The number of posts per month have dropped by at least 30 percent, from a peak in 2010. The same fall is reflected in the number of topics, down a similar amount over the same period. The number of new users is way down too. To what can we attribute this sad demise of a once fascinating and exciting field of research? Well it isn't truly a new topic is it? It seems to have occupied the mind of man, and not at all of woman, for at least three thousand years, and in all that time just one example of apparent success.
I say 'apparent' but it would be hard to ignore the overwhelming evidence that Johann Bessler succeeded...if only it wasn't for the fact that what he did is supposed to be impossible. I think the birth of the internet spread the word about the legend of Bessler's wheel and attracted the attention of all sorts of people from all over the world, but that initial spurt of excitement and enthusiasm has kind of petered out, like an auto running out of gas. The gas was the sudden spread of information about Bessler but that information is still out there and yet the car is about to stop. There is some other factor having a braking effect and I think it is the result of too many people crying wolf, I don't exclude myself from this allegation and I understand all too well how it happens.
To succeed would be such an extraordinary achievement that each of us dreams of the esteem and approbation due to the inventor, and every so often a sudden revelation strikes one so hard with such conviction that it is almost impossible to restrain one's enthusiasm enough not to publicly announce success, even before a single mechanism has been put together. In the course of our research most of us learn to restrain our enthusiastic urge to shout the news from the rooftops.
The other reason for the drop in new people coming to this subject is probably a result of the publicity it has garnered over the last few years and which has also inspired an even greater number of sceptics to air their own views to the detriment of the potential newcomer's intentions. There is nothing like being the subject of scorn, derision, sarcasm and pity to put people off investing time in the subject.
I have to admit my own shortcomings at this point. Although I have helped to spread the information about Bessler which I have gathered over many years, I'm aware that I have not revealed much of the designs I have worked on. But I have endeavoured to put out as much information as I have been able to with regard to the encoded material Bessler left behind, but of course seeing the codes and even working out what some of them say, does not seem to advance us one tiny bit on our path to success. So I promise that later this year I will publish all that I have found including the principle I discovered, even if my own wheel fails to materialise. This will happen because of certain constraints upon my own situation which forces me to present my findings as soon as possible, with or without a working wheel. It's nothing bad but I just need to get on with my research and present my findings while I am still (relatively) young!