Date: Thu May 13 1993 11:18:02
From: Anson Kennedy
The following has been posted several times on the Internet.
Unfortunately, I have lost the message headers which give the
original poster's name.
THE CRACKPOT INDEX
A simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to
1) A -5 point starting credit.
2) 1 point for every statement that is widely agreed on to be false.
3) 2 points for every statement that is logically inconsistent.
4) 5 points for each such statement that is adhered to despite careful
5) 5 points for using a thought experiment that contradicts the results of
a widely accepted real experiment.
6) 5 points for each word in all capital letters (except for those
with defective keyboards).
7) 10 points for each claim that quantum mechanics is fundamentally
misguided (without good evidence).
8) 10 points for each favorable comparison of oneself to Einstein, or
claim that special or general relativity are fundamentally misguided
(without good evidence).
9) 10 points for pointing out that one has gone to school, as if this was
evidence of sanity.
10) 20 points for suggesting that you deserve a Nobel prize.
11) 20 points for each favorable comparison of oneself to Newton or
claim that classical mechanics is fundamentally misguided (without
12) 20 points for every use of science fiction works or myths as if they
13) 20 points for defending yourself by bringing up (real or imagined)
ridicule accorded to ones past theories.
14) 30 points for each favorable comparison of oneself to Galileo,
claims that the Inquisition is hard at work on ones case, etc..
15) 30 points for claiming that the "scientific establishment" is engaged
in a "conspiracy" to prevent ones work from gaining its well-deserved
fame, or suchlike.
16) 40 points for claiming one has a revolutionary theory but
giving no concrete testable predictions.