Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Relate your breaks - but restrain your claims.
It's hard to come up with a snappy title!
The issues in the comments section of this blog tend to centre on people's theories about how they see Bessler's wheel working. Many of us theorise about the energy source and how it can be used. I have tried over a number of years to convince everyone that Bessler's wheel was genuine and have offered more than one theory about how it might fit in with current thinking in the world of physics. I tried this method, as well as building wheels, in order to help those scientists who were willing to listen, try to accommodate Bessler's claims within the currently held views on the laws of physics.
It seemed to me that getting an accredited scientist to support us was a good move towards finding a solution because funded research might be more successful than what we amateurs have been. As I said in my previous blog this has proved unsuccessful and the chief reason for this has always been obvious to me and it is this.
Perpetual motion machines and gravity wheel are impossible according to the 'experts' and any suggestion that they might be wrong 'evokes the deeper fear that their whole, laboriously constructed intellectual edifice might collapse'. (Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers [New York, 1959], p. 427)
Given that strong belief system, let us imagine that every time we claim to know how the wheel worked we gain the 'expert's' attention for one minute. Subsequently we honestly admit that we failed, and the next time someone makes a similar claim their attention drops to half a minute, with each claim and failure their attention span reduces until they ignore us altogether and each claim that follows merely reinforces their already impregnable belief system. So making unsuccessful claims is confirming them in their opinion and we are perceived as 'crying wolf'.
I often say there is only one piece of evidence that they will accept and that is a working model and that is what we must produce. BUT...having said that I completely understand why people get so excited about their current ideas that they are working on. I've been there many times and I am guilty as anyone for making public my strong belief that this time I have really cracked it, only to find that I was wrong.
There is another aspect to this that we have ignored so far and that is the excitement that such claims ignite in us. I find it stimulating and exhilarating to read of other people's enthusiasm and optimism and I don't want the previous thoughts about 'crying wolf' to stop those claims but perhaps in some cases we could tone down the claims that we have cracked it, into thoughts that we think/hope we are on to something. But I don't want to dampen people's enthusiam for telling us how they are doing, I'd prefer encouragement and positivity.
So keep us enthused with your optimism and belief and don't be afraid of admitting if you got it wrong this time, just keep trying, remember Dave Fishwick's, 'Never give up. Never, ever give up!'
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