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Don Page put out a really bizarre paper on the Physics archives 2 days ago... it's called "Does God So Love the Multiverse?"
http://arxiv.org/abs/0801.0246
"I regard the death and resurrection of Jesus as the sign given to us
that He is indeed the Son of God and Savior He claimed to be, rather than
needing signs from fine tuning." - Don Page

I think it may actually top both Frank Tipler and John Hagelin for nuttiest physics papers ever (if it counts as a physics paper). It looks like he's not planning on publishing it to a physics journal, but rather to Science and Religion in Dialogue, but in that case, why is it on the archives? He acknowledges Richard Dawkins, Nick Bostrom, David Deutsch, Steven Weinberg, and a lot of other cool people for "useful conversations" at the end of the paper. His first citation in the references is the King James bible, out of which he quotes scripture many times throughout the paper. Note that this archive is for technical papers on physics--it's not supposed to be religion, or even philosophy for that matter. WTF?!

Compare this to the almost-as-strange papers on there such as:

A proposal to draw cards from a deck randomly to decide whether to turn on LHC (to see if the machine doesn't want to be turned on, so it will send signals backwards in time to stop us from doing so):
http://arxiv.org/abs/0707.1919

Hagelin's "Is Consciouness the Unified Field":
http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/find/hep/www?rawcmd=find+a+hagelin+and+t+consciousness
(somewhere online the actual paper is still stored, because I remember skimming it... although it seems to have been removed from the arxiv's at least)

I'm too lazy to search for one of Tipler's crazy papers, but I'm sure you can find it if you try.

Comments

mauitian
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Page should have been more subtle and just titled his paper "Please give me the Templeton prize."
spoonless
Jan. 20th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
heh... good point. I couldn't help but think while I was skimming it that he must be writing this due to pressure from someone, whether it be a wife or friends or yes... Templeton Foundation? :)

Edited at 2008-01-20 01:59 am (UTC)

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