We're familiar with Jones's dubious conspiracy papers used by Richard Gage to fleece the gullible, but how many knew Jones has a history of pushing scientific frauds predating his truther thermite "research"? In 2005 Jones was involved in something called the Burrows Cave hoax that seems to be trying to prove white people existed in mesoAmerica or something: http://www.flavinscorner.com/outcave.htm "On May 21, 2005, The Ancient Historical Research Foundation (AHRF), a revisionist Mormon cult organization held a Symposium on the campus of Brigham Young University which prominently featured the engraved BC rocks. Russ loaned fourteen examples of his BC folk-art to AHRF and they were subsequently examined by Steven Earl Jones, Ph.D. (Full Professor, Physics and Astronomy; Brigham Young). Prof. Jones refers to his belief in history as described in The Book of Mormon (Smith 1830) on his curriculum vitae. This shouldnt be a surprise at a Mormon cult teaching institution. That Prof. Jones also believes Muslims didnt destroy the World Trade Center is both surprising and a possibly actionable example of hate-speech. Prof. Jones (Hard Evidence?) has claimed the examination results of the Burrows Hoax artifacts were inconclusive. Great! If a racist and paranoid cult member cant disprove the antiquity of the engraved BC folk-art, who can?" " Prof. Jones apparently didnt squander much time between finishing up his examination of the Burrows Hoax artifacts and hitting the press-circuit with his racist WTC theory. On Nov. 10, 2005, a Deseret Morning News story began: The physics of 9/11 including how fast and symmetrically one of the World Trade Center buildings fell prove that official explanations of the collapses are wrong, says a Brigham Young University physics professor. In fact, it's likely that there were 'pre-positioned explosives' in all three buildings at ground zero, says Steven E. Jones. In a paper posted online Tuesday and accepted for peer-reviewed publication next year, Jones adds his voice to those of previous skeptics, including the authors of the Web site www.wtc7.net, whose research Jones quotes. Jones' article can be found at www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html. 'It is quite plausible that explosives were pre-planted in all three (WTC) buildings,' BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones says. Jones, who conducts research in fusion and solar energy at BYU, is calling for an independent, international scientific investigation 'guided not by politicized notions and constraints but rather by observations and calculations. 'It is quite plausible that explosives were pre-planted in all three buildings and set off after the two plane crashes which were actually a diversion tactic,' he writes. 'Muslims are (probably) not to blame for bringing down the WTC buildings after all,' Jones writes. As for speculation about who might have planted the explosives, Jones said, don't usually go there. There's no point in doing that until we do the scientific investigation' (Jarvik 2005)." " Jones misrepresents a collaborative journal as "peer review": "Peer-review? The claimed peer-reviewed publication: "RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 51 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available. You may add your own materials to RePEc through a department or institutional archive -- all institutions are welcome to join and contribute their materials by establishing and maintaining their own RePEc archive." There's no mention of peer-review in this economic data-base." More on Jones and the Burrows Cave Hoax: http://www.flavinscorner.com/2009bc.htm " In America, a jury considers means, motive, and opportunity for a guilty verdict in a criminal trial. Historians, even those associated with The History Channel, would be well advised to adhere to basic requirements. The Burrows Cave inscribed items? Well, as Burrows often claims, the items were subjected to automobile polish by his one-time associate, Jack Ward, and can no longer be tested due to modern contamination. And, inviting Goofy to join Mickey, Wolter doesn't seem to be able to test the Burrows Cave items any better than the Hard Evidence ex-professor and Mormon 9/11 whack, Steve Jones. The so-called testing of the Kensington Runestone seems amateurish, at best, and at the very least, a waste of time. Look, even the Catholics regard the Shroud of Turin as an article of faith and not the actual burial cloth of Jesus. There are books to help such individuals who persist in believing in the fantastic (e.g. Sagan 1996; Shermer 1997)." There are a couple of conclusions one can take from Jones history: 1. He is a gullible crank with just enough scientific education and training to be useful to people pushing conspiracy scams. 2. He is a scammer himself, cynically using his scientific education to promote conspiracy theories as part of a fringe political agenda. Other examples of hoaxes promoted/invented by Steven Jones?