Dubious Claims

There are some results which are claimed to be valid pulsar detections - but are wanting in scientific proof.

Of course - one could go softly on these claims - but to do so would just add to the problem.  This author is not inclined to sit back and watch this dubious information propagate without challenge.

Favourite Quotes from Carl Sagan:

  • "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
  • "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
  • "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken..."

If quantity (as opposed to quality) is the yardstick then these dubious claims are winners in that game, as they have been propagated all over the place willingly by a whole host of promoters (ignorance, laziness, hubris...?).  Such is the power of propaganda...

As a service to those trying to learn about amateur pulsar detection, the following is a list of locations where these dubious results are currently published.

Note: some references previously published have now been deleted, upon review, by the publishing parties and so the following list has been edited to reflect the current situation.

On an Individual's website...

On the BAA-RAG website...

Make up your own mind about the validity of these claims - scientifically of course...

You might have to be quick though, the references are slowly being expunged from sites who value their scientific credibility.