When you strip away the juvenile dummy (pacifier) spitting, eCatNews comments lend an insight to the psychology of belief and ultra scepticism. This was not my intention when I set it up but it’s there for researchers nevertheless.
I find myself torn between the two groups. In nature and temperament, I warm to the positive thinking of the believers but in hard-headed pragmatism, have to hand it to the ultra-sceps. If they were able to deliver their message without scorn, they might find their arguments more persuasive.
By its nature, people self-select to post on these types of sites. If you are excited by the possibility that the eCat might save us all or make you money, it is easy to attach a label and understand your interest. If you are certain that this is all fake or mass delusion, it’s not so easy to figure why you’d bother.
Sure, the curious might drop in and shake their heads and wonder, but why spend hundreds of hours over multiple years on what can seem to be a full-time job actively following something you don’t believe in? The believer or open-minded sceptic (me) will find it difficult to reconcile this and it is no wonder that we shoe-horn theories including big-oil and professional debunkers into the mix.
On the other hand, if I was running a scam or exaggerating for business effect and had no scruples, I’d create a number of personas to stir the pot and add some spice to flavour the mix in my favour – butter and flatter the believer ego and throw in some guff about men in black. In that case, it is inconceivable that none among us are plants placed here by the main protagonists – if they are scammers.
When I started out, unable to fathom the ultra-sceps, I was inclined to believe they were agent-provocateurs. While I still hold that door open for some, the label is no longer necessary to understand the motivation of a few at least.
A recurring reason given by a a handful of posters is that they are simply fascinated by what is going on. They are entertained by all these people with the capacity to filter out the obvious (in their eyes) and perform somersaults in order to turn repeated failure-to-deliver into positive news.
As the believers and hopeful sceps self-select, so too will a particular breed that takes delight in feeling superior to those they view as village idiots. In another life, perhaps they would be sticking anyone stupid enough to give this subject mind-space into the stocks and throw shit at them. Apart from being paid, why else would such an animal be here?
Which is a shame because I think they have a point.
Take the latest DGT report. I agree that this is a possible step forward in the sense that it appears to indicate that tests have in fact been conducted in the presence of outside parties who were able to place their own instruments wherever they saw fit. Counter to some knee-jerk mocking, it appears the observers are not morons and that the detail provided demonstrates a methodical mind at play. All of that is something and not the ‘nothing’ scoffed at by certain individuals.
However, let’s step back a little.
We were told long ago by DGT that they can control the reaction and in their tests never see a COP below 19 in a package that can deliver a power-range that includes 45kW. We are now presented with a report of a test that is unduly complicated and observed by people that are easy to (unfairly or not) attack.
I do not like the insults hurled – there is simply no need for it and it diminishes the argument. The choice of players may not have been DGT’s as the test was paid for by a third party but when the name of someone on Rossi’s JoNP board is prominent, we should not be surprised when a few eyebrows are raised. This says nothing against Nelson or Melich but merely makes you wonder at the self-inflicted complications DGT has attached to their public-facing campaign. And it is a campaign.
When I made the decision to ignore anything the company said without third-party corroboration, it was because they appeared to perform a foot-stomping 180 on the promise to release the protocols and names of the internationally recognised independent tests and testers. Like a drowning man clinging to a matchstick, some sought solace in the flimsy wording of the promise. Perhaps all the organisations wanted to remain as secret as Rossi’s customers. Well, a lifetime later we get the protocol and ‘accidental’ release of the names behind a witnessed (albeit hands-on) test that was paid for by someone else.
Taking that step back again, if Defkalion has what they say, they could give it to a wintered-granny to warm her up even as she watched her bills plummet. The test in question is the sort one might perform as part of R&D and not proof of life. Bring it to any university in the world and let them warm a bath with it and then empty it and warm another and another until you rule out cheating and conventional fuels.
I am not accusing DGT of anything except acting suspiciously. It is always possible that I simply misunderstand or do not have some key information that would make legitimate sense of it all. Given the history of the new energy field and the thousands of promises made and broken within a pattern of obfuscation, lies, incredible claims without proof, investor fraud and over-complicated inventor-controlled demos, one would think a company nurturing a real breakthrough would not behave to type. They would shut up until they were ready and when they announced something it would come at us like a hammer-blow, not a soap opera.
I realise in taking this stance, I am probably killing eCatNews. So be it. When my optimism shines my ad revenue can multiply by anything between 20 and a hundred. It is that dramatic. However, as someone with the tendency to trust, I cannot ignore the logic of my observations.
That logic holds out for a possible turn-around by AR and/or DGT. This last report is welcome and may hint at over promising rather than outright deceit but if you have the same tendency as me I urge you to question yourself as much as you should do the motives of others. Do not trust Defkalion. Do not trust Rossi. If the principal players are legit and sane, they will agree that trust does not have a good pedigree among new energy peddlers and they will do their best to demonstrate that they are worthy.
I believe that cold fusion researchers have had a rough ride and I also believe that the stigma surrounding such research has stymied it. By making it a career-killer, unpatentable and unwelcome in peer-reviewed journals, it is starved of new blood and money. When ultra-sceps tell you that negativity cannot hinder progress, they are being disingenuous or naive but be careful of taking that idea too far.
I agree with those who say that asking hard questions about the eCat and other high-power LENR claims will not kill them. If Rossi or DGT are for real, they can squash a million voices using no more than a bath or a granny and a bunch of truly independent testers and they could do it in days.
You can make excuses for them, you can let your distaste of those who would trample on your dreams drive your impulse to friend anyone they mock or you can open your mind – truly open your mind – and wonder why the fuck everything is so damned complicated?<< Previous Post -- -- Next post >>