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Trolls win: Rude blog comments dim the allure of science online
Vortex-L ^ | February 14, 2013 | Phys Org

Posted on 02/17/2013 8:41:52 PM PST by Kevmo

Trolls win: Rude blog comments dim the allure of science online February 14, 2013

http://phys.org/news/2013-02-trolls-rude-blog-comments-dim.html

The trolls are winning. Pick a story about some aspect of science, any story, scroll down to the blog comments and let the bashing begin.

"Wonder how much taxpayer cash went into this 'deep' study?”
“I think you can take all these studies by pointy headed scientists, 99 percent of whom are socialists and communists, and stick them where the sun don't shine.”
“Yawn. Climate change myth wackos at it again.”

“This article is 100 percent propaganda crapola.”
“Speaking of dolts, if you were around in the 70s, when they also had scientists, the big talk then was about the coming ice age. And don't give me any of that carbon emission bull@!$%#."

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Such nasty back and forth, like it or not, is now a staple of our news diet, and in the realm of online science news, the diatribes, screeds and rants are taking a toll on the public perception of science and technology, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


UW-Madison science communication researcher Dominique Brossard < /br> study showing the tone of blog comments alone can influence the perception of risk posed by nanotechnology, the science of manipulating materials at the smallest scales.
The study, now in press at the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, was supported by the National Science Foundation. It sampled a representative cross section of 2,338 Americans in an online experiment, where the civility of blog comments was manipulated. For example, introducing name calling into commentary tacked onto an otherwise balanced newspaper blog post, the study showed, could elicit either lower or higher perceptions of risk, depending on one's predisposition to the science of nanotechnology.
"It seems we don't really have a clear social norm about what is expected online," says Brossard, a UW-Madison professor of Life Science Communication, contrasting online forums with public meetings where prescribed decorum helps keep discussion civil. "In the case of blog postings, it's the Wild West."
For rapidly developing nanotechnology, a technology already built into more than 1,300 consumer products, exposure to uncivil online comments is one of several variables that can directly influence the perception of risk associated with it.
"When people encounter an unfamiliar issue like nanotechnology, they often rely on an existing value such as religiosity or deference to science to form a judgment," explains Ashley Anderson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and the lead author of the upcoming study in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.
Highly religious readers, the study revealed, were more likely to see nanotechnology as risky when exposed to rude comments compared to less religious readers, Brossard notes.
"Blogs have been a part of the new media landscape for quite some time now, but our study is the first to look at the potential effects blog comments have on public perceptions of science," says Brossard.
While the tone of blog comments can have an impact, simple disagreement in posts can also sway perception: "Overt disagreement adds another layer. It influences the conversation," she explains.
UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication Professor Dietram Scheufele, another of the study's co-authors, notes that the Web is a primary destination for people looking for detailed information and discussion on aspects of science and technology. Because of that trend, "studies of online media are becoming increasingly important, but understanding the online information environment is particularly important for issues of science and technology."

