Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cold Fusion: Not Going Away

Sometime during the first half of the 20the century a man called Louis Kervran wrote a book called Biological Transmutations. It was a study into the imbalance between what goes into the body and what comes out of it. Kervran was convinced that what went on inside the body wasn't just chemistry, but somehow went beyond that, into the realm of element-transmutation: a process that, as physics will tell you, will only happen if energies are involved that go far beyond the puny ones involved in biological chemistry.

I remember reading Biological Transmutations many years back, during my sometimes off-the-beaten-track investigations of all sorts of things, scientific and 'fringe'. By and large, Kervran's work is considered that of a crank of scientific ignoramus—and those by whom it isn't considered that way, usually are a bit off-the-beaten-track—and not necessrily in a good way—themselves. Weirdos tend to love everything that goes against 'science' in some way.

Meaning they also tend to love the notion of 'cold fusion'. You know, the kind of process that'll give us immense energy output for very little input and which will therefore solve all the world's energy problems. The movie The Saint with Val Kilmer picked up on that theme.

Science scoffs at cold fusion, and it's not considered socially respectable to conduct research into it. Indeed, ostracism is likely if anybody's caught out doing it.

But...

But the story doesn't end there, though many would prefer that it did. Cold fusion is back in the news and with a certain degree of respectability that must surely rile many of those who will frown on anything that fits into a very narrow range of concepts and beliefs.

Don't know where this will go. It could just be a brief revival that will be choked off quickly; either by the malevolent design of those who have their own agendas that do not allow such things to exist, or by research and/or analysis that either proves the newly presented results as erroneaous or misinterpreted in some critical way.

Watch this space. Personally, yes, I'd absolutely love it if Kervran, who to me came across as an earnest and meticulous investigator, turned out to be essentially correct.

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