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Abd ul-Rahman Lomax[1][2] (a.k.a. Dennis George Lomax or User:Abd) is an American Muslim, conspiracy theorist, cyber-harasser and internet troll who is best known as proponent of pseudoscientific cold fusion. Lomax has a history of being banned on forums and wikis for disruption, trolling and posting of personal information of other users; disgruntled he then uses his blog to attack his forum debate opponents or admins who banned him; he likes to 'weaponize' Google searches, so if someone searches a name — his blog will show up with ad hominem and smears written about them. After being blocked from RationalWiki and Wikipedia, Lomax wrote thousands of words on his blog about his bans, continuing to attack more editors. In December 2017, Lomax was permanently blocked on Wikiversity for long-term disruption and misusing the site for his personal vendettas to harass other users.[3] In February 2018, he was globally banned by the Wikimedia Foundation.[4]

Lomax claims to be a free speech advocate and protector of civil liberties. He has written a series of blog posts defending the far-right child-rape apologist Emil O. W. Kirkegaard and other alt-right activists.[5] After being banned on practically every respectable wiki on the internet, Lomax became a troll poster on Encyclopedia Dramatica.[6]

Education

Lomax claims to have studied undergraduate physics at the California Institute of Technology; he has no degree. He admits he never "graduated from any college or university."[1][7] However, he writes on websites he attended Cal Tech lectures, studying with Richard Feynman (1961-1963), further that he has knowledge of physics.[8][9][10][11] He also claims to have taken Linus Pauling's freshman chemistry class.[2] Despite, or perhaps because of this, Lomax has previously asserted that formal teachings are unnecessary for him, because he is able to "learn by writing".[12]

Religious views

Islam

Lomax converted to Islam in 1970[13][2] and claims to have "become a leader of a spiritual community"[14] as a successor to a popular mystic Sufi named Samuel L. LewisWikipedia's W.svg. During 1978-1979 Lomax associated with Abdalqadir as-Sufi, Islamic founder of the Murabitun World Movement. He was asked to leave the group, later describing it as a "shady cult".[15][16][17]

Numeric miracles in the Qur'an

Lomax does not deny the possibility of miracles but has disputed the claims of Rashad Khalifa regarding numeric miracles in the Qur'an.[18][19]

Concerning Khalifa, Lomax has written:

"Dr. Khalifa’s claims, at best, fall into the category of pious fraud. … Had God intended the Qur'an to carry a code verifying its perfect preservation, he could have done it much more effectively and simply than the complex, arbitrary, and inconclusive 'code' claimed by Dr. Khalifa.[20]

He was also involved in a long internet debate with Edip Yuksel on numeric miracles in the Quar'an. The debate was printed in book format in 1995 and republished in 2012.[21] According to critics, Lomax is notorious for ad hominem.[22]

Martin Gardner

Lomax's skepticism about numerical miracles was positively cited in a book by Martin Gardner.[20] Lomax cites Gardner on websites to prevent himself from being labelled as a pseudo-scientist for his unorthodox views about cold fusion.[23] However, what this actually shows is an example of stopped clock.

Pseudoscience

Cold fusion

See the main article on this topic: Cold fusion

Lomax is the owner of the pseudoscientific "Infusion Institute" which he formed in December, 2013.[24] It is not a recognized scientific institute, he is the only member. In 2015, he wrote a paper arguing for cold fusion that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Science.[25][26]

According to Lomax:

Cold fusion is real, and it is time that serious work is funded to study the conditions of cold fusion and other correlated effects, gathering the evidence needed to understand it.[27]

At least one news report has incorrectly described Lomax as a "physicist".[28] Lomax has made a number of far-fetched claims, for example he has stated that with further development "cold fusion could supply clean power for humanity indefinitely."[29]

Lomax is the owner of Lomax Design Associates, now based in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2011 he gave a presentation at the pseudoscientific Cold Fusion/Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Reactions Colloquium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[30]

Diet woo

Lomax is an advocate of the Atkins Diet, a low-carb fad diet that most of the medical community have rejected as quackery.[31]

Parapsychology

See the main article on this topic: Parapsychology

Lomax is supportive of research in parapsychology but claims he is not a "believer" in the subject. He has argued against skeptics who dismiss parapsychology as pseudoscientific and refers to skeptics of parapsychology as "pseudoskeptics".[32][33] Lomax argues that:

Parapsychology is, by definition, a science.[34]

The vast majority of scientists, however, consider it a pseudoscience.[35][36]

He has worked with psychic Craig Weiler and his friend Ben Steigmann in promoting paranormal studies on Wikiversity. These studies were deleted in January, 2018.[37]

Defence of Emil Kirkegaard and racialism

...were I an attorney, and a pedophile were charged with a crime (pedophilia is not a crime!), I might defend one.
—Abd Lomax in his defence of child-rape apologist Emil Kirkegaard[38]

Lomax's exact views on race are hard to pin down, but he has defended individuals from the "race realist" community, which Lomax believes is a respectable position. In February 2018, he wrote an extremely bizarre article defending Emil O. W. Kirkegaard and the controversial London Conference on Intelligence.[5] Lomax says he has not seen any evidence that offensive or racist material was presented at the UCL conferences.Do You Believe That? This is despite the fact that over 80% of the speakers have published papers in the Mankind Quarterly, a pseudo-scholarly racist journal.[39] Lomax has defended the journal and criticized the Wikipedia article on it as biased, describing it as "clearly a scientific journal".[5] Mainstream academics have described the Mankind Quarterly as a "white supremacist journal".[40]

