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Hello, Alfonzo Green, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{helpme}} before the question. Again, welcome! Shot info (talk) 22:23, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Michael Shermer[edit]

It's not enough to just say "Problem A is common failing of some people (really solid reference), and Shermer has that failing (no reference whatsoever)". Yes, the thrust of the argument is true of science in general, but if there isn't any reliable source that says the criticism applies specifically to Shermer, then it doesn't belong on the Shermer article, it belongs in a general science article. --Underpants (talk) 02:34, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
It's also not enough to say "here's a bunch of separate facts, which, taken together, should be obvious to anyone that X is true". Wikipedia is not a publisher of original ideas, period. If there are reliable sources out there that directly support the final thesis, then great, please add them.
If I or other readers may likely be missing something important among the hour+ of references you've added, feel free to point it out... more specific references are always helpful to the reader. --Underpants (talk) 06:09, 28 May 2008 (UTC)


Please discuss this on the talk page before attempting to add it back against objections such as above. This is the third time you've added it, so please be careful. Thanks. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 02:07, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
The issue is that Wikipedia takes its policies very seriously when it comes to biographies of living persons. If you can find reliable sources for the statements that were added, then it may be able to be kept. Note: It's not sufficient to merely add references for the least controversial sentences... rather, the most controversial statements are those that need the best references for them, otherwise it will be considered an unpublished synthesis of published material, and will removed. --Underpants (talk) 21:26, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

June 2008[edit]

Information.svg Please do not add original research or novel syntheses of previously published material to our articles as you apparently did to Rupert Sheldrake. Please cite a reliable source for all of your information. Thank you. HrafnTalkStalk 03:12, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Nuvola apps important.svg Please stop. If you continue to violate Wikipedia's no original research policy by adding your personal analysis or synthesis into articles, as you did to Rupert Sheldrake, you will be blocked from editing Wikipedia. HrafnTalkStalk 18:47, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

I am doing my best to introduce accurate information into the Sheldrake article. You are doing your best to sabotage my efforts and introduce misinformation.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:14, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Read WP:NOR! The WP:SYNTH section of it makes very clear that it is not permissible to infer conclusions that the sources themselves do not make. If you want the article to contain material on whether Gardner's comments were accurate or not, you need to find a source that discusses his comments. HrafnTalkStalk 03:59, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

July 2009[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Rupert Sheldrake. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24 hour period. Additionally, users who perform a large number of reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring, even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. If you continue, you may be blocked from editing. Please do not repeatedly revert edits, but use the talk page to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. If necessary, pursue dispute resolution. Verbal chat 10:03, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Based on your comment on my user page, not my talk page, you seem to not understand the WP:3RR. I suggest you read the linked policy. Reverts after "justification" are still reverts, and count to the total. Thanks, Verbal chat 10:26, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
I have reported your multiple reverts to WP:AN3. You were given ample chance to discuss you edits, but continuing to revert after the above warnings (and you warning others), and the post on my talk page, went to far for my liking. Please read some of our WP:POLICIES and perhaps look at the WP:TUTORIAL. Verbal chat 11:58, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
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You have been blocked from editing for a period of 24 hours in accordance with Wikipedia's blocking policy for violating the three-revert rule at Rupert Sheldrake. Please be more careful to discuss controversial changes or seek dispute resolution rather than engaging in an edit war. If you believe this block is unjustified, you may contest the block by adding the text {{unblock|Your reason here}} below, but you should read our guide to appealing blocks first. B (talk) 15:02, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Holes you could drive a truck through[edit]

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for participating in the Wikipedia (WP) process. Before you judge the bureaucracy to harshly I'll offer that it serves a purpose. You clearly have respect for science so you are probably familiar with the peer review process. I don't know if you have participated in the peer review process but if you have you are aware that rejection and highly critical reviews are par for the course. Wikipedia's bureaucratic check and balances are similar peer review so don't be disheartened by your first attempts. The second thing you need to understand is that WP concept of NPOV is not a pure objective truth. NPOV is a verifiable mainstream understanding of a subject. You must realize that Sheldrake is not part of the mainstream science, its even reasonable to argue that he isn't even a part of the fringe of science but has gone his own way. The article is written in a way that attempts to treat Sheldrake fairly from a WP defined NPOV.
You asked on the Sheldrake talk page why Simonm223 considered Sheldrake's ideas pseudoscientific. Let me offer you a quick explanation. Mainstream morphogenesis investigates developmental biology with the assumption that chemical reactions, physical interactions, and their interplay are paramount in understanding developmental biology. For example I've seen a presentation showing the importance that the shear force of blood has on the structural development of a zebra fish hearts, really remarkable work done with the creation of a remarkable camera and creative experimental design. The work shows that it takes more than just a simple minded understanding of genetics to explains the development of biological systems, interactions with the proper physical environment are paramount. That is the mainstream. Sheldrake starts his work by claiming that the known and measurable biology, chemistry, and physics are currently insufficient to explain observed biological development. This is where it gets sketchy with degrees of belief. All good scientists understand that the ideas they work with are models, at any given moment the current model will always be insufficient. Where Sheldrake differs is that he believes existing biology, chemistry, and physics even with on going modifications will never explain developmental biology. These model lack what he calls the a morphic field, an unmeasurable force (or matter) he invokes to explain biological development among other things. So while mainstream biological development toils away to explain phenomenon with known biology, chemistry, and physics Sheldrake invokes his morphic field. There is a stark contrast in the sophistication of the arguments. The mainstream must refer to main complex and confusing biological characteristic that relate to genetics, epigenetics, cell signaling, protein expression, fluid dynamics, mass transfer, reduction potentials, chemical bonding, and so forth. Sheldrake describes his morphic field and its relation to phenomenon with simplistic metaphors, for example his photography analogy, that require no great depth of knowledge to understand. Most scientists see this as abandoning a complex problem by applying a simple "magical" concept which needn't explain the wealth of known and documented phenomenon. Which brings us to a more important test: results. Applying concepts derived from the mainstream understanding developmental biology allows researchers to achieve remarkable control of nature with nothing comparable emerging from Sheldrake's work.
I hope that helps.--OMCV (talk) 04:29, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your interest and for taking the trouble to offer your thoughts. You may not realize that I'm a scholar of science and am well aware of the points you make. I realize that developmental biology is far more than just simple-minded genetics. This is especially true with the recognition that the way genes are regulated is paramount in development. That Sheldrake denies the ability of current mainstream models to account for development in no way renders his work pseudo-science. What it means is that his proposal is radical and, if true, will require radical revision in current biological models. Such shifts in perspective are not uncommon in the history of science.

That researchers have identified chemical and physical processes necessary for development does not mean these processes are sufficient. Sheldrake merely recognizes that necessity, from a strictly logical point of view, does not equate to sufficiency. He does not deny the effects of physics and chemistry on organisms but simply asserts that these effects are insufficient, by themselves, to explain development.

Morphic fields are derived from the traditional concept of morphogenetic fields. There are three approaches to these fields. Waddington viewed them as conceptual placeholders to be superseded once sufficient knowledge was attained of the underlying physics and chemistry. Brian Goodwin asserts that these fields are expressions of timeless Platonic biological forms. Sheldrake believes that these fields, through their inherent memory, are structured by past similar fields and therefore evolve along with the structures they regulate. All of these views are legitimate speculations as to the nature of these fields.

