Dr. Deniz Erdogmus is a charlatan

In this text with four parts, I tell the Why, How, Where, and When of the fact that Dr. Deniz Erdogmus is a charlatan. (Turkish)

1) Why is Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan?

Summary

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus claims to develop a technical solution to a philosophical problem. In his role in the RSVP project, he enforces (1) a refusal of the philosophical depth of the problem and (2) an insistence that a technical solution is possible, which is actually not the case. This double enforcement makes him a charlatan.

RSVP is a project that aims to infer the string someone intends to type. The conceptual framework relevant to this aim has been articulated in a document entitled Intended String Inference Bylaws (recently published on Yersiz Şeyler). The discussions in the ISI Bylaws document clearly exhibit the philosophical depth of the problem that the project intends to tackle.

However, the project’s “leaders” as a rule formulate its aims in terms of technical solutions. In other words, they formulate the problem in a way to ensure that the problem can never be solved.

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus, specifically, appoints himself as the self-proclaimed “boss” of what he calls the “RSVP team”. Through this role, he actively enforces two things:

1) A constant refusal to acknowledge the philosophical depth of the actual problem.

2) An unceasing insistence on the claim that a technical solution to the problem is possible, which is not the case.

This double enforcement effectively makes him a charlatan.

2) How is Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan?

Summary

The double enforcement that makes Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan is based on the effective reduction of all possible questions to a matter of convenience. There is only a single apparently technical problem: The discrimination between those who obey the charlatan for their own convenience and those who don’t obey the charlatan for their own convenience: The duped and the unduped.

As we stated, what makes Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan is a double enforcement:

1) A constant refusal to acknowledge the real depth of the stated scientific problem.

2) An unceasing insistence on what appears as “technical solutions.”

The superficial appearance of a “technical” approach in the secondary point of enforcement in fact conceals an entirely different state of affairs:

The unceasing insistence “to solve” never aims to reach a solution. It rather has the following double aim:

1) To render all potential solutions impossible by preventing others’ acknowledgement of the stated problem. This amounts to an active enmity against philosophy.

2) To enforce a correlation between others’ convenience and their status as to whether they obey the charlatan or not. This enforced correlation ensures that the only “technical problem” present on the scene shall be the charlatan himself, and the only “technical solution” shall be the will to obey (a) his suggestions, (b) his orders, and (c) his orders disguised as suggestions.

What is thereby reflected is the sole valid distinction from the charlatan’s actual viewpoint:

The duped: Those who obey the charlatan for their own convenience.

The unduped: Those who don’t obey the charlatan for their own convenience.

But notice: The charlatan is always extremely careful that this correlation should never appear as a causation. He wants the correlation to appear as a neutral state of affairs, he wants it to appear as a matter of general convenience.

The charlatan systematically confuses his own convenience with a general convenience of those who obey him.

This forced distinction, this discrimination of Duped//Unduped constitutes the charlatan’s counter-statistical methodology and counter-scientific paradigm.

3) Where is Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan?

Summary

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus operates his charlatanism in a private space of instruction carved out of public spaces of interpretation. As such the charlatan serves as an agent of privatization and a factor of neoliberalism.

At some moment in September 2016, in the room TF315 appointed to him in Northeastern University in Boston, Dr. Deniz Erdogmus hallucinated that he had a trait of “boss”ness with respect to me.

The condition of this hallucination is a private space of instruction that is carved out of public spaces of interpretation.

The activity of the charlatan is conditioned by his private space, while the fact of his charlatanism belongs to the public space that he can only inhabit through his private space.

The discrimination between Duped//Unduped people that the charlatan enforces through his misguidance exactly overlaps with the limit that separates the Private//Public spaces that he engenders through his mismanagement.

What is achieved by this misguidance and mismanagement is the privatization of science in the name of science. The sole aim of what is here disguised as science is to undermine universal significance, instead of fostering it.

Therefore, it is most fitting to call the charlatan’s activity counter-science.

The universal significance that the counter-science constantly attempts to undermine can make only one judgement about the bearer of this malicious activity, that he, Dr. Deniz Erdogmus, is a charlatan, that he is a malicious impostor that abuses people’s enthusiasm for science by duping them into contributing to his private artificial space that has absolutely nothing to do with science, a space totally disconnected from nature.

Being carved out of public spaces of interpretation, this artificial private space of instruction is a factor of neoliberalism and nothing else.

4) When is Dr. Deniz Erdogmus a charlatan?

Summary

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus keeps groups of PhD students around himself abusing their trust to maintain a superficial appearance of substantial scientific activity, despite the actual non-existence of any real scientific activity. He can only subsist his charlatanism because those students around him would like to believe that the contrary state of affairs is the case. Without the active presence of students his charlatanism will be over.

Every state of affairs is relative: What is the case at the present has dependencies with what could have been the case otherwise.

The relativity of a state of affairs engenders its universal quality. The universal significance of something can emerge only with respect to what could have been otherwise. In philosophy, this dimension of alternative potentialities is called counterfactuality. [1]

The status of being a PhD student in a university gains meaning with respect to two main dimensions of relativity:

1) The (non-actualized) potentiality of not being a PhD student in that university.

2) That a PhD thesis is eventually meant to be addressed to a scientific community.

In the case of the second dimension of relativity, the counterfactuality of the state of affairs is immanent to the scientific addressee of the PhD thesis. It’s not localizable at the inside//outside boundaries of a university.

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus is a charlatan because he forecloses the scientific addressee, so that the PhD theses by his students are addressed to none other than Dr. Deniz Erdogmus himself.

PhD theses that are not addressed to a scientific community cannot have universal significance. Such PhD theses cannot be considered to constitute scientific activity. They are “technical” work at best, if one can call it a “technical problem” to satisfy a charlatan.

In the absence of a proper scientific addressee, the first counterfactual dimension of inside//outside becomes dominant, and the students’ sole focus becomes their physical presence in a “lab” within that university.

Dr. Deniz Erdogmus practices his charlatanism and abuse of trust through the physical presence of his students in the “lab”.

Without the active presence of students his charlatanism will be over.

The End

[1] Slavoj Žižek, “Is God Dead, Unconscious, Evil, Impotent, Stupid … Or Just Counterfactual?”

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