Saturday, 18 May 2013
Restrain your excitement and your need for approbation, or suffer from premature affirmation!
I've strived to understand how Johann Bessler produced what appeared to be a continuously-turning wheel, sometimes called a Perpetual Motion machine, and in doing so I've suffered from a variety of psychological stresses. Some don't believe in Bessler's claims but are intrigued to know how he fooled everyone, both then and now. They make their opinion clear and in turn receive the brickbats from those others equally vociferous in defence of the legendary inventor. Others such as myself, are firmly of the opinion that his claims were just and honest and I've spent my life seeking the answer to this puzzle but from the stand-point that he knew the real secret to perpetual motion.
As a researcher I spend every hour available for research, striving to be the one who succeeds in the search. This is not necessarily due to a desire for fame and fortune, though I cannot think that anyone would reject some kind of recogition for success. Neither do I blame anyone for seeking those attractive rewards which should be given to that person who finds success in this rather limited field.
Politicians often fall back on something they refer to as 'received wisdom'. Basically it is the official, stuffy, unimaginative and conventional viewpoint. And it sometimes turns out to be wrong. In this field of endeavour it is the idea that a gravity-enabled wheel that turns continuously is not possible. Speaking for myself, I am desperate to prove that the received wisdom is wrong and many times in the past I have posted on forums my personal conviction that I am about to prove it, only to find that I was wrong. Even as far back as 1997 I thought I had solved the mystery and having said so publicly, received many scornful comments and suggestions that I should either put up or shut up. These responses hurt at the time but experience teaches us humility and the wisdom to know when to keep silent and let only the successful machine speak for itself.
I am frequently surprised to read so often of others who make the same mistake that I made - and I still do in private conversations! Why is it so hard to control the exuberance, excitement and utter certainty that I'm on the verge of success? Why can't I restrain this strange desire to trumpet my news abroad before I have the certainty of a working wheel? It doesn't seeem to occur to me at the time, that everyone feels that they are on the verge of success, or have had a revelation that they believe will lead to success
I confess I don't know, and I have to admit to suffering mild irritation when reading such comments as appeared recently on the besslerwheel forum and from time to time here on this blog. Let people tell the world after they have the proof, and not before. Without the working wheel there is nothing to shout about.
If I succeed in building a besslerwheel you will only know of it when it is running, and not before.
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