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Profile of Peter Thiel's "junk science" journal from someone asked to write for it / Boing Boing



Adam Becker was invited to write for Inference, a "quarterly review of science" supported by billionaire Peter Thiel. The inference covers all sorts of interesting topics, but has an alarming tendency not to distinguish between pseudoscience and the real thing: think Omni but with the dry imprimature of academic style rather than cool paintings. So Becker went down the rabbit court (instead of being paid for it) and wrote a profile of the publication for Undark.

A cursive italic on their masthead gave me a break: "We have no ideological, political or religious agendas at all." This hit me as unusual overweight, so I made a small dig and came across a blog post from 201

4 by computer scientist Jeffrey Shallit, where he muses on the first issue of this new "science" publication and added: "the unusual is strong – very strong – with this."

It sounds like the kind of things I will love – indulgent longing for strange science – but the reality of such things in 2019 is climate denial and creationism and Noam Chomsky

(pictured above is, in the absence of Inference having any screenhottable visual character at all, my own design of what a Boing Boing Journal of Junk Science might laugh ok like – maybe it's time!)

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