Dealing with the Only Civil-List Pseudoscientist … Ever

Dealing with Harassers

June 27, 2015

To Mr Byron Davies M. P. Gower It is up to the police of course to find the hate blog harassers, you have plenty of clues and leads by now and something must be done about trolls. I would like them prosectued to the full extent of the law, and probably, so does Rt. Hon. Alun Michael, a former Minister as you know.”

It is of course up to scientists, and especially physicists, to decide what is harassment and what is fair scientific comment on the activities of someone who daily brings a valued accolade, and the reputation of Welsh academia, into disrepute. We would like an inquiry to be made – by a panel of relevant academics – into whether a petition should be made to HM Queen Elizabeth to remove this honour from someone who has does nothing but bring shame upon it. 

“Ioan Richard and Phil Owen are two know harassers and are not above the law. ”

They have done their best to bring this fiasco to public attention, but are crippled by not understanding the scientific issues involved. On the other hand, one does not have to be an expert to know that perpetual-motion and antigravity are impossible and that only confidence-tricksters claim to have achieved them. Evans is associated with several of these fraudsters, and praises others. He is also on record as believing that the Bessler Wheel, perhaps the most notorious fake perpetual-motion machine in history, was a feasible device. This claim alone marks him out as being a pseudoscientist of the first water.

“Scientists worldwide have been totally ignoring the hate blog for two or three years, we know this from our famous scientometrics (UFT307 on www.aias.us and a book I have just published).”

Scientists have also been totally ignoring Evans and his deceptive websites. Scientometrics was established as a means of measuring the impact of a scientist’s work. Unscrupulous ‘scientists’ (usually in third-world countries) have undermined the concept by packing their papers with references to their own work. Efforts are being made to weed out such crooked activities. A notable feature of Evans’ ECE ‘work’, in particular, is that nearly 100% of references to it are made by Evans and his associates. Realizing finally how embarrassing that is, he has now invented his own form of ‘scientometrics’; a form unused by anyone else. He simply counts every visit to his blog or websites as indicating complete acceptance of his work. Even then, he has to filter-out 98% of this data because it does not fit his needs; with the visitors known to be arriving from gambling, pornographic, pseudoscientific or other dubious websites. The ‘consultations’ represented by the remaining 2% are also meaningless, because the motives of the visitors cannot be known. If several visits from different places happen to coincide, Evans then concludes that this was a ‘conference’ being held on his ‘work’.  One does not have to be a scientist to appreciate how ludicrous these claims are. Even if his personal version of scientometrics were accurate, it would not explain why everybody else in the world had spontaneously decided to stop citing his work.

“Ioan has harassed me for years in many strange ways, for example he wrote to the publishers of volume one of my autobiography, and the hate blog has e mailed everyone, including my Norman ancestor Payne de Turbeville, known as y cythrael, the devil himself, all with no effect. They bounced off the Treasury when they tried to get my Civil List Pension removed. ”

We cannot comment on the activities of Mr Richard, but we have never exploited the ‘private’ e-mail lists which Evans so freely displays on his blog; an activity which probably infringes the Data Protection Act. Nor have we ever spoken by telephone or written letters to Evans or his pseudoscientist friends. We leave it to the likes of Evans to try to use street-level harassment and scientifically irrelevant external organs to try to win a scientific argument. If he wishes to prove us wrong scientifically, all that he has to do is to present his theories for publication by a reputable scientific journal. He will not do this because he knows that the nariest expert will reject his calculations. He will claim bias, incompetence and closed-mindedness on their part. That has always been the mark of the pseudoscientist: consult the criteria established by Langmuir and many others. 

“My distant cousin Elizabeth II would not have been amused if she heard of it. ”

Leaving side the obvious fact that everybody is a ‘distant cousin’ of some celebrity, we can only say – with the greatest respect – that HM is not qualified to judge the scientific merits and has obviously been badly misinformed/misled by her advisers. Nobody who is aware of the esteem paid to this honour by previous royal benefactors and by fellow scientists, can be insensitive to the harm done by having it brandished almost daily in support of the very sort of nonsense that Faraday, in particular, despised.

“The Civil List Pension is a high honour and Crown and Parliament must not be brought into contempt. ”

That is entirely the point, but there is no contempt involved apart from that which Evans exhibits for proper scientific process, established facts and decorum. Again, we call for a panel of eminent scientists in relevant disciplines to be consulted on this important matter. We shall abide by their decision, but it is unlikely that Evans will.

“Of course no one would bother her with the rantings of a demented troll. ”

But we would. There is, for instance, a troll who frequently calls for CERN to be closed down and who insults world-famous scientists like Hawking. He has been interviewed by a rabidly anti-semitic American ‘shock-jock’ and made no effort to correct what one of his followers had claimed when interviewed previously on the same show.  The acolyte had claimed that Einstein had been established, as a tool of oil-interests, to undermine the efforts of the crackpot, Nikola Tesla. The follower, Jackson, also claimed that Einstein had supplied information to the National Socialist Party which allowed them to build antigravity aircraft. This tool of Evans is obviously demented, but we cannot accuse Evans of being similarly afflicted because he has a medical certificate. We prefer not to speculate on why a sane person needs a certificate to that effect. 