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AWaB Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4 / 5 (16) *Chuckles* I notice how all of the comments used as an example would be most likely found from right wing commenters. I hope the UW study was a little less biased!
Q-Star Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.9 / 5 (11) Ya sure came to the right place. This one should be big fun.
wiyosaya Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3 / 5 (8) *Chuckles* I notice how all of the comments used as an example would be most likely found from right wing commenters. I hope the UW study was a little less biased! That's one way of looking at it; however, I think this line from the article captures the essence of what lies behind such comments: When people encounter an unfamiliar issue like nanotechnology, they often rely on an existing value such as religiosity or deference to science to form a judgment,
Shootist Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.2 / 5 (13) UW-Madison? Uh-huh. Even the professors think Madison is left of Lenin.http://althouse.blogspot.com/
AWaB Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.7 / 5 (9) Wiy, I hope that line in the article is correct and actually unbiased. If it is, then there are things that can be done about resolving people's predispositions toward topics in science. However, if that's the researchers' bias speaking, I don't think there's much value to be gained from the study. Hopefully, it was nothing more than one of phys.org's awesome writers trying to sound witty. Not uncommon, unfortunately!
Maggnus Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.1 / 5 (9) I would have liked to have seen some follow up on whether the perceptions on science could be repaired, either by showing that the authors of the diatribes are wrong or by attacking them back. I see both aspects on this board and I wonder which is more effective. Or if something different works better.I like to believe the worst of the idiotic theories are seen to be the junk science they are, but I wonder. The scary ones are those which are presented reasonably well, such that those readers that don't spend some effort to confirm or refute them are taken in. I would give some examples, but I imagine this thread will get polluted enough as it is.Trying to fight back against the garbage out there is hard and often without reward, but like djr said somewhere, someone has to at least try.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.4 / 5 (9) Wonder how much taxpayer cash went into this 'deep' study? Why we have so much of "duh" science? The contemporary scientists definitely need way more of public feedback. I'd even accept the public expenses for apparently useless if not silly research, which will get forgotten fast - if the scientists involved wouldn't ignore the really important findings like the cold fusion from the same reason. The scientists are the same selfish meme or social lobby like the politicians, lawyers and bankers: useful at small doses, harmful at larger ones. What's worse, they're payed mostly from mandatory fees, so that the public control of scientists should be twice-times as thorough there. The rest of society shouldn't follow their rules and interests non-critically.
Maggnus Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.4 / 5 (5) Yes it is true ValeriaT that some public feedback is good, and that scientists should not ignore important findings, yet in the same sentence you make a pitch for a technology that has shown no promise to work! And you are wrong in saying that they are paid from "mandatory fees" whatever the hell that is supposed to mean! There are many different means by which they are paid, from universities, to government, to private sector, to special interests, and on and on. Many of them don't get paid at all, or are paid a pittance. To suggest that scientists should be controlled by anyone is ludicrous, and to suggest that such control should be exercised by some nebulous entity called "the public" is beyond belief!
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.7 / 5 (6) Rude blog comments dim the allure of science online I'd rather say, they're reflecting it. If some politician gets the rude comments on his blog, then it's just a manifestation of public agreement with his behavior. What's worse, the opinions which don't attack the particular people reflect the disagreement with situation the more, because they're separated from individual animosities. Why the scientists believe, that the "rude opinion" don't reflect the actual attitude of public toward science but some bias from their idealized situation? Such a stance indicates, they're getting separated from reality in similar way, like the hypocritical politicians. I can feel an unspoken tendency for application of censorship of uncomfortable opinions beneath such a stance.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (7) yet in the same sentence you make a pitch for a technology that has shown no promise to work! The only problem is, 1) it wasn't demonstrated in peer-reviewed official journals, despite 2) just the mainstream physicists are loudest in dismissal of cold fusion finding. Such a paradox is very suspicious - why just the mainstream physicists are so convinced about their stance, when just their stance has so weak support in their own sources? Actually even by now, after twenty years we still have no official replication of nickel fusion experiments! We have dozens of official negative experimental confirmations of many effects, which would supposedly violate the mainstream theories, like the general relativity and quantum mechanics - but no one of mainstream physicist is willing to publish the negative results of nickel fusion in Nature or Science journals. Apparently the studying and publishing of certain negative results is way more important than the publishing of other ones..
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1 / 5 (6) We should say quite clearly and loudly, that the absence of official replication of some phenomena isn't the official evidence of absence of this phenomena - but an official evidence of the pathological skepticism about it. If the scientists are really so sure, that the cold fusion doesn't work, they should find a courage in accepting of personal responsibility for such stance. So far we are just facing coward quiet ignorance of anonymous crowd of mainstream physicists. Which is one of reasons, why these people are losing their credit and social status in the eyes of the rest of society.It's as simple as it is. I'm indeed willing to accept, that the whole cold fusion is an experimental error or artifact - but I want to READ ABOUT IT in rigorous peer-reviewed official journal. If nothing else, than just for practical importance of this subject.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.5 / 5 (8) Because I'm not so stupid and misinformed as many PO readers here, I of course DO REALIZE, that the ignorant stance of mainstream physicists regarding cold fusion is just a replication of the ancient case of Galileo opponents, who simply refused to look through his telescope for not to face the logics of experimental evidence. Even the personal motivation of these hypocritical people remained the very same: the financial one. The opponents of Galileo were engaged in research of alternative astronomical models, which were source of their income (you know, all these horoscopes and void scholastic books full of formal geometrical crap, similar to contemporary theories of mainstream physics). These people just found the way, how to cheat the rest of society in safe reliable way - so they didn't want to lose their source of income and social credit.The history just repeats again by now - after all, as it repeated many times after Galileo.
DavidW Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.4 / 5 (5) I have heard and learned all kinds of things from the other posters here. Some have an exceptional way of explaining their thoughts. Others provide the needed contrasts. Everyone is equally important.The problems arise when those that are completely out of touch with their own truthful choices in life respond in frustration, to actual choices that they participate in, that are intentionally hurtful to life and have no basis in science, such as consuming animals needlessly. i.e. They attempt to defend a position that is not defendable in any logical context.I have also seen generalized attacks on the mental health of those that believe in God. Many of these scientists have never experienced the intolerable and so have no personal association to what that word really means. There is a reason the saying exists, "There are no atheists in fox holes".
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.8 / 5 (6) Actually the difficulty of contemporary science-the physics in particular - makes the scientists even more conservative, than the astronomers at the time of Galileo. When you spend whole half of your productive life with learning of some theory and another portion with its laborious extending - then you of course will not willingly accept any indicia, that the whole your existing life was based on just a misunderstanding. These psychosocial problems are getting the worse, the more money and time the individual scientists are spending with learning and justification of existing models of reality.And please, don't believe, that the layman society is less religious and less misinformed about it, than the people in medieval times. Due the information explosion the contemporary laymans are forced to accept way more facts without actual understanding, than the average people of Galileo era. The counterintuitive character of contemporary science just forces them in their religious attitude
DavidW Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 2.6 / 5 (5) It's a work in progress for us all. Except, we are the generation that has to get it all done! We have a huge responsibility.I spoke incorrectly to state others as scientists, I mean those that practice science. Breaking with the lying scripts may seem a huge workload, but in the real scale of things sticking to the truth is the lightest of all, as it does not bare the weight of the results from making mistakes.I want everyone to get right and to be who they really are. Everyone is going to get it in the near future. I choose to avioid thinking about gazing on your faces when that day comes.The best we can hope for is to experience falling apart like Schindler, where more could have been done, and we did some. The rest of us will end up being the ones that did the actual killing and attempted to surpress the truth at every possible opportunity.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.6 / 5 (7) For example, when I point to the fact, that the spreading of energy in vacuum shares a number of similarities with spreading of waves at the water surface, then the only response is downvoting and furious dismissal - despite I do provide many tangible examples and experiments published in mainstream press (Couder and others). For me such a negativist - if not hateful - attitude toward all indicia, which could threat the established paradigm is not quite normal and it points to deeply religious approach, in which the results of mainstream science are adopted with layman publics. This religious attitude is even more apparent between young naive people, who never met with alternative opinion in their life, only with official scientific propaganda. It's sorta generation inversion: the old people are less conservative, than the young ones! Actually because of counterintuitive character of mainstream science these people have no other option, than to accept all these facts religiously.
antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.5 / 5 (15) "Blogs have been a part of the new media landscape for quite some time now, but our study is the first to look at the potential effects blog comments have on public perceptions of science," I'd argue that only a tiny percentage pf people who go to comment sections want to argue/debate. Most just want to state an opinion. So I'd see very little influence on public perception due to comments. What influence can there be if people already have a fixed opinion before even posting? Case in point: Religion is a fixed opinion (you believe - and that's that). How can someone like that be expected to be able to honestly argue/debate science? Even the professors think Madison is left of Lenin. So? What's wrong with that? And more to the point: What has it got to do with the issue portrayed in the article? The contemporary scientists definitely need way more of public feedback. Science isn't a democracy. You don't vote on whether something is true or not.
rwinners Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 5 / 5 (5) I may comment on an article in Phys.org, but I rarely put much weight on others comments. There are a few ID's that I'll ckeck out. Still, I read Phys.org and other sites for their informational input, not for viewers comments.
Hakan1997 Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 5 / 5 (8) Evidence speaks for themselves. The explanation of this is simple.Who, with a real job, has the time to sit and write comments all day long? And who has the time to read all the crap that is written by crackpots? ValeriaT is a notorious troll, only on this article he has posted 7 long comments - all with negative content towards real scientists.Shear volume in comments does the trick.Surely, he must be paid by someone write this - I wonder by whom?Maybe the taxpayers?
kochevnik Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 2.1 / 5 (7) Actually the problem is other sites are heavily censored. Write something that is less than complementary about Israel or banksters and your post isn't even published on reuters and you are banned on Gawker. Of course it's no secret that the oligarchs control the US government. They even staged a coup in 1933 employing Butler to raid DC with 500,000 troops. So banksters and industrialists edit textbooks and newspapers and openly launch smear campaigns to target opposition in any one of their promotes stereotype pigeon-holes like "socialist", "ecoterrorist", "seditionist", "conspiracy theorist" etc. It's laughable because conspiracy is the very fabric that weaves DC togetherBullshit and perception management are at the core of any managed economy. The haves are desperate to have more and view the masses as an erosive force, forever demanding liberty over tyrrany
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.6 / 5 (7) Science isn't a democracy. You don't vote on whether something is true or not. It apparently doesn't work for proponents of mainstream science at most forums, who just use the downvoting for "arguing" of uncomfortable opinion nearly exclusively. Actually the contemporary science is nothing less, nothing more than just about intersubjective opinion, which just uses the public voting (i.e. impact rank) for its establishing.So sorry, I'm forced to refuse your opinion on everyday observational basis supported with my personal experience. You're trying to describe some hypothetical idealized (ideal?) state - not the real situation with contemporary science. Of course the science is sorta democracy - of scientists involved. In ideal state it should be a meritocracy, independent of the carriers of opinion.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (9) ValeriaT is a notorious troll, only on this article he has posted 7 long comments - all with negative content towards real scientists. Towards contemporary scientists you say. This is indeed a difference. The people, who are refusing the cold fusion at nickel, ZPE engines, the room temperature superconductivity or antigravity experiments without even bothering to try it yourself aren't REAL scientists in my eyes. The layman public is gradually realizing the ignorant attitude of mainstream physics too - most of progress in 21st century is done outside of official mainstream physics labs. Now I'm talking about actual progress, which is able to change the everyday life - not about abstract theories and useless findings.
antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.7 / 5 (14) It apparently doesn't work for proponents of mainstream science at most forums, who just use the downvoting for "arguing" of uncomfortable opinion nearly exclusively. Science needs no one to promote anything ('mainstream' or not). The notion that there is even something like 'mainstream' science is only in your mind and the minds of those who don't even know what the word science means (look it up).Science is about doing stuff no one has ever done before (otherwise it's just engineering). How can you have 'mainstream' with something that is always new?And if you think that voting on a comment section has anything to do with how the ARTICLE is viewed then you must be out of your tiny little mind. So sorry, I'm forced to refuse your opinion on everyday And you would not believe the amount of [insert expletive of choice] I do not give on whether you agree with me or not.
antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.2 / 5 (10) In ideal state it should be a meritocracy And if you had ever worked in science (which you never have) you would know that science IS a meritocracy. Those that do good science are re spected. And that EXACTLY to the point in time when they publish their next work - which is the time at which the respect of the community has to be earned anew from scratch. on everyday observational basis supported with my personal experience. You cannot claim an observational basis or personal experience since you've never 'been and done' in science. You only can claim an "I heard on FOX news..."-basis. But that is neither scientific nor much of a basis for anything.
ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (8) The situation with labeling of contemporary science is complicated with the fact, not all areas of science are in the equally bad shape. Many areas of science, which don't depend on massively inertial theories are quite progressive even by now. Actually it's mostly the physics, the theoretical one in particular with suffers with conceptual problems (other than overemployment). And believe it or not, some scientists are even useful for tax payers. .
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1 posted on 02/17/2013 8:42:06 PM PST by Kevmo
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2 posted on 02/17/2013 8:44:10 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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Ain’t no FReeper going to read that!


