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The Sciences

Bethell Backing Down on Relativity?

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFebruary 7, 2006 11:30 PM

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John Farrell has been helping to keep an eye out for outlandish claims made by Tom Bethell, author of the Politically Incorrect Guide to Science. It's hard to know what Bethell's most over-the-top view is, but I'd say two are in strong competition: 1) questioning the existence of an African AIDS epidemic; 2) questioning Einstein and relativity. (It's clear which of these views is the more "politically incorrect." Also, it really tells you something that Bethell's anti-evolutionism doesn't even top the list.) But in any case, according to Farrell, Bethell isn't endorsing anti-Einstein positions any more. Farrell says we should be pleased by this:

This is reason for optimism. (I know, I know, the cynics are snickering at me.) For science enthusiasts everywhere, this means there is hope for Tom Bethell. If he can change his mind about relativity (even if he doesn't outright admit it), he may also see the light on Darwin as well. (provided he starts contacting sources who are a., still living, and b., still working in the field.)

I guess it all depends on what the meaning of the word "hope" is. I'm still waiting for Bethell to acknowledge that basically the whole world, including not just Bono and Bill Gates but even the Bush administration, is right about AIDS in Africa.

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