Re: Hermits and Cranks (fwd)

From: Jacques Du Pasquier (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 02:39:59 MST

While it is true that science is a collective endeavor, it is also
true that a single individual can, seated on top of the results of
this collective endeavour, work alone and produce something good, that
is only incorporated in the mainstream science at a later stage.

Of course the syndrom described does exist. But you cannot infer it
safely from the symptoms listed.

And sticking with the community is no guarantee either of not wasting
your time -- far from it.


Eugene Leitl wrote (19.2.2002/14:54) :
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 08:26:29 -0500
> From: R. A. Hettinga <>
> To:
> Subject: Hermits and Cranks
> Hermits and Cranks
> Fifty years ago Martin Gardner launched the modern skeptical movement.
> Unfortunately, much of what he wrote about is still current today

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