Thursday, 9 August 2007

Repression Of Physicists In The 21st Century

Just in case you thought humanity had evolved since Gallileo! We are just as backward and primitive as we were then, we just have computers and mobile phones now to make us think we are smarter than we really are! No wonder geniuses like Tesla died in obscurity! With the combination of greedy warmongering capitalist scumfucks and crazy religious funamentalist FREAKS holding back our development because it conflicts with their precious ideology, how the hell is this species ever going to properly evolve beyond the barely sentient primates we are today?

The electronic preprint archive (arXiv.org), founded in 1991 at Los Alamos National Laboratories and funded by the National Science Foundation, was formed as a way for scientists to rapidly disseminate new discoveries and theoretical developments to the worldwide scientific community. Its original intent was to be an open forum for papers authored by credentialed physicists, i.e., those who consistently had papers approved for public ation in peer refereed journals. Over time the criteria for ! approval of submitted papers to the archive became more complicated and restrictive.

Presently hosted at Cornell University under the direction of physicist Paul Ginsparg, it blocks certain physicists from posting their papers to this archive. The arXiv administrators maintain a list of physicists whom they have blacklisted or ostracized so that any paper those individuals attempt to submit is systematically rejected regardless of its scientific content. Usually these blocked papers have already been accepted for publication in reputable peer refereed science journals or in other cases are undergoing review for journal publication which indicates that these papers are serious and well thought out. The list of suppressed scientists even includes Nobel Laureates! One characteristic that these ostracized physicists share in common is that they have written or published papers in the past which propose new ideas that challenge traditional physics dogma. In other cases their pu blished works just happen to run counter to the particular theory preferences of the small political clique administering the archive.

Our world is experiencing serious problems such as exponential population growth, environmental pollution, impending energy shortages, nuclear proliferation, and climatic change. We cannot afford to suppress the works of those seminal minds whose new ideas could revolutionize the way we interact with the world. What if a paper described the discovery of a new source of energy that could help to alleviate the coming energy crisis? Or, what if a paper brought to light a serious environmental hazard which, if unheeded, would result in a substantial loss of life. And, what if arXiv.org moderators censored one such important paper because of a possible personal dislike of its author or because it conflicted with a theory they personally favored? Society cannot afford this kind of behavior.

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