posted on Sep, 19 2013 @ 09:42 PM
reply to post by Greylorn
You can hardly expect a 'perfesser' of physics to take seriously someone who claims that the aether is the same thing as dark energy, and makes
definite statements about the conditions that prevailed antecedent to the Big Bang!
You are correct, and I do not have such expectations.
Becoming a professor in a hard science such as physics requires a lot of time and work. After getting a basic Ph.D a guy has to find a position in a
university and begin working his (maybe her) way up from newbie to assistant to associate professor, finally to a tenured position. This requires
gleaning grant money and kowtowing to accepted beliefs. Sometimes it requires kissing the posteriors of unimaginative but politically powerful
professors sitting at the front of the academic feeding troughs.
In all but a few remarkable instances, by the time someone becomes a Professor, he has simultaneously become a "perfesser," a pedant who follows the
agreement of his colleagues lest he incur their disapprobation and not get published any more. Many young men enter physics with the intention of
clearing its stagnant air and discovering the real truth of things, but by the time they reach "perfessership," as I put it, they have a family to
feed and a spouse grown accustomed to assured salaries and intellectual social status. Their youthful zeal has been wrung out of them, and they are
incapable of recognizing an idea that when young, they might have embraced and fostered.