Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Feynman on "Pretentious Science"
The "work" is always
(1) completely un-understandable,
(2) vague and indefinite,
(3) something correct that is obvious and self-evident, worked out by a long and difficult analysis, and presented as an important discovery, or
(4) a claim based on the stupidity of the author that some obvious and correct fact, accepted and checked for years is, in fact, false (these are the worst: no argument will convince the idiot),
(5) an attempt to do something, probably impossible, but certainly of no utility, which, it is finally revealed at the end, fails or
(6) just plain wrong.
There is a great deal of "activity in the field:" these days, but this "activity" is mainly in showing that the previous "activity" of someone else resulted in an error or in nothing useful or in something promising.