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By bob6 (Fri Oct 08, 2004 at 03:34:24 AM EST) (all tags)
Jacques Benv


A sad week for science

I found Le Monde's obituary surprising because they picture him as a misunderstood martyr scientist. Okay, I'm exaggerating, nevertheless he was a charlatan. Here's some excerpts (my translation, Le Monde's double-quotes):
Then, in contradiction with all rules of scientific publication, John Maddox, editor of the prestigious British journal [Nature], decides to "investigate" Jacques Benveniste laboratory after accepting to publish his results. Given the importance of the claimed results, investigating a laboratory wasn't such a drastic measure though.
Remark: there are no rules of scientific publication but practices; the most important quality of a paper is its traceability so one can follow back each step that leads to the results (reproducibility etc.). Here's another one:
He will even appeal to an illusionist, James Randi, who had debunked the magician Uri Geller.
Randi isn't just an illusionist, he has a purpose, but I guess he's used to discredit strategies. The the best part:
Not without courage and panache, refusing to abandon his research, Benveniste will show arrogance and a sovereign haughty attitude towards the scientific institution, who won't try to understand him or even forgive him.
I know it's not polite to speak ill of a dead person, but, for fuck sake, he was a charlatan. He's the only one to win the Ignobel twice.
Movies

The other evening we wanted to go to a movie but nothing seemed appropriate for our mood, we went to see Comme une image unconvinced. It rocks! It's easily th best script of the year, Agn
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Dark Ages: it's an anti-muslim thing by fritz the cat (6.00 / 1) #1 Fri Oct 08, 2004 at 03:40:37 AM EST
The reason the Dark Ages are called like that is to avoid having to use terms such as Islamic Age, or Golden Age of Islam. In those days they were the top dogs, and we were dirty smelly villains.

[Ed.: currently a dormant account - posting on behalf of extremely tedious HuSer]
I ... by BlueOregon (3.00 / 0) #2 Fri Oct 08, 2004 at 03:58:46 AM EST

... am glad I read this diary. Or at least skimmed it (I'll re-read it later, but must go to work now).

That is all.

Thanks... by bob6 (3.00 / 0) #3 Fri Oct 08, 2004 at 04:16:28 AM EST


Cheers.
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