Re: [asa] Trees don't lie

From: George Murphy <GMURPHY10@neo.rr.com>
Date: Sat Mar 21 2009 - 08:00:12 EDT

The internet has already gone a long way toward legitimizing crackpot stuff.
People who, 50 years ago, would have been able to harangue only their
relatives on rainy Sunday afternoons with their ill-informed opinions &
"theories" today can get them broadcast to the whole world with pretty much
the same cachet as things published in professional journals. "Crackpot
papers will quickly not be read" - by whom? Perhaps by people knowledgeable
in the field in question but the general public is far less able to make the
necessary distinctions between something that's worthy of The Physical
Review and something in Joe Schmoe's blog.
& on environmental issues the opinions of the general populace, & the people
it elects, are as important as those of experts - if not more so.

Shalom
George
http://home.roadrunner.com/~scitheologyglm

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Morton" <glennmorton@entouch.net>
To: "William Hamilton" <willeugenehamilton@gmail.com>; <mrb22667@kansas.net>
Cc: "asa" <asa@calvin.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] Trees don't lie

> Bill asked:
> "But can you suggest an alternative?"
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> Yes, a free for all. Crackpot papers will quickly not be read. With
> today's internet, there is no need for peer review. Post the papers on the
> internet and be done with it. That way, no small minded ideologues can
> stop good things from being published.
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