Nobel disease

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The Nobel disease is a term used to describe a phenomenon in which Nobel Prize-winning scientists endorse or perform "research" in pseudoscientific areas in their later years. In reality, this "disease" most likely demonstrates that even the most brilliant people are not immune to crank ideas and belief in such ideas will persist to some degree even among Nobelists. It also makes for a convenient argument from authority for lesser cranks, because if a Nobel Prize-winning scientist says it, it must be true! Some of the more (in)famous victims of Nobel disease include:

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  1. Pierre Curie bio
  2. John William Strutt bio
  3. http://books.google.fr/books?id=VcBs8enYCCcC&pg=PA502&lpg=PA502&dq=Joseph+Thomson+psychical+research&source=bl&ots=XMAUTZWjVl&sig=-4aKFonKr5bihsBlpwCZ9t2xYDQ&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=bzbHU83pJqef0QXmo4B4&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Joseph%20Thomson%20psychical%20research&f=false
  4. http://www.questia.com/library/7939014/recollections-and-reflections
  5. Charles Richet bio
  6. My View of the World Erwin Schrödinger chapter iv. What Is life? the physical aspect of the living cell & Mind and matter — By Erwin Schrodinger
  7. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/325387-consciousness-cannot-be-accounted-for-in-physical-terms-for-consciousness
  8. http://books.google.fr/books?id=JMczYbPasfsC&pg=PA122&lpg=PA122&dq=Otto+Stern+paranormal&source=bl&ots=2F9Da5FYHI&sig=T-IKOyJtMfDeqOsRCyYdWZaO01Y&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=djXHU5iBBOq30QWn34HQCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Otto%20Stern%20paranormal&f=false
  9. Chain, 1971, “Social Responsibility and the Scientist in Modern Western Society,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Spring 1971, Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 368
  10. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Pauli
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect
  12. Bill Shockley bio
  13. Fury at DNA Pioneer's Theory: Africans are Less Intelligent than Westerners, The Independent
  14. [1], where Watson clarifies he speaks as "people who have to deal with black employees".
  15. Eccles, John (1973). "6 'Brain, Speech, and Consciousness'". The Understanding of the Brain. McGraw-Hill Book Company. p. p. 189. ISBN 0-07-018863-7.
  16. http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/rhs_0151-4105_1977_num_30_1_1466
  17. Hannes Alfvén, Cosmology—Myth or Science? J Astrophysics and Astronomy, vol. 5, pp. 79-98, (1984).
  18. Ivar Giaevar, DeSmog Blog
  19. Pioneer of the Paranormal
  20. [2]
  21. Outside the Box or Around the Bend? Photon in the Darkness
  22. Beyond Kary Mullis: The Alien Conspiracy Theory of AIDS, Denying AIDS
  23. Kary Mullis - Personal Views, Wikipedia
  24. http://www.montanasnews.tv/articles.php?mode=view&id=3262
  25. http://www.christianpost.com/news/creation-scientists-in-three-way-debate-with-intelligent-design-evolution-7807/
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