Originally posted by john_bmth
reply to post by rolfharriss
And what purpose does it serve to have people who know nohing of physics and scientific method and having no inclination to learn making claims about
breaking the laws of physics? It's the height of ignorance to not even get a basic grasp of physics yet make lofty claims about how physics and the
scientific community is wrong. How exactly can an intelligent and informed discussion take place within this context?
When they got it wrong.
"But they all show that even our brightest brains - even Einstein - can get it horribly wrong. "There is not the slightest indication that energy will
ever be obtainable from the atom," the great scientist said just before the atomic age was born.
· Brain power: Scientists at the Institute for Animal Health in Edinburgh secured a £200,000 government grant to find out whether BSE has jumped the
"species barrier" from cows into sheep. An inquiry is now under way after it was found that scientists had been mistakenly testing cattle brains
instead of sheep brains for five years.
· Scientific Watergate: The US National Institutes of Health investigatory panel found the immunologist Thereza Imanishi-Kari had fabricated data in
a 1986 research paper authored with the Nobel prize winner David Baltimore. The findings claimed in the paper promised a breakthrough for genetic
modification of the immune system.
· Mein bumph: Oxbridge historian Hugh Trevor-Roper authenticated the Hitler Diaries, unveiled as an exclusive by the German-based Stern magazine. The
diaries were later exposed as a hoax.
· Cold Fusion: In 1989 chemists Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, of the University of Utah, claimed to have solved the world's energy problems by
discovering cold fusion. However, no-one has since been able to replicate their findings of nuclear fusion in heavy water.
· Hubble Space Telescope: Nasa scientists launched the Hubble telescope to create a lens 10 to 20 times more powerful than those based on earth. A
gross design error in the main mirror was discovered immediately after launch in April 1990. Hundreds of millions of pounds were needed for the
astronaut repair of the mirror.
· N-rays: A French physicist, René Blondlot, claimed to have discovered a new type of radiation, shortly after Roentgen had discovered X-rays.
American physicist Robert Wood, however, revealed that N-rays were little more than a delusion. Wood removed the prism from the N-ray detection
device, without which the machine couldn't work. Yet, Blondlot's assistant still claimed he found N-rays.
· Academic standards: Cyril Burt, the 1960s guru of British psychology, produced research into the intelligence of identical twins which, among other
findings, led to the assertions that academic standards were falling. Years later the statistics were found to be "too perfect" and it was discovered
the twins - and even the researcher alleged to have carried out the work - never existed.
· Piltdown man: In 1913 an ape's jaw with a canine tooth worn down like a human's was uncovered at a site near Piltdown. British paleoanthropologists
came to accept the idea that the fossil remains belonged to a single creature who had a human cranium and an ape's jaw - offering the missing link
between apes and humans in the evolutionary chain. In 1953, Piltdown 'man' was exposed as a forgery. The skull was modern and the teeth on the ape's
jaw had been filed down.
· Alchemy: - Sir Isaac Newton - the scientist who single-handedly created the foundations of modern day physics had a little known obsession with
alchemy, and was convinced for much of his life that he would be able to change base metals into gold. Such a discovery would have helped with his
later job as master of the mint, but never materialised.
· Flat Earth: - even though Christopher Columbus gave flat earth theorists a reason to think twice, there are still flat earth societies where people
propose (and prove) elaborate explanations for why the world actually is shaped like a pancake."
Science gets it wrong.. That is what experimenting is finding what doesn't work to discover what does. This is what this thread is about. Like the
SETI telescope which utilizes people's home computers to analyse data, why not explore over-unity.
Imagine if we all did this instead of sitting down to watch the rubbish on television !
edit on 24-10-2012 by rolfharriss because: grammar