Hey Pseudosceptics – Does THIS Sound Familiar?

Here's an article by Michael Prescott that you'll all recognise yourselves in.

"Now, as has been frequently pointed out, this use of the term "skeptic" is more than a little misleading. In common usage, a skeptic is someone who maintains an open mind, insisting on evidence for any claim. The more unusual the claim, the more stringent the evidential demands. According to this view, the skeptic has no private agenda, no personal bias, but serves only as a guardian of the truth, who weeds out unsupported allegations and superstitious imaginings. The skeptic is the proverbial Missourian; though willing to be convinced, he says, "Show me."

That's the theory. In practice, things are different. Far from being a state of habitual open-mindedness, today's skepticism is characterized by resistance to any new ideas or new evidence, and unwillingness to critically examine its own biases. These tendencies, in turn, rest on a very definite agenda, promoted by a clear and comprehensive worldview..."


BINGO! Michael. "resistance to any new ideas or new evidence, and unwillingness to critically examine its own biases" Thta's it! That's THE line, right there. Nailed it Michael. Nailed it perfectly. Tell em what he's won Johnny!

and again here "These tendencies, in turn, rest on a very definite agenda". Oh yeah, that's it right there. Nail on the head.

Prescott identifies them in all but name: "Pseudosceptics" or the now more appropriately named "PseudoscepTICKS".

"They are creatures of comfort and routine, not explorers. They cannot think outside the box. They will, in fact, deny that there is or ever could be anything outside the box - and they'll heap scorn on anyone who suggests otherwise. They'll call names, cry fraud, and holler that civilization is in danger and the barbarians are at the gates. They'll do anything, really - except examine their own assumptions with a remotely critical eye."

LENR – Low Energy Negative Reports

Will Andrea Rossi's eCat prove to be the real thing to take the world by storm or will it be revealed that it was all an elaborate hoax? One person who thinks that Rossi does not have the goods is Steven Krivit, Editor of New Energy Times.

From January 14th when Rossi conducted his first public tests in Bologna until midway through June New Energy Times editor Krivit made a total of 16 posts on Andrea Rossi and his eCat, almost all of them benign scepticism.

Krivit then personally met with Rossi in Bologna, was totally unimpressed with what he saw and then presented his findings in a series of blog reports and that seemed to be the start of the hostilities between the two.

On 17th June Rossi retaliated and called Krivit a "SNAKE" and a "FAKE JOURNALIST" on his blog. Krivit said nothing and remained silent for a couple of days before writing, "I may continue to read some of his interesting messages for a little while longer, but not much longer. Research and interviews are over. The pen now hits the ink."

Since then, at least since June 16th 2011, New Energy Times writer Steven B Krivit had written a total of 41 separate blog posts in condemnation of the ecat and Rossi's credibility, and has also taken aim at the credibility of those who Krivit claims are "promoting" Rossi or his eCat. That works out at approximatelty one post every 4 days.

