Gabor Fekete is still a crackpot.

Episode II: Revenge of the Crackpot

A while ago, I wrote about our dear Gabor Fekete, the resolute crackpot who has been spamming physicists’ in-boxes with his theories for a while now. His English borders on the incomprehensible at times, and whatever logic there may be in his theories is impenetrable (despite his claim that his writings “are very simple and very well intelligible for all physicists on all areas of the physical sciences.”)

However, it is not his crackpot theories that interest me. That Mr. Fekete has had no scientific training and that his ideas don’t seem to be founded on anything solid is clear enough, and I don’t feel guilty for dismissing his ideas without trying to understand them. I’m afraid clear communication is a necessity, no matter how brilliant your ideas are.

What interests me is the psychology of the crackpot. I already devoted some thought to this in my previous post, where I also delved into the historical context of the phenomenon. Since then, I’ve seen some trickles of communication by Mr. Fekete, mostly trying to promote his papers on viXra.org. He also decided to send a fake e-mail using the address of an Oxford researcher who supposedly endorsed his work.

Today I, as probably the entire physics communicty did, received another e-mail from Gabor with the uplifting subject line: I don’t send more physics papers to Dr. Tompitak. I thought: here we go, he’s giving up! Or perhaps he read my blog (that would be a dream come true) and he’s angry with me, and doesn’t think I deserve to read his work anymore! In any case, I figured there might be an end to the saga. Of course, I should have known better.

The content of the message had little to do with the subject. Mr. Fekete kindly informed me that he had kept track of me reading his papers. He was so attentive to record the exact date and time, and even my IP addresses. What he wants with them? Nothing good, no doubt. It turns out I opened his files eleven times over the course of six months – which is probably more credit than they merit. He also admits that the e-mail he sent out from the Oxford address was fake:

This was a spoofing from my part that you seriously care with my papers.

So he blatantly admits that he sent this fake message to lend himself some credibility. Not that we didn’t guess, but this confession seems to me like shooting himself in the foot. Gabor Fekete works in mysterious ways.

But why has Mr. Fekete deigned to contact us again? It turns out he doesn’t have any new scientific contributions this time. Instead, he is opening an offensive on the scientific establishment. I think it’s best to just let him speak for himself:

Welcome dear Marco Tompitak,

(…)

Since 29.06.2014 you further continued your modern “physics” pseudo-science, your pseudo-scientific researches, experiments and other activities, did nothing against this pseudo-science and for a truth and a real physics science, therefore you caused damage to your state’s national economy and you stealed (sic) money from the taxpayers, because you taken up your payment undeservedly and illegaly (sic) from your university or research institute, thus you committed the CRIME of FRAUD and SWINDLE.

Those are fighting words if I ever heard any! They’re a little incongruent with his addressing me as “dear Marco”, don’t you think? Here I was being lulled into a false sense of security, only to be slapped with such hurtful words!

So, I’m a criminal now. Apparently, no one took much notice of his theories, nor of his supposedly exposing the Higgs boson discovery as a huge fraud, and Gabor’s feelings are hurt. He has decided that all of science is an evil conspiracy. Don’t we see an interesting parallel here with the story of James Smith, Esquire?

However, Mr. Fekete has not only branded all of mainstream science as a swindle, he has also decided that he is the chosen one to tear it all down. He informs us that he has a database of all the scientists who read his papers. Since none of them mended their wicked ways and are still doing their pernicious brand of science, he has now published this database online, and he plans to hand it over to the FBI. No, you heard that right. The FBI. He urges us to turn ourselves in to the relevant authorities, even adding an animated image to stress his point.

I guess I won't be a physicist in the future.

I guess I won’t be a physicist in the future.

Don’t live in the US? Gabor has you covered, because he is certain the FBI will alert the local authorities.

What the authorities are supposed to do with his database is beyond me. Will FBI agents read Mr. Fekete’s work and have an epiphany, realizing that scientists have been swindling society for the last century?

I can just imagine a SWAT team breaking down my door, firearms drawn, shouting “Freeze, scumbag! This is the science police!” A broad-shouldered, bearded detective with a deep baritone ransacks my calculations while his sexy high-heel-wearing partner eyes me with disgust. Or maybe it’ll be Vincent D’Onofrio who walks in, to break me down psychologically.

