Friday, February 3, 2012

AITSE on El Naschie and Rössler

The American Institute for Technology and Science Education (AITSE) whose proprietor is one Dr. Caroline Crocker, is unfamiliar to me, but it hosts this three-paragraph piece, which is relevant to our interests, and is reproduced below the fold.


Can’t Get Published? Do It Yourself!

According to a BBC article, Nature magazine is being sued by Dr. Mohamed El Naschie’s after they wrote that Dr. El Naschie’s “scientific journal” contains a disproportionate number of articles written by–Dr. El Naschie. In response to his legal actions, Nature Magazine stated that their claims were not, as the scientist claims, “despicable and defamatory,” but “true and in the public interest.” Apparently Dr. El Naschie has published 60 of his own papers in the last year, claiming that he discussed them with colleagues, but bypassed peer-review.

Professor Rössler, a friend of his, explained that Dr. El Naschie’s work is too complex and important for peer-review and that prohibiting him from publishing would be “dangerous” because “peer review delays progress in science.” Sounds like a good friend, but it does raise an interesting question. If these assertions are true (unlikely based on the fourth AITSE Bunk-Detecting Principle), what should Dr. El Naschie have done?

It is well known that the peer-review process is far from perfect. Sometimes papers that should be accepted are rejected because the ideas contained therein are new or threatening to the status quo. Sometimes papers that should be rejected are accepted because they have been submitted by a prestigious group or a friend of the editors. Much could be gained from raising the profile of the importance of integrity in science.


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4 comments:

  1. Again they call him 'Dr.' but El Naschie Watch has shown this claim cannot be verified (by finding his thesis, required for the awarding of the requisite degree).

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  2. In his Rosa Al-Youssef columns he told enough stories about his thesis adviser to convince me he actually got a PhD. And University College London, although they can't find the thesis, they do at least have a record of it.

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  3. By the way AITSE appears to be some kind of spin-off/mouthpiece for the Discovery Institute (remember the Sewell retraction from Appl. Math. Lett.?). I think they are stealthily using the El Naschie story as a segue to claiming the peer-reviewed literature (for example on genomics) cannot be trusted, therefore we have to concede that God might have designed the world in 7 days with his magic wand.

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  4. Ahh, interesting. That could be. The site struck me as oddly amateurish and poorly edited. Even their URL is implausible: http://www.americaninstitutetechnologyscienceeducation.com

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