Tec wrote:...just perhaps an intolerance of people shooting off their mouths in a negative fashion...
Sounds pretty hostile to me.
As I keep saying, I have no idea whether it works or not, and no reason to adopt a pro or anti position.
I will wait and see. Arguing about it in the way it is conducted here with people brandishing hearsay at each other is a waste of time.
Sorry you feel that way. I think that public conversation should be governed by a kind of civility that includes an awareness not only of the greater good but a desire for authentic knowledge. And do you know something? You may never have thought of it this way, but future shift happens.
Knowledge is not something that you learned in a book as a Freshman in college. It lives and breaths, growing and changing, finding out that what we believed ten years ago, fifty years ago, two hundred years ago, four hundred years ago, is not quite right or even entirely untrue. The Sun does not rotate around the earth. Slavery is not good. The continents do ride on tectonic plates. Cold fusion is real.
Too many people participating in discussions about alternative energy on the internet seem to think that they are god's gift to the future, while heaping a continual stream of abuse on anyone is actually even trying to bring about an improvement in human life through the reform of today's moribund, profiteering, ecologically retrograde energy system.
We all know there are scams. We don't need to be reminded of that fact. But sometimes there's also something called progress. Our job is to try to distinguish one from the other. In this thread (of which I have admittedly only sampled given its great length -- which is *itself* a testimony that something of importance may be happening here) I've seen a depressing amount of a priori character assassinations of Mr. Rossi and not nearly enough gathering of factual information from other internet sources that would actually help the participants to make an informed judgement about how to assess Rossi's claims, or those of Defkalion, or of MIT, NASA, or SRI. That is what the bright technical minds on this forum should be helping us do. The blithe cliche of ringing changes on the "since I don't believe in it, it doesn't exist" is getting tiresome.
Opposing LENR because you don't know enough about it to have an informed opinion is fine as long as you don't start accusing anyone of fraud. At that point, as far as I am concerned, you are at the limits of responsible exercise of free speech. Like I said, Tec, nothing personal.
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