at hand, and thus we believe heuristically in the ultimate realizability of "Jack Slater." Our optimism is nourished by the non-Euclidean geometries developed by William Kingdon Clifford in an anticipation of general relativity in the 19th century. Clifford himself condensed the Clifford-Klein-spaces into his idea of "mind-stuff." This is the essence of the "Schwarzenegger phenomenon," as we would like to call the combination of intelligence and curvatured surfaces with the latter being the material substrate of the former.

This implies that the mental attractor is of a fractal and non-Euclidean nature. The attractor is conjectured to be related to the "transfinite theory of matter" proposed by elNaschi and Finkelstein (on the occasion of the recent scientific symposium held at the Center for Art and Media ("Media Lab") at Karlsruhe, Germany, in honour of elNaschi's 60th birthday.) We hypothesize a "rectification mechanism" at work in short term memory amenable to algebraic treatment in the same space-theoretic spirit. Implementing it into a computer intelligence could lead to the manipulatability of the arrow of time by the mind as a by-product. Thus, consciousness ("mental attractor"), matter ("transfinite theory"), and brain theory ("rectification mechanism") are assessed from the same realm of mathematics, non-Euclidean geometry. For J.O.R.

Sometimes I think Rössler is pulling our leg.


24 November 2010

On Achtphasen, Rössler writes in English Neophobic Appositional Science - German Relativists Try to Shrink the Planet in All Innocence.

The whole planet took the bait... Radically new scientific ideas can no longer be published... anything novel is ridiculous and despicable because “we know the rules"...

Names are not mentioned, but reading between the lines, the passage

So it is no wonder the editor of the scientific journal who had accepted the paper got fired before it went to the printer by pure coincidence.

says that El Naschie had accepted papers of Rössler for publication in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals but was fired before he could send them to print. Or perhaps that El Naschie was fired because he published Rössler's work.


24 November 2010

Rössler makes up the word "Planetocaust" to compare the LHC experiment with the holocaust:

http://www.consciousness.de/planetocaust/Planetocaust.htm

http://www.consciousness.de/chaos-rossler/

http://www.planetocaust.de/

Rössler even wrote an entry in Google's Wikipedia alternative Google Knol about it

http://knol.google.com/k/anonym/planetocaust/2o9f9po759jgf/1#

thus abusing Google Knol for his ongoing relativization of the holocaust.


27 November 2010

From Achtphasen. Rössler has a new PhD student and wants government funding for his crackpottery. Original German, Kryodynamik: Eine Revolution in der Kosmologie; or Google's English translation, Cryodynamics: A revolution in cosmology.

Rössler describes how he has been doing this relativity and statistical physics crackpot stuff since 1961 when he was 21.


29 November 2010

From Achtphasen. Original German, Antwort an Bernhard Umlauf, den ersten zum öffentlichen Dialog bereiten CERN-Verteidiger, or Google's English translation, Reply to Bernhard Umlauf, the first public dialogue to prepare CERN-defender.

With nine comments.


6 December 2010

On Achtphasen, Rössler writes in English, Merry Science Accepting a Non-Improbable Death for All.

I trembled while composing this paper.

he says.


9 December 2010

From Achtphasen. Original German, Das Gewicht des Urkilogramms, or Rössler's subsequent extended English version, The Weight of the Ur-Kilogram.

This one is by Rössler and a doctoral student of his, Dieter Fröhlich, who has currently no affiliation, even if Rössler's paper claims otherwise. Rössler writes

Bemerkung: Wir haben die Absicht, dieses einfache Paper zum Gebrauch von jederfrau auf Wikipedia zu stellen. Damit niemand mehr sagen kann, die Tübinger Resultate hätten keine experimentellen Folgen.

or, in English,

We have the intention to put this easily readable paper for use by any woman on Wikipedia. As a result, no one can claim the Tübingen results would have no experimental consequences.

Our contributor writes "Apparently, Rössler is a Wikipedia spammer now. I'm interested when he tries to submit this stuff and how long it then will take on wikipedia for Rössler's crackpot texts to be deleted. The time it takes to delete Rössler's postings seems to be a new kind of quality measure for Wikipedia."

With twelve comments following the German version. In one comment in German, Rössler explains why he does not want to formulate his models in an appropriate mathematical way but instead wants others, e.g., students and doctorates, to work out his cranky illusions precisely.

