Benveniste, Jacques. "Dr. Jacques Benveniste Replies," Nature 334 (28 July 1988), p. 291.

 

Benveniste, Jacques. "Dr. Jacques Benveniste Replies," Nature 334 (28 July 1988), p. 291.

Benveniste is not convinced that the inspection team of Nature has been fair or honest. He is not
convinced that his procedures are in error. He rejects completely any implication of fraud or
dishonesty, not only in his own lab but also in the laboratories which report to him and which
reported similar findings.

His major point is that the inspection team of Maddox, Randi and Stewart made scientific work
impossible. The lab could not present a fair display of their efforts when the techniques of the
team included harassment. He takes particular umbrage at Stewart with his "typical know-it-all
attitude." The inspectors made unrealistic demands and the results obtained followed from those
demands. The entire situation is labeled "hysterical."

He ends with a warning to scientists that this is witch hunting and "McCarthy-like prosecution."
He suggests, "Never let these people into your laboratory."

The team showed this man absolutely nothing. They obviously have not convinced him of the
error of his ways or the truth of their interpretation.