Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lyle Wildes / Denis Rancourt

Doing time / Academic unfreedom


  1. Interesting show. Dr. Rancourt has done more than anyone in my opinion to question the Open Chemical Journal article by Steven Jones and Niels Harritt. I would be really interested to know where that matter stands at this time. Maybe another show where Dr. Rancourt could sort of summarize all of this in simplified terms.


    Not sure what to make of Lyle Wildes. Maybe Dr. Fetzer would have the wherewithall to be able to verify and Lyle Wildes ever really was a professor at that university. Think he said University of Wisconsin, Dr. Fetzer's university. When someone claims to have been a "professor" or claims to have a Ph.D., it seems that it ought to be verifiable and indeed verified.

    I am brought to mind a medical chart note I read many years ago where a doctor had written about a patient whose diagnosis was schizophrenia -- "you name it, he's done it."

  2. I never knew that Leonardo da Vinci was quite possibly Jewish. Thanks Jim.

  3. A history of Leonardo da Vinci:

  4. @ Jeanon

    You need a minimum of a masters degree to teach at a college. So it is possible Wildes has at least one masters. It sounds weird that Wildes gets convicted under state law for cocaine synthesis, and then he is charged for the same drug offense under Federal Statutes for conspiracy. He and his brother ran a trucking business, but the rules changed and it became hard to compete under the free market reforms of the federal government. So the cocaine business was a stop gap measure. There is a long appellate decision for the challenge to the federal charges.

  5. Thank you for information. I am glad this man is doing well now.

    I just had a difficult time believing it but if I knew that the part of his having been a "professor" was true, it could more easily believe the rest.

  6. Jeannon is wrong about the institution. I am McKnight Professsor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, but I live near Madison. I have known Lyle a long time and I would be astonished if he were lying about anything. Here is what I found in doing a search on him:

    Lyle Wildes spent 19 months in state prison and 19 years in Federal Prisons. He was released December 20, 2007 and lives in Duluth, MN. A native of Lime Ridge, Wisconsin, Lyle holds degrees in sociology and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Before prison, he taught college philosophy and operated a cutting-edge mobile home transportation service.

    He developed the Positive Attitude Development (PAD) program in prison and spent the final 18 years of his federal prison term teaching it to fellow inmates and prison volunteers from the outside. A voracious reader, Lyle read more than a thousand books in prison, with a special interest in brain research.

    When he is not teaching PAD, Lyle loves to run, play handball, listen to the blues, and lift weights. His post-prison goal is to “change the world by helping people to become the best they can be.”

    Lyle never intended to become a brain coach, but life often defines a role that is too compelling to ignore:

    Lyle is an accomplished academic and author
    Professional trainer
    Keynote speaker
    Highly innovative group facilitator

    “I have found that organizations and companies can become as lost as individuals. It has been my privilege to help identify my client's core values and to engage them in the process of applying them for the greater good of all.”

    Link to Lyle’s website:

  7. Lyle Wildes said clearly that he taught philosophy at The University of Wisconsin - Richland.

    We have no proof of that. I guess it is possible for this guest to have done all the things he said he did, and still may have not communicated the full facts about his having taught philosophy at UW - Richland Center.

    Still find something awry in his narrative.