3 posted on 02/17/2013 8:47:09 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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That was particularly unreadable.

Is there an executive summary?

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4 posted on 02/17/2013 8:47:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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I don’t have to be exposed to rude comments to understand the laity’s unease about nanotechnology.

The idea that something very small can be injected into the human body during a vaccination, without the knowledge of the person receiving the injection, scares the Hell out of me. Such a technology in the hands of a tyrant dictator...you get my drift!

So no, I do not like nanotechnology. I do think it could have wide and vaired applications in space, such as in zero gravity manufacturing, but I really do not want it used here, earthside.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 8:50:58 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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Stopped at:

Center for Climate Change Communication

Where I realized it was rubbish.


6 posted on 02/17/2013 8:50:58 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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They can’t even put up with “rude” or critical blog comments? The left is so thin-skinned.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 8:51:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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Their basic summary is that the people cynical of whatever’s posted have no idea of what they’re talking about. I think it’s a fatal assumption.

What’s a nasty reply from one person’s view is pretty darn funny from another’s.

And they used terrible examples. Global warming? The fact that 30 years ago these “experts” were talking abiout a global ice age? I mean the posters are cynical but their cynicism isn’t based in lies but in what others actually did and said and were promoting just as hard hte the global warming nuts. And we’ve had temperature data around showing the global “warming” really ended pretty much in the late 1990s. That their models have never incorporated the sun into them as a factor in the global temperature, or the oceans. The fact that there have been many, many instances of incorrectly calibrated and improperly placed temperature sensors giving artificially high data because they were next to heat ducts, on blacktop, etc.

oh look,now I’m one of them.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 8:51:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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You know they say nobody listens to us, they think we don’t even deserve a response from them anyway. I don’t know why they bother since nobody pays attention to us.

Maybe their itty bitty baby feewings are huwt.


9 posted on 02/17/2013 8:53:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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Yeah, just check around on DU and see all the “civility”. Can’t swing a cat w/out hitting an f-bomb there or a death threat against someone they can’t stand.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 8:58:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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Obviously the government needs to enact “common sense” speech control.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 9:05:42 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Preview should have worked, but it didn't.

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AWaB Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4 / 5 (16) *Chuckles* I notice how all of the comments used as an example would be most likely found from right wing commenters. I hope the UW study was a little less biased!

Q-Star Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.9 / 5 (11) Ya sure came to the right place. This one should be big fun.

wiyosaya Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3 / 5 (8) *Chuckles* I notice how all of the comments used as an example would be most likely found from right wing commenters. I hope the UW study was a little less biased! That's one way of looking at it; however, I think this line from the article captures the essence of what lies behind such comments: When people encounter an unfamiliar issue like nanotechnology, they often rely on an existing value such as religiosity or deference to science to form a judgment,

Shootist Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.2 / 5 (13) UW-Madison? Uh-huh. Even the professors think Madison is left of Lenin.http://althouse.blogspot.com/

AWaB Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.7 / 5 (9) Wiy, I hope that line in the article is correct and actually unbiased. If it is, then there are things that can be done about resolving people's predispositions toward topics in science. However, if that's the researchers' bias speaking, I don't think there's much value to be gained from the study. Hopefully, it was nothing more than one of phys.org's awesome writers trying to sound witty. Not uncommon, unfortunately!

