Keith Hudson, the author of the outstanding Daily Wisdom postings, recently commented on the matter of free energy. With his permission, I am sharing his post with the readers of this blog.
“An Irish company has thrown down the gauntlet to the worldwide scientific community to test a technology it has developed that it claims produces free energy. The company, Steorn, says its discovery is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy — a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics. It claims the technology can be used to supply energy for virtually all devices, from mobile phones to cars. Steorn issued its challenge through an advertisement in the Economist magazine this week.” –Scientific American (22 August 2006)
Almost 30 years ago when I had some funds at my disposal I was approached by an engineer who had devised a new type of gearbox and wanted my organisation to make a model. He showed me his drawings and I was almost totally persuaded that this would be an innovation that would revolutionalise the whole automotive industry (in which I had spent years of my life) — and much else besides. He was enthusiastic and obviously sincere because he told me en passant of engineering firms who’d turned him down. So I ‘phoned some of them but none of them were very helpful until I managed to get through to the research director of a well-known engineering institute. Initially, he huffed and puffed and was evasive as the others in speaking to a stranger on the ‘phone but in this case our conversation went on long enough for a degree of trust to be established and he finally confessed: “To be frank, this is yet another version of the perpetual motion machine.”
I thanked him and turned the engineer down. But the inventor had been so persuasive that, for many years afterwards, I often wondered whether the innovation was, in fact, sound. This was until I learned that a highly successful businessman and millionaire — of great public eminence today — had been made bankrupt earlier in his career after investing in this idea. (Perhaps I needed to have had confidence in the idea myself in order to become a millionaire myself in later years!)
All new ideas, good or bad, meet with resistance at first and this is the ploy that inventors of “free energy”, rather like faith-healers, consciously or unconsciously use when trying to convince others. They seem more committed to persuading others (and describing the opposition they meet) rather than getting on with the ideas themselves. I realise now that my engineer could have actually built a model himself — albeit fairly expensively over a long period — and I also wonder why, out of the hundreds, indeed thousands, of faith-healers in the country, not a single one of them has become tempted by their successful treatment of others to become, not just a millionaire, but a multi-billionaire.
The same applies to the Irish firm. They had already apparently discovered their system of free energy in one of their existing products. Why spend a great deal of money in challenging the world?
Keith Hudson, Bath, England.