I recently responded to a question about the structure of the photon at a physics forum. The question was “What do Electromagnetic waves actually look like in space?”  The link I clicked on was at phys.org but it actually took me to physicsforums.com. The moderator there did not like my response and emailed this warning:

Dear BrianFraser,

You have received an infraction at Physics Forums.

Reason: General Warning


Please do not post crackpot links on the PF. This forum is meant to be for mainstream science. Overspeculative ideas and crackpottery are not welcome here.


This infraction is worth 1 point(s) and may result in restricted access until it expires. Serious infractions will never expire.

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My response was of course deleted. But the incident raises the question of,  What do you readers think of the above model of the photon? Is it based on “Overspeculative ideas and crackpottery”?  Or is it a legitimate attempt at serious science? (See: http://scripturalphysics.org/qm/qmconcpt.htm#PhotonSpinSystem )

If you have an opinion, pro or con, I would like to hear from you. My email address is on the front page (some assembly required). Your email will be worth one crackpot response point until it expires.

Normally, I don’t have anything to do with physicsforum.com. Back in the 1970s Scientific American seemed like a really good science magazine. But in the ensuing decades it has seemed to prefer publishing highly speculative arcane theories that are supported mostly by weight of authority or institutional prestige rather than conformance to the scientific method. My view is that such articles actually decrease interest in science rather than promote it.

As for the larger and more serious problem of narrow-minded bigoted reviewers at major institutions, read my selection of Dr. Halton Arp’s comments from Seeing Red: Redshifts, Cosmology and Academic Science (Halton Arp, 1998)

See also the various comments at: http://10000solutions.org/solution/our-intuitions-are-wrong

. . .and the treatment of my response on Yahoo.com  to "Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science", Dylan Lovan (Mon, Sep 24, 2012)  http://news.yahoo.com/bill-nye-warns-creation-views-threaten-us-science-080205747.html

. . . the way is broad that leads to destruction,
and many are those who enter by it.
Matthew 7:13