Maggnus Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.1 / 5 (9) I would have liked to have seen some follow up on whether the perceptions on science could be repaired, either by showing that the authors of the diatribes are wrong or by attacking them back. I see both aspects on this board and I wonder which is more effective. Or if something different works better.I like to believe the worst of the idiotic theories are seen to be the junk science they are, but I wonder. The scary ones are those which are presented reasonably well, such that those readers that don't spend some effort to confirm or refute them are taken in. I would give some examples, but I imagine this thread will get polluted enough as it is.Trying to fight back against the garbage out there is hard and often without reward, but like djr said somewhere, someone has to at least try.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.4 / 5 (9) Wonder how much taxpayer cash went into this 'deep' study? Why we have so much of "duh" science? The contemporary scientists definitely need way more of public feedback. I'd even accept the public expenses for apparently useless if not silly research, which will get forgotten fast - if the scientists involved wouldn't ignore the really important findings like the cold fusion from the same reason. The scientists are the same selfish meme or social lobby like the politicians, lawyers and bankers: useful at small doses, harmful at larger ones. What's worse, they're payed mostly from mandatory fees, so that the public control of scientists should be twice-times as thorough there. The rest of society shouldn't follow their rules and interests non-critically.

Maggnus Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.4 / 5 (5) Yes it is true ValeriaT that some public feedback is good, and that scientists should not ignore important findings, yet in the same sentence you make a pitch for a technology that has shown no promise to work! And you are wrong in saying that they are paid from "mandatory fees" whatever the hell that is supposed to mean! There are many different means by which they are paid, from universities, to government, to private sector, to special interests, and on and on. Many of them don't get paid at all, or are paid a pittance. To suggest that scientists should be controlled by anyone is ludicrous, and to suggest that such control should be exercised by some nebulous entity called "the public" is beyond belief!

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.7 / 5 (6) Rude blog comments dim the allure of science online I'd rather say, they're reflecting it. If some politician gets the rude comments on his blog, then it's just a manifestation of public agreement with his behavior. What's worse, the opinions which don't attack the particular people reflect the disagreement with situation the more, because they're separated from individual animosities. Why the scientists believe, that the "rude opinion" don't reflect the actual attitude of public toward science but some bias from their idealized situation? Such a stance indicates, they're getting separated from reality in similar way, like the hypocritical politicians. I can feel an unspoken tendency for application of censorship of uncomfortable opinions beneath such a stance.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (7) yet in the same sentence you make a pitch for a technology that has shown no promise to work! The only problem is, 1) it wasn't demonstrated in peer-reviewed official journals, despite 2) just the mainstream physicists are loudest in dismissal of cold fusion finding. Such a paradox is very suspicious - why just the mainstream physicists are so convinced about their stance, when just their stance has so weak support in their own sources? Actually even by now, after twenty years we still have no official replication of nickel fusion experiments! We have dozens of official negative experimental confirmations of many effects, which would supposedly violate the mainstream theories, like the general relativity and quantum mechanics - but no one of mainstream physicist is willing to publish the negative results of nickel fusion in Nature or Science journals. Apparently the studying and publishing of certain negative results is way more important than the publishing of other ones..

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1 / 5 (6) We should say quite clearly and loudly, that the absence of official replication of some phenomena isn't the official evidence of absence of this phenomena - but an official evidence of the pathological skepticism about it. If the scientists are really so sure, that the cold fusion doesn't work, they should find a courage in accepting of personal responsibility for such stance. So far we are just facing coward quiet ignorance of anonymous crowd of mainstream physicists. Which is one of reasons, why these people are losing their credit and social status in the eyes of the rest of society.It's as simple as it is. I'm indeed willing to accept, that the whole cold fusion is an experimental error or artifact - but I want to READ ABOUT IT in rigorous peer-reviewed official journal. If nothing else, than just for practical importance of this subject.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.5 / 5 (8) Because I'm not so stupid and misinformed as many PO readers here, I of course DO REALIZE, that the ignorant stance of mainstream physicists regarding cold fusion is just a replication of the ancient case of Galileo opponents, who simply refused to look through his telescope for not to face the logics of experimental evidence. Even the personal motivation of these hypocritical people remained the very same: the financial one. The opponents of Galileo were engaged in research of alternative astronomical models, which were source of their income (you know, all these horoscopes and void scholastic books full of formal geometrical crap, similar to contemporary theories of mainstream physics). These people just found the way, how to cheat the rest of society in safe reliable way - so they didn't want to lose their source of income and social credit.The history just repeats again by now - after all, as it repeated many times after Galileo.

DavidW Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 3.4 / 5 (5) I have heard and learned all kinds of things from the other posters here. Some have an exceptional way of explaining their thoughts. Others provide the needed contrasts. Everyone is equally important.The problems arise when those that are completely out of touch with their own truthful choices in life respond in frustration, to actual choices that they participate in, that are intentionally hurtful to life and have no basis in science, such as consuming animals needlessly. i.e. They attempt to defend a position that is not defendable in any logical context.I have also seen generalized attacks on the mental health of those that believe in God. Many of these scientists have never experienced the intolerable and so have no personal association to what that word really means. There is a reason the saying exists, "There are no atheists in fox holes".

