A Crackpot’s Justification – Gabor at it again!
Gabor Fekete is at it again. I can tell, because whenever he starts one of his e-mail campaigns of crackpottery, people Google his name and I get a spike in traffic on this here blog. Over the last few weeks, Gabor has taken the awarding of the Nobel Prizes as a new opportunity to spread the word about his crazy theories.
It appeared that old Gabor had taken me off his mailing list, because I didn’t any of his new waves of spam until my colleagues and visitors to this blog brought them to my attention. Since my last post on old Gabor, I actually received the estimable honor of being contacted by the man himself, who apparently actually reads my blog! You can even see some of his comments on my previous post (though he was trying to pass himself off as other people.) Unfortunately, he was not a big fan just yet. He accused me of libel, of hurting his “authority”, and he threatened to take my site offline. If you’re reading this, he apparently failed. His messages to the FBI have also apparently not garnered much response, because I am still anxiously awaiting them to break down my door.
I didn’t remove anything I wrote about this persistent crackpot, and instead invited him to comment directly on what I had written. If he was right and I was wrong, surely he could find some way to defend himself and demonstrate where I had erred? I even offered to provide him with a platform to share his thoughts more openly, for example in the form of an interview. He unrespectfully declined. Never say science did not extend you an olive branch, Gabor!
So what is he up to now? Before the Nobel prizes were announced, Gabor impersonated (as he often does) professional physicists in a spoofed e-mail, in which he recommended himself for a Nobel prize. According to him, almost all Nobel prizes in history have been awarded for absolute nonsense. He, however, has solved all of modern physics, there is nothing left to be done, and everyone else is doing “psuedo-science.” Therefore, obviously he should receive the Nobel prize, and here is a glowing recommendation from Prof. This-and-that. Please reply if you agree!
It didn’t work. The Nobel prize in physics was ever so unjustly not awarded to Mr. Fekete. Cue the follow-up e-mail.
Again Gabor impersonates an actual Professor in physics, this time pretending that this person laments the ridiculous decisions made by the Nobel committee. It’s all because the committee consists mostly of evil psuedo-scientists who just won’t let poor Gabor catch a break!
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen these e-mails. If not, you can get a glimpse in the comments on my previous post. So why am I even writing all of this?
Lucky boy that I am, because Gabor contacted me to get my content pulled off the internet, I still have his e-mail address. I felt it was my duty as a gentleman and a scholar to seek him out once more to get his views on all of this. Science should be impartial, so we should have Gabor’s side of the story before we judge him too harshly, don’t you agree? So I fired off this e-mail:
To: Gabor Fekete
Subject: Your new campaign
I noticed that you are impersonating physicists once more, this time in an attempt to make people believe that these physicists think that you deserve the Nobel prize in physics for your work. Why exactly do you think this would work, and don’t you think this deception is immoral?
His methods are obviously ridiculous. I hope that people will either realise the e-mails are spoofed, or otherwise assume that the person sending it is another crackpot. In any case, I cannot imagine anyone actually reading his e-mails and thinking, “hey, this guy is a genius, let’s give him a Nobel prize!” So why does he bother? And all these nasty methods of spoofing e-mails, spamming scientists, threatening to report them to the FBI… how does he justify that?
I wasn’t really expecting any response, but I received one within half an hour. I won’t reproduce the entire e-mail as it was not particularly polite, but I’ll quote Gabor on his key message:
This already works and the end justifies the means.Gabor Fekete 2015
There you go. The end justifies the means. Gabor implicitly admits to what I was accusing him of, and his justification is mundane but telling. He knows his methods are not sound, but this is irrelevant in the face of his crusade to get his theories recognized. I don’t know in what sense his method “already works” (would love some insight into that) but whether it is a delusion or not, Gabor believes that his methods are helping him reach his goals, and those goals are worth all this trouble.