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Q&A with expert skeptic re:Tesla, Planet X, lost history

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Q&A with expert skeptic re:Tesla, Planet X, lost history

Post by Winston » January 6th, 2009, 6:00 pm

Here is my scientific advisor's answers to some of my questions about various esoteric topics.

On Tue, 6 Jan 2009, WuMaster allegedly alleged:

}Hi Dr H,
}But I saw in documentary videos that Tesla was on the verge of inventing a
}machine capable of attaining free energy from the atmoshere.

No, he wasn't.

}He even built a tower once, I forget the name of it, funded by JP Morgan, but
}which was later dismantled because the discovery of free energy would upset
}all the utility companies and corporate interests in selling energy. Is that
}If so, why can't someone rebuild that tower to capture "free energy" from
}the atmoshere?

He built the tower, but it had nothing to do with "free energy". His
intention was to transmit electricity through the air to provide
wireless power for various places and devices equipped with a receiver.
The electricity would have been generated in the usual fashion, and sold
to end users -- who would of course have to buy receivers, as well.

Physically, his theory was sound: we transmit high-frequency electricity
through the air all the time -- it's called "radio". What Tesla proposed was
to up the /power/ of this transmitted electricity to the point where it could
power cars, ships, and even factories. The problems he ran into weren't
theoretical, but logistical. It's not easy to control that kind of power
sent through the air, his system wasn't very directional, and sending
high-voltage -and- high-current through the air can be very detrimental to
anything that happens to get between the transmission tower and the receiver.

Tesla was aware of these problems, but burned up so much money trying to
solve them -- and took so long without achieving profitible results -- that
Morgan got cold feet, and pulled out his funding. Tesla's property
fell into debt, and was eventually confiscated for taxes, and the assets,
including the partially completed tower, were broken up and liquidated.

}Regarding Sitchin, are you saying that a planet x in a 3600 year orbit can
}remain in orbit that far out there? How so?


Our entire solar system orbits the center of mass of the Milky Way --
it takes about 200 million years to complete that orbit.

}Why did you listen to Coast to Coast?

As I said, I find it entertaining. Besides, I like to keep up on
current woo. :-)

}Isn't it all BS to you?

Pretty much.

So's politics, but I find that entertaining, too.

}I think George Noory is more personable and has a nicer sounding voice and
}personality. Plus I like his enthusiasm too. The guests and him usually
}have great rapport and chemistry, and talk like they are unveiling deep

He does sound "friendlier" than Art, who could sound pretty ominous at
times. But he never seems to get calls from people who claim to be the
Devil himself, as Art did from time to time.

}Have you heard of Graham Hancock? I listened to some of his interviews on
}Coast to Coast, and he definitely for sure is very very intelligent and
}articulate and meticulously organized. His points are eloquent and
}articulate. He is no fool for sure. If you've ever listened to him, he is
}very convincing based on the sheer intelligence in his speech alone.

Yeah, Hancock is a faux archeologist. The idea that there are "lost
civilizations" is not, in itself, that far out. But when you start
draggin in space aliens and the supernatural, and making wildly
speculative "connections" among the three, reality takes a holiday.

It's worth noting that Coast-to-Coast does occasionally feature interviews
with real scientists, usually concerning their opinions on fringe
sceince issues. But most of these interviews tend to be far more
conservative than the hilarious rantings of people like Richard C. Hoagland.

}He's kind of like Noam Chomsky in that he sounds so obviously smart and
}knowledgeable in his field, that he doesn't even need charisma to captivate
}an audience or make them believe him, the intelligence in his words alone
}makes him convincing to others. You know what I'm talking about right?


}Yet Graham Hancock believes, based on ruins he found underwater which he
}dates back to 12,000 years, that there is a lost period in human history or
}a lost civilization that is not accounted for in our history. Don't you
}think he could be right?

There are probably many ancient civilizations of which we currently know
little or nothing. During the previous ice age vast portions of what are
now the submerged continental shelves were occupied and/or traversed by
human beings. One theory as to the origin of the Australian aboriginal
peoples is that they walked to Australia from Africa -- over thousands of
years, of course -- over what was then the coastline of southern Asia,
but today is under water. Finding artifacts from that migration is
difficult, but there is intriguing DNA evidence in modern populations
which suggests that it may have happened.

}He also says that the ice age ended very rapidly and that there must have
}been a cataclysmic event or agent that changes the earth every once in a
}while, which could account for an entire civilization in our ancient past to
}go missing.
}Aren't these things possible?

Sure. I think it's far more likely, though, that civilizations just
disappear over the normal course of large amounts of time, as they evolve
into new cultures, and the old ones are forgotten in the mists of
antiquity. I recently watch two people violently disagree over an
incident -- at which I was present -- less than 20 years ago. If history
changes for some people in just 20 years, can you imagine how much changes
-- or is forgotten -- over 20,000 years?

}Regarding human evolution, isn't it true that there are missing links and
}unanswered questions?

"Missing links" is to imprecise to have any sceintific meaning.
Unanswered questions? Sure. In every area of human interest, not
just evolution.

}It's not half a billion years. These researchers and ancient astronaut
}theorists claim that human intelligence evolved within 100,000 years. What
}is the official story on that?

That's why I said it depends on the definition of intelligence. Intelligence
didn't just spring into being with the first homo sapiens; it evolved from
earlier animal intelligence. And the course of evolution of that animal
intelligence spans a period of at least 500 million years.

}Didn't even Carl Sagan admit that the origin of human intelligence is
}unknown and that he could only speculate on it?

Maybe; I don't know. A lot of things are "unknown" in the sense that
we can't explain them -precisely- in terms verifyable beyond a shadow of
a doubt. That doesn't mean that we can't eventually explain them
-plausibly- in terms verifiable beyond a -reasonable- doubt.

The orign of human intelligence is no more or less of a mystery than
the evolution of intelligence, per se.

It's a fascinating area of study, though.

Dr H
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