Posted By Roger Stritmatter on March 1, 2012
Over the last ten years the internet has become my primary educational catalyst. I have read widely and experienced many new ideas. Since my specialty is “outside the box” ideas, I spent a lot of time trying to decide which “outside the box” ideas are worth pursuing and which aren’t. I may be deluding myself entirely (Tom Reedy will be the first to assure you that I must be), but I’ve come to think that there is some method to this “much madness,” and that intense study of one controversy may in fact lead to better understanding of many others.
I won’t go into the details of the journey right now, because I have a more immediate interest in mind. In my recent study of the current and very heated online controversy over the existence of “Cold Fusion” or “Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reaction (LANR) I ran across a You Tube Station created by the AlienScientist.
I haven’t listened to all of the videos, but I have to say that I found AlienScientist’s introductory video to be so impressive that I plan to use it in my ENGL 102 class at Coppin State University as a way of introducing to my students the importance of the idea that you should always do your own research.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more you are willing to research the kind of subjects that are worth your time, the more you will want to do your own research. At least that’s my idea, and it’s also the opinion, as you can see, of the AlienScientist:
There are few frames of the video I don’t like, such as the one taking what seems to me to be an unfair swipe at President Obama — followed up, one should add, with some equal time for the criminal presidency that preceded him — but the video is a brilliant introduction to basic thinking principles, moving from the realities of physics to an explanation of epistemology that would be apt for any freshman philosophy class.
Imagine my surprise to find that AlienScientist was among the fellow travelers who are increasing my conviction in the reality and imminence of a new Cold Fusion (LANR) industrial revolution. Note that I refer to this “imminence” with full awareness of recent scandalous contradictions in the public relations of Defkalion, one of the two organizations (the other being Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation, which is faring a bit better in the public relations sweepstakes at the moment) claiming to be on the verge of commercializing the technology.
My confidence is based on what I see is twenty years of increasingly validated and replicable lab experiments proving the phenomenon at a much more basic — if less practical — level. These have come from labs as diverse as Nasa, MIT, SRI, and the Navy’s SPAWAR Unit, as Google can readily satisfy the incredulous.
One of the most interesting recent stories in what is certainly a dramatic and unfolding story, is Steve Krivit’s recent coverage of the Navy’s top-down November 9 decision to cancel the SPAWAR cold fusion research unit only twelve days after Andrea Rossi’s well publicized Oct. 28, 2011 Bologna test of his 1 MW e-cat reactor.
What this means is anyone’s guess, but for those who know even a little physics (every action has what?) it will seem rather to confirm than invalidate the theory that we we entering a phase of profound transition in the character of our modern society’s technological base. The program was not eliminated because it wasn’t producing results. It was.
According to the best intelligence on the internet, on the other hand, the US military may have its own reasons, above and beyond protecting the U.S. dollar or the petroleum industry (both of which could be destabilized, to say the least, by the commercialization of the technology), for wanting to scuttle the development of LANR research. Killing the messenger is always useful in such circumstances.
I can’t claim to understand all the AlienScientist’s physics.
For example, without further research I can’t explain his emphasis on the importance of the work of Frank Znidarsic in the video, but the parts I do understand, having to do with somewhat less technical matters, make a lot of sense to me.
The video does an especially good job sketching in brief the troubled history of the technology and arguing for convergent implications in other domains of physics (i.e. cold fusion research is coming up with realities that converge with the most sophisticated, cutting edge theory in physics pioneered by researchers like Znidarsic) that should interest those with the knowledge to evaluate them dispassionately.