Professor Lewandowsky, who tweets under the name of @STWorg, has just opined on Twitter:
The former Conservative party is now a fascist-enabled white-nationalist outfit and not much more. And yet, so many people close their eyes to that transformation. It’s in plain sight and broad daylight.
To which Ben Pile has replied:
Really? “a fascist-enabled white-nationalist outfit and not much more”? You need to see a psychologist, Stephan. Or go for a walk, or something.
Following which about a thousand other people have piled in:
Symptoms of paranoia and delusional disorders:
– Intense irrational suspicion or mistrust
– Fear, anger, and betrayal senses
– Difficulty forgiving
– Defensive attitude Argumentative
Another reasoned and evidenced conclusion from the heart of academia!
Thanks for that misinformation!
Imagine my surprise to find he is not a professor of particle physics
Nurse, nurse, he’s out of bed again!
This tweet is, to put it mildly, complete bullshit.
My nephew is thinking of going to Bristol Uni, I might have to have a word with him about his choice…
What planet are you on mate?
This monster bellend needs reporting, he should not be allowed anywhere near impressionable minds.
Ilive in Bristol and I thought it was a proper university not a plastic banana one.
You should not be in education! A warped mind teaching young minds. You should be removed.
And so on and on… hundreds of them, and not one of them except Ben has probably heard of Professor Lew until now.
It’s mildly irritating, having wasted hundreds of hours of my life pointing out the lies and academic crimes of this self-described expert in misinformation, to no avail, to think that he is probably toast now, his academic career in ruins, and all because he said something silly on the internet.
The fact that he lied about his sources, methodology and results in an academic paper; that he then lied about critics of his paper and insulted them in a second paper, and then in a third when the second was retracted, and repeated the lies on government financed blogs on two continents; that he quoted his phoney research in evidence before a parliamentary committee; that he recommended his retracted paper in an encyclopaedia article published by Oxford University Press; that he published survey results with informants aged ten and under and 30,000 plus; that he publicly vaunted as his “favourite conspiracy theory ever” a fake comment by a certain Donald Duck – all this has been pointed out in numerous complaints to universities, academic journals and publishers.
One journal retracted a paper on false grounds after discussions with Lewandowsky’s lawyers; and the OUP removed one reference from a bibliography which had been included due to a “mistake.” Otherwise, complaints have been dismissed or ignored – but no longer. This will be in the local paper and then the nationals. Lew will probably now be at least admonished, and advised to keep his bizarre opinions to himself. He’s unlikely to be invited to many more university conferences in Britain, not if the Conservatives win and start looking for savings to be made in the Higher Education Budget. Vice Chancellors are not bothered by having a serial liar on their staff, but bad publicity from a tweet is something else.
Oh well, didn’t they get Lysenko for tax evasion? Surely the coming fascist-enabled government can cook up something more blood-curdling than that?