The English version contains a reference to a hitherto overlooked crackpot article by him: O.E. Rössler and C. Giannetti, “Cession, twin of action” (La cesión: hermana gemela de la acción). Arte en la era electronica (ed. by C. Giannetti), Barcelona. Associación de Cultura Temporánia L’Angelot, and Goethe-Institut Barcelona 1997, p.124


11 December 2010

The just-mentioned Rössler and Giannetti article led our contributor to an omnibus collection of references to Rössler's deranged scrawls. We have hosted it on Scribd for your edification and amusement.

View Rossler Bibliography on Scribd

This is an exciting find. Our contributor remarks

Fucking hell, this document lists 399 "publications" of Rössler in scientific journals. And from their title alone, I believe, that one can say 90% of those papers are fringe and crackpot material. It is not that the problematic papers begin at some later time. The papers are problematic since the beginning! Even the first dated couple of Rössler's papers are clearly fringe material.

If Rössler's case is ever evaluated by a commission against scientific misconduct, it is his publications that matter. And the linked PDF contains an interesting list of papers by Rössler that are not all listed in electronic archives.

A commenter on our previous Rössler post noted that the Rössler attractor is not fringe. (I used it in the graphic on that post.) The original commenter noted that "Even a blind hen sometimes finds a grain of corn." Readers may want to go back and read the resulting exchange as to how much of Rössler's early work on the brain and the origin of life is crackpottery, or should have been recognized as crackpottery at the time. Our contributor has concluded that Rössler's crackpottery began almost immediately and that his recent ravings are a continuation and elaboration.


12 December 2010

On Achtphasen, Rössler has a new post in English, Liu and Assange - Two Empty Seats in Front of the Tornado. There are three comments.


13 December 2010



On RelativKritisch, Redaktion has a new Rössler post. Original German, Der „Zerstreute Professor“ bei Stefan Raab or Google's English translation, The "absent-minded professor" at Stefan Raab. Redaktion thinks Rössler has been off his rocker for quite some time, and links to some of his earlier Rössler posts for evidence. He also embeds an amusing video, only twelve seconds long, showing Rössler standing confusedly before a flipchart. I think I embedded that very video on El Naschie Watch one time, but I don't remember in which post. In English, Rössler says in the video "This interface, eh, between the world and, eh, so to speak, yes, ah, mh, eh eh ff..."

As I add this update on December 19, the post of Redaktion has accumulated some comments. Our contributor points to numbers 8 and 11 in particular. They say that Rössler lectures before several hundred listeners in Tübingen, teaching "all sorts of nonsense", and sometimes even faculty show up.


13 December 2010

Here are seven videos from YouTube user Notepadpublishing, showing Rössler interviewed in English by Armin Albarracin.















And this is an interview of Rössler by Al-Jazeera.




13 December 2010

On Achtphasen, Rössler talks about cosmology and biogenesis. In English. Neocosmology


16 December 2010

Rössler just posted on Achtphasen a short piece in German. Open Letter to Physics Letters B: Wissenschaft durch Weglassen. Here is Google's English translation. He links disapprovingly to Search for Microscopic Black Hole Signatures at the Large Hadron Collider (PDF) by a large collaborative group. He also links to his April 18, 2008 petition to CERN (PDF), which I have re-hosted on Scribd. Here it is:

View Petition to CERN on Scribd

The list of names in the appendix is amusing. And notice that he has provided helpful signature suggestions.


17 December 2010

He now claims that there can be no gravitational potential even in low gravitational fields.

Original German, Wo liegt der Denkfehler der Alt-Relativisten mit ihrem "c ist nicht global konstant"-Glauben?; or Google's English translation, Where is the relativist fallacy of the old with their "c is not globally constant" Faith?


28 April 2010

Anil Ananthaswamy, author of The Edge of Physics; Jordan Nash, head of the High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London; and Otto Rössler are interviewed by Peter Lavelle on Cross Talk in a segment that begins credulously with "Colliding Theories: The Safety of Earth May Be at Stake".

Cross Talk staffer Yelena Khanga tells of a poll conducted in Russia. Do you think the large hadron collider threatens humankind? Yes 36%, No 31%, Don't know 33%.

Rössler says the mini black holes are dangerous on account of being created stationary with respect to the earth, unlike naturally occurring ones. And it's a conspiracy, and physicists are lying. Nobody has addresed his concerns. Nash and Ananthaswamy are annoyed.



