Slashdot is peopled by a load of cranks.
Ok, after reading some of the comments for the story "Edgar Allan Poe, Cosmologist" I'm forced to the not so reluctant conclusion that slashdot is peopled by a festering herd of reactionary cranks.
So someone points out that scientists and non-scientists (i.e. Poe) sometimes make astounding leaps of logic and intuition that are, years later, borne out by mathematics and/or observational data. Nothing new there. Imaginative, intelligent people are prone to such making leaps of logic and intuition. Sometimes they're right, even if the concept isn't in their field of expertise. Ever heard of cross-fertilization? Most of the time, you don't get much. Every now and then, you get the right cross of species/professions, and some awesome happens.
From the reaction of the slashdot crowd, you'd think that the author of the NYT article was claiming that all scientists are unnecessary posers that deserve no credit for the work they do. Get a grip!
Anywho, consider this my useless attempt to interject some sense into slashdot.