Freeman Dyson’s death

As we are doing stupid stuff anyway – like writing to the Nobel Prize Committee – I thought I should just go all the way, and finally contact the man who must know the truth on whether or not mainstream QM is just a gigantic hoax: a sophisticated mass deception effort—think of it as a PR stunt to keep big tech projects going!

The name of the man is Freeman Dyson. He’s the last man standing of the post-WW II generation which I now refer to as the Mystery Wallahs. He’s 96, I think.

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Oh hell ! I just checked: he passed away too. Just 10 days ago, on 28 February 2020. He died, apparently, from the complications from a fall in the cafeteria in Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies, from which I got his email address. This is plain eerie: I was writing to a dead man ! :-/

I did not receive any error or other message. I guess they haven’t deactivated his email account yet. :-/

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Post scriptum—or my obituary, I guess: Despite the rather romantic image of Freeman Dyson as the crazy iconoclastic or ‘heretic’ scientist (he never bothered to get a PhD, for example), I do not associate him with anything good—if only because of his stance on climate change, and I thank the NY Times journalist who wrote his obituary for writing what should be written here:

“He doubted the veracity of the climate models, and he exasperated experts with sanguine predictions they found rooted less in science than in wishfulness: Excess carbon in the air is good for plants, and global warming might forestall another ice age.”

That should generate enough dislike, I’d think. However, I don’t like him because of an entirely different: the reason why I finally wrote him that email he now can’t read. Perhaps it’s better this way: I hope he takes what I now think of as a Bright Shining Lie to the grave.

It’s probably a futile hope: editorial lines of scientific journals will probably not change any time soon. Sayre’s Law: “Academic politics is much more vicious than real politics.” Sayre thought it was “because the stakes are so small.”

I agree with Oliver Consa here: the latter probably isn’t true. US$600 m projects do warrant a decent PR fight, don’t they? I, therefore, suspect the Mystery Wallahs will prevail. As most – if not all of them – also said they do believe in God, I guess that suits everyone then. :-/

From: Jean Louis Van Belle
Sent: Monday, March 9, 2020 7:09 AM
To: ‘dyson@ias.edu’ <dyson@ias.edu>
Subject: Last man standing…

Dear Professor – I hope this email reaches you. I’ve been thinking of writing you for many years, as you are the ‘last man standing’ of a incredibly smart group of people who basically developed what we now refer to as the Standard Model of physics.

As I am reaching a rather ripe old age myself now – but still trying to establish what, in my world (which is consulting and finance), is referred to as some kind of ‘basic version of truth’ – there are many topics and questions I would want to ask, but I’ll reduce them to one very simple question on the enclosed paper, which was written by a very smart young man: Dr. Oliver Consa (Something is rotten in the state of QED, Feb 2020).

The question is this: what do you think of Dr. Consa’s ‘version of truth’?

Kindest regards – Jean Louis

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