You're entirely right in saying you don't need to be a thermo expert to understand this. One just needs to fully understand the old Styrofoam cup bomb calorimeter experiment everyone should have done at least once in middle/high school. How many people really understood that experiment? How many people remember it? How many even did it? Of those who did it, how many let their lab partner do everything, or faked the results or just plain bull-sh$#&&!d their way through? What percentage of the population has confidence in their ability to take the theoretical principles of the experiment and visualize application on the scale required to understand what the OP was talking about?
No question there is a mental block which prevents people from accepting what the OP says, or the many other arguments that show the official story to be false. However, part of that block is the person does not have enough confidence in their understanding to "overturn" the word of countless "important" people. Certainly the block goes beyond that, I've argued with too many fellow engineers who should know better to say otherwise, but lack of knowledge is a piece.
Different people are going to have different hang-ups which prevent them from accepting reality, be they cowardice, ignorance... The best we can do is work with each person as an individual to help them understand. As more understand, it will be easy to convince others. Eventually the mass of morons will join, one by one, just so they don't look stupid.
You know what I've found works well for convincing engineers and people who should know the science but have hang-ups? Gently, intelligently, insult them. Imply that they are stupid or cowardly. Belittle them. They won't come round at first, but many eventually do.
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