On 30 December 2013 14:22, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 12/29/2013 4:07 PM, LizR wrote:
>  On 30 December 2013 12:57, Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Well Mr. Owen used the 101 crackpot dictionary... he knows the truth
>> (since so long) and we are the dumbest people on earth... but by a miracle
>> (that only he knows) he feel compelled to overwhelm us with his truth and
>> his patronizing vocabulary... why ?
>  To "Prove Einstein Wrong!" perhaps? That used to be a huge cottage
> industry back in, I think, the 50s and 60s - everyone with half a theory
> was sure they could explain where Albert had slipped up. (One of them was
> even immortalised in the works of James Blish, I think it was the Haertel
> overdrive, which embarrassingly turned out to not "swallow Einstein whole"
> as Blish said in one of his novels after all, although it was a handy SF
> device even so.)
>  I must admit I thought we'd moved on, now, to a new fad -- the "Prove
> Global Warming Wrong!" cottage industry.
> Except there's a lot more money to be made in that endeavor.  Comparable
> to "Prove cigarettes don't cause cancer."  There were no corporations with
> a stake in proving relativity wrong.
> Absolutely, yet a lot of people with no personal (monetary) stake in the
outcome are joining in, even so, and presumably for the same reason - to
fix their personal cognitive dissonance between the world as it is and as
they'd like it to be.

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