background preloader

Utopia (not)

Facebook Twitter

Theconversation. Why I'm Certain That The Rossi E-Cat Doesn't Work As Advertised. The Physics of why the e-Cat’s Cold Fusion Claims Collapse. “Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.”

The Physics of why the e-Cat’s Cold Fusion Claims Collapse

-Carl Sagan (This post is coauthored by Dr. Peter Thieberger, Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.) A cheap, clean, efficient and virtually limitless source of energy would be just what our world needs right about now. The cheap sources — coal, oil, and gas — are dirty, destructive, and limited, while the clean sources — wind and solar — are expensive and inefficient. Video credit: an old Soviet documentary, featured in Trinity and Beyond. Nuclear fusion is responsible for the most powerful release of energy ever generated on our planet: the Tsar Bomba, above. Of course, a reaction like the Tsar Bomba is not what we want when it comes to meeting our energy needs. Image credit: David Darling.

This even includes our own Sun! Image credit: Phil Anderson, St. E-Cat Cold Fusion Claims are Back. For years Andrea Rossi has claimed that he has invented a method for generating cold fusion, but has been unable to convince an appropriately skeptical scientific community.

E-Cat Cold Fusion Claims are Back

Fusion is the nuclear process of combining lighter elements into heavier elements, such as fusing hydrogen into helium. Fusion is what powers stars – in fact, the only processes scientists know about that can cause fusion require the heat and density of stars. When lighter elements combine into a heavier element that overall has less mass, the missing mass is essentially converted into radiation and energy. The amount of energy released is orders of magnitude greater than what can be released from chemical reactions. Only matter-antimatter reactions are more energetic. Now Rossi is claiming that an independent third party has verified that the E-Cat cold fusion device can generate large amounts of energy, the kind that can only come from nuclear fusion. COLD FUSION ENERGY. **Clean, Cheap, Unlimited Energy is Here:** Independent Tests Show Cold Fusion Reactor Produces More than 3X the Power Put In, Energy Density 100 Times Larger Than Any Chemical Source, No Radioactive Emissions or Byproducts : Futurology.

Australia's oldest murder mystery - National - 10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments. Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments.

10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

“I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures.Why do good people sometimes act evil? Social experiment. A social experiment is a research project conducted with human subjects in the real world that typically investigates the effects of a policy intervention by randomly assigning individuals, families, businesses, classrooms, or other units to different treatments or to a control condition that represents the status quo.

Social experiment

The qualifier "social" distinguishes a policy experiment from a "clinical" experiment, typically a medical intervention within the subject's body, and also from a laboratory experiment, such as a university psychology faculty might conduct under completely controlled conditions. In a social experiment, randomization to assigned treatment is the only element in the subject's environment that the researchers control; all other elements remain exactly what they were. Social experiments are often referred to as "the gold standard" for program evaluation. Gore Vidal. Early life[edit] Vidal's father served as director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Air Commerce (1933–1937) in the Roosevelt administration,[9] was one of the first Army Air Corps pilots and, according to biographer Susan Butler, was the great love of Amelia Earhart's life.[10] In the 1920s and 1930s, he was a co-founder of three American airlines: the Ludington Line, which merged with others and became Eastern Airlines, Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), which became TWA), and Northeast Airlines, which he founded with Earhart, as well as the Boston and Maine Railroad.

Gore Vidal

The elder Vidal had also been a West Point football quarterback, coach, and captain and an all-American basketball player. He also participated in the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics (seventh in the decathlon; U.S. pentathlon team coach).[11][12] Writing career[edit] Fiction[edit] Screenplays[edit] Essays and memoirs[edit] FQXi - Foundational Questions Institute.

Utopia or Dystopia « where past meets future. Why the Global Brain needs a Therapist « Utopia or Dystopia. The idea that the world itself could be considered an overarching form of mind can trace its roots deep into the religious longings of pantheism- the idea that the universe itself is God, or the closest thing we will ever find to our conception of God.

Why the Global Brain needs a Therapist « Utopia or Dystopia

In large part, I find pantheists to be a noble group. Any club that might count as its members a philosophical giant like Spinoza, a paradigm shattering genius such as Einstein, or a songbird like Whitman I would be honored to belong to myself. But alas, I have my doubts about pantheism- at least in particular its contemporary manifestation in the form of our telecommunications and computer networks being granted the status of an embryonic “global brain”. I wish it were so, but all the evidence seems to point in the other direction. Key figures in this idea that our communications networks might constitute the neural passageways of a great collective brain predate the Internet by more than a generation.


Future tense

The Long Now Foundation - Fostering Long-Term Thinking.