Aquí un fragmento:
The school is an example how trivial it is to fabricate a “consensus”. You just choose a group of people where the majority defends certain fundamental misconceptions. And if you give them enough money, they can bring many friends – with the same opinions – and they can easily produce a majority in the field. Whenever the hard scientific evidence is replaced by some crazy sociological criteria, science may be easily doomed. Clifford belongs to a minority.
In fact, I am going to claim that this is likely to happen not only in Mexico but at a global level.
The place of the summer school, Morelia, is not coincidental, either. There is a “quantum gravity” group over there, too – Alejandro Corichi is one name I may mention. Their research is what they would imagine under the term “quantum gravity” in Mexico. Now, you shouldn’t be shocked to hear that Mexico is not a leader in high-energy physics, according to any meaningful objective or subjective criterion you could think of.
The Americans and Europeans who are working on “non-stringy quantum gravity” are just practitioners of this Mexican-level science. They’re the Mexicans’ true peers, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they’re third-rate scientists in the U.S. context. There’s no string theory group in Mexico – another fact that shouldn’t be shocking given Mexico’s average IQ around 85. The IQ increment needed to go from non-stringy quantum gravity to string theory is around 20. But you need many other pre-requisites, too.
Y así sigue. Any comments?