If we had a spectrum, we would know what it was - or more to the point, what it wasn't.
I really, REALLY want a spectrum. Just one. On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM, Stephen A. Lawrence <sa...@pobox.com>wrote: > > > On 02/17/2011 03:27 PM, Jed Rothwell wrote: > > > ... I meant you do not have to trust Rossi. You do have to trust Levi, > Celani and Dufour and some other people. They might be conspiring together > to fool us. If they can keep a secret, it would be easy for them to fool > us. I have no actual proof that the demonstration even took place. The video > might have been staged, and the data invented out of whole cloth. If you > think that Levi, Celani and the others might do such a thing, then you have > no reason to believe any of this is true. I doubt they would, because it > would be out of character, and there does not seem to be a motive. > > > This reminded me of something which has been bothering me. > > According to Celani, observers were not allowed into the room until the > experiment began to "work": > > > The device did not work at first. He and others were waiting impatiently in > a room next to the room with the device. > > ... > > About 1 to 2 minutes after this *[gamma ray burst]* event, Rossi emerged > from the other room and said the machine just turned on and the > demonstration was underway. > > > Why was that? It seems very strange. In particular, it leaves us > speculating, entirely in the dark, as to exactly what was going on in the > room at the moment when the burst of gamma radiation was detected. That > burst of gamma rays has been taken as being highly significant, as it > indicated *something* besides chemistry was happening. > > However, since nobody who was present where the burst was detected also saw > what was going on in the demo room at that moment, there is no way to rule > out the possibility that the gamma burst was also "staged", with Rossi's > entrance announcing the start of the show carefully timed to come just after > the burst, to make it appear to have been an emission produced by the device > when it "started". > > Without more information as to what was going on just before the "show", I > don't think that particular speculation is all that far-fetched. (Or is it > terribly difficult to produce a radiation burst, possibly with a small > source in a lead box? I'm assuming it would have been easy for Rossi to do > that. Perhaps that's not true.) > >