Martin Alan Kazlev Exposed

Exposing Martin Alan Kazlev, webmaster for, the biased Anti-Sathya-Sai-Baba sympathizer.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Alan Kazlev: Crank & Crackpot?

Exposing Martin Alan Kazlev, webmaster for, the biased Anti-Sathya-Sai-Baba sympathizer.

On Wikipedia, a Kazlev fan started a wiki-page for him and the page was suggested for deletion. The majority of editors agreed that the page should be deleted and some referred to Alan Kazlev as a "crank" and "crackpot".

The posts read, from three different editors:
Delete - looks like a crank, fails by any reasonable definition of notability.

Delete Crackpots need to cause quite a stir in order to be notable enough for inclusion. I see no stir.

Certainly a crank. Delete as failing WP:RS.

Wikipedia defines "Crank" as a pejorative term for a person who:
  1. holds some belief which the vast majority of his contemporaries would consider counterfactual

  2. clings to this belief in the face of all counterarguments or evidence presented to him.

The term implies that:
  1. a "cranky" belief is so wildly at variance with some commonly accepted truth as to be ludicrous

  2. arguing with the crank is useless, because he will invariably dismiss all evidence or arguments which contradict his cranky belief

Common synonyms for "crank" include kook and crackpot.

Virtually universal characteristics of cranks include:
  1. Cranks vastly overestimate their own knowledge and ability, and vastly underestimate that of acknowledged experts.

  2. Cranks insist that their alleged discoveries are urgently important.

  3. Cranks rarely if ever acknowledge any error, no matter how trivial.

  4. Cranks love to talk about their own beliefs, often in inappropriate social situations, but they tend to be very, very bad listeners, and often appear to be utterly uninterested in anyone else's experience or opinions.

Some cranks exhibit a lack of academic achievement, in which case they typically assert that academic training in the subject of their crank belief is not only unnecessary for discovering "the truth", but actively harmful because they believe it "poisons" the minds by teaching falsehoods. Others greatly exaggerate their personal achievements, and may insist that some alleged achievement in some entirely unrelated area of human endeavor implies that their cranky opinion should be taken seriously.

Some cranks claim vast knowledge of any relevant literature, while others claim that familiarity with previous work is entirely unnecessary; regardless, cranks inevitably reveal that whether or not they believe themselves to be knowledgeable concerning relevant matters of fact, mainstream opinion, or previous work, they are not in fact well-informed concerning the topic of their belief.

Now read Alan's scrapped "Disrespectable Me" and "Introduction" page.

Funny enough, Alan's friends (Robert Priddy and Sanjay Dadlani) also fit the definitions for a "crank" and a "crackpot".

Umm...enough said.

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