The Dysology Hypothesis

Letting scholars get away with publishing fallacies and myths signals to others the existence of topics where guardians of good scholarship might be less capable than elsewhere. Such dysology then serves as an allurement to poor scholars to disseminate existing myths and fallacies and to create and publish their own in these topic areas, which leads to a downward spiral of diminishing veracity on particular topics.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Veracity versus Claptrap: the Dysology Prize

Can non-experts recognise and challenge expert claptrap?

Is the Hot Clocking explanation for the ‘free energy’ excess heat that was said to have been produced in experiments in cold fusion a bad explanation because it explains the reason for something happening that probably never even happened in the first place?

To find out more click the Link to Professor Simon Berkovich’s article. In the comments section you’ll see me as a non-expert in the area of physics challenge Professor Berkovich (George Washington University) and the Nobel Laureate and Cambridge University Professor of Physics Brian D. Josephson. How can I do this?

Follow the debate as it unfolds further. So far, at the time of writing, Josephson has weirdly declined to take up the Dysology wager -will Berkovich also decline to put his reputation where his brain is?