The editors at Seed magazine have started a new blog about science called sciencegate, which contains a wide variety of interesting material. One of the recent postings is called Strung Out on the Couch; it’s by Joshua Roebke and not exactly complimentary about string theory. Here’s his analogy for the current situation of string theory:
Think of it this way, a precocious little genius, who everyone has been touting would do great things in the world, finally grows up. Now imagine he’s 30 years old, living at home having not accomplished much, and his mom keeps going on about how great he is and is still going to be. You’d probably just want to tell him to grow up and make something of all that potential instead of just talking about how he’s going to get off the couch.
Before Lubos and others start the usual personal attack on any string theory critic as not knowing anything about the subject, it’s worth pointing out that Roebke spent several years as a graduate student working on string cosmology before leaving academia.
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