What’s Not to Like?

Scientifc, poetic and musical mind: the creative mind

August 2, 2017

I like the motto by Horst at the start of the book. ”

Jeez, Ron, don’t you recognize your own ‘epigrams’?

“He is an organist and artist as well as being a world leader in avant garde physics. ”

If his artistic expertise is anything like his physics expertise, ear-plugs and a blindfold might be useful

“Hamilton was a poet, ”

and alcoholic

“Goethe was a botanist. ”

and pederast

“Fred Hoyle was a novelist, for example “A for Andromeda”.”

and creationist … among many other cranky pursuits

“One cannot stop the march of ideas” (Victor Hugo).”

More’s the pity … given the demonstrably small percentage of good ones. By the way, Ron, where did he supposedly say that? The usual quote is, “one cannot stop an idea whose time has come”.


4 Responses to “What’s Not to Like?”

  1. Ioan Richard Says:

    A bit off topic here with apologies to Crackpotwatch. Can I raise a serious issue for discussion and investigation by genuine academics such as exist in Crackpotwatch.
    It has suddenly dawned upon me that all of Mr Evans’ pseudo deluded cranks and fraudulent jokers are all male. Is pseudo science a gender thing? Is it compensation for a lack of virulence and failure by low male hormones to progress up any reasonable genuine career ladder?
    Many females are world leaders in all fields professionally, but I’ve yet to see or hear of, or come across a female prominent pseudo scientist with abysmal mathematics driven by crazy delusions. Maybe this could become a theme for investigation Crackpotwatch. Please answer this and get investigating this gender issue of the pseudo “scientists” worldwide. Maybe the Pseudos just see women as free gardeners and cooks and washerwomen

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      There are far fewer female pseudoscientists than male ones, certainly in physics. On the other hand, given that there are also far fewer female scientists than male ones in physics, the actual percentage may be similar. Without even consulting our files, we can recall 4 or 5. Female crackpot inventors are certainly rare; we can think of only two in the perpetual-motion/antigravity game (one of them a medical [i.e. not real] doctor … and partner of a notorious £million art-fraudster). The best place to look for a definitive answer is the membership list of the Natural Philosophy Alliance and the List of Dissident Scientists. There are more anti-science (rather than pseudoscientific) females; a prominent one being Mary Midgley. Is there a female crank in the Ron style? How about:https://crackpotwatch.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/sort-of-craigcefnparc-news/ and http://www.viva-vortex.de/videos.htm

  2. Harry Hab Says:

    “Rien n’est plus puissant qu’une idée dont l’heure est venue” but perhaps our learned friend is thinking of “On résiste à l’invasion des armées, on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.” or even of such gems as “La guerre, c’est la guerre des hommes ; la paix, c’est la guerre des idées.” “Une idée fixe aboutit à la folie ou à l’héroïsme.” “Un édifice est un dogme, une machine est une idée.” “Une idée est un météore.“ among many others. The ideas Hugo has in mind here usually revolve around issues such as social (in)justice and the making of a more equitable society, etc.

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