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Jan 20 2013

Totally unsurprising

Chandra Wickramasinghe is on twitter, trying to defend that awful paper claiming to have found diatoms in a meteorite. When asked why he published in the Journal of Cosmology rather than a more credible journal, he replied “because the conclusion is tentative and awaits peer review. Have patience my dear son.”.

So JoC is unreviewed. Tell me, who is just blown away by that amazing revelation?

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  1. 1
    Jafafa Hots

    It’s pretty bad when even his dear son questions his conclusions.

    I’d disown the ungrateful little fucker.

  2. 2
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    So JoC is unreviewed. Tell me, who is just blown away by that amazing revelation?

    Gee, who would have thunk???

  3. 3
    David Gerard

    And of course the JoC still claims on its front page to be peer-reviewed.

  4. 4
    PZ Myers

    Never believed it. It’s clear from the content that JoC is a vanity journal for a small group of circle-jerking cranks.

  5. 5
    sharkjack

    The only part that surprises me is the part where they themselves admit so freely that the conclusion itself awaits peer review. It seems like such an open admission to the paper being non science that I’d expect everyone involved to dance around that kind of stuff like crazy.

  6. 6
    Brian E

    Well, if you’re a circle-jerking crank, your peers would be circle-jerking cranks. So, if your peers looked at your work, or just like how you circle jerk while doing that work, isn’t that a form of peer review?

  7. 7
    David Marjanović

    It awaits peer review, so he published it?

    :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

    Seriously, what next, the Chewbacca Defense?

    (BTW, *hint hint* most journals flatly refuse to publish stuff that has already been published elsewhere. Very few editors would ever send it out to peer review when it’s already out!

    And of course the JoC still claims on its front page to be peer-reviewed.

    o_O On its front page? I’ve never seen a journal state that it’s peer-reviewed on its front page. It’s usually implied in the instructions to authors. What a cargo cult!

  8. 8
    Steven Brown: Man of Mediocrity

    Looks like his account had been suspended…. I know very little about twitter… Does that mean it might not really be him?

  9. 9
    Rey Fox

    It awaits peer review, so he published it?

    Yeah. Good luck getting it published anywhere decent now.

  10. 10
    tonysnark

    I remember reading a book by Fred Hoyle and co-authored by Wickramasinghe many years ago, supporting the steady-state model of cosmology as opposed to the more popular big bang. Amusingly, the way they explained away the cosmic microwave background was to postulate that the universe is full of iron filings.

  11. 11
    Jafafa Hots

    Amusingly, the way they explained away the cosmic microwave background was to postulate that the universe is full of iron filings.

    Proof of creationism!
    Where there are filings, there MUST be a filer!

  12. 12
    borax

    I’ve written a paper on the “Transmutation of Base Metals Into Higher Elements”. Unfortunately the only journal that will publish it is a tiny magazine that usually has a photo of a UFO on the cover. Being a totally real scientist, I would like funding to get my paper published in a real science publication like Time or maybe on the Huffington post. So far I have turned pure zinc into a cadmium alloy. With enough funding, I think I may be able to make lead into tin.

  13. 13
    Lofty

    I imagine that what he really means is that Lord Monckton has read it and commented favourably on it. I mean, Monkey’s a real Peer Of The Realm and all that.

  14. 14
    michaelbusch

    I am not at all surprised. I once emailed the editor of JoC, explaining why what he was writing was nonsense and telling him to stop spamming the arXiv with woo. His response was to ask me to write up a paper explaining this for publication… in JoC. Completely missing the point. I must conclude that they are being willfully dense.

    @borax: Hey, transmutation is easy. When I was an undergrad at UMN, sophomore physics lab included turning sodium into magnesium (neutron bombardment is fun). Lead into gold is harder – it requires electrons and alpha particles and the cross-sections aren’t as good.

  15. 15
    Rich Woods

    Hey, transmutation is easy.

    Too right. Every day I turn potassium into calcium and argon. I don’t even have to visit the lab.

  16. 16
    michaelbusch

    @Rich: And you even make a little antimatter too (~10 ppm of K-40 decays are by positron+neutrino, so a few thousand positrons per day are emitted by an adult human skeleton).

  17. 17
    shouldbeworking

    Careful with the antimatter. Real Americans(tm) don’t deal with that, only left-leaning liberal commies who hate the USA.

  18. 18
    chadwickjones

    LOL! JoC! That poor website reminds me of http://www.earthage.org/

    Deepak Chopra was fairly excited to have been published in the JoC… lulz!

  19. 19
    Bill Openthalt

    Is this the guy who co-authored the dreadful “Diseases from outer space” with Fred Hoyle (who, to be fair, did write some great science fiction, like “The Black Cloud”)?

  20. 20
    David Marjanović

    Is this the guy who co-authored the dreadful “Diseases from outer space” with Fred Hoyle

    Yes.

  21. 21
    DLC

    I could get the plot to The Beatles Yellow Submarine published in JoC.

  22. 22
    unnullifier

    And now Chandra Wickramasinghe’s Twitter account is suspended. I wonder what he did to pull that off?

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