I very much doubt that Churchill meant a "pure democracy".
And surely Tipler's proposals would tend to make it more like a "social clique" at the level of publication. If you object to that, then why support Tipler ?
It also seems that he wants research funding to be made much more subject to political control. I can't see that as a good idea. It seems that that would make it easier for special interests to suppress research they don't like or to support research they do like - regardless of scientific merit.
Explain how Tipler's ideas increase the social clique aspect. Having more qualified people review more controversial ideas opens more prospects for new ideas rather than depending on reviewers trained to never think outside the box.
Not really. He still allows for the old system but makes room for another tier to consider papers that more greatly challenge existing paradigms. You can call that cliquey (not a real word I suppose), but it's no more so than the existing system, and it has a signficant advantage of putting papers before people with more faculty for certain papers and subjects.
You know, Tipler is tenured, so Tulane can't fire him for spouting off his crazy shit. I can assure you that if he was a new PhD looking to get hired to a tenure track position and he was flogging the crap he is today, he would never be hired.
That's why Tipler should really STFU about how the peer-review system and science is so terribly flawed, since the tenure system is set up to keep institutions of higher education from being able to fire professors for having "out there" ideas.
The same happened with UFO abduction believer John Mack at Harvard.
I can assure you that if he was a new PhD looking to get hired to a tenure track position and he was flogging the crap he is today, he would never be hired.
You so sure about that? I suggest you read the article in the OP because he was nearly denied tenure over anti-religious bigotry and some other ways he challenged scientific orthodoxy, according to him at least, and I think there is good reason to believe he is telling the truth.
Tulane, to their credit, didn't adopt your attitude and granted him tenure.