You may have long wondered what kind of a person would write
Coming of Age With Quantum Information: Notes on a Paulian Idea by Christopher A. Fuchs and (with foreword by) N. David Mermin
a voluminous compendium of emails between Chris Fuchs and other supposedly great quantum intellectuals of our times, a mountain of self-congratulatory, nonsensical blather with an Amazon book rating so low that you didn’t even think such low numbers were possible, a book published by Cambridge University Press even though the identical content had been published already 10 years previously in arXiv (see here).
You may have long wondered what happened to the young movie star Chris Fuchs once he grew up. Was he able to sustain his movie star status into middle age or not?
Well, TMZ has tracked him down, and this is what we found.
Chris Fuchs continues to pursue unabashedly his life’s mission, which is? to flood the world with lame personal anecdotes about the quantum. He recently (May 10, 2014) published on arXiv a mind numbing 2,348 pages of Twitter-prose:
My Struggles with the Block Universe
(subtitle: My Struggles with Constipation)
How can this be? Who would have the endurance and be paid a full salary to write so many lame personal quantum anecdotes and Twitter-prose, not to mention who would want to read them? OMG, and he hasn’t even started to address the ER=EPR conjecture. That will no doubt be the subject of his next, even more voluminous installment, 5 years from now.
Well, the joke is out. An MIT alumnus named Blake C. Stacey was trying to pull a joke on us gullible people. Chris Fuchs is really an alias for Stacey’ s Gibberish Generator, what is called in geek circles a “Mark V. Shaney“. Its name is a pun on the words “Markov Chain”, a theory on which this software is based. It was first used in Usenet during the early days of the Internet. One can find numerous versions of a Mark V. Chaney throughout the web.
The name Blake C. Stacey may itself be a pseudonym. It sounds to us super-posh and waspy (recall William Blake, famous Brit painter/poet), like the pseudonym of an intrepid Hollywood movie star from a bygone era, like “Clark Gable” or “Marilyn Monroe”. Doesn’t sound as most authentic American names do, like the cursorily anglicized name of some poor European immigrant passing through Ellis Island.
It turns out that Stacey is an unabashed paparazzi of quantum intellectuals, which explains why his new “book” passionately recounts hundreds of email encounters with hundreds of quantum luminaries.
When we asked his friends, we also found out that Stacey is a passionate quantum mechanics aficionado who wants to foist upon an unwitting public his own, deeply garbled interpretation of quantum mechanics. This QM interpretation, which he likes to call QBism, is as easy to understand as a cubist Picasso painting.
One thing is for sure, this Stacey is quite a salesman. Posing as Chris Fuchs by email, he was able to convince a very old guy named N. David Mermin to buy this QBism interpretation, along with an expensive and inconvenient intruder alarm system for Mermin’s Florida retirement home.