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.8 / 5 (6) Actually the difficulty of contemporary science-the physics in particular - makes the scientists even more conservative, than the astronomers at the time of Galileo. When you spend whole half of your productive life with learning of some theory and another portion with its laborious extending - then you of course will not willingly accept any indicia, that the whole your existing life was based on just a misunderstanding. These psychosocial problems are getting the worse, the more money and time the individual scientists are spending with learning and justification of existing models of reality.And please, don't believe, that the layman society is less religious and less misinformed about it, than the people in medieval times. Due the information explosion the contemporary laymans are forced to accept way more facts without actual understanding, than the average people of Galileo era. The counterintuitive character of contemporary science just forces them in their religious attitude

DavidW Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 2.6 / 5 (5) It's a work in progress for us all. Except, we are the generation that has to get it all done! We have a huge responsibility.I spoke incorrectly to state others as scientists, I mean those that practice science. Breaking with the lying scripts may seem a huge workload, but in the real scale of things sticking to the truth is the lightest of all, as it does not bare the weight of the results from making mistakes.I want everyone to get right and to be who they really are. Everyone is going to get it in the near future. I choose to avioid thinking about gazing on your faces when that day comes.The best we can hope for is to experience falling apart like Schindler, where more could have been done, and we did some. The rest of us will end up being the ones that did the actual killing and attempted to surpress the truth at every possible opportunity.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.6 / 5 (7) For example, when I point to the fact, that the spreading of energy in vacuum shares a number of similarities with spreading of waves at the water surface, then the only response is downvoting and furious dismissal - despite I do provide many tangible examples and experiments published in mainstream press (Couder and others). For me such a negativist - if not hateful - attitude toward all indicia, which could threat the established paradigm is not quite normal and it points to deeply religious approach, in which the results of mainstream science are adopted with layman publics. This religious attitude is even more apparent between young naive people, who never met with alternative opinion in their life, only with official scientific propaganda. It's sorta generation inversion: the old people are less conservative, than the young ones! Actually because of counterintuitive character of mainstream science these people have no other option, than to accept all these facts religiously.

antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.5 / 5 (15) "Blogs have been a part of the new media landscape for quite some time now, but our study is the first to look at the potential effects blog comments have on public perceptions of science," I'd argue that only a tiny percentage pf people who go to comment sections want to argue/debate. Most just want to state an opinion. So I'd see very little influence on public perception due to comments. What influence can there be if people already have a fixed opinion before even posting? Case in point: Religion is a fixed opinion (you believe - and that's that). How can someone like that be expected to be able to honestly argue/debate science? Even the professors think Madison is left of Lenin. So? What's wrong with that? And more to the point: What has it got to do with the issue portrayed in the article? The contemporary scientists definitely need way more of public feedback. Science isn't a democracy. You don't vote on whether something is true or not.

rwinners Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 5 / 5 (5) I may comment on an article in Phys.org, but I rarely put much weight on others comments. There are a few ID's that I'll ckeck out. Still, I read Phys.org and other sites for their informational input, not for viewers comments.

Hakan1997 Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 5 / 5 (8) Evidence speaks for themselves. The explanation of this is simple.Who, with a real job, has the time to sit and write comments all day long? And who has the time to read all the crap that is written by crackpots? ValeriaT is a notorious troll, only on this article he has posted 7 long comments - all with negative content towards real scientists.Shear volume in comments does the trick.Surely, he must be paid by someone write this - I wonder by whom?Maybe the taxpayers?

kochevnik Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 2.1 / 5 (7) Actually the problem is other sites are heavily censored. Write something that is less than complementary about Israel or banksters and your post isn't even published on reuters and you are banned on Gawker. Of course it's no secret that the oligarchs control the US government. They even staged a coup in 1933 employing Butler to raid DC with 500,000 troops. So banksters and industrialists edit textbooks and newspapers and openly launch smear campaigns to target opposition in any one of their promotes stereotype pigeon-holes like "socialist", "ecoterrorist", "seditionist", "conspiracy theorist" etc. It's laughable because conspiracy is the very fabric that weaves DC togetherBullshit and perception management are at the core of any managed economy. The haves are desperate to have more and view the masses as an erosive force, forever demanding liberty over tyrrany

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.6 / 5 (7) Science isn't a democracy. You don't vote on whether something is true or not. It apparently doesn't work for proponents of mainstream science at most forums, who just use the downvoting for "arguing" of uncomfortable opinion nearly exclusively. Actually the contemporary science is nothing less, nothing more than just about intersubjective opinion, which just uses the public voting (i.e. impact rank) for its establishing.So sorry, I'm forced to refuse your opinion on everyday observational basis supported with my personal experience. You're trying to describe some hypothetical idealized (ideal?) state - not the real situation with contemporary science. Of course the science is sorta democracy - of scientists involved. In ideal state it should be a meritocracy, independent of the carriers of opinion.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (9) ValeriaT is a notorious troll, only on this article he has posted 7 long comments - all with negative content towards real scientists. Towards contemporary scientists you say. This is indeed a difference. The people, who are refusing the cold fusion at nickel, ZPE engines, the room temperature superconductivity or antigravity experiments without even bothering to try it yourself aren't REAL scientists in my eyes. The layman public is gradually realizing the ignorant attitude of mainstream physics too - most of progress in 21st century is done outside of official mainstream physics labs. Now I'm talking about actual progress, which is able to change the everyday life - not about abstract theories and useless findings.

antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.7 / 5 (14) It apparently doesn't work for proponents of mainstream science at most forums, who just use the downvoting for "arguing" of uncomfortable opinion nearly exclusively. Science needs no one to promote anything ('mainstream' or not). The notion that there is even something like 'mainstream' science is only in your mind and the minds of those who don't even know what the word science means (look it up).Science is about doing stuff no one has ever done before (otherwise it's just engineering). How can you have 'mainstream' with something that is always new?And if you think that voting on a comment section has anything to do with how the ARTICLE is viewed then you must be out of your tiny little mind. So sorry, I'm forced to refuse your opinion on everyday And you would not believe the amount of [insert expletive of choice] I do not give on whether you agree with me or not.

antialias_physorg Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 4.2 / 5 (10) In ideal state it should be a meritocracy And if you had ever worked in science (which you never have) you would know that science IS a meritocracy. Those that do good science are re spected. And that EXACTLY to the point in time when they publish their next work - which is the time at which the respect of the community has to be earned anew from scratch. on everyday observational basis supported with my personal experience. You cannot claim an observational basis or personal experience since you've never 'been and done' in science. You only can claim an "I heard on FOX news..."-basis. But that is neither scientific nor much of a basis for anything.

ValeriaT Feb 14, 2013 Rank: 1.9 / 5 (8) The situation with labeling of contemporary science is complicated with the fact, not all areas of science are in the equally bad shape. Many areas of science, which don't depend on massively inertial theories are quite progressive even by now. Actually it's mostly the physics, the theoretical one in particular with suffers with conceptual problems (other than overemployment). And believe it or not, some scientists are even useful for tax payers. .