“Does it make you angry, to see me touching your work?” He riffles through some of my notes and throws them back on the desk nonchalantly. “Eying what I wasn’t meant to see? Criticizing it? It must infuriate you after all these years of having a scientist’s impunity. But wasn’t it Albert Einstein who said that anger only dwells in the hearts of fools?”

And Mr. Fekete is a tough one. If your university address was added to his database, but you’re not a member of the scientific staff, you can ask to have yourself removed from his database before he sends it to the FBI and you get into a world of trouble. However:

Cannot delist his/her data from the database from the first year student to the Nobel prize physicist from any areas of the physical sciences, chemistry, nano research and astronomy. Delist trying of these people is totally useless!

Even our freshmen have to bear his wrath, it seems. How are those poor students committing fraud? Do they get to cash fat checks from the Science Illuminati too? Wish I’d known about that. And chemists, as well? He’s casting a very wide net. I was under the impression his theories were all on fundamental physics.

While Mr. Fekete’s website held for me then no hope of redemption, I was tempted to have a look anyway. He indeed has a database of all the e-mail addresses from which links to his papers on viXra.org were clicked, neatly sorted by country and US state. You can find it here. What’s most fascinating about his database is that it exposes very clearly just how extensive his effort to spam scientists has been.

Fekete's database of evil scientists.

Fekete’s database of evil scientists.

Presumably he crawled the web himself to collect e-mail addresses from institution websites. His database shows that he targeted people in at least 84 countries, from Jamaica to Iran, from Canada to Bangladesh. Here in The Netherlands, not the biggest of countries, he spammed employees of at least 15 different universities and research institutes. He did his homework, too: all the independent institutes are indeed more or less ‘relevant’ to his cause.

He set up this page to expose all the people who are perpetuating the evil of the scientific establishment, but inadvertently it has become a striking visual representation of the sheer amount of work Mr. Fekete has put into his misguided endeavor. Oh, Gabor, to what lofty heights will you soar next?

Mr. Fekete urges us all to join him on the “good side” of science. However, much frustration and anger in him I sense. Does he not know that anger is the path to the Dark Side?

Marco is a theoretical (bio)physicist, currently engaged in unraveling the sequence-dependent dynamics of DNA molecules to earn his PhD at Leiden University. Other passions include literature and history.

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  1. Ben

    After seeing Gabor Fekete’s email to me and countless others in his latest attempt to incite scientific revolution this week, I googled “crackpot Gabor Fekete” and was very pleased to see your thorough post about him. Now I have a venue to react 🙂

    1) He fits the profile of having grandiose delusional disorder. It is a psychosis, in which he believes in something untrue. He needs anti-psychotic treatment, but it is doubtful he would realize that he has a problem. My concern is that his recent emails are a step up in aggression. He may continue on his trajectory, and do something damaging. Given his tech-savviness, this would likely mean doing something embarrassing with a stolen identity.

    2) Anyway, I have an idea for handling such people. What he needs is a proper scientific review. The problem is that while we expect that what he says is nonsense, we do not want to take up our own time to tell him specifically why it is nonsense. If I tell you that the Higgs boson is made of little unicorns, it will take you a fair amount of explanation to say why this isn’t true. But if we don’t respond, he will get even more incensed. So here’s the idea. Someone starts a little company made up of scientists/students, and the crackpots pay to have their ideas actually reviewed. We can assign the reviews to students, since they could use the money, and explaining how we know a Higgs boson is not made of unicorns would actually be quite useful for their education. Then professors/scientific reviewers could check and edit the review. I’d say a $1000 fee for a review consisting of a student working for 6 hours, and a senior scientist spending 1 hour is quite reasonable. The reviews could be even be published online. The crackpots would want to do this, since we can say that if we find no flaws in their reasoning, then we will publish it online and the review is free !

    • It’s an interesting idea! I wonder, though, whether they would listen if they were told they were wrong. Even if they were not paranoid or delusional, they might simply not grasp the advanced concepts needed to explain why they are wrong, and therefore not be convinced. This sure seems to have been the case with James Smith (I told his story in my previous post) when Augustus De Morgan tried to explain to him why his solution for squaring the circle was faulty. While he did not seem to harbor any malicious feelings, said Mr. Smith failed to understand what this professional mathematician was trying to tell him, and De Morgan’s significant time investment went entirely to waste.

  2. Keith Fraser

    I’ve had a couple of these threats in the past week or so, the latest one purportedly from Peter Higgs’ own email address. I tried telling the administrators at the Edinburgh University physics department, but they must have blocked all emails with “Gabore Fekete” in the text or something, as I keep getting my messages bounced back.

