Nescient Wits

Nothing New in “New Scientist”

February 21, 2015

The basic problem of course is lack of scholarship and literature searches, so well known facts are rediscovered over and over again and presented third or fourth hand as something new by journalists who never do a literature search and who never check the scholarship. When something really new is found it is censored, but the censorship has itself been censored.”

We cannot understand why Ron does not like New Scientist. It is by far the worst popular-science magazine in the world, due to the fact that it is run by tabloid journalists and that its scientific advisers are tenth-rate. The spirit of the magazine has always been anti-science and pro-crackpot; almost every article (and often even the covers) try to give the impression that some well-established scientific law or belief is about to be overturned. We have frequently tried to persuade the rag to take an interest in Ron, but with no luck; even New Scientist has some standards it seems. Not convinced by our assessment of the magazine? Consider this: two of its scientific advisers have received Ignobel Prizes (and that is not a good thing, apart from probably being a record), another one wrote a book claiming that an alignment of the planets would cause devastation on Earth, and a fourth wrote a book claiming that AIDS is not caused by a virus. In the guise of ‘scientific openness’, the magazine promoted the early careers of Uri Geller and Rupert ‘morphic resonance’ Sheldrake. It once announced that dowsing had been proved to work by a ‘double-blind’ experimental study.The magazine was forced to retract that claim when skeptics proved that the experiments had been performed by someone working alone!  More recently, the magazine plastered a purported antigravity machine across its cover. The article was written by Justin Mullins (author of the 42nd-street paradox [actually first noted in Munchen] article mentioned by the antipodean fool). This crackpot machine (the Emdrive) was being backed by HM Government, and received some £250000 in funding. The company currently reports a £250000 deficit. That is what happens when one goes against Newton’s third law on the word of an electrical engineer. Soon after the antigravity-cover edition, the magazine promoted the lunatic antigravity  theory of Heim; a Nazi who accidentally blew his own hands off and whose ‘work’ is usually discussed only in the lunatic fringe. The latter has been enormously aided by New Scientist over the years: who else would give public access to crackpots such as Harold ‘I verified Uri Geller’ Puthoff and George ‘LENR’ Miley?

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2 Responses to “Nescient Wits”

  1. Oddjob Says:

    From his BLOG he seems to be cosying up politically to his possible new Gower Labour Member of UK Parliament. Perhaps she might put a word into the possible next Prime Minister Milliband for our Blogger to be officially appointed as a Scientific Adviser to the UK Parliament. He is so famous, he could even get the job of Chief Scientific Adviser UK. We all know how patronage of cronies plays a big part in the ethos of the UK Labour Party especially in Wales. He has experience, as for a while he claims he was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Wales Government Assembly First Minister – of course that was by self appointment – and it lasted for some time. If he can hoodwink the Palace he should find it easy to hoodwink Milliband. Go for it Moron.
    What says you Crackpotwatch?

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      Stranger things have happened: Stalin listened to the pseudoscientist Lysenko and, on his say-so, had rival (real) scientists murdered. Hitler (fortunately) put his best physicists into the army as foot-soldiers and replaced them with loonies who, for instance, tried to locate allied submarines using dowsing and tried to see allied ships by pointing telescopes at the sky (believing that we live on the inner surface of a hollow Earth). Mao put university professors to work in the fields and put peasants in their offices. Ronald Reagan took advice from an astrologer and was keen on the Star Wars Project (largely, it seems, because he once acted in a film about a death-ray). Mrs thatcher was falling under the influence of an Indian mystic just before she was ousted. Cherie Blair used to wear a crackpot electromagnetic ‘health’ device (rather like the Angelus gadget that Ron pushes). For a while, the Lib-Dems had a scientific adviser who had organised a conference on antigravity and who claimed (in a UFO magazine) that there are forests on Mars. Yes, we can well believe anything ill of politicians: psychiatrists and psychologists routinely agree that such ‘leaders’ are usually psychopaths who have (luckily) found a socially acceptable role. But even so, we have: Jeremy Thorpe (conspiracy-to-murder), John Stonehouse (enemy agent who faked his own death), etc. etc. We blame the public for putting up with it: Konrad Lorenz, the animal behaviorist, found that lobotomized fish became shoal-leaders! And that is just the politicians. What about the former Comptroller of HM Navy who was convinced (by a suspected CIA agent, and patentee of a gyroscopic antigravity machine) that the fleet could be powered by seawater! Ron would fit in perfectly.

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