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Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-trolls-rude-blog-comments-dim.html#jCp .
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12 posted on 02/17/2013 9:11:38 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: bicyclerepair
Notice how the ecofascists call it MAN-made global warming/climate change, as opposed to something more gender-neutral like human-made climate change? As if we're too unsafistikated and ignernt to notice the transparent attempt at subtle manipulation. If there is climate change going on it's G-D-made climate change.
13 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:45 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Kevmo

Trolls win for rude blog comments? Yes, telling the truth is frequently considered rude...by those “outed”.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 9:59:58 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Yes, telling the truth is frequently considered rude...by those “outed”.
***How can you prove it is the truth? Or more towards the common demoninator, where is the evidence that you are telling the truth?


15 posted on 02/17/2013 10:13:06 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo

You have a good point. So from now on only happy, happy thoughts and happy, happy comments on cold fusion and the devices utilizing it that are certain to come on the market this year or next will be permitted.

I may even change my tag line to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy (or else)”.


16 posted on 02/18/2013 12:18:58 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Kevmo
"What you do, if you are a serious scientist operating according to the established method, is attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Test it to destruction; carry out serious attacks on its weakest points to see if they hold up. If they do... then you have a theory that can be published, and tested, and verified by other scientists. If you don't, you throw it out."

Global Warming Fraud and the Future of Science - J. R. Dunn

The "scientists" who perpetrated the global warming scam approached their science in exactly the opposite manner as the approach described above. They formulated a theory based on political ideology (as well as the path of least resistance to "grant" money) and then did whatever they had to do with their data to "prove" it.

What the world has now seen with the expose of the "global warming"/"climate change" scam through the leaked email dumps of November 2009 and November 2011 puts a new spin on the old saying: "Figures can lie and liars can figure." The discipline of science has taken a massive hit over the past three-plus years and it could take decades for science - - and scientists - - to regain any credibility with the public. A lot of that burden must fall on honest scientists, and the first and most important thing they must do is scream for the heads of Michael Mann, Phil Jones, and the rest of the "climategate" fraudsters. I guess we'll see if they have the integrity to do it. (No, I am not holding my breath.)

17 posted on 02/18/2013 12:56:17 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: count-your-change
"You have a good point. So from now on only happy, happy thoughts and happy, happy comments on cold fusion and the devices utilizing it that are certain to come on the market this year or next will be permitted."

LOL. How about sticking to discussion of the actual science presented instead of the constant cascade of denigrations of those doing the work. "Happy thoughts" not equired...simple civility will do.

18 posted on 02/18/2013 3:46:45 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog
What I'm uncivil to is the fabulous claims made of the imminent appearance of miraculous devices that always are lurking just on the horizon like a rainbow...in sight but they seem to recede as they are approached.

Arcane scientific papers and curious lab experiments just might require more than happy thoughts to move a car.

19 posted on 02/18/2013 4:45:54 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
"What I'm uncivil to is the fabulous claims made of the imminent appearance of miraculous devices that always are lurking just on the horizon like a rainbow...in sight but they seem to recede as they are approached."

"Arcane scientific papers and curious lab experiments just might require more than happy thoughts to move a car."

And if so, the NORMAL practice of science will eventually disclose the truth. The world does NOT need you and a few others to protect it from itself. That mode of thinking is "of the left". In other words, you're just another vigilante censor.

Note that the treatment of the topic of LENR has NOT been the "normal practice of science". Not even close.

An analogue of "crony capitalism" is very appropriate....."crony science", just like "anthropic global warming". The sole difference is that with AGW, the cronyism is in favor, and with LENR, it is opposed to the subject.

20 posted on 02/18/2013 7:49:12 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Kevmo

If you think that’s bad... Try talking about smaller, more limited Constitutional governance without getting trolled by bigger government Nanny State RINO’s.


21 posted on 02/18/2013 8:12:20 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
With some 14,000 replications of the phenomena (that's the figure quoted before on one the “cold fusion” threads) by such as MIT, NASA, etc., it would seem scientists are far from being united as cronies in being anti cold fusion.

Even Purdue University has been doing experiments and generating dense papers on the subject and Purdue is hardly a bastion of radical faddishness.

“And if so, the NORMAL practice of science will eventually disclose the truth.”

And NORMAL science is disclosing the truth....no one wants to put large amounts of money into something that they don't believe has a chance of producing value in the future, either as pure research or as a practical application.

Claims of container sized water heaters and waiting customers that should have been treated with utmost
skepticism have been greeted with sunny credulity on the cold fusion sites by the cheer leaders of cold fusion even when fraud was indicated.

“The world does NOT need you and a few others to protect it from itself. That mode of thinking is “of the left”. In other words, you're just another vigilante censor”

“vigilante censor”? “of the left”? Why not Luddite and Nazi and anti catalyst?

“The world does NOT need you....” I'm just not feeling the love here.

22 posted on 02/18/2013 9:06:27 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Kevmo

***How can you prove it is the truth? Or more towards the common demoninator, where is the evidence that you are telling the truth?

I live in that part of the USA subjected to the Spotted Owl Scam, also known as the Northwest Forest Plan. Jack Ward Thomas’s report, A Conservation Strategy for the Northern Spotted Owl (1990), excluded all observed data and field studies contrary to his foremost goal - excluding timber harvesting in Northwest Forests.

Spotted owls were thriving in second growth timber. That owl species did not require just old growth timber habitat.

The Thomas report was junk science.

This is why, Kevmo, a huge swath of the citizenry no longer think well of scientists. Too many have a personal agenda and are politically driven to screw everyone else.


23 posted on 02/18/2013 9:09:49 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: count-your-change
"Even Purdue University has been doing experiments and generating dense papers on the subject and Purdue is hardly a bastion of radical faddishness."

Really?? Who a Purdue is being so brave??

"“vigilante censor”? “of the left”? Why not Luddite and Nazi and anti catalyst?"

Because they aren't descriptive of what is being done on these threads.

"“The world does NOT need you....” I'm just not feeling the love here."

You're right. I don't love self-appointed vigilante censorship nor those who engage in it.

24 posted on 02/18/2013 10:34:00 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog
Yeong Kim for one.

“You're right. I don't love self-appointed vigilante censorship nor those who engage in it.”

I quite frequently am and here's another instance of same: Those who complain most loudly about censorship are usually the most anxious to practice it.

25 posted on 02/21/2013 3:14:27 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: JimRed

Really liked your “about” page JR. Keep charging brother!


