Concord, ON, Canada
Death by peer-review:
Analysis of the 1938 Ives-Stilwell experiment
as a sociological test of the legitimacy of so-called "peer review"
in mainstream scientific publications
by Correa, Alexandra N.; Askanas, Malgosia
Published in February 2009. 24 pages.
Aetherometric Theory of Synchronicity, Vol. 1
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This communication documents the vagaries of the peer-review process, as exemplified by the responses we received when we submitted our monograph on the 1938 Ives & Stilwell experiment (AS3-I.4) to a few mainstream journals and reviewers. The reader may judge for him/herself what has happened to science in the so-called "open societies": the journals' first and foremost concern is with bureaucratic procedures, while their editors and reviewers sound much like parrots with a very restricted vocabulary and an overt incapacity to read, let alone think, compute or analyze.
Scientific discovery is often carelessly looked upon as the creation of some new knowledge which can be added to the great body of old knowledge - and the machinery of "peer review" is aligned with precisely such a perspective. But while this perspective may indeed apply to ordinary, trivial discoveries, it is blatantly untrue for fundamental discoveries. This paper examines the case of one such discovery, and shows the total inability of the "peer" mechanism to engage with it as a scientific work. The national and global societies are reaping the fruits of an ever-spreading collective dearth of intelligence, which is effectively also the slow death of science.