Sunday, September 18, 2016

Berlinski Exposed

Well, it looks like I was right when I guessed that David Berlinski was behind the scenes of the very strange online thing calling itself a "an independent quarterly review of the sciences", Inference Review.

For a long time they hid their editorial board. To what end, I don't know. Maybe they were embarrassed that Berlinski was involved. (I certainly would be.) But now they have come out and admitted that Berlinski is a "Contributing Editor". The other people involved are

Steven Wheeler
Executive Editor

Maud Kozodoy
Senior Editor

Hortense Marcelin
Managing Editor

Hélène Cambour
Marketing Director

Jean-Michel Gruet

Well, at least we know now who is responsible for the appalling and grotesque caricatures.

The editors claim "We have no ideological, political, or religious agendas whatsoever." If you believe that, I've got some intelligently designed real estate to sell you. For god's sake, their latest "issue" has an article by James Tour.

What a joke.

Hat tip: GB.


philosopher-animal said...

I've never heard of a scientific journal with a prominently advertised caricaturist on the editorial board ... does even the Annals of Improbable Research have one? ;)

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

They try to usurp big names on their front page, like that of Umberto Eco, where they announce a review of one of his books. Too bad Eco died a few months ago, otherwise they wouldn't have done it.

Mikkel Rumraket Rasmussen said...

LOL James Tour writes in that "article":
"Would the dream team—please—assemble a living system?

Take your time, folks, take a few billion years.

Nothing? Well, well, well."

Presumably James Tour is here insinuating we'd make no progress in understanding how a living system forms even given a billion years to work on it.

Can you say lunacy?

nmanning said...

Well you have to remember that Tour makes nanotubes and is thus the world's leading expert on abiogenesis.

Unknown said...

Watch Inspiring Philosophies video on how quantum physics debunked determinism. It completely destroyes atheism.

Jeffrey Shallit said...

You seem pretty confused, Chuck. Quantum mechanics has nothing to do with atheism. Atheism has nothing to do with determinism.