Kelvin C. ABRAHAM -- An Introduction to Tetryonic Theory - published at: "International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP), Volume 4, Issue 5, May 2014 Edition".
One corrective measure is to set up some kind of an agency, under scientific society, university, or government auspices, which would undertake the task of giving a preliminary hearing to new scientific proposals, not as a matter of coming to a decision as to their merits, but merely to determine whether or not they appear to be worth more extended consideration by the scientific community.
This kind could provide a remedy for one of the most serious weaknesses of the present system, which stems from the fact that the originator of a new idea normally has no opportunity to present a rebuttal to any adverse opinion that is reached, unless he already has an established standing which enables him to secure publication irrespective of adverse opinions. For the ordinary investigator, the decision of the “authority” in the particular field, or of the publication committee or the book publisher’s advisor, is essentially final. A favorable decision by such an agency would not be in any sense an endorsement of the 25 idea; it would simply state that, in the opinion of the agency staff, the new idea has enough merit of one kind or another to justify further and more detailed examination by the scientific profession at large.
Every significant new experimental discovery should initiate a scaled review of all portions of existing theory that are in any way affected so that errors of interpretation and extrapolation can and will be detected before so many years of effort have been wasted in following false trails.
Another move might be the establishment of a new profession, that of scientific critic, analogous to music or literary critics: individuals who are not performers themselves, but who make a business of passing considered judgment on theories put forward by others. What the research worker needs is not this clear picture of today’s best guess that he gets from the ordinary textbook, but a frank and honest presentation of the basic elements of the theoretical structure, so that he can know which of these elements he must necessarily accept and which are open to possible modification if his findings seem to require some change.
A good professional dramatic critic is a better judge of a theatrical performance than a good actor, and a good professional scientific critic would be a better judge of a scientific theory than a good theorist, for exactly the same reasons.
The existence of some type of independent first tier professional appraisal and critique in the scientific field would go a long way toward minimizing the undesirable and detrimental practices, and would greatly facilitate such projects as the development of a new and better atomic theory.
Certainly it would be extremely helpful to the innovator to have his new and unconventional ideas appraised by someone who welcomes the opportunity of making such an appraisal and who has no personal axe to grind, rather than, as at present, being completely at the mercy of individuals who prefer not to be bothered with making the appraisal at all, and whose personal interests are strongly identified with maintaining the existing structure of scientific thought intact.
New ideas are the most important raw material of scientific progress, and the procedures of Science should be so set up that development of such ideas is not opposed or passively accepted, but actively and positively encouraged.
Science is not properly organized unless and until it sets up procedures which insure prompt recognition of meritorious new ideas even if they are poorly expressed, timidly presented, and without adequate factual support at the time they first appear.
It is the scientific community, acting through whatever agencies are required, that should display the aggressiveness—actively seeking out and encouraging new developments rather than accepting only those that force their way in—and it is the scientific community that should be quick to perceive the value of any new thought that is advanced, regardless of whether or not it agrees with established theories. "--Abraham
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Posted on Thu, May 1, 2014
by Richard Blankenship