Sheldrake has repeatedly emphasized that these fields are not material-energetic but are nonetheless measurable through their effects on development and other biological processes. That is, where a given process ought to be random but instead follows the course of previous similar systems, the field effect is verified.

Most biologists are confused about the nature of scientific theory. To say, for instance, that the motion of an object can be explained according to the principle of inertia is not to invoke a magical concept. So too, the concepts of gravitation and electrogmagnetism are not magical concepts, though they reduce a great deal of complexity to a startingly simple explanation. As the esteemed physicist Walter Elsasser pointed out, developmental biology cannot be considered fully scientific until it develops a general theory, along the lines of the primary theories of physics, to account for morphogenesis. Elsasser suggested a concept he called "holistic memory" to explain morphogenesis, a concept which is very near to Sheldrake's morphic resonance.

The whole point of morphic resanance is that it offers an explanation of "the wealth of known and documented phenomena," some of which he documented himself during his years as a researcher at Cambridge.

Finally, Sheldrake is devoted to the understanding of nature, not its control. That these goals are routinely conflated is one of the main obstacles to scientific knowledge.

Thanks again for your comments. I hope you'll see that my defense of Sheldrake is reasonable.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 20:48, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

I hope that you see that most everyone involved with modern research concerning biological developmental consider Sheldrake's ideas a huge cop out. Instead of doing detailed work he claims there are "fields" and the "fields" take care of the details in a way we can't understand so there is no point in trying to understand the details. It is the active decision to not investigate the details that scientists find so offensive. If emergent phenomenon can be explained through a known (or nearly known) force, reactivity, or material relationship there is no need to invoke a phenomenon that lies outside of all known modern science. Have you heard his theory of vision, its just bizarre and contrary to known physics and biology.
I think its ambitious at best to claiming that most biologists are confused about scientific theory. Most writing regarding scientific theory is derived from a physics perspective. In physics there is a very limited number of empirical observations and theories reduce to very simple relationships. Take a step to chemistry (where I study) and there is many more empirical observations to consider and there is certainly no general theory of chemistry. In fact chemist and material's scientists regularly create material's that don't exist (to the best of our knowledge) outside anthropogenic conditions (physicists have created a few things but orders of magnitudes less). Synthesis of new materials is well outside theories of science derived from our understanding of physics. To makes the world fit these theories synthetic activities may one day be considered simply molecular engineering similar to electrical engineering but I think that's a bit close minded. In any case if we move on from chemistry to biology things are even more complex and we even hit evolution, something that does not emerge form studying physics or chemistry. Applying expectations and goals derived form physics to biology is foolish at best, we must follow the empirical evidence even if there is so much of data its hard to evaluate. We just need to be creative when attacking the data parcing it for a deeper understanding. I betray my favor for experimentalists over theorists with what I've said but I guess I've got more respect for folks who work for a living. As for understanding nature versus controlling nature; I understand they thrill of understanding, creation, and discovery as much of the next person but as long as I'm working on tax payers money I feel obliged to better the human condition. Its unlikely that I will convince you of anything but...--OMCV (talk) 02:10, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your interesting comments. We are certainly in agreement that chemistry is irreducible to physics. By pointing out that physics is the most solid, theory-based branch of the sciences, I did not mean to imply that the theories of physics negate genuinely emergent phenomena, beginning at the chemical level. Like Sheldrake, I believe that organisms are emergent, that is, irreducible to the molecules that comprise them.

Sheldrake does not deny that we should understand the molecular details of morphogenesis. He simply says that molecular processes are insufficient (though obviously necessary) for development. Like Elsasser, Sheldrake sees biological inheritance as a two track process, one genetic and the other irreducible.

The same applies to vision. We need occipital processing, to be sure, but this processing is insufficient, by itself, to explain vision. In other words, the occipital lobe facilitates vision rather than containing it, enabling us to see what's around us rather than recreating the world in a neural representation of it. To me, what's bizarre is the idea that we are homunculi watching a kind of neural television in the backs of our heads.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:31, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

There's the problem. You consider it a two track process, one track emergence and the other reducibility. You must like Descartes. My perspective is that we reduce material to the lowest level that is convenient to work with. At no point does phenomenon bifurcate its just a matter of convenient resolutions. If something is currently irreducible its outside the scope of science. That doesn't necessarily mean the irreducible subject matter will always be outside the scope but as long as it can't be qualified or quantified it is beyond science.
This two track issue carries over to the vision problem. Science is built on a deterministic materialistic philosophy for better or worse. I don't see any room for debate on this since its a definition. This is a problem since Sheldrake is again offering some sort of dualist perspective/explanation for vision which by definition can't be science. No one has ever claimed that vision can be "contained", vision is a process not an object. Sadly I think the "homunculi watching a ... television" is also a straw man, the concept of a homunculi as you've used it here doesn't have a place in modern science.
Now I'll take a step back. You are right to be confused since most social science avoid the mind-body problem in their work while most popular social science embraces it head on, introducing many often conflicting dualist perspective. These dualisms (or duali) have been reinforced by some physicists with their supporter of various quantum mysticisms. Despite all this, the proper solution for the mind-body problem when practicing a proper physical science is everything is matter and energy (or in other words its all "body") even quantum mechanics.
A related question: what do you think happens when an AI employee's a camera to acquire information about its surroundings? How does that differ from human vision?--OMCV (talk) 11:24, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

I'm no fan of Cartesian dualism. My thinking follows along the lines of Bohr's concept of complementarity, according to which an electron is a particle from the point of view of position and time, but it's a wave from the point of view of momentum and energy.

Bohr regarded complementarity as a general principle of nature. In the case of mind and brain, there's really just one entity, but it can be viewed either of two ways, as a spatial object (brain) or a center of representations (mind). The mistake of neuroscience is to try to squeeze representations into the brain, which merely facilitates representation rather than containing it. The brain is a material object, and no object can represent anything beyond itself. This is the principle of identity, commonly expressed as A = A. By contrast, the principle of representation is A = B. By placing representation in the brain, neural reductionism violates the identity principle and renders the brain into a mystical object.

An organism can also be viewed in two ways, either in terms of its molecular constituents or as an integrated whole. We can approach biological inheritance as either genetic-epigentic transmission or resonance with similar, previous forms. Reductionism and holism are not opponents but only alternate perspectives, much like particle and wave.

Science is a method, not a belief. Deterministic materialism is in no way part of science but merely provides researchers with a framework for thought and investigation. That it has proved extremely useful does not mean it's necessarily true. In many ways, this framework is now obstructing further scientific advance.

Though irreducible, self organized complex systems fall under the purview of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, a field of science pioneered by Ilya Prigogine, who won a Nobel prize for his work in 1977. I suggest Prigogine's The End of Certainty for an introduction to the science of nondeterministic, irreducible systems.

You ask what happens when an AI aims its camera. I'm not sure artificial intelligence is possible. I can say, however, that when an ordinary computer is hooked up to a camera, no one sees the image unless a person views the image on a monitor attached to the computer. And if occipital neurons are indeed generating a picture of the world as it exists in front of the eyes, then this picture too would be unseen unless a homunculus resided within the occipital lobe.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 23:56, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

Well we have definitely gone beyond common ground I don't think anyone researching computer science disputes the existence of artificial intelligence its not science fiction but a very a practical field of study. Computers might not have the same intelligence as humans, but neither do ants. Its true that science is a process, method, and often a trade but its also has culture, values, and philosophy. The method is premised on the assumption that if something happens once given set of measurable (material) conditions it will happen statically predictable number of times given the same conditions any place in reality, in other words deterministic materialism. Prigogine ideas deal mostly with the transition from "knowable determinism" to "unknowable determinism". Just because an observer doesn't and can't known a future event doesn't mean that future event is indeterminate. I have heard the particle is to wave as brain is to mind sillygism before and what shocks me is that the particle and wave are the same thing and very well defined; form a "materialistic" perspective a wave is no less material than a particle. As far the brain "containing" "representation", I think most scientists believe that thoughts, including thought that involves representation, are processes not objects which could be "contained". I totally agree a brain can not represent anything beyond itself. A representative thought does not violate the capacity of a brain or the identity principle since the representative thought is not what the thought represents. The thought is rough, very very rough approximation of reality. Any time you investigate any object, process, or any other aspect of reality you must realize that more details emerges every time you inspect more closely or even when you step back or study form a different angle or inspect with a different method; add to this a world in which every object is constantly changing (including the observer). An observer's representative thoughts of an object, process, ect. are always a gross approximation.--OMCV (talk) 02:49, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

If Sheldrake is right, then in the case of organic phenomena, science will have to abandon the assumption that every repetition of an experiment under the same conditions will give the same results. If science can't adapt to conditions and evolve, then it's as unworthy as dogmatic religion in describing reality.

Prigigone is very clear that the outcome of a bifurcation point - - at which a growing complex system either collapses altogether or evolves to a higher level of organization - - does not follow from any deterministic law. Of course, we can always say, after the fact, that a particular event had to occur a particular way, but this does not demonstrate that the event in question was determined in advance. Universal determinism is a matter of faith, not reason or evidence.

That thought is a process has no bearing on the question of whether or not it's materialized in the brain. That representation is rough rather than exact doesn't change the fact that material objects (or processes) cannot represent. That is, they cannot point to something outside themselves. Material-energetic processes can only be themselves. No representation allowed. For that we must turn to mind, and to avoid dualism, we must turn to complementarity.

By the way, thanks for your help editing the Sheldrake-Wolpert wager. This is what editors are supposed to do, help with the process, not censor the page and all links to it.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 21:59, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Biology is very very different from physics and the practice of biology has always accepted a lesser ability to control variables and more anomalies. Still the only experiments that are useful for gaining scientific type knowledge from are experiments that yield reproducible results. You say that if science can't adapt (I assume its philosophy) than its unworthy of respect in essence. I think you have a very good point, science is a valuable method of thinking but its also very limited. It can ask and answer questions only when the subject, verb, and and adjectives can be measured reasonably. If the philosophy of science becomes something different than it should be named something differently so the difference is clear. Reason and evidence can't ultimately be predicated on reason or evidence. Reason and logic contain inherent inconsistencies and evidence always include assumptions. The words "assumption" and "faith" mean essentially the same thing in my mind but many people are very touchy about their use. I think anyone trained in science would agree determinism is an assumption of science (unless they dogmatically believe determinism is true). By this reasoning scientists have faith in determinism in so much as it involves their work. I wish I could comment more exactly on "bifurcation point" but I'm not familiar with term or the subject and I'm very comfortable with state that "unknown determinism" or "statical determinism" are the dominant philosophies in science even if Prigigone took some form of a minority view as science abandoned "knowable determinism". I don't see how you can say that "material objects (or processes) cannot represent" what do you call a map (written or mental) or a sentence? Why can't material-energetic processes be used to represent other material-energetic as long as the representation is (much) simpler than its subject? What is the difference between dualism and complementarit?

From a physical standpong, a map is a set of molecules arranged in a certain way such that when you look at it, you interpret it to refer to something else. The reference or representation exists only in your interpretation. It doesn't literally exist in the molecules themselves. You can examine the molecules all you want, but you will find only physical properties, not the property we call "representation."

Dualism means two. Complementarity means two views on one thing.

Despite my willingness to help you get your pet page up to the highest standard possible all the comment you are receiving from editors are valid. They are not pushing POV the wager is not ready for an encyclopedia even if it is ready for Boing Boing. I plan to revert the page every other day (at least) until administration deals with the matter. Based on my experience you position is not going to fair well in when arbitration does occur. You would be much better off dropping your efforts on the "wager" for the moment find something else on Wikipedia to work on. This would also give you an opportunity to learn policy and form. That's my take on the situation.--OMCV (talk) 02:59, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

Fare enough.  :-)

Alfonzo Green (talk) 18:37, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

So you think interpretation is something non-material while I understand it to be similar to what happens in a difference engine or Turing machine only far more complex. Such systems not only represent material with materials they process that material with materials in a way thats not much different than "interpretative" thought. I'm sorry I brought this back to AI since you don't believe in AI. I guess the fundamental problem is that I think everything works through a material process including biology (including representative thought). I won't ever be able to prove this to you its an assumption I make. If you think thought is more than material there is no way that I can argue but I wonder why you think we have such marvelous brains that chew through so much of our glucose. It seems that your rationalization gets complex while mine stay simple. There are a bunch more questions I could as but there isn't much point. Its been nice chatting.--OMCV (talk) 02:26, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

I don't propose that "thought is more than material." Rather, thought and neurotransmission are complementary views onto a single process. It's matter from one point of view and thought from the other point of view. No different than a coin that's "heads" from one point of view and "tails" from the other. I wouldn't say that "heads" is "more than tails." Nor would I say that the difference in viewpoint makes two coins out of one.

Computers do not exhibit any such complementarity. They are exactly what they appear to be: manufactured objects whose forms are externally stamped onto them. As a self-organized system, the brain is shaped both externally and from within. The only way to make an intelligent computer is to take advantage of the natural propensity for self-organization, to somehow induce the computer into organizing its own circuitry, much as a chemical compound can be prodded into crystallizing a certain way. We don't actually manufacture crystals but merely provide the conditions under which they generate spontaneously. But if we could do the same with a computer, it would no longer be purely artificial. It would have evolved into a new kind of natural system. The paradox of AI is that by the time we reach it, it's not artificial anymore.

Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:05, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of The Genome Wager[edit]

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A tag has been placed on The Genome Wager requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section A7 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be about about a person, organization (band, club, company, etc.) or web content, but it does not indicate how or why the subject is important or significant: that is, why an article about that subject should be included in an encyclopedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such articles may be deleted at any time. Please see the guidelines for what is generally accepted as notable

If you think that this notice was placed here in error, you may contest the deletion by adding {{hangon}} to the top of the page that has been nominated for deletion (just below the existing speedy deletion or "db" tag), coupled with adding a note on the talk page explaining your position, but be aware that once tagged for speedy deletion, if the page meets the criterion it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but don't hesitate to add information to the page that would render it more in conformance with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Lastly, please note that if the page does get deleted, you can contact one of these admins to request that they userfy the page or have a copy emailed to you. Frmatt (talk) 06:41, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Further info: It's an interesting piece of trivia, but is relatively unremarkable and could easily be added to the article of one of the other people. Frmatt (talk) 06:43, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi, me again...I've tagged it with some areas for improvement. I'm prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt about its importance (I'm not all that closely in touch with scientific academia), but it definitely needs some work to bring it up to WP standards. I won't re-nominate it for deletion at this point, but will leave it open for conversation here. Please try to fix some of the items I've tagged it with, and more third-party references (from neither of the subjects in the wager) would help to prevent this from being deleted. Thanks! Frmatt (talk) 02:41, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
Following the instant reversion by Verbal of my attempt to re-instate the Sheldrake-Wolpert wager, I - like you - have reluctantly decided enough is enough, and will no longer contribute to Wikipedia. Robma (talk) 11:45, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Re your posts to editors talk pages[edit]

Please see WP:NOTVAND and WP:CIVIL, and justify your edits on the talk page. You should also be aware of WP:CANVASS. Multiple requests such as this, especially containing personal attacks (WP:NPA), are frowned upon. Verbal chat 18:38, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps if you stopped vandalizing my Genome Wager page, I wouldn't have to seek the assistance of unbiased editors. Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:14, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
See WP:NOTVAND for why you are incorrect in calling my edits vandalism, and see WP:OWN for why it isn't your article. Verbal chat 20:36, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
You're repeatedly blanking the page without giving adequate explanation. On the talk page you have merely cited WP regulations, not explaining why they apply in this case, and in your last edit, the two justifications you make for deletion - - lack of reliable sources and lack of notablility - - are iffy at best, clearly requiring further discussion. You may not be familiar with New Scientist, but it's about as reliable as it gets in the popular scientific press, basically the Scientific American of the UK. The wager is between two prominent biologists, which is why it was covered in New Scientist. As per WP:Note multiple sources are generally preferred, but this is not necessarily required and is particularly wrongheaded in this case, as the wager was just announced, and there hasn't been enough time for coverage to develop beyond the blogosphere (where the wager has been mentioned at numerous sites). And if you're so worried about notability, why don't you just put a notability tag on it? Give it some time. Let some other editors have a look at it, so a consensus can build. To cut off that process by repeatedly blanking the page is vandalism, pure and simple. Alfonzo Green (talk) 03:55, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm a British scientist, and I know how unreliable New Scientist is, thanks. I'm afraid the WP:BURDEN is on you. I suggested you work on it in your user space, which is a good idea. Would you like me to move it to User:Alfonzo_Green/Sheldrake-Wolpert wager (which is a better title imo). "Your" article was also written in a non-encyclopaedic style, which you'll have to fix before replacing it. Note it hasn't been deleted, and redirects are not vandalism. Calling them such will, even if you think they meet the common definition, will not be looked on favourably by other wikipedia editors. You need to address several issues: 1, The style of the piece isn't fully appropriate - it is written in a more journalistic style. This shouldn't be hard to fix. 2, At the moment you only have one RS, but it isn't independent - it was written by the two agents of the bet. To meet WP:GNG you will need to show multiple, independent, WP:RS with significant coverage of the wager. 3, If it is a recent event and there is a paucity of sources, then wikinews is the appropriate place. Bring it to wikipedia when the WP:GNG has been met. Lastly, out of interest, two questions, but please ignore if you like: Are you a scientist, and in which field? Thanks, Verbal chat 08:11, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Disruptive editing[edit]

Please consider your actions on Scientific wager and Rupert Sheldrake and avoid Wikipedia:Disruptive editing. On Scientific wager the material you have added has been removed by User:Verbal, User:2over0, and twice by myself. User talk:Old Moonraker kept the material only because he did not see a discussion explaining its removal. You have re-added the material three times without forming a consensus. You must have other less controversial interests please try editing some of those. For example, you've done some very good and balanced work on genetic determinism.--OMCV (talk) 04:47, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

April 2011[edit]

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Chreode -> Creode[edit]

Hi there. Just wanted to suggest you have a quick browse of WP:MOVE before moving more pages. You should always use the 'move' button at the top of the page instead of copying and pasting, as this will preserve the edit history of the page. Thanks! Mato (talk) 00:21, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Please stop[edit]

Please stop inserting your personal analysis about what was important about the new edition of the book [1]. Please provide a third party source that identifies what makes that edition special. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 22:06, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

edti warring and 3RR[edit]

Please don't edit war. WP:EDITWAR

Also, beware of WP:3RR. Barney the barney barney (talk) 22:32, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Having been previously blocked for editwarring on this very same page, you do not seem to have learned much. You made a bold edit. It has been REVERTED (multiple times). You must now DISCUSS and get the editors invovled to reach a consensus BEFORE the content is added. Please revert yourself if you do not want to be blocked again for edit warring. It would be a shame for you to have such a short life after coming back out of the woodwork. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 22:47, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
In addition [2] removal of other people's comments on talk pages without valid reason is not acceptable. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 23:04, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
you have [3] clearly crossed the bright line of edit warring for which you will be blocked even if you continue to contend "but no one provided a reason" (although they did, and they said so on the article talk page, and you removed their note on the article talk page informing you that they have provided a reason.) You do need to revert yourself. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 23:21, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

A complaint about your edits at Rupert Sheldrake has been filed[edit]

Please see WP:AN3#User:Alfonzo Green reported by User:Barney the barney barney (Result: ). An editor states that you have been edit warring on this article. At first sight it appears you have made five reverts in 24 hours, which breaks the WP:Three revert rule. You can respond in the thread if you wish. Normally, violation of the WP:3RR rule calls for a block. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 23:30, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

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The complete report of this case is at WP:AN3#User:Alfonzo Green reported by User:Barney the barney barney (Result: 31 hours). EdJohnston (talk) 01:06, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

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Request reason:

"During a dispute, you should first try to discuss controversial changes and seek consensus." This is precisely what I attempted to do. Alfonzo Green (talk) 01:33, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Decline reason:

I don't see how it is implied that if you don't actually find consensus, you should simply keep reverting to your preferred text. When your block expires, please continue the discussion and resolve it before editing the article. Kuru (talk) 12:10, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

If you want to make any further unblock requests, please read the guide to appealing blocks first and then use the {{unblock}} template again. If you make too many unconvincing or disruptive unblock requests, you may be prevented from editing this page for as long as you are blocked.

I would suggest that you withdraw your request, read Wikipedia:Guide to appealing blocks and then follow the guidelines to submit a request that addresses the concerns as stated in the guidelines. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 02:06, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

You are up against people who do not seem to want consensus. Attempts to achieve it are ignored, ridiculed, reverted, responded to by "reporting" somewhere, etc. Don't give up. Lou Sander (talk) 22:58, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately this pattern of behaviour (i.e. not understanding and being willing to implement policy, and being rather angry when others do) is continuing, and you are reminder of the WP:ARB/PS sanctions that may be taken against such behaviour. Barney the barney barney (talk) 08:33, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
I have submitted another report. You know what the score is by now. Barney the barney barney (talk) 18:35, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

request to de-noticeboard-ify[edit]

Hello Alfonzo, I left you a note over here.[4] I realize that things are going slow as molasses, but the article is a very contentious one, so I don't see any way around it. WP:DEADLINE applies here... Wiseman finally admitted this stuff in 2007, the experiments were back in 1995, and currently it is 2013. Wikipedia is for the ages, so I'd like the mainspace article to be correct, but December is soon enough for me. It's already been six years, what's another week?

Along those lines... Would you consider withdrawing your noticeboard dispute, please, and see if we can get the stuff worked out? You can always re-open it later; just put it inside collapse-tags (as opposed to hab-tags) and note that you are suspending temporarily while talkpage discussions continue, or something like that. I do realize that Barney immediately took *his* problems to noticeboard, so you aren't the one that started this ball rolling, but that does not mean you cannot be the one to *stop* the ball rolling, if you know what I mean. HTH, thanks for improving wikipedia. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 16:59, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Not that it makes much difference, but hey -- I hereby withdraw the request.  :-)   Sorry this is ending up a mess. Don't think the trainwreck can be stopped now. Anyways, have enjoyed editing with you, and look forward to seeing you again under more pleasant circumstances. I'm not dropping out of the Sheldrake saga, but there is little I can see that will cause progress now. Thanks for improving wikipedia. — 74.192.84.101 (talk) 08:37, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
I hope you'll stick around. The only thing that can improve the Sheldrake article is the presence of unbiased editors like you. Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:28, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

getting the wording right for the Wiseman addendum[edit]

Hello, you and I almost seem to be on the same page... but I think you're worried that only the 2007 source supports "patterns match" ... whereas I think 1999or2000 source is *also* good enough for that quote.

"Nowhere in that [1999or2000] paper (which is already cited in the article) did Wiseman fess up to the fact that he actually did replicate Sheldrake's data, instead merely noting that Sheldrake claimed to have 'found the same pattern.' Only in the [2007] interview does he [Wiseman] admit to the embarrassing truth." --Alfonzo

Errr... incorrect, from what I can see. Wiseman admits in the 1999-reply-paper that the pattern is the same. It was a bit oblique, but still quite clearly there.

p.s. As for the other stuff... I'm definitely in agreement with TRPoD that (given what we know of Wiseman... and from his other contextual quotes) there is only one way to interpret the quotes below.

But the paper & interview both show, Wiseman is convinced that telepathy is bogus, and the patterns matching did *not* change his mind, about the conclusion there-is-no-evidence-whatsoever-for-telepathy. The only thing that changed is Wiseman's *reason* for that conclusion -- at first it was, I've refuted Sheldrake, but in 1999 and again in 2007, it became possible methodological flaws mean we must assume all existing experiments tell us *nothing* at all. If you want a quote from Wiseman saying that more experiments are needed, then the best one is from the vzaak link, where Wiseman says that he "reserves judgment" on whether Sheldrake's experiments were valid, pending publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. HTH. Thanks for improving wikipedia. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 06:36, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

74.192.84.101, I appreciate your attempt to mediate my dispute. Unfortunately, certain editors are actively seeking to sabotage neutrality on the Sheldrake page. They seem to feel threatened by his work, perhaps because it calls into question deeply held materialist assumptions. Wikipedia asks us to assume good faith, but that doesn't mean we must continue with that assumption regarding editors who've made their agenda all too clear. My last edit was based on Wiseman's own words and in no way misrepresented his views. It was reverted by an editor who doesn't want Wikipedia readers to know that Wiseman's refutation of Sheldrake was bogus. Alfonzo Green (talk) 20:42, 8 November 2013 (UTC)
Well, it is hard to argue with you.  :-)   But WP:IMAGINE applies here. I really, truly think they are not trying to sabotage neutrality... they believe they are upholding neutrality in fact... because they just don't fully grok how wikipedia NPOV works, which is to say, that it relies *entirely* upon sources, and that their own personal logic, their own analysis, their own judgment of the validity of Sheldrake's PhD or Sheldrake's philosophy or Sheldrake's research ... well, to put it flatly, their own stances are irrelevant. Wikipedia *has* to reflect what the sources say, and we cannot pick winners and losers.
  Anyhoo, wikipedia asks us to AGF, and I'll ask you to continue as well. The folks controlling mainspace believe they are improving wikipedia; their policy-misinterpretation is deep, and reasonably subtle. You've been around for many years, but think back to when you first started. Anyways, sooner or later we'll get the Wiseman sentence in. I hope sooner, of course, but don't really *expect* sooner anymore. Thanks for improving wikipedia. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 22:35, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
no, we fully grok how NPOV works. what we dont grok is how people cannot grok WP:VALID. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 23:22, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I've explained it to you before. There are two halves to WP:VALID. They are very clear. But of course, anything can be abused, if you work at it. Some things are easier to abuse than others, as I see below. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 08:33, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Pseudoscience sanctions notice[edit]

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--Bbb23 (talk) 00:38, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is Consensus by exhaustion at Rupert Sheldrake. Thank you. I'm sorry it had to come to this, but our patience is exhausted. Mangoe (talk) 16:11, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Sanction discussion[edit]

I have initiated a request for discretionary sanctions concerning your editing and discussion of Rupert Sheldrake. It is important that you respond to this at the linked page. Mangoe (talk) 02:02, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Arbitration Request Notification[edit]

You are involved in a recently filed request for arbitration. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests#Persistent Bullying of Rupert Sheldrake Editors and, if you wish to do so, enter your statement and any other material you wish to submit to the Arbitration Committee. Additionally, the following resources may be of use—

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Askahrc (talkcontribs) 19:58, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

I'm notifying everyone to whom this Arb's request applies. Please consider responding to him. David in DC (talk) 15:40, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

NPOV tag requires that there be a legitimate discussion about content that may not be appropriate under NPOV policy[edit]

[5] while the talk page is raging, there does not seem to actually be a legitimate NPOV issue declared. The issue seems to be "this presents Sheldrake in an unflattering light" which is NOT an NPOV issue when it accurately reflects the mainstream position of Sheldrake being commented on by mainstream academia in an unflattering light. Please revert yourself or identify an actual NPOV concern where the article is not presenting content in appropriate proportions or giving the appropriate weight to the mainstream academic views or some other actual NPOV issue. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 23:58, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

The issue was clarified on the talk page. Large number of sources being suppressed, others being misrepresented. Whole sections being devoted almost entirely to the views of a few critics without any attempt to reasonably summarise the issue that is supposed to be the subject of the section. Other have given other reasons also. Thus, there is a dispute. There is also a section on the talk page where people can register their view on whether there is a dispute and the only two entries so far both say yes. Barleybannocks (talk) 00:08, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Again, claiming an "NPOV" dispute without actually having any basis for a dispute because the contents actually reflect how NPOV is supposed to be applied does not actually reflect an NPOV dispute. It just reflects the fact that some people want to whitewash the mainstream view of the subject. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 17:42, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. Barney the barney barney (talk) 17:46, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
There are NPOV disputes throughout the article, starting with the failure to refer to him as a scientist in the opening sentence and the false implication that scientists generally view his work as pseudoscience. Many more of these disputes are currently under discussion on the talk page. According to WP:NPOV editors are to report disputes, not participate in them. By siding with an extremist fringe that denies Sheldrake's standing as a scientist, the article has become part of the dispute. Alfonzo Green (talk) 19:59, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Alfonzo Green (talk · contribs) for your explanation. You think that scientists don't generally view his work as pseudoscience, so how do you think they view his work? And how do they view Sheldrake personally? Barney the barney barney (talk) 22:17, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
From what we can gather from secondary sources, it appears that most scientists disagree with his conclusions even as they regard him as a genuine scientist. Sue Blackmore's statement sums it up nicely. Alfonzo Green (talk) 22:49, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Right, you are saying that most scientists view him as a scientist, doing real science (involving proposing and testing hypotheses, and so on), so his methodologies are scientific and correct. However you think that scientists view his conclusions as being wrong. In that case, how does scientists' confidence in the correctness of his methodology sit with the same scientists' apparent lack of confidence in his conclusions? Barney the barney barney (talk) 23:05, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Most natural scientists are committed to the belief that causation is limited to known physical factors such as force, chemical properties, electromagnetism, gravity and so on. Morphic resonance is based on a completely different factor, currently unknown to science, that entails action at a distance over time, i.e. "the presence of the past" or natural memory. Since most scientists reject the possibility of natural memory, they reject his findings and surmise that he must be making mistakes in his experiments or the interpretation of data. I think the general assumption is that he's acting in good faith, that he's trying to follow the methodology, and that his apparently positive findings are the result of simple mistakes. There's nothing unusual in this. Scientists disagree all the time without accusing each other of engaging in pseudoscience. Alfonzo Green (talk) 23:28, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
That's not an unreasonable answer. Now consider this; minor mistakes in implementing the scientific process lead to minor errors in conclusions. Slightly bigger mistakes lead to slightly bigger differences in conclusions. Fundamental mistakes in the scientific process (this is what we call pseudoscience), lead to massive differences in conclusions. Now consider this, how different are Sheldrake's conclusions from the prevailing scientific views? Are they slightly different, middling, or are they extremely large? Second question: What do the size of Sheldrake's disagreements imply as regards his following of the scientific method? Barney the barney barney (talk) 23:53, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Looks like you're building a case that Sheldrake is doing pseudoscience. If so, this is your view, not the general view of scientists and journalists. We're not here to impose our views but to report what secondary sources tell us. Alfonzo Green (talk) 00:11, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Your comments at Talk:Rupert Sheldrake[edit]

Hello Alfonzo Green, please retract the first sentence in this comment, and consider apologising to TheRedPenOfDoom. Your comment is is uncivil and bordering an ad hominem. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 02:01, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

I've reworded the sentence without the incivility. As to an apology, I don't think that's necessary since it wasn't up there very long and he probably didn't see it. Thank you for monitoring the talk page. Alfonzo Green (talk) 02:28, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. And a note for the future, which you probably already know but worth reinforcing. On a page and talk page like these, where they are subject to discretionary sanctions and are quite high profile at the moment I'd suggest you (as well as everyone else) are very careful in what and how you say things. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 02:35, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Request for arbitration rejected[edit]

This is a courtesy notice to inform you that a request for arbitration, which named you as a party, has been declined. The arbitrators felt that the already imposed discretionary sanctions were adequate to deal with current issues. Failure by users to edit constructively or comply with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines should be brought up at the arbitration enforcement noticeboard. Please see the Arbitrators' opinions for further potential suggestions on moving forward.

For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 01:53, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

you may wish to revert yourself[edit]

You may wish to revert yourself. the article is on a 1 Revert, and you have just done 2. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 06:20, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

By removing sourced material and adding unsourced material, you left me with no choice. The relevant rule here is WP:Ignore. Alfonzo Green (talk) 06:41, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

If you think that will be sufficient explanation, you are free to go on fooling yourself. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 06:55, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Blocked for breaking 1RR restriction[edit]

To enforce an arbitration decision, and for breaking (first and second revert) the 1RR restriction applied under discretionary sanctions which you are aware of (section above this one) on the page Rupert Sheldrake,
you have been blocked from editing for 3 days. You are welcome to make useful contributions once the block expires. If you believe this block is unjustified, please read the guide to appealing arbitration enforcement blocks and then appeal your block using the instructions there. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 10:35, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Reminder to administrators: In March 2010, ArbCom adopted a procedure prohibiting administrators "from reversing or overturning (explicitly or in substance) any action taken by another administrator pursuant to the terms of an active arbitration remedy, and explicitly noted as being taken to enforce said remedy, except: (a) with the written authorization of the Committee, or (b) following a clear, substantial, and active consensus of uninvolved editors at a community discussion noticeboard (such as WP:AN or WP:ANI). If consensus in such discussions is hard to judge or unclear, the parties should submit a request for clarification on the proper page." Administrators who reverse an arbitration enforcement block, such as this one, without clear authorisation will be summarily desysopped.

Notification regarding the Sheldrake article[edit]

This message is to inform you of the section labeled Pseudoscience here. Thank you. vzaak 15:00, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

WP:ARE notice[edit]

Information icon There is currently an Arbitration Enforcement Request "Barleybannocks" regarding an issue in which you may have been involved. --Iantresman (talk) 10:20, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Your statement at WP:ARE[edit]

Hi Alfonzo, would you please add evidence to your statement (in form of diffs and an explanation of why they breach policies). There is nothing we can do from an enforcement standpoint if we don't have evidence to work with. Thanks, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 13:05, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Warning[edit]

You are a single purpose account whose only purpose has been to advocate for anti-science views in biographies, primarily that of Rupert Sheldrake. Your latest input on the article's Talk page is not in any way a productive or meaningful attempt to form consensus, instead it amounts to a demand to re-argue the entire case ab initio, which is (a) not going to happen and (b) inappropriate given the amount of focus the article has already had, and the quality of sources against which you are advancing your synthetic arguments.

This is a warning. If you continue in this vein, you will be topic banned form the Sheldrake article. If you want to propose changes then you need to cite current text, proposed new text, the reliable independent sources that support the change and establish that it is a better representation of the facts as assessed by the relevant professional communities, and debate it in measured tones, and especially without launching off into lengthy defences of morphic resonance as science rather than pseudoscientific conjecture, because that horse has long since joined the choir celestial. Guy (Help!) 20:54, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

As anyone can plainly see, WP:SYN has no applicability to my edit today. I cited four sources for the edit, all of them from the New York Times, and I fully justified the change on the talk page. I think you're emotionally committed to an anti-Sheldrake POV and unable to come to grips with the fact that POV pushing of any kind is incompatible with Wikipedia guidelines. Go bully someone else. Alfonzo Green (talk) 23:47, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
You say. But you are a single-purpose advocacy account looking for ways to square your agenda with policy, and I'm an admin with a long history of dealing with sensitive biographies, fringe and pseudoscience advocacy and other issues. Of course you may choose to ignore my advice. I suggest to you that doing so will result in a worse outcome for you than following it. If you carry on like that, you will be topic banned. That is a judgment based on long experience, not a threat.
You aso seem to think that the pro-science editors give a rat's ass about Sheldrake. For the most part, they don't. He is essentially insignificant: morphic resonance has virtually no traction and is largely unknown even in the new age community. What's important is not some nefarious anti-Sheldrake agenda, but a pro-Wikipedia agenda, supporting our long-standing consensus against asserting that unverifiable conjectures are anything else. The problem is caused solely by Sheldrake's insistence that what he is doing is science, and that its rejection is due to dogma rather than (as is actually the case) is abject failure to provide robust scientific support for his case.
In science, if you have a conjecture that conflicts with robustly supported principles such as conservation of energy, you have two options: one is to explain why it is not in fact inconsistent, the other is to come up with proof at least as solid as that which underlies the current principle, and which is also consistent with all existing observations. Sheldrake has chosen instead to thumb his nose at scientists and accuse them of being dogmatic. Scientists are not dogmatic about the laws of thermodynamics and conservation of energy, they are pragmatic - no known observation refutes the theory, millions of observations support it, it is fact for all practical purposes. Sheldrake's problem is with science ,not with Wikipedia. Tell him: change the scientific consensus and Wikipedia will change with it. We are not going to blaze the trail for him, partly because policy does not allow it and partly because the Wikipedia community as a body corporate has long since decided that even if policy did permit it, we're not going to.
Wikipedia is not the place to Right Great Wrongs. It's that simple. Guy (Help!) 00:15, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Then stop trying to right the perceived wrong of referring to Sheldrake as a biologist. Are you actually arguing that his status as a biologist is unverifiable conjecture? You don't seem to get what the issue is here. It's not about your opinion of Sheldrake or my opinion or anybody else's. It's about what the sources say. Alfonzo Green (talk) 00:37, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
You have it the wrong way round, but you know that. I'm done with you here. You refuse to understand or accept that there's an issue with what you're doing, that is very much your problem not mine. Guy (Help!) 01:06, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Enforcement[edit]

I thik the time has come to stop playing games. See WP:AE#Alfonzo Green Guy (Help!) 01:41, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Result of Arbitration Enforcement request[edit]

Commons-emblem-hand.svg The following sanction now applies to you (in accordance with the procedure described at Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Discretionary sanctions):

You are indefinitely topic-banned from Rupert Sheldrake, broadly construed.

You have been sanctioned based on the result of the Arbitration Enforcement discussion here.

This sanction is imposed in my capacity as an uninvolved administrator under the authority of the Arbitration Committee's decision at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Pseudoscience. This sanction has been recorded on the log of sanctions for that decision. If the sanction includes a ban, please read the banning policy to ensure you understand what this means. If you do not comply with this sanction, you may be blocked for an extended period, by way of enforcement of this sanction—and you may also be made subject to further sanctions.

You may appeal this sanction using the process described here. I recommend that you use the arbitration enforcement appeals template if you wish to submit an appeal to the enforcement noticeboard. You may also appeal directly to me (on my talk page), before or instead of appealing to the noticeboard.  Even if you appeal this sanction, you remain bound by it until you are notified by an uninvolved administrator that the appeal has been successful. You are also free to contact me on my talk page if anything of the above is unclear to you. Zad68 14:59, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

December 2013[edit]

To enforce an arbitration decision, and for violating your ban from the topic of Rupert Sheldrake with a message concerning Sheldrake's idea of morphic resonance on User talk:Sandstein,
you have been blocked from editing for 48 hours. You are welcome to edit once the block expires; however, please note that the repetition of similar behavior may result in a longer block. If you believe this block is unjustified, please read the guide to appealing arbitration enforcement blocks and then appeal your block using the instructions there.  Sandstein  22:46, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Reminder to administrators: In March 2010, ArbCom adopted a procedure prohibiting administrators "from reversing or overturning (explicitly or in substance) any action taken by another administrator pursuant to the terms of an active arbitration remedy, and explicitly noted as being taken to enforce said remedy, except: (a) with the written authorization of the Committee, or (b) following a clear, substantial, and active consensus of uninvolved editors at a community discussion noticeboard (such as WP:AN or WP:ANI). If consensus in such discussions is hard to judge or unclear, the parties should submit a request for clarification on the proper page." Administrators who reverse an arbitration enforcement block, such as this one, without clear authorisation will be summarily desysopped.

The block is relatively brief because it is the first enforcement block and because you may need to acquaint yourself with the concept of a topic ban (WP:TBAN), as advised above. I recommend that you do so now.  Sandstein  22:47, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Result of request to ensure admins had considered your comments[edit]

Hi Alfonzo, yesterday on my User Talk page, you raised the concern that the admins commenting on the AE case regarding you might not have had a chance to see your comments before my closure, due to the Christmas holiday. As promised, I followed up with all five admins who commented on the AE discussion stating a sanction was warranted. All five admins said that they had seen your comments but had no intention of changing their view that a sanction was warranted. So, the AE closure stands. Zad68 15:59, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Ban on Sheldrake or ban on pseudoscience?[edit]

Alfonzo, are you clear if your ban is on editing in the Rupert Sheldrake article or is it on editing any article deemed about a pseudoscience subject? Tom Butler (talk) 17:45, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

I was banned from "Rupert Sheldrake, broadly construed." I believe this means I can't discuss Sheldrake or any of his ideas, not only on the Sheldrake biography page but in any other article in the encyclopedia. Alfonzo Green (talk) 18:39, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
As the admin who closed that AE discussion, I'll respond: Yes Alfonzo understands the scope of the topic ban accurately. Also the topic ban applies to all pages in Wikipedia-space, so that would include User Talk pages. Questions clarifying or appealing the topic ban would be exceptions. Zad68 18:43, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Appeal by Alfonzo Green[edit]

This is to notify you that I have rejected your appeal. The topic ban is upheld.--Ymblanter (talk) 22:25, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

MfD nomination of User:Alfonzo Green[edit]

User:Alfonzo Green, a page you substantially contributed to, has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Alfonzo Green and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of User:Alfonzo Green during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you.

April 2014[edit]

Alfonzo, I have blocked your account for again violating your topic ban of Rupert Sheldrake, as clearly described above alongside your clear understanding that your topic ban is "broadly construed" and extends to your User space pages. The block is indef per this User page screed indicating that you are significantly at odds with Wikipedia policies for both behavior and content. See entries regarding previous blocks for appeal information. Zad68 19:08, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Request to unblock[edit]

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Request reason:

Zad68 claims my topic ban prohibits me from mentioning Rupert Sheldrake on my own user page and even alleges that I was already aware of this. I was indeed banned from the topic of Rupert Sheldrake "broadly construed." According to WP:TBAN, "a topic ban covers all pages (not only articles) broadly related to the topic, as well as the parts of other pages that are related to the topic." Thus I'm banned not only from articles related to Sheldrake but the associated talk pages. This says nothing about user pages. However, when I asked an administrator for assistance in locating where Sheldrake was discussed in the Arbitration Committee's decision on pseudoscience, I was temporarily blocked for mentioning Sheldrake on the administrator's talk page. As a result, I concluded that my ban extended to other people's talk pages. (See "December 2013" above). This impression was reinforced when Zad68 stated that my ban "applies to all pages in Wikipedia-space, so that would include User Talk pages." (See "Ban on Sheldrake or ban on pseudoscience?" above). The fact that we were discussing my Sheldrake ban on my talk page implied that the ban doesn't extend to my own talk page. Yet Zad claims I had a "clear understanding" that that my topic ban extends to my own user space. He makes this claim on the basis of my statement that "I can't discuss Sheldrake or any of his ideas, not only on the Sheldrake biography page but in any other article in the encyclopedia." Clearly "articles" refers to the main Wikipedia space, not my own user space.