26 posted on 02/21/2013 4:03:10 PM PST by Toadman (To anger a Conservative, tell a lie. To anger a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: SatinDoll

This is why, Kevmo, a huge swath of the citizenry no longer think well of scientists. Too many have a personal agenda and are politically driven to screw everyone else.
***Scientism is well on its way to becoming a religion, with high priests and rites of passage, toeing the party line and “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”.

I think it might even be the one-world religion prophesied in the Bible: Mystery, Babylon. The root word of Mystery is Knowledge; the root word of Babylon is Knowledge — the tower of Babyl was the tower of Knowledge. The root word of science is Knowledge; the root word of technology is Knowledge.


27 posted on 02/21/2013 5:21:30 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo

I’ve always been interested in science and the acquisition of scientific based knowledge.

Because I believe science is based, or at least SHOULD be based, on proof until disproved, and that scientists are, without their knowledge, working to uncover the workings of God in our universe.

Einstein said God doesn’t play dice with the universe. The scientific laws therefore are God’s Laws.

When I tell this to people, most folks involved with science give me a hard stare before smiling, then nod. Those who are always quoting the Bible go apoplectic.


28 posted on 02/21/2013 6:42:16 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: JimRed

Religion is about truth. Because I have faith, it is true.

Science is about proof. Because I have proof, it stands until disproved.

Big difference.


29 posted on 02/21/2013 6:46:45 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: count-your-change
"Those who complain most loudly about censorship are usually the most anxious to practice it."

LOL. Look in a mirror. You and a few others swarm LENR threads posting insulting one-liners..."it's a scam".."you're a shill for Rossi"....and on and on ad infinitum, ad nausem. Simply because a few people examine the evidence and have the temerity to disagree with your position.

30 posted on 02/21/2013 7:35:23 PM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Kevmo

The article is interesting but the footnotes are *murder.*


31 posted on 02/21/2013 7:39:51 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: SatinDoll

Einstein said God doesn’t play dice with the universe. The scientific laws therefore are God’s Laws.
***Einstein was talking about a particular theory. He was just a man. Jesus was God Himself. I get hard stares when I say that.

A law is simply a mathematically rigorous observation of nature. For instance, we have a law of gravity. But there is no generally accepted theory of gravity. Because we don’t know how it works, but God sure does. Scientific laws are observations. God’s laws are completely different. They are edicts, to be obeyed. Completely different.


32 posted on 02/21/2013 9:05:46 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: SatinDoll

Religion is about truth. Because I have faith, it is true.
***The truth is true, regardless of whether I have faith or not. In my pursuits of science and spirituality, truth has been the overriding factor. Most scientifically minded folks (scientism believers) will swear up & down that there is less evidence for John Adams being the 2nd president of the United States, or that Christopher Columbus never sailed the ocean in 1492, rather than accept the historical facts behind the death of Jesus — and that He died because He claimed to be God Himself.


33 posted on 02/21/2013 9:11:17 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Who has accused what of being a scam? Who has accused you of being a shill for Rossi?

“In other words, you're just another vigilante censor.”

When have I ever suggested censoring anyone for supporting some view? This is an open forum and most anyone can comment as they like within the rules.

“In other words, you're just another vigilante censor.”

Who is coming on with the personal one liner insults?

34 posted on 02/21/2013 9:35:41 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
"Who has accused what of being a scam? Who has accused you of being a shill for Rossi?"

You've been on LENR threads about as long as they've been posted, so you know the actors as well as I do. Drop the innocent ignorance act.

"When have I ever suggested censoring anyone for supporting some view? This is an open forum and most anyone can comment as they like within the rules."

It's not "suggesting censoring". It's censorship by spamming. And it is something that seems to be pretty much unique to the anti-LENR faction. I have not seen the tactic widely used on other subjects, but heavily used by the LENR pathological skeptics across multiple fora.

"Who is coming on with the personal one liner insults?"

The truth bothers you, doesn't it?? Vigilante censorship it was, and vigilante censorship it remains.

35 posted on 02/22/2013 4:37:25 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

“Censorship by spamming”??? Contact the mods!! Next will come thought crime unless the skeptics are kept off these “fora” (forums is the preferred form, really).

A LENR/CANR/COLD FUSION/LANR/ CAUCUS....has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?


36 posted on 02/22/2013 6:20:18 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change

A LENR/CANR/COLD FUSION/LANR/ CAUCUS....has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

***Sounds good to me.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2912705/posts


37 posted on 02/22/2013 6:16:13 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo

Having been duly appointed as the Vigilante Censor I must inform you that you can’t say that here without prior permission, prior written permission, in triplicate with bells and weasels.

However you are permitted to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 7:08:58 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
(forums is the preferred form, really)."

I learned my spelling in an older school, not what passes for it in today's bastardized journo-speak.

"Next will come thought crime unless the skeptics are kept off these “fora”.

Not at all. The solution is for the skeptopaths to be held to ONE original posting per thread. The tactic is for a single individual to post dozens of marginally related comments on a single thread. Hence dropping the signal/noise ratio close to zero.

Other FORA handle the problem exactly that way. Nobody is banned. One Yahoo group (on lathes) has set up a separate subgroup for "off topic" comments, and all such get routed there. The fact that the mods here give the vigilantes free reign speaks poorly for them and FR as a whole.

"A LENR/CANR/COLD FUSION/LANR/ CAUCUS....has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Yes, actually it does. A caucus limited to postings ON THE SCIENCE INVOLVED without the extraneous "it's a scam" baloney.

39 posted on 02/23/2013 6:11:21 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Kevmo

The gist of the article appears to be that the very community that backed away from true scientific methodds - the global warming crowd - now bleats about the fact that people no longer trust their methodology - after all, consensus is just as valid as science, right?

I have a longstanding joke about “latest medical science”. It goes something like this: “Latest medical science shows that previous medical science was completely wrong about...” Consider the ‘consesus’ about the egg - good food or bad? Looming ice age, or global warming?

Add in the deliberate dumbing down of the American people, and you have a recipe for disdain.

Until scientists get back into the business of serving the truth (as in: scientific fact, not theory/hypothesis dressed up to garner grants), I have little sympathy for them. Science fiction, to many of the scientifically illiterate, is a more realistic picture than the visions currently being painted by some scientists.

NOTE: I did not read all of the excerpt here, due to formatting. If I screwed up my impression, feel free to correct me (but be gentle - it’s not my first time, but... LOL).


