Hello, my name is Bandersnatch and I'm a crackpot addict

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Bandersnatch
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I need help. I don't know what to do.

Every time I see a crackpot posting on PF I'm going into an ecstatic state of utmost glee. I gobble up the convoluted effusions as if they were celestial ambrosia. I wallow in the pungent fragrance of confused and misapplied terminology. I feel my soul raising to heights rarely seen otherwise, and tell myself that I simply find amusement in undoing the conceptual knots that people can tie themselves into. As if it was a good-hearted, bening thing.

But I know, oh I know. I enjoy it so because it makes me feel superior to my fellow man. I am vain, and I don't want to be! But those crackpots keep coming back, and I can't deny myself another fix. I am addicted.

Just now I saw another one, a magnificent specimen scoring in the hundreds on the crackpot index. I couldn't help but enjoy ticking off the boxes as I kept reading(and watching his videos). I even stooped as low as to sneer at his horrible, horrible English.

Help! I need a support group of like-minded, I mean, similarly-afflicted individuals. Perhaps even, oh I can't say that... I will say that - perhaps even a thread where all the fabulous crackpot posts could be reposted(and not deleted by our gracious mods) for the sole purpose of providing aesthetic pleasure. As a medicinal dose, of course. A legalised, regulated medicinal dose. One cannot simply go cold turkey on crackpots after all. It might result in some analogue of delirium tremens, or worse!
 

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wolram
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I am a reformed crackpot, now i just get things wrong, but i am dealing with that :]
 
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Try a web search for skycentrism.
 
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DataGG
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Are there still crackpots posting on PF? I haven't seen one in a long time. Would like some links.
 
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Are there still crackpots posting on PF? I haven't seen one in a long time. Would like some links.
We delete most of them.

The internet is full of them, so if you want to see crackpot theories, google will help.
 
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Are there still crackpots posting on PF? I haven't seen one in a long time.

Thank you. You just confirmed we are effective.
 
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Intrastellar
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Thank you. You just confirmed we are effective.
Yes you are, and (most of, OP excluded) the PF community is very thankful for that.
 
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Yes you are, and (most of, OP excluded) the PF community is very thankful for that.
I am too.

I enjoy the occasional crackpot paper but we don't want them piling up in the forums. That'll just attract other crackpots.
 
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Are there still crackpots posting on PF? I haven't seen one in a long time. Would like some links.

Well, there's usually people throwing around the same weird uninformed ideas like consciousness in quantum mechanics.
 
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Oh, yeah. I remember that one for sure, it was quite a treat. Must have sent Bandersmatch into paroxysms of joy since he insisted on it not being deleted, but preserved (presumably to feed his guilty habit on nights when he couldn't sleep. :p )

Ha! I was a little surprised Dale went along with it.

I think we have a UFO enthusiast in our midst as well. He's being careful with his posts though...
 
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It's slightly amusing when someone follows up their ludicrous, disputed by evidence, assertions with a cry of outrage at how Physicists are somehow out of tune with the facts.
 
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...follows up their ludicrous, disputed by evidence, assertions with a cry of outrage at how Physicists are somehow out of tune with the facts.
That's random mutation that'll lead to something unknown in advance.
 
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I even stooped as low as to sneer at his horrible, horrible English.

Hey, don't be such a grammar nazi. He was a Pole. When English is your second language you have to make a choice, you can either polish your English, or your crackpot theories. There is simply no time in life for both.
 
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I enjoy crackpots which are just over-the-top insane. Have you seen this?: http://www.templeos.org/

It's beautiful.
 
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Are there still crackpots posting on PF? I haven't seen one in a long time. Would like some links.

How ya doing?
=)
 
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He was a Pole...you can either polish your English
Did you intend that as a 'double-entendre'...? :D
 
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It's always fun to use a mix of existing terminology that's not related to confuse a crackpot.
Especially when they immediately use the proposed nonsense to 'prove' their claim...

Do not use this before determining he or she isn't going to accept serious answers disproving their claims.
 
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Do not use this before determining he or she isn't going to accept serious answers disproving their claims.

You miss the point. Part of the DEFINTION of crackpot is that they are not going to accept serious answers disproving their claims. They are not going to accept frivolous answers disproving their claims. They are not going to accept ANY answers disproving their claims.
 
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You miss the point. Part of the DEFINTION of crackpot is that they are not going to accept serious answers disproving their claims. They are not going to accept frivolous answers disproving their claims. They are not going to accept ANY answers disproving their claims.

Sometimes they are genuinely confused and think they are right because they are uninformed. Some of those do accept sound advise and reasoning. (although they are rare)

edit: it's easy to mix these persons. I tend to use 't Hoofts list which has yielded results e.g. make them understand they aren't well-versed yet to posit a new theory
 
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Sometimes they are genuinely confused and think they are right because they are uninformed. Some of those do accept sound advise and reasoning. (although they are rare)
Really rare, yes. And those usually do not present their ideas as "new theory".
 
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Really rare, yes. And those usually do not present their ideas as "new theory".

They do have the same belief in their ideas and are often equally hard to convince. To the point threads being closed because they do not accept valid explanations.

At least this is how I'm inclined to 'see the good' in amateurs. (to avoid having a very similar discussion in this thread ~_~')
 

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