Dialog with Pol PotSubmitted by jabowery on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 13:19
Given recent news involving "Cold Fusion", the 2 decade pariah status of the field, the energy crisis and the consequent foreign relations, military and economic crises, one might wonder what sort of dialog Pol Pot would have with government funded "physicists".
Here's your answer.
Pol Pot: So what did you do to replicate the P&F experiment?
Government funded "physicist": I ran a duplication of their experimental protocol and got no heat or neutrons.
Pol Pot: So, that's that?
Government funded "physicist": Of course. Falsifiability is the touchstone of science and I falsified their theory of "cold fusion". My G-d man, haven't you read Karl P-pper? Karl P-pper is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century!
Pol Pot: No, I must confess I haven't read Karl P-pper. Never heard of him.
Government funded "physcist": Why am I even talking to you?
Pol Pot: Maybe its because I'm holding a show trial and have my Khmer Rouge thugs over there drooling at the thought of torturing and killing you if you don't talk to me.
Government funded "physicist": Good point.
Pol Pot: OK, so getting back to reproducibility, how do you explain the discrepancy between P&F's results and your results?
Government funded "physicist": Wishful thinking by P&F? Pathological science? Inadequate calorimetry? The list of possibilities is endless. Why would you even bother asking? Its not my job to explain the falsity of their results -- merely to falsify. That I have done. Others have tried and failed as well, and the weight of the evidence is what we scientists are interested in when falsifying claims. Absolute proof is for mathematicians.
Pol Pot: So you and the others who claim to have falsified P&F have no obligation to replicate their experimental error?
Government funded "physicist": We've got better things to do with our limited time and money.
Pol Pot: Have others tried and succeeded in replicating P&F?
Government funded "physicist": No neutrons, gamma rays, tritium, etc. At least none at the level required by fusion. Marginal levels with poor reproducibility are the recipe for pathological science.
Pol Pot: What about heat?
Government funded "physicist": Why would anyone care about measuring heat if you can't get fusion products to show up?
Pol Pot: To keep from freezing in the winter?
(Khmer Rouge thugs get restless and one asks Pol Pot politely: "Can we eat his brains now?" Pol Pot ignores the request -- waiting with bated breath for the answer to his own question.)
Government funded "physicists": No, I mean if its fusion, there have to be fusion products.
Pol Pot: Isn't heat a fusion product?
Government funded "physicist": Well, yes, but it can't be present in the absence of the other fusion products.
Pol Pot: Why not?
Government funded "physicist": Because it flies in the face of the physical theory!
Pol Pot: So even though mathematicians spend their lives exploring the full implications of a few axioms and barely make a dent in the potential theorems, and even though physicists can't claim the formal rigor of mathematical proof, you claim that it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the statement "deuterium fusion cannot occur with heat but without neutrons, gamma rays or tritium" is true?
Government funded "physicist": Well, when you twist my words around that way, I suppose I'd have to say no.
Pol Pot to Khmer Rouge as he steps back: OK guys. But don't eat his brains. It might be contagious.