Because if it weren’t, that would be bad.
Top ecclesiastical officials today criticized a journal’s decision to publish a controversial new paper by the astronomer Galileo, who claims that the earth goes around the sun:
If any of his claims were true, then all of the bases underlying contemporary science would be toppled, and we would have to rethink everything about the nature of the universe. For that reason, publishing an article like this is a very serious act, and it reveals that the editors are unlikely to have understood what the implications of such an article are.
– Douglas Hofstadter, Indiana University
This recurring attack on an essential element of modern research should be seen for what it is: an assault on science and rationality.
– David Helfand, Columbia University
It’s craziness, pure craziness. I can’t believe a major journal is allowing this work in.
– Ray Hyman, University of Oregon