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Martin Lopez Corredoira Books

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by Martin Lopez Corredoira

Pages: 268
Publisher: Universal Publishers
Year: 2008
ISBN: 1599429934
ISBN: 978-1599429939


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Nobody should have a monopoly of the truth in this universe. The censorship and suppression of challenging ideas against the tide of mainstream research, the blacklisting of scientists, for instance, is neither the best way to do and filter science, nor to promote progress in the human knowledge. The removal of good and novel ideas from the scientific stage is very detrimental to the pursuit of the truth. There are instances in which a mere unqualified belief can occasionally be converted into a generally accepted scientific theory through the screening action of refereed literature and meetings planned by the scientific organizing committees and through the distribution of funds controlled by "club opinions". It leads to unitary paradigms and unitary thinking not necessarily associated to the unique truth. This is the topic of this book: to critically analyze the problems of the official (and sometimes illicit) mechanisms under which current science (physics and astronomy in particular) is being administered and filtered today, along with the onerous consequences these mechanisms have on all of us. Apart from the editors, Juan Miguel Campanario, Brian Martin, Wolfgang Kundt, J. Marvin Herndon, Marian Apostol, Halton C. Arp, Tom Van Flandern, Andrei P. Kirilyuk, Dmitri Rabounski and Henry H. Bauer, all of them professional researchers, reveal a pessimistic view of the miseries of the actual system, while a glimmer of hope remains in the "leitmotiv" claim towards the freedom in doing research and attaining an acceptable level of ethics in science.

Contents:

  • FOREWORD, BY M. L?PEZ CORREDOIRA AND C. CASTRO PERELMAN 5
  • CHALLENGING DOMINANT PHYSICS PARADIGMS, BY J. M. CAMPANARIO AND B. MARTIN 9
  • THE GOLD EFFECT: ODYSSEY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, BY W. KUNDT 27
  • MY STRUGGLE WITH GINSPARG (ARXIV.ORG) AND THE ROAD TO CYBERIA: A SCIENTIFIC GULAG IN CYBERSPACE, BY C. CASTRO PERELMAN 43
  • BASIC CAUSE OF CURRENT CORRUPTION IN AMERICAN SCIENCE, BY J. MARVIN HERNDON 57
  • THE STATE OF THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN ROMANIA, ITS CAUSES AND MEASURES TO BE ENFORCED TO REDRESS IT, BY M. APOSTOL 63
  • SCIENTIFIC AND POLITICAL ELITES IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES, BY H. C. ARP 85
  • PEER PRESSURE AND PARADIGMS, BY T. VAN FLANDERN 95
  • WHAT DO ASTROPHYSICS AND THE WORLD'S OLDEST PROFESSION HAVE IN COMMON?, BY M. L?PEZ CORREDOIRA 107
  • THE LAST SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION, BY A. P. KIRILYUK 131
  • WHAT IS RESEARCH?, BY M. L?PEZ CORREDOIRA 159
  • WHERE IS THE SCIENCE?, BY M. APOSTOL 165
  • ETHICS IN SCIENCE, BY H. H. BAUER 169
  • IS ETHICS IN SCIENCE AN OXYMORON?, BY C. CASTRO PERELMAN 183