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The crackpot’s conundrum

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Freeman Dyson

The objection that [new theories] are not crazy enough…applies especially to crackpots. Most of the crackpot papers that are submitted to the Physical Review are rejected, not because it is impossible to understand them, but because it is possible. Those that are impossible to understand are usually published. When the great innovation appears, it will almost certainly be in a muddled, incomplete, and confusing form. To the discoverer himself it will be only half understood. To everybody else it will be a mystery. For any speculation that does not at first glance look crazy, there is no hope.

Freeman Dyson

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May 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

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