## Saturday, October 09, 2010

### Why Harold Lewis left the APS after 67 years

After 67 years of membership, Harold Lewis of UC Santa Barbara is leaving the American Physical Society:
Resignation letter (GWPF, click)
The APS - currently led by Curtis Callan who seems to have abandoned most ethical principles as resolutely as any other generic bureaucrat who wants to preserve his feeding trough - has become a corrupt organization whose main goal is to protect the financial interests of the members, especially the members who love to get to the top.

This goal has become more important for them than any traces of scientific integrity, basic human decency, or the organization's own rules how issues should be discussed within the APS. Lewis recalls some frustrating details about the APS's reaction to the ClimateGate. Holy cow, it reads so terrible. And those who have followed what was happening know that what Lewis writes is simply true.

Even when you restrict your focus on the discipline of particle physics, it is remarkable and scary that there's no general agreement in the community that Curtis Callan has become a corrupt person. It's probably because to one extent or another, most of the scientists in official institutions put their material interests above the truth and the scientific etiquette, so they would act in a similar way.

As Lewis explains, the bulk of the current community has probably gone to the field for the money rather than their love for physics. Lewis quantifies that Princeton's physics department will probably lose millions of dollars a year once the AGW bubble fully implodes - so pretty much all of its members are trying to defend this farrago of lies and delay the collapse as much as they can.

I simply can't have any human respect for such people. It's great if they find something interesting about physics. But are their contributions enough to compensate for the damage they do to all of science most of the time? I don't know.

Thanks to Willie Soon

Sorry for the missing APS logo at the top. After a previous article about APS, I was threatened by an unbelievable as*hole with an aps.org e-mail that he would sue me if I use the APS logo.

To recall some of the events in APS, see a December 2009 article on the CBS website. Curtis Callan didn't even bother to discuss the ClimateGate and the petition inspired by it with Will Happer and Robert Austin, despite their being in the very same building of Princeton University.

Callan's (and others') approach to these matters has been structurally isomorphic to the attitude to science shown by the advocates of the Aryan Physics in Germany of the 1930s. Certain allies in politics and elsewhere have been way more important for Callan et al. than physics and the fellow physicists - as long as they're Jews or skeptics.

Shame on you, Mr Callan.