For many years people told me that, without a PhD, nobody would take me seriously. For the last few years people have been telling me that, without published papers, nobody would take me seriously. At 42, I think I get the idea. I cannot even apply
for physics jobs without reference letters from professional physicists, even though many people I know apply
for (and get) physics jobs without ever having studied physics.
But now it seems that Carl Brannen
is publishing papers
on quantum gravity left, right and centre! In respectable journals! Will people keep telling me not to waste my time with such amateurs? Will they keep saying I should focus on doing respectable science? What does that mean, anyway?