Archive for October, 2013

Ron = Bessler?

October 31, 2013

Bessler Wheel

Subject: Fwd: AW: Bessler Wheel

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 14:06:39 EDT

Good point, I will look into this.

The question which perhaps can be answered without detailed calculation is whether the free-falling part of mass motion in the Bessler Wheel is part of the system or not, i.e. if we have a closed (conservative) system or not.”


“The project of perpetual motion is normally pushed back to the very edge of traditional history of science. It allegedly defines the bounds of human credulity and vain ambition and marks, with the Philosopher’s Stone and stock-market Bubbles, the painful transition to rational understanding of the capacities of nature and art. It seems self-evident that neither nature nor technique can generate endless profit, so faith in perpetual motion is seen as a parable about the fallibilities of the human mind rather than about the capacities of technique.”

Simon Schaffer. The British Journal for the History of Science, 1995 28[2] 157 89

Bessler’s maid, Anne Mauersbergerin ran away from his house and revealed that the wheels had always been turned from a neighbouring room. Sometimes she turned, sometimes Bessler’s wife or his brother Gottfried. Even Bessler did some of the turning.  She made a sworn statement to the effect that Bessler had threatened her, under pain of damnation, not to reveal what she knew of the scam. It was later found that Bessler’s wife had already informed a government official of her husband’s fraud, but had been warned to keep quiet.

So what sort of person would perpetrate such a scam, and what sort of person would still be suggesting, that the wheel was genuine, in the early 21st century? A single description seems to fit both:


His early life suggested a burning ambition to rise from his humble origins, coupled with genuine skills. However, there were also grave flaws in his character and intellectual training. It is probable that his pursuit of ‘energy from nowhere’ began in good faith and that he first turned to deceit in an attempt to gain the time and money that he thought he needed to perfect the real thing. He had been described as a “madman”, and even his closest friends spoke of him as a “desperate man who cared about nothing”. His erratic and irascible behavior was attributed to a need to drive away inconvenient examinations of his work, as well as to  the psychological strain of sustaining a career that had come to depend upon a lie.

On the Flogging of Dead Horses

October 31, 2013

This 15-year old copy of The Journal of New Energy,

offers some interesting insights into the state of this sector of the lunatic fringe as it was at the time (i.e. much the same as it is now).  Watch out for tiresomely familiar names and loony concepts. Note that Ron, ‘Dr’ Bearden and Rodrigues were all on the same side in those days. Whittaker’s mathematical trick for solving electromagnetic problems (surely the most misrepresented paper in history) is here used by Bearden to ‘explain’ just about everything, including Priore’s machine and telepathy.  There is even an advertisement for a ‘stocking-filler’ toy based upon the ‘science’ of John Searl. The article on page 38 promises a sure-fire LENR technique for destroying nuclear waste. Sadly, the author was prevented from exploiting it, due to factors completely within his control. Firstly he was investigated for manufacturing illegal mind-bending drugs* and then he was killed while illegally racing cars on public roads.  In some quarters, his death was of course attributed to ‘assassination by persons with vested interests’.

* Such sleaziness is very often associated with the lunatic fringe. We know of a (gun-toting) ‘nuclear physicist’ anti-gravity inventor (patents applied for) who was once  imprisoned for a ‘celebrated’ million-dollar scam and recently went back to jail for defrauding a co-director of his own company! He once told one of our group that he also had plans for an ‘amazing new energy source’. Is that a perpetual-motion machine that we espy on the horizon? 

The Usual Suspects

October 30, 2013

“It is likely the stalking blog is being funded by certain vested interests, to discredit the new physics discoveries. In the interest of all mankind, please do what you can to stop the harrassment [sic] of real researchers, like Dr Evans.”

Oh no, could it possibly be that traditional enemy of perpetual-motion inventors, ‘BIG OIL’?   This type of supporter makes pit-props look intelligent.




October 30, 2013

Ron admires the journalism of SOTT and its tearing-apart of Steriwave. We think that SOTT should now investigate the AIAS, because there are so many parallels. For instance: Steriwave backs ‘cars that run on water’; AIAS backs LENR and also has connections to Searl and to et3m.  Steriwave backs quack medical treatments; the AIAS has a link to a quack site (and Ron illegally recommended a cancer cure). Finally, Steriwave backed the Volfson anti-gravity device and AIAS is associated with the anti-gravity ideas of Charles Kellum (not to mention Searl again). One really cannot slip a razor blade* between TGA and AIAS.

*Ooh look: a comment just begging to be taken out of context and called a ‘death threat’.


October 30, 2013

“I have no medical qualifications and have never worked in the area of cancer or medical research, but about twenty years ago I encouraged early work on what was to become electroceuticals in a letter to the Craddock Foundation recommending funding of what was then a revolutionary new idea. ”

Condemned out of his own mouth: it is a criminal offence for an unqualified person to recommend a cancer treatment. The crackpot ideas of the medical fraudster, Antoine Priore, had absolutely nothing to do with real treatments. Craddock is a mere front-man for the demented and dishonest ‘Dr’ Eugene Bearden; inventor of the MEG perpetual-motion machine and former ‘best friend’ of Ron.

More Distortion

October 30, 2013

“The latest news on Oct. 28th. 2013 is that Toyota researchers have replicated a deuterium gas permeation experiment , published in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. So low energy nuclear fusion (LENR) is mainstream science. ”

Ron of course fails to mention that the supposed degree of transmutation in the latest experiments is only 1% of that previously reported. This trend is entirely in line with one of Langmuir’s criteria for a pseudoscience: that is, ‘the claimed effect becomes weaker and weaker with the passage of time’. When cold fusion was first reported, there were films of vigorously bubbling and steaming vats (effects supposedly produced by anomalous excess energy)  … but now everything is at the limits of detectability. 

“R. l. Forward demonstrated electric energy from the Casimir effect in Phys. Rev. B, 30(4), 1700 (1984) from the Hughes Research Laboratories. ”

No, he did not. He used a thought experiment to explain how zero-point energy might be extracted.  It was not even clear whether the amount extracted would exceed the amount consumed by the apparatus. Forward also proposed a ‘feasible’ anti-gravity machine. In fact it was not at all feasible as it would have required the pumping of liquid osmium at supersonic velocities. Forward was an imaginative – but honest – physicist. He knew the bounds of his imagination. This is not true of certain ‘high-tech’ companies, and his anti-gravity drive has been (mis)used in their advertising materials. 

“Using google keywords “Energy from the Vacuum” brings up nearly six million entries. ”

In fact it brings up slightly less than 5,000,000 hits in a general web search. The same search on Google scholar brings up 24 hits.  Why did Ron use a general search when the topic is specifically scientific? Why, it is almost as if he likes to move the goalposts in order to get the result that he wants. How deeply unscientific; that is one of the things that Bacon taught us not to do.


October 27, 2013

“BTW, it turns out that LENR is a common occurence [sic]. For instance, the isotopic mix of mercury inside a compact flourescent [sic] bulb changes quickly after turning on a new bulb, which cannot be explained by chemical reactions. ”

One of the favourite tricks of the fools and knaves of the lunatic fringe is to take bona fide scientific papers out of context, or even to tell bald lies about what they say.  Michael ‘ECE explains the human soul’ Jackson here repeats what another has reported… without even bothering to read the original paper (Mead et al.,  Environmental Science and Technology,  2013, 47, 2542 ).  Perhaps he has not bothered to read it because one cannot download the paper without paying; how strange that one would not be willing to pay for such world-shattering alchemical news. Of course, the paper has nothing to say about anomalous transmutation of mercury; it in fact reports the anomalous fractionation of mercury isotopes in glass containers, which is something entirely more anodyne.

Note: increasing mercury-contamination of the environment is, ironically, the fault of environmentalists – who have forced everyone to use energy-saving, but dangerous, bulbs.

Fool or Knave?

October 26, 2013

” unable to distinguish between ducks and scholarship. This is precisely the type of research I advocated in a letter to Tony Craddock twenty years ago in support of a research project, so I am delighted to see this progress, the hard work of many real scientists. ”

Many a true word may be spoken by a moron. The above is a case-in-point. Someone who cannot distinguish between the quack ideas of a conman like Priore, and effective radiation treatments, is either an idiot … or a shill for pseudoscience. Similarly, someone who cannot distinguish between ‘vacuum energy’ as used by the lunatic fringe, and the same term when used by real physicists,  is someone who is being deliberately deceptive … or really cannot tell the difference. Perhaps he should try reading, and evaluating, the papers thrown up by Google Scholar*; rather than lying about them ‘for effect’.  It is clear that many people have trouble with electromagnetism, and pseudoscientists exploit that fact:  Ron and other AIAS morons ‘explained’ Bearden’s MEG perpetual-motion device (NB Craddock is a front-man for Bearden) [strike one], Siemens’ Stain (aka Eckhardt)  believes that homopolar devices are similarly magic [strike two] and the AIAS has a permanent link to the criminal conman, John Searl [strike three].  One can understand Ron’s looking-up to Searl; the latter is more successful, and is a professor. Ron may doubt the latter claim, but how can he dismiss this:

Just look at that glowing citation, Ron, from that reliable source. When displayed on Searl’s wall (or yours), it must turn quite a few heads (or should that be stomachs?).

*We would advise Ron to use Scopus instead (since it ignores pseudoscientific papers) but, unfortunately, it is not available to just anybody.

Magical Mystery Tour

October 23, 2013

“It is a very ancient Celtic or Helvetian cuckoo clock on the Rigi overlooking Lake Lucerne in the Canton of Zurich. I used to time my five thousand metres with it every weekend. ”

That must have been a very long 5000 metres, as Lake Lucerne is, somewhat inconveniently, not located in the Canton of Zuerich*.  And do we have to point out again that cuckoo clocks were a German invention; not Swiss or Celt.  Oh dear, how do we know so much about Switzerland; inferences will be drawn, 2 plus 2 will be made to equal 5 …

*which has the Zuerichsee; gee, what were the odds!

Another Freudian Slip?

October 22, 2013

“Every undergraduate is taught the Lyman, Blamer, Paschen, Pfund, series of spectral lines.”

No, they are not. The name is Balmer.  You cannot assign blame just anywhere Ron.