Krivits 41 Blog Posts Since June 2011 Slamming Rossi's eCat and Pro eCat Commentators
  • The Failure of Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer, Caught on Video - 7th January
  • The E-Cat Tribe Dec 23rd 2011
  • LENR Real; Rossi and Defkalion Dubious - December 20, 2011
  • Duncan’s Promotion of Rossi: A Tremendous Disservice - December 9, 2011
  • The Physics of Why the E-Cat’s Cold Fusion Claims Collapse - December 7, 2011
  • University of Bologna Clarifies Relationship With Rossi - December 1, 2011
  • Rossi Story: A Conversation With Thomas Blakeslee - November 28, 2011
  • Rossi: Declining Magnitude of Claims - November 27, 2011
  • Rossi Story: Corriere di Bologna Gets it Wrong - November 26, 2011
  • Rossi Declines Italian and U.S. Government Testing Offers - November 26, 2011
  • Ny Teknik Chief Responds to Swedish Public Radio - November 21, 2011
  • Swedish Public Radio Turns Spotlight on Lewan and Ny Teknik - November 12, 2011
  • Rossi’s Mystery Customer Performs Disappearing Act, Twice - November 12, 2011
  • University of Bologna Denies Faculty Involvement with Rossi - November 11, 2011
  • NASA Engineer Explains Why Rossi Demos Failed - November 10, 2011
  • Rossi Source for Fox and MSNBC: Obama Teleported to Mars - November 10, 2011
  • The Big Lie Technique of Scammers, Courtesy of Adolf Hitler - November 10, 2011
  • Sterling Allan: Arm-in-Arm with Andrea Rossi - November 10, 2011
  • Poor Journalism by Fox News on Rossi Story - November 9, 2011
  • Poor Journalism by Physorg on Rossi Story - November 9, 2011
  • Poor Journalism by Wired U.K. on Rossi Story - November 9, 2011
  • Scientific Critique Against Rossi Claim - November 5, 2011
  • Noble Aspirations Are Not Enough - October 30, 2011
  • Energy Catalzyer: Extraordinary Scams Require Extraordinary Claims - October 28, 2011
  • Rossi’s 11th Test, 11th Failure - October 10, 2011
  • E-Cat Test Demonstrates Energy Loss - October 8, 2011
  • Wired UK Article on Rossi Today - October 6, 2011
  • NASA Won’t Confirm Relationship With Rossi - October 6, 2011
  • Rossi: The Scientific Verdict - August 28, 2011
  • Physorg Review of New Energy Times Report #3 - August 26, 2011
  • Sources that Support the Rossi Claim? - August 26, 2011
  • Rossi’s Scientific Failure in Seven Steps - August 7, 2011
  • Reviewing Ny Teknik Video: Did Rossi Play With Power Setting? - August 5, 2011
  • New Energy Times Publishes Report #3 on Rossi Device - July 31, 2011
  • Possible Low or No Levels of Excess Heat in Rossi Device - July 29, 2011
  • New Energy Times Report #3 on Rossi Device Coming Soon - July 29, 2011
  • Uppsala University Denies Rossi Research Agreement - July 12, 2011
  • Report #2 – Energy Catalyzer: Scientific Communication and Ethics Issues - June 28, 2011
  • Levi’s Response to “Preliminary Report” - June 19, 2011
  • Rossi’s Responses to “Preliminary Report” - June 19, 2011
  • Preliminary Report of Interviews with E-Cat Trio Rossi, Focardi and Levi - June 16, 2011
All of this was in stark contrast to Krivit's early 2011 comments on Rossi and his eCat.

On 19th January he wrote:

"The report I received on Jan. 17 from Francesco Celani, a physicist with the Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Frascati, Italy (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), gives me new confidence about the Rossi-Focardi device. If the data provided to Celani is correct and complete, the device is real and is demonstrating some excess heat – on demand, no less."

"Rossi has, to his credit, answered all of my questions."

"As far as Rossi’s story of a self-sustaining reactor, I am inclined to believe it. It is very similar to a story that Piantelli told me."

NY Teknik Update On Defkalion

In an interview with Ny Teknik,  Alexandros Xanthoulis, representing the owners of Defkalion, stated that:

  • Defkalion started to think of developing its own technology in July 2011 
  • 12 Hyperion prototypes are now running.
  • The factory of 11,000 square meters in Xanthia will be ready in four months.
  • The Defkalion lab will be transferred to a 2,500 square meter lab at the Xanthia location in a few weeks.
  • 19 license agreements have been made.
  • No money has yet been transfered. Interested companies will pay 500,000 Euros in an escrow account before testing a final product. Half of the license fee of 40.5 million Euros should be be paid at delivery of know-how, and the remaining part after ten days of operation of a factory producing Hyperion products.
  • 27 scientists work in-house at Defkalion
  • A total of 40 people are employed at Defkalion.
Xanthoulis gave no further information on verification of the core technology, except that it will be made by third parties later this year.

Source: NY Teknik