Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The Crackpot Index

  1. Jul 29, 2005 #1


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 29, 2005 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member


    10 points for mailing your theory to someone you don't know personally and asking them not to tell anyone else about it, for fear that your ideas will be stolen.

    10 points for each statement along the lines of "I'm not good at math, but my theory is conceptually right, so all I need is for someone to express it in terms of equations".

    40 points for comparing those who argue against your ideas to Nazis, stormtroopers, or brownshirts.

    40 points for comparing yourself to Galileo, suggesting that a modern-day Inquisition is hard at work on your case, and so on.
  4. Jul 29, 2005 #3
    A friend and I went through the list and concluded that String Theory scored a 75.
  5. Jul 30, 2005 #4

    Ivan Seeking

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I love the physics without math claims. Isn' t that a bit like cooking without food?

    Have you seen that UPS uses this gag with the guy who is going to transport packages through a wormhole...if he can just work out the whole space-time continuum thing... :rofl:
  6. Jul 30, 2005 #5
    Whether it is crackpot, only depends on personal views. Maybe there is people appreciate to it the possibility. But I admit it is not a constructive thing for doing.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2005
  7. Jul 30, 2005 #6
    ZapperZ had that thread on a pretty long time ago when he was..er.. grinding down some pots.

    Pretty hilarious.
  8. Jul 30, 2005 #7


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Have to admit I wrote "Feynmann" or something similar once. Hope that doesn't make me a crackpot? :tongue2:
    In fact where do you think the limit for being a "crackpot" goes? At 0?
  9. Jul 31, 2005 #8


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    No, what defines a crackpot more than anything else is the method by which they investigate science. Tied in with that is the investigation of subject matter that is generally accepted by scientists to be bogus. The things in "The Crackpot Index" are a refletion of that method.
  10. Jul 31, 2005 #9


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook