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  1. #1 Why So Many Sites Calling Albert Einstein A Fraud? 
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    There are so many websites out there claiming Einstein stole his ideas and was a fraud. Science is a collaborative effort. Many of Einstein's thoughts were original.

    How was he a fraud? I have never seen any reputable site claim this. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking have the utmost respect for Albert Einstein.


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    Some of them are just anti-semitism. Einstein's family was Jewish (although non-observant), and this is enough in the minds of some anti-semites to disparage or discount his contributions to science.

    Others are by anti-relativity crackpots who somehow have got it into their heads that throwing aspersion at Einstein discredits the theory. Some of them have the idea that the only reason Relativity enjoys the position it has is due to Einstein's reputation, and that staining his reputation will cause science to abandon Relativity.

    This is patently silly, as Einstein's reputation came from the acceptance of his theory, not the other way around. Besides, even if It could be shown that Einstein "borrowed" the ideas of others, it has no bearing on whether or not the ideas are valid. After all, who's going to steal bad ideas?
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    I once saw a documentary made by a Japanese scientist about the "hunt for Einsteins' brain". He stated that Al's brain was preserved, cut up into slides, and shipped to various locations. Later, most of these slides were lost. He managed to track some down and discovered that his neurons had more axons than the average person. True story, bro.
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    Do you any supporting evidence that the Japanese "scientist wasn't just a fraud?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Do you any supporting evidence that the Japanese "scientist wasn't just a fraud?
    Sure.

    Relics: Einstein's Brain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Einstein's Brain is a 1994 documentary by Kevin Hull following Japanese professor Kenji Sugimoto in his search for Albert Einstein's brain. It is produced byBBC Films.

    Kai Michel's article "Wo ist Einsteins Denkorgan?" ("Where is Einstein's Brain?"), published by Die Zeit in December of 2004, shows just how easy it is to assume the film is a forgery. This article revolves around professor Michael Hagner of ETH Zürich, who after showing a group of students the film in question informs them that this is all fiction and that Kenji Sugimoto is a character. But after a phone call to a colleague he is informed that Sugimoto in fact is real, and that truth in fact is stranger than fiction. Or as Hagner himself puts it, "Nichts ist absurder als die Realität".

    The documentary is lent further credibility by Michael Paterniti's 2000 book Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain, where the author tells the story of how he chauffeured Dr. Harvey across the US to deliver the brain to Evelyn Einstein. His path crosses with several persons who appeared in Einstein's Brain, including director Kevin Hull and Evelyn Einstein, and at one point he even travels to Japan and meets Sugimoto, who proudly shows off his brain sample and invites him out to a night of karaoke. If the story of Sugimoto and Harvey is a hoax, it's an elaborate one.
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    Hmmm, Problem with the wiki article is it lack any Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to back any of the claim that are made there.
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    Albert Einstein's brain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Einstein's brain was removed within seven and a half hours of his death.... and apparent regularities or irregularities in the brain have been used to support various ideas about correlations in neuroanatomy with general or mathematical intelligence. Scientific studies have suggested that regions involved in speech and language are smaller, while regions involved with numerical and spatial processing are larger. Other studies have suggested an increased number of Glial cells in Einstein's brain.[1]


    So it's not really a question of whether it's true. It's a question of whether the Japanese professor really did find an original slide of Einstein's brain, or failed but pretended (or took a leap of faith) and believed he did to conclude his documentary.

    Here's the documentary if anyone is interested; at the least it's vaguely entertaining:

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