A 15-year-old Welsh schoolboy with Crohn’s disease has taken on the peddler of a supposed “alternative remedy” which is, in fact, a dangerous industrial bleach. Despite initial criticism from others with Crohn’s, he is making considerable headway
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posted by penguin pie
on Oct 7, 2010 -
Remember the Sokal Hoax? In the mid 1990s, NYU professor Alan Sokal
got a deliberately ridiculous paper
in the po-mo journal Social Text
, which would have embarrassed the editors if the concept of shame weren't merely a social construct.
Now it seems that turnabout is fair play. In this week's Chronicle of Higher Education
, there's a fascinating article about two brothers -- they apparently got their physics PhDs by spouting nonsense, and even got their tripe published in peer-reviewed journals. (The article itself requires a subscription, but here
is an account by one of the players in the drama.
Even though every scientific field has bad journals and these papers are in French, which consigned them to less well-known journals, it's still a major embarrassment for physics.
posted by ptermit
on Nov 5, 2002 -
Stupid Movie Physics Tricks
discusses bad physics in movies and even rates some movies (e.g., XP - physics not from this universe) based on their faithfulness to the laws of physics. Follow that up with bad astronomy
and finish it off with bad science
in general. (OK, so the last one is more about bad meteorology, but that sucks as a soundbite.)
posted by joaquim
on Jun 19, 2002 -