LENR- THEORIES OR PRINCIPLES?
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 21:54:55 EDT
Dr. Peter Gluck writes in Ego Out, his science blog: For LENR, lots of theories, few principles.
Semantics is not quite an exact science; words have different and somewhat fluid meanings. A congress of philosophers could not tell us what are the differences between a theory and a principle however when we are moving in a familiar territory of knowledge where theories abound and principles are not considered relevant & important- we can tell the ones from the others quite easily- just by looking at them; remember the pragmatic definition of pornography. “I know it when I see it”- principle.
In the VUCA world of LENR, there can be intermediary states or hybrids of theories and principles. Theories are knowledge-oriented, more precise and detailed than principles, while principles are action-oriented, implying change.
Theories are interesting and passive, principles active and useful- as a somewhat general rule.
To the faithful readers of this blog is obvious that I have a passion to discover basic principles- see the “Twin Peaks’ and the “Sue-Ellen principle” (combined with the Kaltwasser doctrine) the Principle of the Chief Engineer and, especially the realistic and very practical technical principles of Defkalion Green Energies. My personal techno- moral principles-slogans as: “I think, I exist; I decide, I live; I solve problems, I live with a purpose” and “My favorite sport is swimming. My favorite metasport is swimming counter-stream” are – at least for me, proofs that principles are important. In the present case we need to find those principles that could contribute to the solutions of the wickedly wicked problems of LENR.
But let’s discuss about LENR theories at first:
May I tell here what everybody knows- theories have not achieved much, have not explained even basic facts, are not guiding experiment, do not have problem solving power. Despite these non-successes, many theories are beautiful impressive logical constructs and their authors plus some fans like them, promote them and oppose them to the competition.
It happens that just now, a new theory, created by the most knowledgeable and reputed author of the LENR field is fighting for general acceptance and supremacy, having an excellent press and a lot of supporters. It is discussed on the forums, in many threads and it is the core idea of a book written just for the sake and for extended/deep presentation- of the theory- w by dr. Ed Storms. You can buy the book, “Explanation of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions” from here:
and I advise you to do it- the qualities of the book are more important than any and all possible weaknesses of the new theory. The book is surely a treasure both for old cold fusionists like me happy to remember the great events of the past and to young LENR researchers trying to build a great future for a most interesting, however very special domain of Science...
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