Some Quotes & Comments from Readers
Added to website July 7, 2006
New material added as acquired.
Main MenuFrom Marcelo Moreira Jr., July 18, 2005
A scientist is not a being who lives looking for glory or success and, avoiding this, fails. Under this aspect, I see the scientist as a being who opens or closes doors. If nothing of my theories justifies itself, I would like to pass into the history of science as someone who closed the door of an immense labyrinth that led nowhere. Psychologically speaking, this is enough for me. What I cannot do is ignore the existence of this labyrinth, only to please the "modern" physicists who would like me to hide it under the carpet.
Alberto Mesquita Filho in Ciencialist, 05/31/2001
The negative "epithets" and/or "homages" you have received from the old guard of science, in my opinion, don't matter anyway because brainwashed minds will never reason well enough to understand and to accept Nether Theory in its entirety. However (as you well know), "the truth is the daughter of time" ... and [its acceptance] is inevitable.
Maybe Thomas Kuhn was right when he argued that orthodoxy will not tolerate any challenge to its dominancy.
Marcelo Moreira Jr.
From Jack Shearer, June 26, 2006.
There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. The innovator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old system and only lukewarm defenders by those who would gain be the new system.
I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this university? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or Moon through my telescope.
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
From Sherry Martin, July 13, 2006.
When reading the following quote, bear in mind that sanity is what the majority of the members of society believe it to be.
I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
From Sherry Martin, August 13, 2006.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), Germany
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The ignorant are speedily convinced, and the wise are soon persuaded by argument. But all the wisdom in heaven has a hard task to overcome the pride of an obstinate scholar.
Ancient Sanskrit Verse, India
From Norma Swain, May, 2007
[This is a quote of Freddy Silva's and the paragraphs following it from his book Science in the Fields. The subject material seemed too interesting to shorten. Although, Silva uses the ludicrous theoretical physics of the 20th century in his book (it was all that was available as "accepted physics"), the message in the book is a good one and his book is well worth reading.]
Human history has a sad legacy of antagonism towards the "new", and ironically, those who are least qualified to comment on a new subject are also those most actively engaged in denouncing it. For instance, the the ancient Greeks were aware of fossils and knew that life on Earth was far older than was accounted for. With the rise of Roman Catholicism, however, there came about a contemptuous attitude towards geology and science, particularly if the findings were at odds with reworked scripture. At one point, theology became so fundamentalist that 4004 B.C. was set as the official date of creation; arguments even raged over which day in October if had occurred. And St. Augustine's personal distaste of astronomy alone held back advances in the study of the heavens for twelve centuries - yes, 1,200 years (White 1896). Even as late as the eighteenth century, we find scientists forced to recant their views in publicly humiliating fashion, as Galileo once discovered for himself.
If religious might hasn't been enough of a detriment to the advancement of knowledge (of its rediscovery), the conservative belief system within the scientific community sometimes produces obstacles of its own. Take the case of Johann Berenger, prominent professor of the University of Wurzburg and physician to the Prince-Bishop. During the mid-nineteenth century, Berenger, too, uncovered fossils, yet the news was received by the church with as much glee as a delivery of pork to a synagogue. His discoveries were also at odds with the scientific viewpoint of the day, and in order to discredit him, two of Beringer's peers - Professor Ignatz Roderique and Privy Councilor Georg von Eckart - hoaxed a number of look-alike fossils and paid one of Berenger's excavators to reverse the habits of his profession and surreptitiously bury the fakes throughout the dig.
Unfortunately for them, the plan backfired. For Berenger took delight in the new finds, considered them authentic, and lectured widely on the subject. Roderique and Eckart, bemused by the apparent failure of their hoax, created ever more elaborate carvings on rocks, at one point inscribing in Arabic the name of Jehovah. Only when Berenger published his findings in 1872 did the two pranksters own up to the world. The ensuing scandal succeeded in not only discrediting Berenger's original, valid discoveries, but also disgraced Roderique and Eckart (John and Wolf 1963).
That these two men were prepared to risk their reputations demonstrates how seriously the status quo takes the threat to its established views, and the obvious parallel to events throughout research into crop circles requires no further explanation. It also serves as a lesson to researchers and discreditors alike. Freddy Silva
From Sherry Martin, March 3, 2008
Over and over again short-sighted adherents of tradition have tried to stem the tide of research, have tried to discourage investigation. Over and over again believers in comfortable errors have sought to prohibit the exposure of those errors. Yet the Will to Freedom running through all creation is always on the side of liberty. "Reality (truth) sets us free." Paul Foster Case