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PREFACE NOTE: PES Network defines "free energy" as sources of energy that are ubiquitous, clean, inexhaustible. These include solar, wind, geothermal, tide, wave, which are well-established. They also include other quests for such energy. The following "skeptic" comments/directory of resources, has to do with new claims that are not yet established in the mainstream as certified science.
Scientific skepticism is true skeptical inquiry in which one questions the veracity of claims unless they can be empirically tested.
The following are not typical characteristics of skepticism:
- Resorting to logical fallacies in order to justify rejecting the position or argument of another.
- Assuming unverified or incorrect facts to justify a predetermined skeptical conclusion.
- Obfuscating easily verifiable facts to justify a predetermined skeptical conclusion.
- Instituting hurdles against new theories by "moving the goalposts".
- Displaying a reactionary, hostile and intolerant stance regarding new ideas.
- Judging a hypothesis or theory without investigation and insisting on ignoring the details thereafter.
Pathological skepticism and pseudoskepticism refers to the use of skepticism in an extreme and to the detriment of others. Pseudoskepticism takes the form of merely obfuscating what might otherwise pass as a valid point of view. The term was gained widespread use in the 1990s by efforts of Marcello Truzzi and Ed Storms.
Leading skeptic of free energy on the Internet and maintains a summary of questionable free energy claims of the last 100 years.
Eric is a member of the New Energy Congress.
- Eric Krieg on "How to be a Con Man" - includes links to pages he has compiled 'exposing' those he believes to be cons. History of Perpetual Motion and Free Energy Machines
- Free energy with wires and magnets - can you come out ahead?
Author of the book called "Voodoo Science: the road from foolishness to fraud". Park explains some reasons to be unconvinced by Mill's hydrinos, cold fusion, Dennis Lee, Joe Newman and other impossible claims.
- Scientific American Berates Perpetual Motion Kooks - calls claims of 'sea of energy' a bogus new name for perpetual motion.
- Professor Hibbert's Perpetual Motion Page - chronicles "violators" of first and second laws of thermodynamics.
- William J. Eaton's "Free Energy" Directory - provides links and skeptical commentary.
- Featured / Best Exotic FE: Skepticism / Nuclear > Cold Fusion > Rossi >
Fighting the Infection of Cynical Skepticism with Cold Fusion - Given the abundant evidence available, both for cold fusion in general and for the recent Italian 10 kW demonstration in particular, why is it that mainstream science's first reaction has to be crass criticism instead of curiosity and tentative support? (PESN and Before It's News; January 21, 2011)
- Featured: Skepticism / Cannabis / Nuclear > Cold Fusion > Rossi >
Fear Mongering: From Cannabis to Cold Fusion - Considering the wide range of practical uses of cannabis, the politicizing of the plant and general banning has been more about protecting competing industries. We need to make sure something similar doesn't happen to cold fusion as it emerges into commercial use. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; January 23, 2011)
- Scientific Method worth while in fringe energy too - A call for the same level of scientific rigor in cutting edge energy technology research as is required in mainstream science, not more, not less. Mentions the recent Joe cell claims and approach as an example of how not to do things. (PESN; July 11, 2006)