Fine Structure

Crackpots, Geniuses, and Evidence

A BoingBoing discussion about what seperates the crackpots from the scientists which is sometimes difficult to discern at first glance - crackpot theories catch on for a reason, after all.

In particular this article covers a theory that Earth began as a gas giant and the solid center was compressed to a much smaller size. As the gas was removed, the center expanded and the previous surface area broke into the continents we know today. It's a fun theory to think about but completely without evidence to support it.

http://boingboing.net/2012/07/10/crackpots-geniuses-and-how-t.html ]

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