Lomax takes issue with the Southern Poverty Law Center which he claims is "highly political". He criticizes their report on Richard Lynn, claiming "this hit piece is simply hitting on stereotypes about racism and sexism, knee-jerk expectations".[5] On his blog, Lomax links to the neo-Nazi encyclopedia Rightpedia as a "valid" source of information. One can speculate that his defence of alt-right speakers such as Kirkegaard and Lynn stems from his interest in protecting civil liberties:

I was also an officer in the Cal Tech chapter of the ACLU, probably as a sophomore there. (I picketed the House Unamerican Activities Committee meeting in Los Angeles then). The ACLU has defended Nazis and other groups widely considered reprehensible, as action protecting civil liberties. Civil liberties are not just for those with politically correct or popular views, but for everyone, and if it becomes an offense to defend the unpopular, democracy is in double trouble.[38]

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography: Abd ul-Rahman Lomax. Cold Fusion Community.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Abd Profile "Born in 1944, Abd ul-Rahman is not my birth name, I accepted Islam in 1970. Not being willing to accept pale substitutes, I learned to read the Qur'an in Arabic by reading the Qur'an in Arabic."
  3. Abd Blocked. (Archived). "Wikiversity is not your personal podium: persistent long term disruption."
  4. User:Abd "Abd has been banned by the Wikimedia Foundation from editing Wikimedia sites".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Well-sourced. Cold Fusion Community.
  6. User:Abd. Encyclopedia Dramatica.
  7. Cold fusion/Experts/Abd ul-Rahman Lomax
  8. Abd Ul-Rahman Lomax, Sat with Richard P. Feynman, 1961-63. I know a *little* about Physics..
  9. sat with Richard P. Feynman at Cal Tech 1961-63, in the “Feynman Lectures
  10. As an undergraduate student at the California Institute of Technology, I studied physics with Richard P. Feynman.
  11. [http://lesswrong.com/user/Abd/ I was at Cal Tech for a couple of years, being in Richard P. Feynman's two years of undergraduate physics classes.
  12. I learn by writing. (Archived).
  13. Christian-Muslim Exchange: Islamic Encounters — Part 3
  14. I became a leader of a "spiritual community," and a successor to a well-known teacher, Samuel L. Lewis
  15. Who are the Murabitun?
  16. Warning about a Shady Cult: Murabitun and Ian Dallas.
  17. http://coldfusioncommunity.net/and-abds-favorite-topic/
  18. The Number 19 in the Qur'an. Bahá'í Library Online.
  19. bismillAhi r-raHmAni r-raHiym.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Gardner, Martin. (2000). Did Adam and Eve Have Navels. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 260-261. Online.
  21. Yuksel, Edip. (2012). Running Like Zebras. Braionbow Press. ISBN 978-0982586730.
  22. Personal Attacks from Daniel Lomax.
  23. Abd Profile at LessWrong. (http://archive.is/DQiBq Archived). "As to rational skepticism, I was known to Martin Gardner, who quoted a study of mine on the so-called Miracle of the Nineteen in the Qur'an, the work of Rashad Khalifa, whom I knew personally."
  24. What is Infusion Institute?
  25. Lomax, Abd ul-Rahman. (2015). Replicable cold fusion experiment: heat/helium ratio. Current Science 108 (4): 574-577. (Also check Archive if link is offline).
  26. Articles written by Lomax, Abd Ul-Rahman. Current Science.
  27. Replicable cold fusion experiment: heat/helium ratio. Archive.
  28. Cold fusion is real, claim scientists. "We have direct evidence that the effect is real and is nuclear in nature," US physicist Abdul-Rahman Lomax of the Infusion Institute in Massachusetts says in his report."
  29. Cold fusion journalism.
  30. 2011 Cold Fusion/Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Reactions Colloquium
  31. Talk:Atkins diet. Wikipedia.
  32. Parapsychology/Dispute over Scientific Status/Abd. Wikiversity. (Archive).
  33. Update May 16, 2016. Also check the Archive.
  34. Archive
  35. Friedlander, Michael W. (1998). At the Fringes of Science. Westview Press. p. 119. ISBN 0-8133-2200-6 "Parapsychology has failed to gain general scientific acceptance even for its improved methods and claimed successes, and it is still treated with a lopsided ambivalence among the scientific community. Most scientists write it off as pseudoscience unworthy of their time."
  36. Pigliucci, Massimo; Boudry, Maarten. (2013). Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University Of Chicago Press p. 158. ISBN 978-0-226-05196-3 "Many observers refer to the field as a "pseudoscience". When mainstream scientists say that the field of parapsychology is not scientific, they mean that no satisfying naturalistic cause-and-effect explanation for these supposed effects has yet been proposed and that the field's experiments cannot be consistently replicated."
  37. The Parapsychology articles on Wikiversity were written by Dean Radin, Abd ul-Rahman Lomax, Ben Steigmann and Craig Weiler but were later deleted. Also see the archived Parapsychology talk page. Wikiversity.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Emails. Cold Fusion Community.
  39. Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links. London Student. 10 Jan 2018.
  40. Joe L. Kincheloe, et. al, Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined, Palgrave Macmillan, 1997, pg. 39