Political and sociological essays

“The suggestion that petroleum might have arisen from some transformation of squashed fish or biological detritus is surely the silliest notion to have been entertained by substantial numbers of persons over an extended period of time.”    Fred Hoyle, 1982.


1. The Collision of Science and Junk-science:
The distinction between modern petroleum science and the nonsense about a “biological-origin-of-petroleum” [BOOP].
2. Cargo Cult Science“:
Richard Feynman, Commencement Address, California Institute of Technology, 1974, [an extended comment on BOOP].
3. Cognitive Processes and Suppression of Sound Scientific Ideas“:
J. Sacherman, 1997, [An interesting essay on the herd behavior of academic scientists, and an explanation for the anomalous toleration for BOOP among American scientists].
4. Conduct and Misconduct in Science.”
The abuses of anonymous peer review in American academia, Goodstein, D., (1996), Conduct and Misconduct in Science, in The Flight from Science and Reason,  P. R. Gross, N. Levitt, and M. W. Lewis, New York, New York Academy of Sciences, 775: 31-38.
5. Rebuttal of article in Nature Reports (12 August 2002):
A typical example of misrepresentation of modern petroleum science by the British/American geo-media.
6. The Plagiarism of Modern Russian Petroleum Science:
An abbreviated review of the attempted plagiarism the modern Russian-Ukrainian theory of deep, abiotic petroleum origins.


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