The appearance of an e-Cat story in the mainstream publication Forbes has been the buzz for e-Cat followers in the past 24-hours. The author of the article, Mark Gibbs, has had the same story or stories similar to this published in a number of publications recently, including Computer World and Network World. The fact that one person has helped publicize the e-Cat across such a wide range of publications is interesting in its own right and serves as an example of how a relatively few influence public perception and the nature of the public debate. But that is a subject for another day and I, for one, am thankful that someone that has a degree of influence in the mainstream media is finally talking about the e-Cat and getting the word out.
However, of more interest to me and pertinent to discussions held on this site recently, is a link he included in one of his articles pointing to the website singularity.com. It charts the mass use of inventions over time and shows the increasing speed in which new technology has been accepted and adopted since 1873. As an example, it shows the mass adaption of electricity took 46 years and the mass adaption of the Internet took only 7 years.
There has been discussion that the advent of this technology may well usher in a new Renaissance or even a “New Age” of human progress. Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute and editor of the Trends Journal, called cold fusion a “game changer” and has likened the advent of cold fusion as “being as big as the discovery of fire or invention of the wheel,” claiming it to be the “the best investment of the 21st Century.” The trend of the chart above certain indicates this as a possibility and many of us follow this story with that hope. The advent of the Internet has changed the nature of society significantly, as has the cell phone, especially smartphones which are a combination of cell phones, the Internet and even to an extent the PC, which in it’s own right has had a transformative effect on society.
Yet, one needs to ask if this advent in technology has really made our lives any better. Will the advent of the e-Cat, or another form of cold fusion, or other new energy technology really change the quality of our lives? Does it have the transformative power to change the existing global economic system and eliminate greed, war, pestilence, famine and the dark part of man that seeks to dominate others? Are we putting our hope in the wrong place?
I only raise these questions because it seems that many people who follow this story have such a hope and I think that is part of the reason for its addictive nature. Given economic hard times and social unrest, embodied in the “Occupy” movement and the Arab Spring that preceded it, the hope in something that has so much promise and so much hope is natural. Of course, part of the addiction is also the constant drama that has been a part of this story and, let’s face it, a lot of us are addicted to the drama. I think this, the fascination with conflict, speaks again to the darker side of human nature and no technology is going to change that.
On the other hand, I would not rule that out entirely. A subtitle to the singularity.com website is “When Humans Transform Biology.” Some believe the Mayan Prophecy of 2012 does not predict an end of the world, simply the end of an age. The Christian tradition teaches of a Great Tribulation (Kondratieff Winter?) and then the dawn of a new age, a New Heaven and a New Earth. Controversial lecturer and conspiracy theorist, David Icke, seems to have an odd combination of a belief in a tribulation of sorts and New Age philosophy, although his spin is a little bit different on it all to say the least. I am sure there are many other examples but I think you get the gist. The thought that we may be on the verge of a societal transformation is spread across different cultures and people with disparate beliefs. Across this array there seems to be both a belief of coming change that may be chaotic and quite disastrous but still with an underlying hope that we will, as a species, be able to push through to a brighter day. The evolving story of the e-Cat and cold fusion is playing out in this context and some of us are attaching our hope that somehow it will at least affect, if not effect, these changes. To what degree it will be able to do either remains to be seen.
As the end of October approaches, I am reminded of a cartoon from my youth that is often shown this time of year, the story of the Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt and the Great Pumpkin.
“Every year, Linus sits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Each year the Great Pumpkin invariably fails to appear, and a humiliated but undefeated Linus stubbornly vows to wait for him again the following Halloween.“
“According to Linus, on Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he deems most “sincere”. He then flies through the air delivering toys to all the good little children in the world. Linus believes that the Great Pumpkin is very sensitive and easily offended and bypass anyone who denies or doubts his existence.” Rossi?. “In writing to the Great Pumpkin, while trying to convince him that one’s pumpkin patch is sincere, one must not to ask for anything specific, but rather wait and accept whatever he brings.” Again, Rossi?
Anybody familiar with the story knows that Linus in fact never sees the Great Pumpkin. Yet, every year he awaits its arrival with hope. I think the important part of the story is Linus’ continued hope and not the fact that his expectations are never fulfilled. There is certainly more evidence for cold fusion and the viability of the e-Cat than the mythical Great Pumpkin. But, like Linus, some of us may want to believe, or are at least hopeful, because the e-Cat represents hope and I think that hope is what may ultimately saves and transforms humanity from those things that face us more than any form of technology, although it may certainly play a part to that end. I think that Rossi should just go ahead and paint the shipping container orange, as both a symbol of hope in the vein of the Great Pumpkin….and as a warning to keep a safe distance in case of an untoward event.
So as the end of October approaches we will continue to wait and, more importantly, continue to hope.
I have posted three videos on the videos page that attempt to explain Frank Znidarsic’s paper “The Control of the Natural Forces,” which offers an explanation for cold fusion as well as the basis for other advanced technology.