Ah but how do you genuinely measure the circumference?Sparky wrote:As for pi, I donno, but will accept measurement of circumference divided by diameter should equal 3.14159...
But I do not feel sorry for Mathis. See, I knew of him from well before he went on his science jag.I attend many art shows during my travels around the country. Mathis was an artist in the '90's and it wasn't long before I came across people who had been victims of Mathis' behavior.
Gottlieb680 wrote:Thanks for recognizing we all are free to criticize Mathis' ideas. Considering the puffball nature of the questions he was asked I think some analytical rigor is called for. As one poster said, it was a disappointing interview and, as Mathis abruptly ended it and we were left "interviewing his papers", little of consequence was revealed. If all he was going to do was murmur generalities to general questions it is no wonder some people were underwhelmed.
I do not consider the cost of an idea before I evaluate whether it is convincing. Many people used to toss Mathis' ideas around. Some seemed to regard his ideas as correct, but not as many as I would have guessed. Most simply were not able to rationally evaluate them and repeated the old chestnuts about "he makes some good points" without really having the ability know if Mathis really made any good points at all. But I do have the ability to research and critically evaluate what I read and every article I've read by him is totally unconvincing. Every thing I find out about the topics he discusses indicates his massive failure, not because his ideas contrast with other theories, but because they don't hold up under scrutiny with associated principles about which there is no dispute.
There is an undue amount of carping about mainstream science on this forum and too few experimental results exist which would justify alternate science or alternate beliefs. This is hardly the fault of mainstream scientists who, unlike Mathis, had the courage and the smarts to put themselves out there to convince others to fund their experiments. All Mathis can do is sneer, write 3000 articles, and call almost every scientist dishonest and incompetent.
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