META; Re: How to respond to Crank Science?

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 11:38:58 MDT

>From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>

>I have tried to respond rationally and scientifically to some of
>these claims lately. I am becoming discouraged that it is a waste
>of time and leads nowhere. If people do not understand the basic
>scientific, experimental, and statistical methods, then further
>discussion rarely helps. If people do not believe in these
>methods, the situation is even worse. Time is a limiting factor
>here. It is no wonder that most readers just skip these
>arguments. Should we just ignore these challenges as they appear?
>Does that make them appear stronger or weaker than directly
>confronting them? Is there a danger of filling the Extropian
>archives with all sorts of unscientific conspiracy theories that
>are posted as if they had all our support?

>I would seriously love to hear some comment about this.

I think it's up to the individual. Personally I usually just ignore
them, and "plonk" repeat offenders. Let them eat static.


Extropy Institute,
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Disclosure notice: currently "plonked"
"Joe Dees" <>
"Party of Citizens"<>

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