Jed Rothwell Submits Essay on Cold Fusion for FDXi.org Contest

Thanks to Gerard McEK for bringing this to my attention.

Long-time cold fusion advocate and researcher Jed Rothwell has written an essay as an entry in a contest sponsored by FDXi.org, an organization which “catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.” The spring essay contest is open until April 18th, and contestants are asked to respond to the question, “How should humanity steer the future?”

Jed’s essay is titled “Cold fusion may have revolutionary potential”, and he provides an excellent overview of the topic, citing important studies that confirm the effect, including experiments sponsored by Amoco, Toyota and Elforsk (Levi et al’s E-Cat test). The covering such topics as practical applications for cold fusion (suitable for power production, indoor farming, desalination, transportation, etc.) He also mentions that cold fusion could be used for nefarious purposes.

The essay concludes with a quote from an earlier article Rothwell has written, saying:

“The ultimate purpose of cold fusion, or any technology, is to give people the freedom to do for themselves, take charge of their lives, and make themselves happy or miserable. The immediate goal of cold fusion should be to restore life back to some semblance of what it was before the population boom and the dark satanic mills of industrialization took hold. Of course some people prefer cities and dark satanic nightclubs, but I hope most will choose to live close to nature. Except they will have full access to television, the Internet, grocery stores, hospitals and all other modern conveniences and necessities. I am not suggesting anyone should go “back to nature” and live in primitive conditions, unless they want to. People should live in harmony with nature, not disturbing it more than they need to, but never again should anyone have to live at nature’s mercy.”

The essay can be read in pdf format here.Readers can read and discuss all essays submitted to the contest at this link: http://fqxi.org/community/forum/category/31422

  • Bruce Williams

    I think Jed has written an outstanding piece here, it should advance the LENR cause substantially.I intend to circulate it amongst my friends(many of whom do not know too much about Science), and it will also be sent to a certain Fleet street Science Editor (Frank knows who I am referring to ) for his consideration.

  • Obvious

    I am so glad he put the satanic references in there. He was sounding too reasonable without it…

    • Fortyniner

      Rothwell is simply referencing a phrase lifted from a well known William Blake poem:

      “And was Jerusalem builded here
      Among these dark Satanic Mills?”

      • Obvious

        And Blake mentioned satanic nightclubs, too?

        • Fortyniner

          Admittedly Blake somehow managed to overlook satanic nightclubs in his 1804 poem.

          • Obvious

            Unfortunately for the purpose of the essay, Blake was discussing the Oxford and Cambridge
            universities, as mills grinding out skepticism and doubt of the divine
            connection to human existence, not industrial mills. He was railing against the
            ideas of Newton and Locke undermining the idealism of an anthropocentric
            universe. He may even have been referring to the epicycle model of the solar
            system: “wheels within wheels”.

            “I turn my eyes to the schools and universities of Europe
            And there behold the loom of Locke, whose Woof rages dire,
            Wash’d by the Water-wheels of Newton: black the cloth
            In heavy wreaths folds over every Nation: cruel Works
            Of many Wheels I view, wheel without wheel, with cogs tyrannic
            Moving by compulsion each other, not as those in Eden, which
            Wheel within wheel, in freedom revolve in harmony and peace”

            • Fortyniner

              That’s one interpretation. Other scholars have different views including, “mills that produce dark metal,iron and steel, for diabolic purposes . . . . London was a war arsenal and the hub of the machinery of war, and Blake uses the symbol in that sense.” http://www.progressiveliving.org/william_blake_poetry_jerusalem.htm,

              Or “William Blake did see a dark and satanic mill. At one time he lived in “lovely Lambeth” and every time he walked into the City of London he would have passed by the blackened and roofless shell of the Albion Flour Mills that stood for 18 years after being burned down in 1791.” Or unorthodox churches, Oxford and Cambridge, etc. as you say.

              A short but well written essay covering possible interpretations here: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090206142542AAKweLo

              You pays yer money and …. I think we may have drifted some way off topic here, so I’ll leave you to have the last word if you want it..

              • Obvious

                It isn’t easy to discern the original meaning of ideas from the past using viewpoints forged from the present, especially when the older ideas are expressed metaphorically, with intentionally obscure language in some cases.

  • bachcole

    I read the whole thing. I am very pleased to have read it. I hadn’t heard much about the details of the progress in Japan; reading it was very interesting. There is so much about it that I like that I don’t know where to start praising. It really covered all objections. It is the ideal document to send to both the scientist and the non-scientist.

    HOWEVER, it was in PDF form or something, and I couldn’t get the dang thing opened for 2 days. And I have had no trouble with PDF documents in the past. I finally opened it some other way when I noticed that it was saved on my harddisk. SO, I am hoping that someone like LENR G will put it up on their website so that we can have a regular HTML link to send to friends so that they can open it without any risk of problems.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    I appreciate Rothwell’s essay as well. Nevertheless, about some details I’m not quite sure. For instance, plutonium 238 is considered harmless (cf. p. 3). It is true that the alpha radiation can be easily shielded, but if an alpha source gets into the body this may have disastrous consequences. The short half-life of 238Pu (87.8 years, in comparison to 24110 years for 239Pu) doesn’t appear to be an advantage, since the decay products are radioactive for their part. Further, I have my doubts if tritium “can easily be contained” (p. 1). Even if the produced amounts are “microscopic” (p. 3), tritium could perhaps become a problem as soon as millions of reactors are in operation around the world. The best strategy would be to avoid the production of tritium by appropriate reactor design and control.

  • LENR G

    I think this is a really good effort by Jed. Frank, maybe you can get Jed’s blessing to feature it here… a permanent link somewhere? It’s a nice combination of laying the foundation for rational belief in LENR, explaining it’s difficult history and highlighting the promise it holds for the future. It is both a good introduction to newcomers and an effective rebuttal to those whole are instantly dismissive or pathologically skeptical.

    • Martin Leonard

      2014 highlight so far