Monday, January 17, 2011

I almost deleted this email, but...

So today I got a random email from someone named Igor Pavlov and it said:

     Dear [redacted],

     I sent you this message about two years ago. 
Please be kind to review the updated description of my theory 
and let me know what you think of it. 
     Max Planck said: "Truth never prevails, but her 
adversaries always perish in the end." That's sad. 
     Thank you. Happy New Year!
     Igor Pavlov

I have no record of receiving an email from him before, though someone here at UNC showed me his web site about two years ago, so I think he is just spamming grad students at UNC with this every once in a while. I spent about 5 minutes on his site before his Crackpot index number (how's 'CIN' for short) passed 100 and was still going when I decided that it wasn't worth it.

I have been trying to figure out who he is, but other than his website and his email address I can't find anything on him. When I google his name it turns out that the guy who programmed 7-zip has the same name, but there was nothing to indicate that he was the same guy. Though interestingly enough there is also very little information on the internet about the Igor Pavlov who programmed 7-zip. So it is impossible to tell if they are the same person, though the fact that there is a suspicious lack of information on both of them (and they are both computer programmers) might mean something.

So I really don't want to feed the troll, but I am kind of interested to find out if they are the same person, and then I would know what those faceless computer programmers do in their spare time. I may have to email him back and see who he is, though if he is a computer programmer then I may just be emailing a program and not him. So I guess I will have to see if his response passes the Turing test.


  1. I am lucky that nobody is proposing a work like mine (as complete). Otherwise for this one I do not know if he will enjoy Newton's words, because I am not sure about what he means by "instantaneous interaction between masses". For Newton: "This explains that he did very deeply feel the unfinished character of his theory, also the necessity to consider gravity. “That Gravity, writes Newton (See the letter to Richard Bentley, 25th of February 1692-3 (so 1693); see also the letter of the 17th of January.), is innate, inherent and essential in matter, in such a way that a body can act on an other at a distance […] is for me a so huge absurdity that I believe that a person a minimum competent in philosophy will never can fall in this error.”"


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