An abridgment of the foreword to Bulletin N5,
In Defense of Science, of the Russian
Academy of Sciences' Commission to Combat Pseudoscience and the Falsification of
Scientific Research written by Academician Eh. P. Kruglyakov, its chairman.
A Brief Guide to Science Charlatanism
Arkady Golod discusses signs by which one can distinguish real scientific works from
those of pseudoscientific charlatans.
We're Already 10
Gennady Shevelev recounts the origin and efforts of the St. Petersburg branch of the
Russian Humanist Society in the 10 years
of its existence.
The Fraud, or "academician" Petrik in Rasputin's Russia
Valery Lebedev critically examines some of
V. I. Petrik's
claims of scientific achievements.
The history of the twenty-first century: a novel
"It is a joy to present my novel "2085"
for your attention. It has already found an active readership in Russia. This success,
I am convinced, could be replicated among Western readers, as the book deals with vital
issues that all civilizations must confront in the twenty-first century." (Z. Oskotsky)
Freedom of speech, the fight against pseudoscience, and "journalistic ethics"
"Speaking on 29 May at the general meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN)
V. V. Putin noted in particular, "I consider it the civic and professional duty of
scientists to maintain constant communication with the mass media in the fight against
pseudoscience, obscurantism, prejudice, and extremism". Reading these words I felt
satisfaction but a feeling of bitterness arose at the same time".
(Academician V. Ginzburg)