Archive for November, 2013

On Scientometrics

November 30, 2013

“This is sent out as usual on the last day of the month before the relevant file is overwritten. To date in November 2013 for www.aias.usthere have been 71,589 hits, 16,584 distinct visits, 49,331 page views, 2,689 documents read. ”

Well, we have checked dozens of definitions of scientometrics and they all say that it involves the counting of citing publications. Nowhere can we find a definition which says that merely reading, or even looking at, something counts. If Ron were a bookshop proprietor, he would presumably record, as sales, every book opened by a browser. Even window-shoppers would probably get counted as buyers.  

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Choosy Translation

November 30, 2013

” It mentions Rossi’s E Cat, Defkalion’s Hyperion and Brillouin Energy as the leading contenders. It mentions ECE in a fair way as a theory that shows the inadequacy of the standard physics and mentions UFT230″

We must have a different version of Google Translate. Our version also comes up with the name of Joseph Papp. He was the conman whose machine killed and injured people, and who successfully blamed all that on Richard Feynman! Reading between the lines, it is very worrying that companies cannot distinguish between science and pseudoscience (no wonder that energy prices keep going up).  Or is it that they are applying the Pascal Wager approach? This says that it is worth throwing a small amount of money at a crackpot idea … just in case one might reap huge rewards. Of course, that which is a ‘small amount’ to a big company is like a lottery-win to an individual. That is what keeps the crackpots going, and why their ‘scientific interest’ only ever stretches to ‘big ticket’ schemes such as perpetual motion, antigravity and magical cancer-cures.  Pascal himself was not too ‘hot’ with regards to probability theory, and once ‘proved’ mathematically that there must be life on the Moon. Our Google Translate  also says only that ECE claims to show the inadequacy of standard physics; not quite the same ringing endorsement that Ron’s version implies.

 

Note to Bannister

November 30, 2013

“Dear Myron. I agree you should encourage nascent students, and I especially agree with your comment on your current technical abilities. This is something I have noticed in myself, having been “forced” back through the differential and integral calculus and matrix algebra for my studies, and now enjoy and teach them at high levels. Regarding Cartan geometry, I have been reading your work for many years now, and convinced myself without great depth of understanding that your maths were right.”

By all means learn Cartan methods; they are also very useful for describing defects in crystals. If you study really assiduously, you will find out where Ron goes wrong. In that regard, and if you use the Carroll book, don’t forget that you have to stop reading that book when it starts to disagree with Ron. You should also check out the Einstein-Cartan-Sciama-Kibble theory. This correctly introduced the concept of torsion into general relativity.  Ron’s theory permits perpetual motion and so is self-evidently wrong. For more details, check out the many helpful online notes by Professor G.Bruhn. You will thank us later for preventing you from sending your career down a dead end.  But, to be scrupulously fair, ask Ron to put you in contact with a hundred or so of those people who read his work so avidly. Oh dear, he cannot: he does not know who they are and they do not even send him any personal messages of inquiry or praise. Hmm, that is odd.   

 

Cleansing Augean Stables

November 28, 2013

“I hope that Britain will get off its butt and buy some LENR plants, it has already lost out on inventions due to the usual conservative attitude. It used to be the number one industrialized country as Steve Bannister; Thesis shows. It seems that the commercial production will be dominated as usual by the US and Japan. China and South Korea might also be big players. The EEC needs to inject heavy investment into LENR and Alex Hill type devices ”

Let us hope so! This is shaping up nicely to be one of those major scandals, like the DARPA hafnium bomb and the Elf Aquitaine ‘sniffer planes’, that will bring down  a lot of incompetent ‘scientists’, engineers and fund-managers. The fall-out might even encourage governments to beef-up their scientific education standards so that fewer cranks manage to obtain degrees and help to waste money.   

LENR and Incompetence

November 28, 2013

One of the characteristics of the experimental pseudoscientist is that he considers only the phenomenon that he believes to exist and, when the results are just as he expects, he concludes that he is vindicated, applies for a patent and asks others for investment funds. However, taking a positive result to be proof of a theory is (and this will amaze laymen, schoolteachers and the lunatic fringe) a serious error in logic. Making such a mistake was also warned against by Bacon.  Those who think that anomalous heat is being generated by nuclear processes should go 150 years back into the scientific literature  and check out the work of Thomas Graham (then Master of the Royal Mint) and others. They observed some amazing outpourings of heat from electrolyzed metals and had a conventional explanation for their results. Being in full possession of the facts, and being cautious in the interpretation of results, are the hallmarks of  real scientists.  LENR conmen are but cheap ‘QVC’ imitations.

One for the Books

November 27, 2013

“My advice to the vast readership of ECE is to minimize study of standard physics, keep it to those areas which are error free and tested. Regurgitate if you have to pass exams, or if you have to get tenure. Go into the details and never rely on popularist TV programmes or second hand journalism. Those things lag years behind the times. Never rely on Wikipedia, or any second hand scholarship, and be skeptical of second hand claims about any theory. Go into the details of Cartan geometry as much as you can.”

Oh, that is going straight into emails of complaint to the Royal Societies and to the Cabinet Office! Is it really the job of a ‘Civil-List pensioner in science’ to undermine the government’s attempts (albeit incompetent) at science education?  Fortunately, there is no ‘vast readership’; just an echoing well. 

How to Spot a Pseudoscientist

November 27, 2013

“This sounds very important beause Bessler Wheels obviously work. It would be doubly interesting to include aspects of ECE theory.”

“A cosinusoidal electromagnetic driving term will then be used to produce resonance in capphi, which has the opposite sign to the usual – capphi of gravitation. I call this the counter gravitational scalar potential.”

“Many thanks, I will forward these to the Fellows for a synopsis of their thoughts. I recall that Tesla carried out experiments such as these but did not give a theoretical explanation. The ECE explanation is contained in UFT63 (very heavily studied for about seven or eight years by now, and in developments of spin connection theory by Horst Eckardt and Douglas Lindstrom. Robert Cheshire has posted a very interesting broadcast on www.aias.us called “Nicola Who?” and there is a film “All about Tesla” in which Alex Hill and I appeared.”

There are of course the criteria of Langmuir, Gruenberger and Baez to guide one, but by far the easiest way is to look at what ‘projects’ the pseudoscientists  work on: the main ones being perpetual motion (see above), antigravity (see above), crackpot cancer-cures and ‘the paranormal’. Real physicists do not suffer from these delusions; Richard Feynman, in his last years, was more interested in why a lawn-sprinkler does not work in reverse than in those loony quests. In fact, the lawn-sprinkler question is quite profound … but a pseudoscientist would see no money (their main concern) in it, and therefore not be interested.  Another handy rule-of-thumb to use is ‘Tesla-worship’. That is, anybody who mentions Tesla in a good light (see above) marks himself out as being completely ignorant of the history of science. Tesla was a dishonest person who ‘inserted’ himself into the record by stealing ideas and being the first media-slut; giving journalists good copy and generally ‘acting the scientific guru’ (just as that other ideas-thief, Arthur C.Clarke, was to do a generation later).  

 

Perpetual-Motion ‘Progress’

November 25, 2013

“Google LENR to find 602,000 entries today (early morning GMT). The first entry is a feature on LENR in the magazine “Oil Price” that advocates energy self sufficiency for the United States. “

As AIAS President I suggest that all AIAS Fellows use their own initiative and focus their efforts on the development of theory for LENR devices, building on UFT226 onwards, especially those coming up to semi retirement or retirement, but also all other Fellows. “

And having eliminated all of the negative sites, the crackpot sites and the gullible journalistic sites, what remains? This is all as worthless as that lovingly counted feedback, which is always judged to be favorable. With Google, it is at least possible to see what people are really thinking. As for ‘working on LENR theory’, who needs it? If it really were an already viable industry, and not just a scam, why would theory be needed? Even knowing that E = mc^2 was not essential to the construction of the atomic bomb. The designer of the first commercial passenger-carrying aircraft thought that gravity was a suction force. Cavemen used fire without knowing anything of gas diffusion … or even of the existence of gases. So, given that some idiots already believe incompetent and/or misinterpreted experiments,  what purpose does crackpot-theory serve, apart from ‘rubber-stamping’ fraudulent fund-raising by investment conmen?

