This statement, published today at Columbia math prof Peter Woit’s Not Even Wrong, seems to follow from our linking to his view of Tegmark’s multiverses, “Mathematician wonders about the respectful reception new multiverse book is getting”:
Max Tegmark seems to have decided that my criticism here of the emptiness of ideas in his recent book is “similar to hate-mail I’ve been receiving from a Young-Earth Creationist”. Also, the fact that I have fans at a certain Intelligent Design blog shows that I’m “against the spirit of science”. Given this, I guess I need to formally make the statement that
I am not now and never have been a creationist.
If it’s any help, we believe Woit. And we know creationists the way a sommelier knows wines.
It won’t help, unfortunately. In Max Tegmark’s multiverse, creationist is the new skeptic.
UD News is calling this one:
In five years, shut up or else will be the new creationist.
No need to argue. Let’s revisit in five years and see.
Meanwhile: The very fact that doubts about crackpot cosmology would get Woit pegged as a creationist should tell him and his sympathizers far more than it probably does about the risks of opposing evidence-free theories in science today. For context, read “Science Fictions”
See also: Shut up, they explained. But we didn’t, and so …
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