The ability to express ourselves is a critical skill in this connected world. Unfortunately, most of us can guess the outcome of any debate between a lying politician and an honest technician more used to doing than talking. This sometimes puts native English speakers at an advantage on the world stage. The pantomime image of an arrogant tourist talking down to people (speaking slowly in a loud voice as though to an idiot) is one we all recognise. The truth is, that it is often the native English speaker lacking in education and it is incredible to witness someone without a second language sneer at a superior intellect just because the words don’t flow in silver-tongued English.
In Professor Focardi’s case, he also has to contend with those who see age as an impediment to intelligence. Like the linguistically challenged speaker, someone of age can easily find themselves a target of their inferiors.
It is a strange world we live in. Once, in a time long-ago, we used to value wisdom. Now, a significant minority of gobby youths and adults who should know better, are as likely to snigger at ‘some old fool’ as salute his past achievements. Unless there is direct evidence of a mental illness dulling wit, a man with Professor Focardi’s experience is worth listening to. If, when watching the videos referenced in the previous post, you find yourself looking at a poor fellow having his strings pulled by a master puppeteer, I recommend you to look again and this time look at yourself.
Thanks to commentator jcragris for reminding me of the following (cleaned-up) narrative from Professor Focardi:
“After that, at a certain point … I was running the risk of dying of a tumor. I was lucky, I found a good doctor who saved my life, and so I retired, I stopped working (as a professor, obviously), but kept on … then I did quit for a while … until Rossi looked me up.
Rossi had gotten this notion to use fusion … this process is called cold fusion. The “hot fusionists”, the ones who are supposed to get fusion at high temperatures (and haven’t gotten there yet), are the ones who labeled it with this nickname, cold fusion — it’s slightly disparaging, of course. So this is what Rossi had made up his mind to work on, had asked around, then he phoned a colleague of mine in Bologna who had written a report on cold fusion, and asked him who the leading expert in Italy was. My colleague named me, because he knew I had gone ahead. So Rossi calls me and tells me he’s interested in the subject. We met, talked things over, and I could see that he had some innovative ideas; for instance, he immediately thought of using powder. Powder increases the surfaces involved and thereby increases the hydrogen which gets into the metal. We came to an agreement and began conducting experiments — this happened about two and a half /three years ago — in Bondeno, where he had an assembly plant, he was running a business there.”
And from Andrea Rossi’s point of view:
“And I knew him as an expert so I hired him as a consultant, and I asked him, not to see if my process could work, but I demanded him to demonstrate that it could not work. Because I wanted… You know a very strong to be sure it was worth [spending up to 16 hours a day – taking time from the main business]… It was July 2007.”
Once more, we have people arguing that it is trivial to prove that the eCat works as a black box and yet these same people believe that Professor Focardi has been fooled for four years – seeing the output of a non-existing furnace as Rossi mesmerises him with his magic eye. Remember, Professor Focardi was recommended (rightly) as an expert in the field. He has been making calorimetry measurements for years – these at orders of magnitude lower than the kW outputs claimed for the eCat.
As always, I do not argue if he is right or wrong, but caution against intellectual dishonesty when people attack the person in an attempt to convince others to doubt his words. Focardi is old. Levi is a fool who cannot measure. The Swedish physicists, Kullander and Essen are idiots who are now back-peddling, Professor Gallantini does not know how to measure steam energy – mistaking Watts for Kilowatts. The physicist, diplomat and businessman, Stremmenos, is incapable of performing experiments. His former partners (now of Ampenergo) are gullible businessmen who believe Rossi without checking for themselves.
And Andrea Rossi selected these otherwise credible players from a cast of thousands, chosen for their flaws, with no minds of their own to see the strings that control them.<< Previous Post -- -- Next post >>