    • Graeme Wood

      Indeed we have blocked any mail with his name. Peter Higgs’ account was being overwhelmed with spam and other complaints and abuse. The person who manages the account on Peter’s behalf was suffering harassment. The messages that were sent in Peter Higgs’ name were not sent from his email account and they were not from the University of Edinburgh.

  3. Peter Ward Higgs (i.e. Gabor Fekete)

    Congratulatons!

    You get four brainless to your paranoid project under 11 days. You are so idiot to the psychology like you are a full CRETIN to the physics.

    Your old “friend”.

    • Peter Ward Higgs (i.e. Gabor Fekete)

      Correction:

      Congratulatons!

      You got thre brainless to your paranoid project under 11 days. You are so idiot to the psychology like you are a full CRETIN to the physics.

      Your old “friend”.

      • Fekete G. (i.e. G. Fekete)

        I am writing to apologize with the entire scientific community. I now realize that all my ideas are completely flawed, and I regret my immense stupidity. I will work hard to improve myself in the future, and…

        …I will be back!

        At the moment I already learnt to distinguish ‘four’ from ‘thre’, and by the end of 2016 I am sure that I will also be able to spell “three” correctly (and/or to understand that my browser can suggest the correct spelling, whichever the easier… If I can understand it… which I hope so… or I will never reach ‘fiv’).

        Sincerely,

        the Supreme Crackpot

  4. Diego

    I have to say that this Gabor is starting to be amusing! Today I received this mail, and I laughed for several minutes, I wanna share the fun with you copying here the mail. In all cases I believe that this guy (or team of guys) is doing all this for a rational purpose, like spreading a malware by cliccking on his link, or gaining something with publicity, something practical….but I can’t believe he authentically “just” want to diffuse his paper. Because although I don’t have a lot of faith in humanity, you have to be astonishing stupid to think that in this way you can gain success in the scientific community.
    And here it comes the mail, enjoy!

    Welcome dear Colleague,
    In the last 100 years we donated many Nobel Prizes for worthless and speculative theories and models.
    Also was a big mistake to donate Nobel Prize to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for their ridiculous boson theory.
    Joseph Incandela and his team issued a speculative explanation. They said that they detected 133 proton mass Higgs boson. It proved to be a lie, because they detected only 4 muons and 2 photons. The mass of these is altogether 0.4 proton mass.
    We are considering to withdraw the undeservedly received Nobel Prizes and we put a proposal because of removal of Joseph Incandela and his team from the management of CERN.
    In the future we don’t want to donate more Nobel Prizes for ridiculous, worthless and speculative theories and models.
    Why did so the Nobel Committe? In this year we received two papers in an email from Gabor Fekete, who is a hungarian reformer physicist.
    He demonstrated that the modern physics is a pseudo-science in hundred percent and he described with eight digits accuracy the electromagnetic physics of photons, X-ray-photons, gamma-photons, muons, electrons and all atoms, thus solving all the problems in particle and nuclear physics. At the same time he uncovered the fraud of Joseph Incandela and his team. The papers of Gabor Fekete you can read below.
    We think so that in this year the Nobel Winner should be Gabor Fekete. Please let us know if you are in agreement or opposition with our decision. You can contact me in any way as are below. Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,
    Professor Thors Hans Hansson
    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
    Member of Class for Physics
    Nobel Committee for Physics
    Professor of Theoretical Physics
    Stockholm University, Quantum and Field Theory Group
    Phone: (Redacted)
    Email: (Redacted)
    Address: (Redacted)

    • Apparently Gabor took me off his mailing list! He did not grace me with this particular e-mail. It’s truly amazing the amount of time and effort he keeps putting into this, as well as the level of delusion. Now he thinks he should get a Nobel prize!

      • Lori

        Good grief, I’ve gotten so many of that exact email, but with different addresses, etc. I think I got 5 today alone. After 20 or so of these, you’d think he would at least get bored sending the same message.

