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Topic: Lubos Motl's forced resignation from Harvard University Physics

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Re: Lubos Motl's forced resignation from Harvard University Physics Department
Posted: Jan 24, 2007 2:23 PM
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On Wed, 24 Jan 2007 16:36:00 GMT, Ivar Rosquist <>

>On Wed, 24 Jan 2007 00:15:39 -0800, galathaea wrote:

>>> As of 9pm Tuesday (pdt) Motl's Wiki page has been purged of the
>>> paragraph in question. I only know about all this stuff from what I read
>>> on the Web ... but would Harvard fire a physicist for antics on Amazon?

>> i am sure you already are aware
>> that people with the mathematical skill
>> and physical understanding
>> of lubos' level
>> often have strong visual obssessions

> Whatever his mathematical skills, in his replies to the criticisms of
>string theory brought up by Woit and Smolin, Motl came across as an
>opinionated individual, apparently able to conduct ad hominem attacks and
>little else - that way providing support for the most lurid claims by both
>authors on the character of the string theory community.

String "theory" doesn't seem to be verifiable or
falsifiable, it's not really 'science' at all.
It might represent the first try at an entirely
new way of thinking about the universe that
eventually LEADS to something that can be verified
or perhaps innovations in instrumentation will make
it possible to observe higher-dimensional processes
that confirm the theory but, as is, well ....

Do those who condemn string theory deserve to be
bad-mouthed ? Do those who advocate string theory
deserve to be bad-mouthed ? The answer to both
is "it depends".

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