EDIT, AUDIO BELOW:
Remember poor old Roland Kapferer, the man who told everyone that he’d proved Agatha Christie affects your neurotransmitters, and then backtracked loopily into pomo nonsense when I pointed out that he’d done no such thing?
Well it seems it still hurts. Here he is on the radio last Sunday giving his first response to my criticisms since the article was published:
I think he makes some excellent points very early on.
And some cheeky scamp, in the course of today, it would seem, has contacted Google, and asked them to remove their link to the posts here on Roland. Heh.
Anyway, here’s the tip off email if you can’t be bothered to listen to the audio:
The other day I was listening to one of my favourite radio shows,
‘Sunday Night Safran’ here on Australian radio (specifically last
Sunday’s show, which you can hear via the podcast here:
abc.net.au/triplej/safran/). They were talking to Roland
Kapferer, a semi-regular guest that they talk to about world politics
and the like. He mentioned his latest TV show ‘The Agatha Christie
Code’ and how it was panned by “a real arsehole guy from the Guardian”
who accused it of being bad science… I knew immediately the
“arsehole” he was referring to 🙂 He went on to say:
“He just had some kind of silly positivistic notions of science, he
doesn’t know what science is. I mean, according to his principles,
Galileo was bad science. We were at the forefront of knowledge there,
we were testing new boundaries, and that’s what scientists do. … I’m
not saying we proved anything conclusively, but then it’s not proven
conclusively that the sun will be there tomorrow.”
Classic. If you want to hear it for yourself it’s freely available on
that website. Of course, don’t discount the entire show based on that
one moron (who I should disclose was a producer of one of the host’s
TV shows). The show is generally about religion, politics, and art,
which it does quite well.
So there you go. By the way, great website!
You can read the article Kapferer is so upset about here:
I think what’s interesting about this is that Kapferer pranced about in the media telling everyone about the brilliant neuroscience research breakthrough he’d made, and then when he got caught out, he retreated into esoteric social theory arguments to explain what was clearly a rather embarrassing situation.
He also claimed he’d been misrepresented by a foolish media, although unfortunately for him, as you will see if you follow the link, I got hold of his program’s press release, in which his grand claims were perfectly clear in black and white.
Of particular interest is how this “science” was, once again, commercially funded PR “scientific research” to promote a product, was not published, and the work that was done very clearly did not support the clear assertions made in either the press release, the media quotes, or the extensive news coverage that followed.
I particularly recommend Kapferer’s letter in response to my queries, reproduced in full at the bottom of the link. It’s a classic of the genre!
Here’s a longer version of the audio too: