Quote of the Day
“People will defend their scientific claims until their death. As scientists,
we should be aware that people are often wrong.”
— Julia Rohrer, one of the researchers working on the Loss of Confidence
Project, a website where psychologists can report flaws in their own work.
Good for them. Every field should be so diligent. What about a website where
LENR flawed claims can be reported? Oops, maybe this is it.
There are fields where poor science is endemic, in fact some in fizzix smirk at
calling those other fields “science,” when in fact no group on the planet has
performed more misguided science than ITER and its predecessors. Despite good
intentions they have been completely dishonest and reckless with spending.
Julia could have a field-day with alternative energy… “pathological” come to
mind but I suspect there is more poor science in medicine than any other
endeavor. The financial rewards are the easiest to come by, since sick, rich
people will gladly hand over their last dollar for the miracle cure.
Curiously, the best thing that can happen to a controversial inventor is a
mysterious death. If that happens to the former head of Theranos, Elizabeth
Holmes will become Saint Liz. A cult then self-materializes around the dead
inventor, especially if he/she dies unexpectedly after talking to investors –
and/or was “in touch with angels” beforehand.
One “water fuel” inventor, certainly a messiah candidate, has hundreds of
dedicated followers who adamantly believe he was murdered, despite the contrary
If someone comes along with a real water-fuel technology, which is not out of
the question, it could be the start of a new religion… perhaps with Stan as the
baptizer, so to speak.
Do not be surprised if AR’s next iteration is a water-splitter.