"Chopper" responds

Yay, more fallout. Need I say more? Oh go on then:

This is a complete fabrication.... I dispute the description “abuse”, and suggest “use” as replacement... Prof Wadhams is apparently not content with people commenting on, or indeed even reporting, his work... This is ridiculous... This is an attempt to spuriously link the complaint to the Royal Society... If anything, my action demonstrates that bullying behaviour by senior academics can at some level be successful...

That last one, correctly, says that this isn't just a matter of fun for the peanut gallery; its more serious than that. Note that PW has form on this issue: see footnote 25: I was subject of a complaint a just over a decade ago when Prof Wadhams accused me of “fraud, theft and plagiarism”. Can there be a more serious accusation for a young post-doctoral scientist? The complaint was found by my management at the time to be without merit.

But enough of the serious stuff. My favourite bit comes from PW himself:

You have seen the full tweet deck. It speaks for itself. Some examples...

Aie! If it f*ck*ng well speaks for itself then it does, indeed, speak for itself, and you don't need to provide any examples, bozo. If you need to provide examples and expound upon them, then it doesn't speak for itself.

And (not even slightly faked, but it is cropped):



* Wadhams and the mighty [sh|tw]it storm


More like this

With precogs and Cthulhu mosners, time ordering is hard to tell, but I did run across more on Prof. Wadhams.

Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams on Matters of Life and Death and Higher Consciousness, March 22, 2013: mentioned earlier:

"Q: Peter, have you yourself ever had any personal experience with something that you might classify as paranormal?
Yes, I have precognitive dreams occasionally, and in one case a very vivid one that preceded an unusual event by 10 days. This was published in “Paranormal Review” (newsletter of the SPR), and it was such a clear case that I feel we have to really rethink our concepts of time and causality, if an event can be foreseen in detail 10 days ahead."

Sadly, this imbroglio seems not to have been foretold.

There is a nonobvious connection between Prof. Wadhams and my favorite dog astrology journal, the Journal of Scientific Exploration. given that it has been quoted as a credible source by:
Steve McIntyre,,
Andrew Montford (discussed in Wiki talk page ),
James Inhofe, in The Greatest Hoax (2012) p.36, and by many others, most recently:
Rupert Darwall, The Age of Global Warming - A History p.200.

The connection:
JSE is published by the Society for Scientific Exploration, first thrust into my consciousness by Eli Rabett.

Mapping Time, Mind and Space (Oct 2012):
"SSE: Peter Wadhams (chair) ... "
Invited Speakers Bob Jahn and Brenda Dunne = PEAR.
That was foretold, p.230 of JSE, call for papers by Prof. Wadhams, Chair of Program Committee.

By John Mashey (not verified) on 17 Oct 2014 #permalink

> Cthulhu
As many have noted over the years, The Kraken:

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: ...
There hath he lain for ages and will lie...
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then ... In roaring he shall rise ...

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 17 Oct 2014 #permalink

> The complaint was found by my management at the time to be without merit.

Is there any public record or history of complaints made against researchers? It would be interesting to look for patterns over time.

The workings of academia are often opaque to those of us outside. Having grown up as a faculty brat myself, I know the value of tenure, but I also have some feel for how that can be used against young researchers.

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 19 Oct 2014 #permalink

Sounds like the only possible precog is the baby who cried before the presentation.

> the Kraken

Be patient, we're pinging him now:

"Cassini Titan Flyby (T-106): Bouncing Radio Waves Off Titan's Lakes (Again!) Oct. 24, 2014

The T-106 flyby presents another opportunity to bounce signals off the
surface of the northern lakes .... This observation will primarily
cover the eastern region of Kraken Mare, the largest body of liquid on

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 22 Oct 2014 #permalink

John Mashey: Sadly, this imbroglio seems not to have been foretold.

Neither was this one, from the home page of the SSE:

"2014 European Meeting Postponed"
"Regrettably, due to a number of unforeseen circumstances this year's European meeting will be postponed to 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. The new location will be announced as soon as possible."

By Christopher Winter (not verified) on 28 Oct 2014 #permalink

Some SSE folks study ESP, but I don't think many claim to be precogs themselves, so I'm unsurprised, but certainly did not forsee this either.

But really, Journal of Scientific Exploration ia corncuopia of stimulating papers. When in need of a break, pick an issue at random and select a paper.

By John Mashey (not verified) on 28 Oct 2014 #permalink

Aside, another brief twit-twit-twit from the ESA folks about the Rosetta comet mssion -- someone took cellphone pictures of a screen during a data discussion meeting and anonymously posted them without attribution, provoking a grumble from the scientists whose work was twitted. Tweeted. Twerked. Whatever they call it when it's out of place and inappropriate.

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 13 Nov 2014 #permalink

...yesterday night there were ROLIS images leaked and published without permission and without giving correct credit. That triggered my rant— MUPUS on Philae (@Philae_MUPUS) November 13, 2014

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 13 Nov 2014 #permalink