Rössler says "A famous Nobel Prize winner is behind me". I don't know who he's talking about. Nobody asks him who he means.


19 December 2010

Otto E. Rössler challenges the scientific community with the first global scientific opinion poll. In English. But here's the whole thing:

“Are the meter sticks further down in a gravitational field elongated in proportion to the local seconds (y / n)?”
Hint: Only if they are is the speed of light (c) globally constant.

“Are all material bodies further down in a gravitational field mass-reduced in proportion with the locally generated photons (y / n)?”
Hint: Only if they are is the law of energy conservation preserved.

“Are mass-reduced, but locally seemingly unchanged, meter sticks necessarily proportionally enlarged in reality (y / n)?” Hint: Only if they are is quantum mechanics kept intact.

There are three reader comments. One points out that propositions like these are more appropriately handled with proofs than with opinion polls.


19 December 2010

In a very short post, Rössler calls attention to a pair of PDFs. Entfernungen in der Schwarzschildmetrik (Distances in the Schwarzschild metric), in German; and Gravitational Space Dilation by Richard J. Cook, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, U.S.A.

Original German Eine kleine Zusammenfasung der 'c-gleich-global-konstant-Lesart' der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, or Google's English translation A small summary of the 'c-equal-global-constant-reading' of the General Theory of Relativity.

If I recall correctly the Richard J. Cook paper has an error that's been pointed out elsewhere.

Our contributor explains about the PDFs:

"Distances in the Schwarzschild metric", is not by Rössler, but by an anonymous relativist who chose the nickname "I". The material of "I" is correct, as is the paper "Distances in the Schwarzschild metric".

The user "I" explicitly says where Rössler made his errors. He also gives an example of a correct coordinate transformation, which enables the use of a globally constant light speed. However, this coordinate transformation leaves the metric invariant, as is clearly spelled out by "I".

Now what Rössler does in his new post on "achtphasen" is, that he abuses "I"'s paper, writing that it would be correct but be in conflict with Hawking radiation. This is, however, a blatant lie. The user "I" clearly expresses, that his coordinate transformation is useless, since it leads to more complicated equations but just the same predictions as the ordinary coordinate system in which the Schwarzschild metric is generally written.

Furthermore, one should say that the material of Cook, which Rössler cites, is wrong since it is in conflict with Birkhoff's theorem.



21 December 2010

Otto Rössler has a new post on Achtphasen. It's very short. Here's the original German: Um einen Stein von der Oberfläche eines ultradichten Neutronensterns nach draußen zu bringen.... Google's English translation is quoted below in its entirety.

To get a stone from the surface of an ultra-dense neutron star to the outside... It requires the mass energy of a second similar stone. In other words, in a gravitational redshift of a mass has only half the value (and so on). This simple implication of the general relativity theory was overlooked 95 years. With dramatic consequences such as that currently the planet trembles over whether the Europeans have planted a rotten egg inside it. To prevent even greater harm, I ask again to convene on 18 April 2008 applied science security conference. And the rehabilitation of my wife and the abolition of Bologna. (For J.O.R.)


Our contributor explains the last sentence, which I did not understand: Bologna is a reference to an American style system for awarding bachelors and masters degrees, adopted in Bologna, but unpopular. His wife, Reimara Rössler, was once called "Germany's laziest professor" in a German television program. After her institute was shut down, she got a new job with a slightly different description. Professorship in Germany means that you basically can not get fired. She did not want to work. Suddenly, she worked from her home, and published some crackpot articles. After the government took notice of the fact that Rössler's wife no longer wanted to teach or do any research, the government wanted to have Raimara's salaries back. Mrs. Rössler refused to pay. The government went to court and it was decided that the Rösslers had to sell their summer residence that Reimara had inherited from her parents. Reimara was the one who first attacked Tübingen University, by comparing the Rössler couple with persecuted Jews and the Dean of the Faculty of Tübingen with a Nazi. Reimara also invented the lie that her husband Otto is a Jew. Otto at that time wrote crazy letters to the editor in the local newspaper of Tübingen. He also distributed a flyer at the academic senate of Tübingen that had the headline "the murderer university Tubingen". Rössler began to wear a badge and demonstrated every working day before the Tübingen prison against "the extermination of a professor family by the fascist University of Tübingen". Rössler's bizarre graffiti action also fell in this time frame. The letters "PUT" that he sprayed on the main lecture hall are an acronym for "pogrom university Tübingen".