      • Diego

        Marco, if you developed a method to be deleted from the Gabor’s mailing list, please write an article about it, I bet it will gain 10^3 citations in one day! XD

    • Mel

      Awww, he didn’t get the prize, and so I got this (I never reply or respond to him):

      Dear Dr. (my name, but I haven’t earned my doctorate yet),

      Thank you for your response. I apologize for the Nobel Committee did not keep their word and did not donate the Nobel Prize to Gabor Fekete.
      According to justification of the Nobel Committee, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald received their Nobel Prizes for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.
      The Nobel Committee donated Nobel Prizes again for the NOTHING, since yet always is unknown the numerical worth of the frequency, impulse, kinetic energy and therefore the mass of the neutrinos. That is not proved that the neutrinos have oscillation and mass.
      The physics Nobel Committee is already not unified. The main problem comes from the fact that the Nobel Committee consists of conservative pseudo-scientists in 63 percent.
      The following persons tried again to defend their modern physics pseudo-science, therefore they voted against Gabor Fekete’s Nobel Prize for his truth physics science and voted for the worthless “discovery”.

      (removed list of Nobel committee members)

      Gabor Fekete demonstrated that the modern physics is a full pseudo-science in hundred percent degree and he described with eight digits accuracy the electromagnetic physics of photons, X-ray-photons, gamma-photons, muons, electrons and all atoms, thus solving all the problems in particle and nuclear physics. He also gave a new interpretaion for the full spectra of the hydrogen and described the strengthening points of all photons in the hydrogen atom.
      The scientific significance of his work is hundred times greater than the oscillation of neutrino.
      I ask again apologize for the disappointment brought about by the above persons and I beseech thee, do something about the downfall of modern physics pseudo-science and its pseudo-scientists.

      Best regards,
      Professor (redacted)
      The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
      Member of Class for Physics
      (redacted contact information)

  5. Brian Josephson

    His trick seems to be to set up lookalike accounts. For example I’ve just received an email that the headers show actually comes from claes.fahlander@ifastnet.org, but it pretends to come from the real Claes Fahlander on the Nobel committee, email address claes.fahlander@nuclear.lu.se (Lund university), saying the usual stuff including the fact that Gabor F. should be getting the prize this year and asking if you agree. It’s the standard trick that scammers use.

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  7. Alex

    He’s now doing it under the name of an actual dude at Lund University. Our entire institution, which also happens to be a government lab, will be investigated, boys and girls. Visit me in jail.
    ***

    Dear Dr. blabla

    For that reason I turn to you because I want to report a crime series, which happened and happening in these days also in the physics Nobel Committee and the whole physics community.
    Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2006 created their first graphene. For 10 years hasn’t been application area of the graphene.
    According to the justification of the Nobel Committee in 2010, the graphene transistors are predicted to be substantially faster than today’s silicon transistors and result in more efficient computers.
    The silicon is a semiconductor material. It is therefore suitable for making transistors. Therefore the graphene transistor is fully a nonsense imagining because the graphene is not a semiconductor, it is a very good electrical conductor. In regard of the last 10 years Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov received their Nobel Prizes and 10 million Swedish Korona for the NOTHING.
    According to the justification of the Nobel Committee in 2015, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald received their Nobel Prizes for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.
    The Nobel Committee donated again Nobel Prizes and 8 million Swedish Korona for the NOTHING, since yet always is unknown the numerical worth of the frequency, impulse, kinetic energy and therefore the mass of the neutrinos. Without the numerical worth of the frequency hasn’t proved that the neutrinos have oscillation and mass. According to a theory of the modern physics pseudo-science, in one light-year thick layer of lead is absorbed only half of the neutrinos, then how is it possible to detect neutrinos and the oscillation of the neutrino? Since Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald haven’t one light-year thick layer of lead in their laboratories, therefore the discovery of the neutrino oscillations is only a scam! The neutrino is only an invented particle, which comes from the one wrong theory of the modern physics pseudo-science.
    The Hungarian physicist Gabor Fekete demonstrated that the modern physics is a full pseudo-science in hundred percent degree and he described with eight digit accuracy the electromagnetic physics of photons, X-ray-photons, gamma-photons, muons, electrons and all atoms, thus solving all the problems in particle and nuclear physics. He also gave a new interpretation for the full spectrum of the hydrogen and described the strengthening points of all photons in the hydrogen atom.
    At the same time he uncovered the fraud of the CERN manager Joseph Incandela and his team. Joseph Incandela and his team issued a speculative explanation. They said that they detected 133 proton mass Higgs boson. It proved to be a lie, because they detected only 4 muons and 2 photons. The mass of these is altogether 0.4 proton masses. Francois Englert and Peter Higgs received undeservedly their Nobel Prizes and 8 million Swedish Korona for their ridiculous boson theory and the fraud of the Incandela team.
    Under the 4 years working on the LHC was executed many billion times billion collisions and was only ONE detection, but it also had been falsified by the Incandela team. The physics Nobel Committee was in collaboration with the cheater Incandela team therefore gave immediately Nobel Prizes still in that year to the two delusional pseudo-scientist.
    The building of the CERN monster was 6.4 billion euros and it is completely useless. The CERN LHC is an energy wasting monster and there are payed the thousands of the delusional pseudo-scientists.
    All the members of the physics Nobel Committee more than one year known the publication of Gabor Fekete and the scientific significance of his work is hundred times greater than the lied neutrino oscillations.
    The physics Nobel Committee is already not unified. The main problem comes from the fact that the Nobel Committee consists of conservative pseudo-scientists in 63 percent, whose gave under many years a lot of Nobel Prizes for worthless theories and falsified experimental results.
    The following persons tried again to defend their modern physics pseudo-science, therefore they voted against ‘s Nobel Prize for his truth physics science and voted for the worthless and lied “discovery”.

