[extropy-chat] Elvis Sightings
John K Clark
jonkc at att.net
Tue Jan 23 17:21:47 UTC 2007
"The Avantguardian" <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com>
> Gregor Mendel's work was also highly criticized, ridiculed,
> and essentially ignored for almost forty years.
Pons and Fleischmann were not ignored, far far from it! They were a
sensation, for a while. Thousands of researchers tried to duplicate their
results and thousands failed to do so.
And remember, at the same time that Mendel wrote his paper Bernie Applebaum
also wrote a scientific article; it was ignored at the time and it's ignored
today. That's why Bernie Applebaum is not one of the scientific Olympians.
Ben Goertzel <ben at goertzel.org>
> This is not extremely high or anything, but nor is it disastrously low;
> it is higher than plenty of other respectable science journals
And there is not a doubt in my mind that the reputation of
"Electroanalytical Chemistry" would be considerably higher if it had not
published Pons and Fleischmann's article.
> Anyway, judging a piece of science by the fame of the journal it's
> published in is really not very sensible.
That statement is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous! When I read an article
in Science or Nature I tend to think it's probably true, even if I have not
personally duplicated the experiment. I make no such assumption when I read
in the National Enquirer that a statue of Elvis has been found on Mars.
John K Clark
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