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Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration

From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:41:21 -0500
Archived: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:33:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration


>From: Ray Dickenson<r.dickenson.nul>
>To:<post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:14:07 -0000
>Subject: Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration

>>From: William Treurniet<wtreurniet.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:59:17 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration

><snip>

>>How do List members feel about this proposal? Are there pros and
>>cons I have not considered?

>Hi William,

>If it's a controversial/breakthrough idea then it's a waste of
>time submitting it to any 'peer-review' process.

>As the Independent or Guardian explained a few days ago, 'peer
>reviews' (and the closely linked funding committees) are forced
>to opt for mediocrity - breakthroughs are forbidden. (The
>article said that Einstein would've certainly been turned down
>by 'peer review'.)


>So some influentiol folk are muttering that modern 'peer review'
>is killing progress and should be scrapped, some even saying
>"Just publish yourself and let the audience evaluate it".

>Maybe that's the way to go.

Hi Ray,

Thanks for your comments. I agree with them, but what I was
proposing was a way around the current peer review system and
more along the lines of your last statement. We can already
publish ourselves in the places I mentioned earlier, i.e., the
JFS, the UFO Digest, and the viXra archive, but there is no way
to know how it is evaluated by the audience. There is no
significant feedback to either the author or the readership.

I've published original stuff on my own website as well as those
other places, but I usually have no idea whether most people
think I'm nuts or I've discovered something important. Actually,
some people are only too ready to comment on the nutty ideas,
but few go out of their way to encourage the good ones.

Good ideas need positive and negative feedback to be developed
further, and bad ideas need it so they can die a timely death.
The rating system I proposed earlier would offer some feedback,
and perhaps comments could also be allowed after each article
similar to YouTube comments. These would need to be moderated,
of course, to weed out the detritus.


William






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