July 31, 2015
There are thousands of these in science, literature and art. The most important poet of the early twentieth century writing in English, Yeats, was dismissed in Ireland for having betrayed the Georgian style of “The Lake Isle of Inisfree” for example. I know what Inis Free means from Ynys y Brwyn in Welsh, the Island of Heather. The most important novelist of the twentieth century writing in English, Joyce, was banned in Ireland for many years. They were both Civil List Pensioners (Yeats 1911, Joyce 1916). Turner was dismissed as soot and whitewash, ”
We are surprised that you did not mention Robert Browning and this stanza from Pippa Passes,
Then owls and bats
Cowls and twats
Monks and nuns in a cloister’s moods
Adjourn to the oak-stump pantry
He was under the impression that a twat was a sort of wimple. And vice versa? Perhaps sickly Elizabeth’s attraction was entirely due to a similar confusion of wimple for Wimpole. But, enough arty jocularity. We can forgive Browning a lot on the grounds that he ridiculed Uri Geller types in his Mr Sludge the Medium, and was not entirely fooled by the perpetual-motion fraudster, J.E.W.Keely.
“Jackson Pollock as a random dripper, van Gogh and Gauguin as wild beasts (le fauves), Dylan Thomas is still castigated in the Swansea area as an idle waster despite the crass commercialization of his name.”
These were all deeply unpleasant people who spent most of their lives in a drink and/or drug-induced haze. It is only their life-styles and sleazy activities which attracted attention in the first place, and it is only their deaths that make their work valuable. Their ‘work’ speaks only to investors or to those who suffer from the same character-defects.
“Science is particularly prone to dismissing new ideas out of hand, nearly every new idea has been dismissed by some contemporaries or authority, starting with Galileo and Bruno. General relativity was dismissed out of hand by the classicists.”
That is only natural. Everything has to prove its worth. In the case of the arts, it is just a matter of opinion and hype. In science, there is always recourse to experimental tests.
“ECE was subjected to a barrage of fraud and misrepresentation using the media. This has now faded away almost completely.”
It was subjected to the normal scientific process, and found decidedly wanting. If negative comment has faded away, then so has positive comment as well. Is that not rather strange? Why are all of your fans only consuming your nonsense-output and not using it in any way?
“Almost every single item of ECE and ECE2 now appears on the first page of google by using an intelligent selection of key words.”
Have you tried turning off Google’s preemptive text option? It is much more likely that ECE is at the top simply because of what you have used as search terms in previous searches.
“Only history can judge properly, and the scientometrics show how history will judge. In our times science is far more intolerant than ever before, and pseudoscience is made into mediaeval idolatry. I am sure that some of my contemporaries would have burnt me at the stake opposite Aberystwyth pier if they could. These people have been long forgotten already.”
No need to wait that long. Science has already written you off as an irrelevant wimple: that is why it is vital that you be removed from the civil list asap.