Thanks to the Rössler critic who provided essentially all of this material.


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29 comments:

  1. Rössler has a new article:
    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/plasmaether/2010/12/16/otto_e_rossler_open_letter_to_physics_le

    he wants the editors of physics letters b to apologize for not having acknowledged rösslers articles

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  2. Rössler has a new comment.

    He now claims that there can be no gravitational potential even in low gravitational fields:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/plasmaether/2010/12/17/wo_liegt_der_denkfehler_der_alt_relativi

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  3. Excellent. Thank you.

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  4. new rössler video where he is confrontet with a real particle physicist:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtDgpr0nPS4

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  5. Good one. I have added it.

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  6. two new rössler articles:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/plasmaether/2010/12/19/otto_e_rossler_challenges_the_scientific

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/plasmaether/2010/12/19/eine_kleine_zusammenfasung_der_c_gleich_

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  7. sorry, the second link is:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/2010/12/19/p1895

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  8. Jason, the paper

    "Distances in the Schwarzschild metric", is not by Rössler, but by an anonymous relativist who chosed the nickname "I". The material of "I" is correct, as is the paper "Distances in the Schwarzschild metric"

    The user "I" explicitely says, where rössler made his errors. He also gives an example of a correct coordinate transformation, which enables the use of a globally constant light speed. However, this coordinate transformation leaves the metric invariant, as is clearly spelled out by "I".

    Now what rössler does in his new post on "achtphasen" is, that he abuses "I"'s paper, writing that it would be correct but be in conflict with hawking radiation. This is, however, a blatant lie. The user "I" clearly expresses, that his coordinate transformation is useless, since it leads to more complicated equations but just the same predictions as the ordinary coordinate system in which the Schwarzschild metrik is generally written.

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  9. Furthermore, one should say that the material of cook, which rössler cites, is wrong since it is in conflict with Birkhoff's theorem.

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  10. Here is an interesting comment on relativ kritisch:
    http://www.relativ-kritisch.net/blog/lhc-widerstand/otto-e-rossler-der-%E2%80%9Ezerstreute-professor%E2%80%9C-bei-stefan-raab/comment-page-1#comment-1169

    quote:
    Eine Quelle für die Besucherzahlen habe ich nicht, aber ich war mal bei einer Ring-Vorlesung (offiziell sollte es um Symmetrien in der Chemie gehen, in Wirklichkeit hat Rössler dann allerlei Unfug erzählt, angereichert mit vielen Anekdoten über bekannte Wissenschaftler, denen er irgendwann mal begegnet ist) mit mehreren hundert Zuhörern.
    end quote.

    Translation:
    I do not have a source for the numbers of listeners, but once in a time, I was in some lecture. Officially, this lecture was on symmetries in chemistry.

    In reality, however, Rössler told all sorts of nonsense, enriched with many anecdotes about well known scientists who Rössler has met someday in his life. The lecture of Rössler had some hundreds of listeners.

    In comment
    http://www.relativ-kritisch.net/blog/lhc-widerstand/otto-e-rossler-der-%E2%80%9Ezerstreute-professor%E2%80%9C-bei-stefan-raab/comment-page-1#comment-1166

    the same user says that in the lecture in question was held by Rössler and took place at the university of Tübingen.

    the commenter also says that even some academic members of the university listened to Otto Rössle who was teaching all sorts of nonsense.

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  11. here are two interesting comments on relativ kritisch. They say that rössler lectures before several hundreds of listeners in Tübingen, teaching, according to the commenter "all sorts of nonsense", and sometimes even academic members of the university show up in Rösslers lectures:

    http://www.relativ-kritisch.net/blog/lhc-widerstand/otto-e-rossler-der-%E%80%9Ezerstreute-professor%E2%80%9C-bei-stefan-raab/comment-page-1#comment-1169


    http://www.relativ-kritisch.net/blog/lhc-widerstand/otto-e-rossler-der-%E2%80%9Ezerstreute-professor%E2%80%9C-bei-stefan-raab/comment-page-1#comment-1166

    And Jason: As the software again has deleted my comment: Can you please switch to wordpress? They also host blogs for free....