More Dubious Friends

November 24, 2013

“As a US dual citizen I signed a petition urging very tough new laws against predatory gang stalking addressed to the two Senators and the Governor of the State of Massachusetts. ”

Trouble is, many of the people who have signed this petition seem to be possibly-dangerous paranoid schizophrenics, or at least members of the tin-foil hat brigade. Here are some examples of their comments:

been gang stalked for 20 years by sheriff and community recently were i live the landlord has got in on the act

Gee, who would use the police to harass?

I am male, 33 years old, Christian & a college graduate that has been ruined by stalkers. I’ve been targeted by a predatory organized stalker network since early 2011. A tenant renting the upstairs installed heat sensors and/or electric current sensors to view everything the residents on my mom’s property are doing. The spy apparatus, that he installed secretly, maliciously and without our permission includes a sound emitting device stalkers talk through to harass and scare us and it has EMR(?) they sometimes aim at me to try and give me heart attacks, head aches, foggy thinking, sore muscles and joints and blurry vision. The stalkers view and see us via transmitter from the spy appartus (electronic data transmission). The stalkers also have a computer receiving & organizing and data transmissions. These stalkers are an organized, racist, advanced network & they are all some of the most evil, psycho & criminal people in the U.S. They make death threats daily, mounted by verbal & psychological attacks. They freaked my family out bad Nov. 2011 causing a serious fallout from making our house feel sinister & scary. Now ruined and defemated, I can’t afford an investigator. Please help!

Hmm, heart attacks by EMR. Better wear a tin-foil suit as well!

Victim of ongoing causal stalking, non-consensual medical experimentation, and targeted assassination by criminals employed in government positions (FBI, CIA, NSA, & DOD).

Interesting: one of us was once accused of working for the CIA. Hmm, we do sometimes enter a building clearly marked CIA … but that is another story.

I dont want anyone gangstalking or gangraping my sister or mother even though I like stalking other people

We know of other people who are similarly two-faced

We need this law, and laws for the entire country like this. I have been “Gangstalked” for 6-7 years, it is ruining my life. I am a conservative Jewish single mom, middle aged, and they have isolated me, ruined my credit, my DMV record, mail, phone, computers, etc. Financially, I am ruined, and need help, but Wells Fargo is also involved, after 35 years as a customer, they too are heavily involved. Someone please stop the craziness!

Naughty Wells Fargo.

By the way, Ron, don’t mention Ted in a good light. Some of us have not forgotten Chappaquiddick.

 

 

Double Con

November 19, 2013

“I think that the Glaxo Smith Kline investment in electroceuticals is a great thing, a technique pioneered by the Alex Hill group in Mexico and originally by Antoine Priore.”

In our haste to deny any connection between ‘electroceutics’ and Priore we may have inadvertently given the impression that we consider the former to be accepted science. Quite the contrary, the fact that SKG might be backing it is no more significant than the fact that Boots the Chemist sells homoeopathic ‘medicines’ and copper bangles for ‘treating’ rheumatism. Big companies don’t care about scientific proof; they are in it for the profit. The fact that the Boots  bangles sometimes also have magnets attached to them should be a warning that magnet therapy is an old wives’ tale, akin to the similar popular con-trick of claiming that putting an induction coil around a small portion of the domestic water piping will protect the entire house from limescale.  Electroceutics is entirely the invention of one Marko S.Markov, someone who is deeply mired in the pseudoscientific (but highly profitable) ‘alternative heath’ industry. The British Medical Journal had some harsh things to say about ‘magnet therapy’ some years ago, and the response* was even more revealing of the underhand tactics used by those desperate to protect their sales of magnets. 

http://www.bmj.com/content/332/7532/4?tab=responses