Holy cow, I wrote a book!
David Dixon, assistant professor of physics at Saddleback College,
gave a presentation while he was at California Polytechnic State
Tales from "The Box",
in which he presents selected contents of The Box,
an archive of what is charitably describe as
but which is in more plain language
"stuff sent to us by crackpots."
(Warning: Sound quality is terrible.)
He describes the various types of crackpots,
behaviors that set off red flags in professional scientists,
and how crackpot theories can be used in instruction.
In the talk, he excerpts
A Little Bit of Knowledge,
an episode of
This American Life.
He also wonders why crackpots are frequently retired engineers.
Things I learned:
During the Q&A, a person from the audience remarked that
he worked for a government agency which was required to respond to
even the ones from crackpots.
That must really suck.
How does a layperson grab the attention of research scientists
(without looking like a crazy person).