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Physicists have no outlet for expressing their views—especially unorthodox views—on the nature of the scientific method and/or social structures affecting their research because journals for physicists are solely dedicated to research. This book aims to fill this current gap in the literature with a sample of critical papers.
Physicists have no outlet for expressing their views—especially unorthodox views—on the nature of the scientific method and/or social structures affecting their research because journals for physicists are solely dedicated to research. This book aims to fill this current gap in the literature with a sample of critical papers.

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CERN Particle Physics Lab in Geneve, Switzerland announced in October 2004 that they were

suspending their CDS-CERN-EXT-preprint service for members of other institutes. CDS = CERN Document

Server. EXT = External. What is my honest interpretation of this message?

That no longer those blacklisted individuals by the arXiv.org will have a loophole where to post their

papers. CERN, like other institutions worldwide is a mirror site of the arXiv.org at Cornell.

CERN in a very polite manner wrote:

“Authors from other institutes should be posting their papers from now on in the arXiv.org”

while at the same time one of the most famous lines originating from the arXiv.org are:

“We are not censoring you because you can post your papers in other outlets”

“We are not censoring you because you can submit your papers to peer review journals”

CERN is not the only institution that has shut down their CDS-CERN-EXT preprint service but Elsevier

Science has also shut down their Mathematics preprint server. The arXiv.org holds an ever growing

monopoly of what is posted (and what will be allowed to be posted) in cyberspace.

In order to thwart any further lawsuits the arXiv.org in January 2004 erected the facade of the so-called

endorsement system (of authors by other authors) which is nothing but a smoke screen behind which they

can reinforce more efficiently their censorship and blacklisting practices. One of the reasons for doing so is

to prevent preprints from blacklisted scientists using a pseudonym. Many scientists are afraid of endorsing

those who are blacklisted because they fear retaliations from Ginsparg and running the risk of being

blacklisted themselves or having their endorser status revoked. See the note in the

home page.

According to Aaron Bergmann (when he was a student at Princeton) he wrote in a physics website that:

“people read Castro's articles for fun.... “. Too bad that people at Princeton (and elsewhere) are now deprived

of “having such fun” with my articles. Today, they have to go to the journals in order to have their fun and

thank Ginsparg (arXiv.org) for that.

Castro Perelman: Struggle with Ginsparg

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To finalize let us write the original quote by S. Coleman (Harvard): “The problem with a global village

is all the village idiots” and which was later on echoed to the world by P. Ginsparg. This arrogant mentality

is indeed consistent with the censorship and blacklisting of scientists reminiscent of the McCarthy era and

that is going on at the e-prints archives arXiv.org ran P. Ginsparg at Cornell University.

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