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FOR POSTING: Lecture Slides by Douglas Lindstrom Opening the Idaho Conference

September 25, 2015

It is a pleasure to post this excellent lecture by AIAS Director Douglas Lindstrom, retired from the Canadian Government and one of the most respected and able of the avant garde scientists of the twenty first century. Douglas Lindstrom’s biography appears in several editions of “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”. He starts by an explanation of what is meant by Langmuir’s phrase “pathological science” , which is non Baconian and / or illogical thinking, or which contains mathematical errors. The bad parts of standard physics are already regarded as pathological by the avant garde physicists. I strongly recommend a reading of this slide set. It opened the Couer d’Alene New Energy Conference in 2015, before about three hundred participants, and is very clearly written. Douglas Lindstrom and Horst Eckardt have contributed greatly to ECE theory and have a complete grasp of the theory.”

And how long did it take him to cut and paste together that comedy-turn from … just about every ‘popular science’ publication that one has ever read? The first thought that occurs is this: is ‘Dr’ Lindy illiterate, or is English not his first language. “who’s” instead of “whose”? And “its” does not require an apostrophe (p2). How interesting it is, but not really surprising, that Lindy turns out to be a creationist (p6). It is not surprising because, like disreputable characters in many other walks of life, cranks invariably suffer from a multitude of sociological (sic) diseases. No real scientist would mention Tesla or Edison in that context (p7). The latter were mere carpet-baggers; parasites who took credit for the work of others. Someone who was really ‘on top of his game’ would have mentioned (p11)  that Clifford algebra further reduces Maxwell to a single equation.  Again (p21), the homopolar generator/motor is completely understood by physicists; only electrical engineers have difficulty with it because – ironically enough – the explanation requires the use of special relativity … even though high speeds are not involved. Does not know, or cannot spell, (p23) the name of the media’s favorite scientist. Aharonov-Bohm effect (p24) baffles only non-physicists. Also, the AB effect (like ZPE) has analogies in non-electromagnetic situations and is therefore irrelevant in the given context. Again, the Sagnac effect (p25) baffles only non-physicists but is treated with considerable awe in the lunatic fringe. All cutting-edge experiments (p26) eventually become routine student demonstrations, so that is a weak point. Poor punctuation, and typos (p27). Yep, basic mathematics … which Ron cannot handle (p29). Note: have the ECE math pages checked by an expert; there is a guy in Germany (not Siemens Stain!) whom we can heartily recommend.  Only cranks believe resonance to be a source of energy. Amusingly enough, non-linearities in one term of the Euler equation explain why scales appear to ‘weigh light’ when a vibrating object is put on them. It has been known since the mid-19th century that hydrogen, absorbed into platinum-group or transition-group elements, produces an ‘anomalous’ heat output. Pons and Fleischmann ‘did not do their homework’. The comment encapsulates what conjurors call the ‘bunch-of-sticks’ principle (p58): that is, ‘produce the same effect using different techniques’ in order to baffle the audience. Organisations possessing ‘more money than sense’ (p59) now routinely back pseudoscience, in accord with the so-called Pascal’s Wager principle (read the book, Voodoo Science). We happen to know that a section-chief at Airbus has applied for a patent on a propulsion device which is contrary to Newton’s third law! Rossi (p60) is guilty of previous scams and has made dozens of court appearances. Lithium aluminium hydride (p65) is a well-known hydrogen-storage material, Duh! Oh look, the famous neutrons (p69) which fatally undermined the Pons-Fleischmann results. Yes, the Australians used to own the largest homopolar generator (p79) in the world. The pieces are now scattered over a campus as ‘works of art’. It did not fare well; probably because the Australians forgot that it was also a gyroscope … and failed to align it properly with the Earth’s rotational axis, thus putting stress on the bearings.  De Palma (p80) was the brother of the film director, was a well-known loony and lied about being a physicist at MIT. The machine was indeed ‘approved’ by a professor. But he was an electrical engineer; a notoriously flaky breed. Puthoff (former scientologist) of course was also one of the ‘scientists’ who ‘confirmed’ Uri Geller’s ‘powers’.  So altogether (p91) nothing new; just the same age-old scams and misconceptions. Questions (p92)? Yes, how on Earth do you people still have the cheek to put ‘Dr’ ahead of your names?  

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