The Wrong Trousers

Welcome to Russ Davis as AIAS Fellow!

March 25, 2017

Welcome to AIAS as Fellow and congratulations on your appointment! I had not received the notice for some reason but congratulations now that I have seen it. This probably an AOL problem again.”

Strangely enough (is anything ever normal in the lunatic fringe), the company seems to be unaware that it is involved in the perpetual-motion (cold-fusion, LENR) business. It instead believes that it is in the business of putting electromagnets into internal combustion engines … in place of the petrol:



8 Responses to “The Wrong Trousers”

  1. IoanRichard Says:

    How odd !

  2. Harry Hab Says:

    Well, whatever it is they do, they don’t come round to your home or place of business and install a working “nouveau” energy device. As long as there is no tangible result, it hardly matters what the mythical machine does (or rather, fails to do). It’s an interesting question, how they manage to stay in business at all! I guess they do some mumbo-jumbo involving consulting and/or sub-licensing etc. Still, how do they avoid getting hounded out of town by irate customers who have nothing to show for the money they spent? I guess it’s a game of always placing the price point just a little out of reach of the client, so they just pay some initial fee for the consulting, decide (wisely, if belatedly so) not to go through with the thing, simply chalking it up to experience. In short, a completely parasitic business model.

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      Just look at Searl! He has dined-out for years on the back of a cancer-curing, levitating perpetual-motion machine that nobody living has ever seen in action, let alone tested.

      • Harry Hab Says:

        Point taken, but how do they do it? Getting punters to pay for public lectures? Basking in the reflected glory of people with real accomplishments? Selling prospectuses (basically making the recipient of advertising materials pay)? Getting government support and always delivering stuff that is “nearly there (but not quite)”? How do they do it, and how do they keep getting away with it? There is a real art here, much as you may despise it!

        • crackpotwatch Says:

          It is all too easy! One of us once invented a completely bogus method of divination, complete with fake academic references, and got it into Prediction magazine. He later received a forwarded letter which pleaded desperately that he use the method to solve a family problem at any cost. The address was in a London square with multimillion houses. He waited until his next foreign business-trip and replied that he had moved abroad. Who knows how much he could have conned out of the ‘client’. And what about that writer who set out to start a cult? It was all too successful. An American lawyer/inventor is currently trying to crowd-fund his antigravity machine. He might well succeed (in getting the money; not levitating). As for government, the last survey showed that only one MP held a scientific qualification. No wonder HMG has often funded cranks (Aspden, Shawyer, [Peter] Searl) either directly or via quangoes.

          • Harry Hab Says:

            Enlightening – plain old gumption then! I think my problem is that I have been thinking in terms of small communities, where once outed as a con, you are done for. Apparently, in the world at large, you can just sink back into the hubbub of anonymity until the whole thing blows over, wait for collective memory to reset and then simply pull the whole thing all over again. A bit of blame spreading and bubble blowing and everything’s forgotten.

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