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July 22, 2005

Cheers and Raspberries

Sean Carroll, over at Cosmic Variance has posted a non-string theorist’s “defence” of string theory. It’s a little absurd that, given all we’ve learned in the past two decades, the field needs “defending.” But Sean’s post, and the ensuing comment thread are pretty good. Filter out the inevitable crackpots, and you can read a sober, and pretty even-handed discussion of the issues, with Peter Woit asking the the tough questions, and Clifford Johnson, Wolfgang Lerche, Bob McNees, Ann Nelson, Moshe Rozali and yours truly responding.

NBB.

Posted by distler at July 22, 2005 3:16 PM

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Re: Cheers and Raspberries

Filter out the inevitable crackpots, and you can read a sober, and pretty even-handed discussion of the issues

As hard as I try to understand the world you fellows work in, I do not like to be thought of in this way.

All your work and views established through your profession must have given you perspective about the world, that is foreign to many who have not ventured down these avenues.

Could it be, that this has created a difference between you and others in this world, that you have been separated and categorized?

I’m working hard to find the mindset of those you have named off.

I won’t post again here.

Posted by: Plato on July 26, 2005 9:18 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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