Re: Eminent physicist refuses to review American colleagues' papers

From: mongiovg (mongiovg@STJOHNS.EDU)
Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 16:35:19 EDT

One can never be sure of the authenticity of this sort of thing.  But assuming
it's legit, I don't see how Dr Amit's position is any less adolescent than
that of pro-war American yahoos who advocate the boycotting of French & German


>===== Original Message From Howard Engelskirchen <hengels@ZOOM-DSL.COM> =====
>> The building world boycott of the US
>> Eminent physicist refuses to review American colleagues' papers
>> Reprinted April 25, 2003
>> Dr. Daniel Amit: "What we are watching today, I believe, is a
>> culmination of 10-15 years of mounting barbarism of the American culture
>> the world over, crowned by the achievements of science and technology as
>> a major weapon of mass destruction."
>> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 6:11 AM
>> Subject: Review_request AMIT EA8932
>> Dr. Daniel Amit
>> Univ. di Roma
>> La Sapienza
>> Ple Aldo Moro 2
>> 00185 Roma, ITALY
>> Electronic URL-Download Referral from Physical Review E
>> Code: EA8932
>> Title: Transitions in oscillatory dynamics of two connected neurons with
>> excitatory synapses
>> Received 08 January 2003
>> Dear Dr. Amit:
>> We would appreciate your review of this manuscript, which has been
>> Submitted to Physical Review E. This message is the COMPLETE REFERRAL.
>> No hardcopy will be sent unless requested.
>> ------------------------------
>> From: "Daniel Amit" <>
>> To: "Physical Review E" <>
>> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 6:11 PM
>> Subject: Re: Review_request AMIT EA8932 Roudi
>> I will not at this point correspond with any american institution.
>> Some of us have lived through 1939.
>> ------------------------------
>> From: "martin blume" <>
>> To: <>;
>> <>
>> Subject: your email to the American Physical Society
>> Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 10:31 PM
>> Dear Dr. Amit,
>> We have received your email with your decision not to review a paper
>> for us in light of American actions in the middle east. We recognize
>> that
>> reviewing manuscripts is a voluntary activity, one that you perform as a
>> service to the physics community, and we thank you for your efforts.
>> Given the voluntary nature of your participation we of course respect
>> your decision to cease, and have made an indication in our database so
>> that
>> no further papers will be sent to you for review until you inform us
>> otherwise.
>> We ask, however, that you consider the following in hopes that in the
>> not too distant future you will decide to review for us again. We regard
>> science as an international enterprise and we do our best to put aside
>> political disagreements in the interest of furthering the pursuit of
>> scientific matters.
>> We have never used other than scientific criteria in judging the
>> acceptability of a paper for publication, without regard to the country
>> of origin of the author. We have done this even in cases where some of
>> us
>> have disagreed strongly with the policies of that country, and we will
>> continue this practice. We believe it is essential that all parties
>> involved make every effort to separate social and political differences
>> from their
>> participation in scientific research and publication. The pursuit of
>> scientific knowledge needs to transcend such issues.
>> Sincerely,
>> Martin Blume
>> Editor-in-Chief
>> ------------------------------
>> Dear Dr Blume, Editor in Chief
>> American Physical Society
>> 09.04.2003
>> Thank you for you letter of April 8. I would have liked to be able to
>> Share the honorable sentiments you express in your letter as well as
>> your
>> Optimism in the future role of science and the scientific community. To
>> be
>> frank, and with much sadness and pain, after 40 years of activity and
>> collaboration, I find very little reason for such optimism. What we are
>> watching today, I believe, is a culmination of 10-15 years of mounting
>> barbarism of the American culture the world over, crowned by the
>> achievements of science and technology as a major weapon of mass
>> destruction.
>> We are witnessing man hunt and wanton killing of the type and scale not
>> seen since the raids on American Indian populations, by a superior
>> technological power of inferior culture and values. We see no corrective
>> force to restore the insanity, the self-righteousness and the lack of
>> respect for human life (civilian and military) of another race.
>> Science cannot stay neutral, especially after it has been so cynically
>> used in the hands of the inspectors to disarm a country and prepare it
>> for
>> decimation by laser guided cluster bombs. No, science of the American
>> variety has no recourse. I, personally, cannot see myself anymore
>> sharing a common human community with American science. Unfortunately, I
>> also belong to a culture of a similar spiritual deviation (Israel), and
>> which seems  to be equally incorrigible.
>> In desperation I cannot but turn my attention to other tragic periods in
>> which major societies, some with claims to fundamental contributions to
>> culture and science, have deviated so far as to be relegated to
>> ostracism and quarantine. At this point I think American society should
>> be
>> considered in this category. I have no illusions of power, as to the
>> scope and prospect of my attitude. But, the minor role of my act and
>> statement is a simple way of affirming that in the face of a growing
>> enormity which I consider intolerable, I will exercise my own tiny act
>> of disobedience to be able to look straight into the eyes of my
>> grandchildren and my students and say that I did know.
>> With regard
>> Daniel Amit
>> PS I intend to distribute our exchange as much as possible. I authorize
>> And pray that you do the same.
>> **************************************************
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