(PRWEB) November 26, 2004
Intelligence: The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, thought and reason.
Fascism: Governing by central authority under a dictator, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, covert oppression, and dictatorial control.
It is the world's most important internet physics preprint archive, known world wide as a mecca for interesting and exciting scientific research, a testing ground for new approaches to unsolved problems.
In the past http://www.arxiv.org has been touted as an intellectual center where freedom of thought fuels the creative juices of the most brilliant minds on the planet. Now a group of scientists including Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson intend to expose the archive as the tool of covert censors, seeking to oppress anyone writing papers beyond the mainstream of scientific thought.
Professor Josephson warns of potential damage if an important scientific idea lies undiscovered as the result of targeting certain scientists and their unorthodox research. "It is true, of course, that standards should be maintained. But the problem with the unintelligent persons who operate the archive is that they seem unable to make the distinction between 'nutty' ideas (which either have no scientific meaning or contain serious errors), which should be barred from the archive, and unusual ideas which may or may not be right, and also may turn out to be important, which should be allowed on the archive."
By comparison a recent scientific paper funded by the United States Air Force Research Lab explored such exotic subjects as "Star Trek" like transporters, spacetime wormholes and psychic teleportation. Why would the military spend thousands of dollars on the kind of research most mainstream scientists would call crackpot?
According to an article in USA Today, when asked why the Air Force sponsored such a study, spokesman Ranney Adams said, "If we don't turn over stones, we don't know if we have missed something."
Those charged with running the archive should pause to reflect upon the present situation in mainstream physics. The recent discovery of mysterious dark energy and the still unexplained dark matter may require new, exotic and original theories beyond the standard models. It is now thought that ordinary matter makes up only four percent of everything in the universe.
In response to the restrictions employed by the archive, Josephson and the other scientists have created a new web site that documents their experiences with the archive's secretive operators. Their personal stories of the problems they face in dealing with the present management of the archive can be found at:
Professor Brian Josephson has published his personal story of the battle against censorship and blacklisting of scientists at:
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