    Alexander N. Skrinskiy
    Anders Barany
    Anders Irback
    Anne L’Huillier
    Bengt Nagel
    Bjorn Jonson
    Bo Lehnert
    Carsten Peterson
    Cecilia Jarlskog
    Claes Fahlander
    Claes-Goran Wahlstrom
    Dan-Olof Riska
    Denys Wilkinson
    Eleanor Campbell
    Gert Brodin
    Gosta Ekspong
    Gunnar Ingelman
    Hans Ryde
    Ingolf Lindau
    Ingvar Lindgren
    James D. Bjorken
    John Magne Leinaas
    Lars Bergstrom
    Lars Brink
    Lennart Stenflo
    Ludwig D. Faddeev
    Olga Botner
    Paula Anna-Maria Eerola
    Per Carlson
    Peter Erman
    Petter Minnhagen
    Reinhold Schuch
    Steven M Girvin
    Stig Stenholm
    Sune Svanberg
    Sven-Olof Holmgren
    Thors Hans Hansson
    Torleif Ericson
    Torsten Akesson
    Ulf Danielsson
    The whole modern “physics” is a perfect pseudo-science with its all rubbish theories and models together. This is verified by .
    The continuation of this pseudo-science causes a lot of damage to all nations’ economies due to the expensive, fruitless and pseudo-scientific research, therefore it is a CRIME. Is fraud from the money of the taxpayers in any country of the world!
    I would like to ask you to investigate and take appropriate legal action in this fraud case! Thank you in advance.
    I attached ‘s two revealing papers below, which is known by thousands of physicists in the whole world, however, it is concealed by all of them.
    Still a thing: I also will emailing to your colleagues at your institute in these days in this case, therefore I would like to ask you to notify them! Thank you in advance!

    Best regards,
    Professor Hermann Grimmeiss
    Photo
    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
    Member of Class for Physics
    Lund University

    • Zolko

      I got that same message, but from :

      Professor Olle Eriksson
      The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
      Member of Class for Physics
      Uppsala University

      Also, funnily, the name Gábor Fekete is actually an embedded image, so that the SPAM-filter doesn’t recognize it.

  8. Stan

    I got the email today at my NIST email account.

    I responded with:

    “Dear Nigerian Price,

    While I’m so happy to have won the Nigerian lottery, I cannot, in good conscience, supply you with my social security number and bank account for a direct deposit. Please donate my winnings of $10,000,000.00 USD to local charitable organizations, but not the Mormons because they’re kinda weird.

    Scootilly billy bop diddy bop bop twee sweedoww!

    Skittles,
    Dr. so and so (me)”

    • Alex

      That’s right, nothing for the Mormons. Everyone at NIST seems to be getting these. I wonder if we should report this to iTAC…

      • Stan

        I tried reporting it to iTAC, and absolutely nothing happened.

  9. Dan S

    I went directly to the hosting provider of the email address he used. After less than 12 hours the mail account was deactivated.

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  11. Yitzack

    He’s moved on to using Fabiola Gianotti’s name and e-mail address. She is currently the director general of CERN and she announced ATLAS’s positive detection of Higgs bosons in 2012. The only real thing in the e-mail is the salutation.

  12. BEN

    “My name is Fabiola Gianotti and I am the Director-General of CERN. I think so that you also received falsified emails from the hungarian physicist Gabor Fekete”
    And a few paragraphs later:
    “I just want to indicate that I very agree with Gabor…”

    Just received the email today (18.April 2017, at 10:46am).

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