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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