[extropy-chat] Elvis Sightings (was: cold fusion warms up)

John K Clark jonkc at att.net
Tue Dec 26 21:19:06 UTC 2006

"Damien Broderick" <thespike at satx.rr.com>

> there are well-known institutional reasons why
> it's banned from major  outlets

Sorry Damien, I'm just not big on conspiracy theories.

> But applying your "next-year-or-bust" test [.]

Ok, I'll ease up on my bet a little. If an article doesn't appear in Nature
or Science next year I won't ask you to renounce your views; but come on
Damien, where would you put your money, will we see the article or not?
Before you answer think about it, people with an experimental setup of just
a few hundred dollars are routinely getting clear and very positive results,
and this has been going on for a long time, Pons and Fleischman was nearly
20 years ago! Dim witted they may be but if the phenomenon exists real
scientists are bound to catch on sooner or latter. I mean, it's practically
hitting them over the head. It's absolutely astounding that all these people
with billion dollar budgets and boiling water IQ's just couldn't see it
while high school dropouts with burger king incomes can; but I suppose if
the Many World interpretation is correct there must be worlds where very
bizarre and unlikely things happen, like a world where it just never
occurred to anyone that having sex and having babies was related. Maybe we
live in such a freak universe.

But if the phenomena is true this wacky situation cannot continue, it's
fantastic it's lasted for as long as it has. So here is my bet, as before if
the article appears in 2007 I will publicly admit that I was wrong and you
were right about cold fusion. But If the article does not appear you don't
have to renounce your views, all you need to do is say "I thought the
article would appear in 2007 but I was wrong", and I get to say "I knew we
wouldn't see the article". So do we have a bet?

John K Clark

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