40 posted on 02/23/2013 6:44:47 AM PST by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: Wonder Warthog

From the Oxford Dictionaries:
“Spelling help
The plural of forum is usually spelled forums; the plural fora (as in the original Latin) is chiefly used when talking about a public square in an ancient Roman city.”

I don’t converse in Latin or live in an ancient Roman city.

But going to the science involved:

Cold Fusion ECAT Passes Major Test
Posted on September 9, 2012 by BTE-Dan
www.buildtheenterprise.org/cold-fusion-ecat-passes-major-test

“In their tests they found that 20 grams of material disappeared, meaning it was used up during the generation of energy. They measured 1.78 kW average thermal power output (I took an average of their two methods) from this 20 grams of fuel. The thermal energy production by the device went on for 6.48 hours. So they came up with an energy density of 1.78kW /.020 kg x 6.48 hrs = 578 kWh/kg. (kWh = kilowatt hours like in your electric bill.)”

Science you want, science you got...maybe. The above is a description of tests (much more available at the site) made by experts in the field of nuclear physics, etc. of a device that used the LENR process to produce excess energy over what is put into the system to start and/or sustain it.
Supposedly the device was weighted before and after the operation and that is how it was determined that 20 grams of material had ben consumed in the production of heat, light and possibly small amounts of radiation. 20 grams!

Keep that figure in mind since that’s about 2/3 of an ounce, no small amount of matter to be consumed without smoke or gases being given off.

So how much energy does 20 grams of matter make when converted to heat (mainly), light and some small amount of radiation? E=MC2 and all that?
Well.... .1 gram of matter, if totally converted to energy, would produce the equivalent of 25,000,000 kwh and the experimentors claim 20 times that matter conversion to power output over a 6 to 7 hour period.
And that doesn’t consider the power inputs!

Shall we review...20 grams of the device or its fuel was turned into energy! If true, the entire area should either have disappeared in a flash or melted down per WW2 atomic bombs.

Care to comment on this “science”?


41 posted on 02/23/2013 7:43:04 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SatinDoll
Termites have a problem. Their jaws as God give'em to'em are too soft ~ which means when a termite gets hungry and wants to gnaw on some wood he's just out of luck.

So, they go around eating nano particles of Zinc ~ and, along with that, nano particles of Gold.

Now you can't see those particles, but they are there nontheless, and termites can find them and eat them ~ selectively!

The Zinc, BTW, goes to the jaw where it is deposited in the tissues to strengthen them for the hard job they have ahead of them. The Gold, also BTW, goes through their system and is pushed out through the excretory organs where it falls to the floor of the termite nest!

I have a theory about how you might put that termite characteristic to work harvesting gold nanoparticles ~ but that can wait for later.

Not that you should or should not fear nanoparticles, but that ship left billions of years ago. This planet is just lousy with them.

42 posted on 02/23/2013 6:29:43 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: count-your-change
"Shall we review...20 grams of the device or its fuel was turned into energy! If true, the entire area should either have disappeared in a flash or melted down per WW2 atomic bombs."

"Care to comment on this “science”?"

Sure. The obvious explanation is that your ASSUMPTION (and that of the BTE blog) that "20 grams of the device was turned into energy" (which, btw, the actual report does NOT claim) is incorrect. What the report "does" legitimately do is set a lower bound for energy output that is higher than any CHEMICAL process is capable of producing.

The methodologies used are VERY crude from an experimental perspective, so the error bars would be quite large.

Actually far better experiments have been done (in the Pd-D2 area rather than Ni-H) that show quite plainly the correlation of excess heat with mass deficit and He-4 formation. The value realized is quite close to the 24MEV per 2D2 converted to He-4 expected from theory. These figures are arrived at by measuring the He-4 produced and the calorimetric heat excess during operation. And yes, the work HAS been replicated several times.

43 posted on 02/24/2013 5:41:25 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

I ASSUMED nothing except that the absurdity of these claims made by people who should know better would be recognized as such.

At present the lab experiments are interesting curiosities with no save the earth energy revolutions in sight.


44 posted on 02/24/2013 10:48:49 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
"I ASSUMED nothing except that the absurdity of these claims made by people who should know better would be recognized as such."

Sure you did. You assumed that twenty grams of material was converted to energy by an atomic process. Just as did the BTE blog. You misrepresented the content of the actual report which says no such thing. Why lie about it??

"At present the lab experiments are interesting curiosities with no save the earth energy revolutions in sight."

Standard LENR skeptopath response. NASA, Forbes, and quite a few other knowledgeable parties disagree with you. But you'll continue to obfuscate about the topic, since, in reality, your sole purpose is the stall or stop any positive discussion of LENR, as has been your agenda on every thread since the first one posted.

Vigilante censorship in action. Problem is, that you and the rest of the skeptopaths are unable to keep your stories straight as to whether it is "all about Rossi" or about LENR in general.

45 posted on 02/24/2013 11:35:27 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

Now, now....personal insults are a no-no here. Moreover they end the discussion so perhaps the mods will take notice and give them the chop.


46 posted on 02/24/2013 1:20:15 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change
"Now, now....personal insults are a no-no here. Moreover they end the discussion so perhaps the mods will take notice and give them the chop."

We'll see. Thus far they have never reigned in you skeptopaths for such.

I addressed your supposed science point and showed where you were wrong. Not having the balls to own up to the mistake, you're ducking and running.

Precisely as usual.

47 posted on 02/25/2013 7:18:45 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

Brilliant. This was not a LENR thread.


48 posted on 03/08/2014 10:39:18 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: All; y'all; et al; Ping; everyone; Lurker; no one in particular; noone
For rapidly developing nanotechnology, a technology already built into more than 1,300 consumer products, exposure to uncivil online comments is one of several variables that can directly influence the perception of risk associated with it. Well, that explains the
AdamHenry*BandWagon Index.

49 posted on 03/08/2014 10:52:41 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Wonder Warthog
A caucus limited to postings ON THE SCIENCE INVOLVED without the extraneous "it's a scam" baloney.

That is precisely what I asked for. It was denied by the PTBs.

And now, many months later it strikes me that such a simple caucus in the posting choices could be "VEHEMENCE". And the rules would be that you need to post without engaging classic logical fallacies. Pretty simple, huh? I doubt the anti-science Luddite crowd would go for it.

50 posted on 03/08/2014 11:04:04 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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