“The point is that trolls are common criminals, and are not above the law.”

The pointing out of universally accepted facts in a non-obscene, non-threatening and – indeed – humorous manner is not trolling. On the other hand, we have lost count of the number of times that Evans has intimated what various famous rugby-players and boxers would do to trolls if he were able to point them out to said sportsmen. Some people might call those ‘death threats’. 

“I have been politically critical of Ioan for years, when he committed the common assault on me I just asked him in Welsh if he was feeling well. The middle of the road seems to be the only place in which he can try to debate. He drew his mobile immediately and threatened to report me to the police because I was carrying a small walking stick which I use to fend off dogs which people never seem to be able to control around here. I have not seen him since, neither has any one else as far as I know.”

Again we cannot comment, except to point out that reasonable people who live in small villages have long since learned to ‘rub along’ together and not to make themselves obnoxious to their neighbours by, for instance, trying to ‘lord it’ over them.

“I am all in favour of getting rid of turbines and bringing employment to Mawr. I have plans to invest in the real Welsh speaking Mawr via my Newlands Family Trust.”

Does that include the £2M that you hope to get for your waste paper? It is a well-attested observation that Welshmen who make a lot of money usually leave Wales ‘on the next bus’.

“This can only happen when Ioan finally retires (he is now 71 with a bad heart) or is voted out, and when Phil Owen resigns or is politely asked to leave.”

It sounds as if you are wishing those people ill. How enlightened.

“I am a fluent Welsh speaker, was born in this house, and know the real people of Mawr better than anyone. These include real Welsh speaking coal miners. ”

And, indeed, they know you.

“Scientists worldwide will now realize that this boring hate blog is written by a few local hicks with an infinite grudge to grind.”

To our chagrin, scientists worldwide do not take any interest in this blog (which you usually claim never to read). On the bright side, this lack of interest is due entirely to the fact that they do not take any interest in your work either. That is why we do not bother to tear your mathematics apart on a daily basis. Real scientists would not need such a demonstration, and non-scientists would not understand it. You would fool many more people if you distanced yourself from clowns like Hill, Searl, Jackson, etc. We are concerned only with the damage that you do to the Civil List, and to any young students who might be misled by your example. As for being ‘local’, you yourself claimed to have tracked it to other countries.

“Their knowledge of my work is zero, unlike the rest of the world by the millions, literally. ”

With half of us being obsessively skeptical physicists, your ‘work’ is all too familiar to us. It will be a great relief when you are publicly outed as a pseudoscientist and we can get on fully with our many other interests.

We do not interest ourselves in (literally) pedestrian matters, but those who are wise in the husbandry of public money know of the concept of cost-efficiency. Perhaps if you furnished the local council with figures on the numbers of dead and injured scattered around your house yearly by traffic accidents, it might have a firmer grip on what traffic-calming measures are worthwhile. It might otherwise look as if you are trying to get special privileges for yourself by ‘lording it’.

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3 Responses to “Dealing with the Only Civil-List Pseudoscientist … Ever”

  1. COUNCILLOR IOAN RICHARD Says:

    How can anyone respond to such a long, long list of deranged delusions? If anyone has any advice, e mail me at ioan.richard@swansea.gov.uk

  2. M Monterey Says:

    I’ve finally decided that this blogful of crap is not worth the cyber-space it uses. Why? Any one or any group professing the opinion, in public, that Nikola Tesla is a “Crackpot” has a badly cracked pot. Tesla’s works continue to power this deranged “civilization” and the most advanced high-power devices used in every high-energy cyclotron, super-collider, and super-laser (for fusion experiments). It also keeps your lights on and charges your computer, cell phone, etc. You may have some good points about Evans’ theory, etc., but his theory is no more absurd than the current SM-QM myths you tout as the One True & Unfalsifiable Religion of Pop-scientism. Yet, libeling Tesla totally discredits you and your deficient knowledge. Goodbye & good luck. Sincerely

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      Of course, it would never occur to you that you are a victim of manipulation by the Tesla-freaks, would it? There is a good reason why Tesla has now become the darling of the lunatic fringe, after disappearing (and rightly so) in the 1960s. The reason is that most laymen now get their information from the internet, and the latter is firmly under the control of the scientifically ignorant. Why? Because there are more of them than there are rational scientists, and because nonsense is made freely available while reliable information is hidden behind pay-walls. If you had access to the full range of academic journals (especially those dealing with the history of science) you would soon learn that his name never appears except when appended to the coil and to the unit of measurement (even that a ‘political’ decision, rather than a scientific one). What is badly needed is a biography of Tesla, written by a physicist, rather than by journalists, electrical engineers or psychics.

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