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  12. It is comment 11 and 8 under:

    http://www.relativ-kritisch.net/blog/lhc-widerstand/otto-e-rossler-der-%E2%80%9Ezerstreute-professor%E2%80%9C-bei-stefan-raab

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  13. I have updated the Redaktion post above. As for Wordpress, switching is not to be done casually. Wordpress has comment-tossing bugs of its own. There are horror stories here:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/problems-with-akismet-1

    There's a comparison chart

    http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html

    that makes me think I'd have to give up buttons on my masthead. Those buttons get a LOT of use. Note that I have not enabled the links in this comment. That seems to help, and may be the best solution for the moment. I will investigate the Wordpress switch possibility more fully.

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  14. http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2008/06/blogger-wordpress-debate.html

    says that Statcounter support for Wordpress is much worse than for Blogger. Probably a dealbreaker, because I use the advanced features extensively, e.g., monitoring D.D. Guttenplan's visits. Everyone agrees Blogger is much more customizable, and for free. Wordpress doesn't support javascript widgets. It seems like it's for babies.

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  15. new rössler piece:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/2010/12/21/otto_e_rossler_um_einen_stein_von_der_ob

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  16. Thank you. The shortest one I have ever seen. When he says "Und die Rehabilitierung meiner Frau und die Abschaffung von Bologna." (And the rehabilitation of my wife and the abolition of Bologna.) I have no idea what he's talking about. Did his wife lose her job? Is he referring to the Italian city of Bologna?

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  17. His wife, Reimara Rössler, was once called "german's laziest professor" in a german television programm. After her insttitute was shut down, she got (professorship in germany means that you basically can not get fired) a new job with a slightly different descriptio, she did not want to work. Suddenly, she worked from her home, and published some crackpot articles. After the government took notice of the fact, that Rössler's wife did no longer want to teach or do any research, the government wanted to have Raimara's salaries back. Mrs. Rössler refused to pay. The government went to court and it was decided that the rössler's hat to sell their summer residence that reimara had inherited from her parants. Reimara was it, who first attacked the Tübingen University, by comparing the rössler couple with persecuted jews and the dean of the faculty of Tübingen with a nazi. Reimara also invented the lie, that her Husband Otto would be a jew. Otto at that time, wrote crazy letters to the editor in the local newspaper of Tübingen. He also distributed a flyer at the academic senate of Tübingen that had the headline "the murderer university Tubingen". Rössler began to wear a badge and demonstrated every working day before the Tübingen prison against "the extermination of a professor family by the fascist university of Tübingen". In this time also fell Rösslers bizarre graphitti action. The Letters put which he sprayed on the main lecture hall are an acronym for "pogrom university Tübingen".

    As to bologna: This is somewhing where most academics are against. In bologna, the minsters for education of the EU decided to adapt the american bachelor master system for university studies. This basically means for students at german universities that what was usually learned usually in 8 semesters, is now packed fully into a 6 semester bachelor. As you might now, a phd student in germany does focus solely on research. He does not have hear any lectures because all lectures needed for doing research were given in the previous diploma courses. Since the quality of research would be much lower, if phds would now have to hear lectures whilst they are doing their research, the universities decided to put almost all courses that a student has previously heared in 8 semesters into a fully packed 6 semester bachelor. This creates pressure for students and academic staff. For this reason, it is hard to find some academic member of a university, that is not against the reforms of the so called "bologna process". With this opinion, Rössler sees to have a mainstream opinion for the first time.

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  18. Great explanation, thanks.

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  19. new rössler piece:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/plasmaether/2010/12/22/otto_e_rossler_was_wurden_sie_an_meiner_

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  20. Wow, that's a magnum opus. And it already has three comments! Maybe I should start saving for the next Rössler post instead of adding to this one.

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  21. here is an archive of the shameless attacs against the dean of University Tübingen that were conducted by Reimara Rössler:

    http://www.attempto.com/index.htm

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  22. Reimara has send those letters also to the OSZE

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  23. This is an article of the news magazine "Der Spiegel", something like the german times, about Rössler and his wife:

    http://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/studium/0,1518,159237,00.html

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  24. This is one of the crackpot books by Ottos Wife:

    http://www.amazon.de/Das-Thanatosprinzip-Biologische-Grundlagen-Alterns/dp/3406426859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293086191&sr=8-1

    Apparently, some crackpots come in pairs.

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  25. new rössler post:

    http://www.achtphasen.net/index.php/2010/12/31/lampsacus_and_telemach

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  26. Thank you. I had better get started on the next Rössler post.

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