Alien Scientists and the Science of LANR

Posted By on March 1, 2012

Will the Alien Scientist Save Planet Earth?

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.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


4 Responses to “Alien Scientists and the Science of LANR”

  1. Roger Stritmatter says:

    Just as an update, I think its important to continue to stress the difference between saying that LANR/LENR is now a demonstrable fact (the experimental evidence is overwhelming), and leaping to the conclusion (as I have sometimes done over the past few weeks) that Rossi is on the up and up and can deliver on his promises. A recent article by Steve Krivit contains some sobering analysis:

    Krivit clearly has an axe to grind, and has been in the past, imho, guilty of some rather wretched forms of argument largely consisting of unsupported innuendo, but I did find this article to have at least a seeming substance. Whether to put the emphasis on “substance” or on “seeming” remains open for conjecture. The world is “still deceived by ornament,” as someone once said. Precisely because my general prejudice is (perhaps naively) in Rossi’s favor, I find it quite useful to always check my beliefs against the strongest available counterargument at a given time. Krivit’s article certainly fits that description.

    A recent, extended interview with Rossi addresses some of the ongoing accusations that he has repeatedly contradicted himself (“lied” according to many quick-on-the-draw analysts).

    And here is the view from the May 29, 2009, University of Missouri colloquium on that topic, with reports from the (now apparently cancelled) SPAWAR LENR research unit:

  2. Lurking Ox says:

    What a GREAT video!

  3. Lurking Ox says:

    .. on TRUTH.

  4. Roger Stritmatter says:

    Yep! Both great videos. Update: More and more evidence for for the reality of LENR/LANR has been coming out of the woodwork. Within the last week alone, conference presentations at both Nasa and CERN have focused on various details of the process. It is still poorly understood, and only Rossi and Defkalion in Greece claim to have commercially viable prototypes with production plans. Defkalion, however, is now claiming that it will be producing units for sale as early as July, 2012. That’s only four months and counting.

    This recent post by patent lawyer David French on the Cold Fusion Now site is an excellent summary of the state of the art, with very clear parameters that need to be optimized in order for the technology to move from the lab to Home Depot:

    Rossi has always said that the earliest would be fall 2012, and sometimes has implied that it could be another year after that before his e-cat will be for sale. Rossi is also making noises about suing someone– probably Defkalion — for intellectual property infringement. Defkalion for its part claims that Rossi has difficulty controlling the reaction in his devices, but that they have solved this problem. So the situation is, predictably given the stakes, still muddy. But the evidence that the process itself is real continues to mount. Even if neither Rossi nor Defkalion can deliver on their claims, it seems we are most likely on the verge of one of the most exciting technological revolutions in the history of the planet……

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