The Downside to the Having Your Jargon Taken Seriously

…Of course, there is a downside to the percieved authority of science. Namely, even though people recognize its authority, they don’t bother to try to understand it. As a result, a great many people apparently find it impossible to distinguish between actual science using impenetrable, sciencey-sounding jargon and absolute bullshit using impenetrable, sciencey-sounding jargon.

Case in point: this is a selection of an actual published, peer-reviewed paper*:

“Our requirement of periodicity in imaginary time can be viewed as a kind of consistency of quantum states in these two domains, or the finiteness of the semiclassical underbarrier transition amplitude between them (remember that the Hawking periodicity requirement is based on the absense of conical singularity which is, in its turn, motivated by the regularity of the semiclassical distribution).”

This, on the other hand, is nonsense created by a random number generator:

The quantum gravity dampeners reverse the auxiliary singularities near the regions. You need to invert the gravity dampener. Fluctuating the weak time-matter field catches fluctuations around the strange zone. There is an enhanced plasma conduit near the vortex which affects special fluctuations within the critical charge. The sensor array core has been contained! The extending plasma conduit next to the galaxy.
Now, those of you with absolutely no formal training in physics whatsoever: can you tell the difference?
This goes a long way towards explaining the enduring popularity of Deepak Chopra.
*This is why I think physicists should be forced to pass writing courses before they are given their degrees.

About thevenerablecorvex

I have the heart of a poet, the brain of a theoretical physicist, and the wingspan of an albatross. I am also notable for my humility.
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3 Responses to The Downside to the Having Your Jargon Taken Seriously

  1. n8chz says:

    can you tell the difference?

    I think so, but I can’t be sure because you spoiled it by revealing up front which is which. The second text has a definite “space opera” feel to it.

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