Zad has instituted this indefinite block on the basis of what he calls a "User page screed indicating that you are significantly at odds with Wikipedia policies for both behavior and content." The "screed" is located on my main user page. As you can see it's simply a recounting of my experiences leading up to my topic ban. It's well-reasoned and entirely fact-based. What it shows is that Zad initiated my topic ban despite the fact that I violated no Wikipedia policies. In other words, this "screed" reflects poorly on him, specifically that he himself is "significantly at odds with Wikipedia policies." Now that my user page has been nominated for deletion, Zad appears to have instituted the block so as to prevent me from defending myself against the attempt to delete my user page along with my statement. (See "MfD nomination of User:Alfonzo Green" above).

If my block is lifted, I will continue to argue against deletion of my user page. I will point out that the nominating editor, according to procedure, should have gone to my talk page and asked me to remove any erroneous material from my statement before seeking to have my user page deleted. I would also point out that "User pages about Wikipedia-related matters by established users usually do not qualify for deletion." And I'd take the opportunity to respond to the charge that I haven't read the policy on user pages. In fact I have read it, and it clearly states that divisive material "not related to encyclopedia editing" should be removed. My statement is entirely related to encyclopedia editing, and if it's divisive that's only because it's intended to shine light on an incident in which Wikipedia policy was ignored. Obviously editors who benefited from the setting aside of policy will find it "divisive." Yes, my statement is critical of Wikipedia administration, but sometimes criticism is the only path to improvement. My statement is intended to help build the encyclopedia, not disrupt it.

According to blocking policy, "Blocks are used to prevent damage or disruption to Wikipedia, not to punish users." Yet clearly Zad seeks to punish me with this block. Please lift it immediately. Alfonzo Green (talk) 18:22, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Decline reason:

This block is justified. You have broken the rule against discussing or mentioning the banned topic anywhere on Wikipedia. Per WP:TBAN user pages are included in the scope of bans. The only place you would be allowed to say anything about the banned topic would be as part of an appeal, either to an admin or at a noticeboard. When I am enforcing a ban myself, I sometimes give some leeway since the person may not understand the rules, but in my opinion you've used up all of your leeway. You do not seem to be receptive to any advice about moderating your approach. EdJohnston (talk) 20:08, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

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EdJohnston, here's Wikipedia policy on topic bans. Please explain where it says the ban extends to user pages.

"The purpose of a topic ban is to forbid an editor from making edits related to a certain topic area where their contributions have been disruptive, but to allow them to edit the rest of Wikipedia. Unless clearly and unambiguously specified otherwise, a topic ban covers all pages (not only articles) broadly related to the topic, as well as the parts of other pages that are related to the topic. For example, if an editor is banned from the topic "weather", they are not only forbidden to edit the article Weather, but also everything else that has to do with weather, such as:

weather-related articles and lists, such as Wind and List of weather records, and their talk pages; weather-related categories such as all of the categories that are associated with Category:Weather; weather-related project pages, such as WikiProject Meteorology and Portal:Weather; weather-related parts of other pages, even if the pages as a whole have little or nothing to do with weather: the section entitled "Climate" in the article New York, for example, is covered by the topic ban, but the rest of the article is not; discussions or suggestions about weather-related topics anywhere on Wikipedia (including edit summaries), for instance a deletion discussion concerning an article about a meteorologist."

Looks like your opinion bears no relationship to actual Wikipedia policy. For that reason I'm repeating my request. Alfonzo Green (talk) 22:21, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

only if one ignores "; discussions or suggestions about weather-related topics anywhere on Wikipedia (including edit summaries)" -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 22:27, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Only if one ignores "discussions or suggestions about weather-related topics anywhere on Wikipedia." Obviously my user page is not a "Sheldrake-related topic." Got it? Alfonzo Green (talk) 22:33, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
lolz, good luck with that. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 00:10, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
Alfonzo, you put a discussion about Rupert Sheldrake on your user page. That is the analog of 'a weather-related topic anywhere on Wikipedia.' It is clear that your user page is on Wikipedia. EdJohnston (talk) 00:21, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

2nd request[edit]

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Request reason:

Please see above discussion. Alfonzo Green (talk) 22:45, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Decline reason:

Quoting the AE notice above: "You are indefinitely topic-banned from Rupert Sheldrake, broadly construed." This applies everywhere on Wikipedia. The exceptions are for requesting clarifications of your topic ban, or for appealing your topic ban. Your userpage is neither. Arguing that your userpage is not a "Sheldrake-related topic" is a red herring: you made it into a Sheldrake-related topic by mentioning him there. The Bushranger One ping only 07:27, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

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Bushranger, where in the topic ban policy does it say the ban applies "everywhere on Wikipedia?" The intent of the policy could not be more clear: to prevent editors from contributing to any article where that topic is discussed. A user page is not an encyclopedia article, and nothing written on that page can turn it into an one. The only red herring here is yours. Just because you're an administrator doesn't mean you can rule according to whim. You've been empowered to enforce policy, not make things up. Alfonzo Green (talk) 08:13, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

I stated it clearly above. With the exception of requesting a clarification or lifting of your topic ban, you may not discuss Rupert Sheldrake on Wikipedia. Period, full stop, end of line. I'm sorry that you don't want to hear this, but that is simple fact. The topic area is "Rupert Sheldrake, broadly construed"; 'broadly construed' is added to these bans to make it perfectly clear that attempting to WP:WIKILAWYER your way around the ban is not acceptable. Your user page was not a reversion of obvious vandalism, nor was it "engaging in legitimate and necessary dispute resolution, that is, addressing a legitimate concern about the ban itself in an appropriate forum", therefore it does not fall under the ban exemptions: mentioning Sheldrake (extensively) on it falls under the ban as a particularly flagrant violation. - The Bushranger One ping only 08:20, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
WP:TBAN does not mention user pages. In fact I'm mentioning Sheldrake right now in this very sentence, and in no way does this violate my ban, which applies only to encyclopedia articles related to Sheldrake. Period, full stop, end of line. I'm sorry you don't want to hear this, but that is simple fact. Your attempt to WP:WIKILAWYER your way around the limitation of the ban is not acceptable. Your appeal to ban exemptions is a red herring, since I'm not seeking an exemption to the ban. The ban simply doesn't apply to user pages in the first place. If you feel the ban should apply to user space, you should pursue the appropriate channels to amend the ban accordingly. Alfonzo Green (talk) 18:08, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

Talk page access revoked to prevent further waste of community time. Appeals available per links previously provided. Zad68 18:33, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Procedural note: Alfonzo Green's appeal to WP:UTRS has been declined and they have been referred to WP:BASC for any future appeals.--Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 18:59, 28 April 2014 (UTC)