Saving Science


Ivor Catt <>

11:41 (6 hours ago)

to Alex, bcc: me

For some time I have known that the refusal of the few remaining scientists to cooperate together to save science, or rather to retrieve science from the stranglehold of the instrumentalist careerists inevitably drawn in to "science" in pursuit of the excessive money and prestige accruing to "science", would mean that science would remain dead. The tsunami of money flow has surpassed the moment of truth, when non-scientists, those not interested in the pursuit of truth, but rather of money and prestige, have taken over.


Regretting the refusal of scientists to cooperate, I thought that "clean up", work to clean out the stables, would only begin in 2040 or so.


However, I have changed my mind. I now think that singlehandedly, or with very little help, for instance from Stephen Crothers and one of my co-authors Malcolm Davidson, I could retrieve science quite soon, before my death (I am 84).


There was failure by me and everyone else to realise that it should be quite easy, using the scientific method, to prove either that Mr. A was a scientist, or a careerist. An example is the following experiment, which was proposed more than ten years ago. . The results of this experiment will herald the next advance in science at its core.


A careerist would make no comment on the proposal, or would say that the experiment was unimportant.


Wakefield has proven skills, and could easily do the experiment, given the encouragement and funding. Note that a careerist instrumentalist would not even encourage hum to do the experiment, let alone make any attempt to get him funded.


There are other scientific experiments which will clearly separate the sheep from the goats, the careerists from the scientists. At present, all funding and control of journals is in the hands of careerists, mostly to pop scientists like Rees, Pepper and Hawking. It is up to scientists, in order to save science, to come up with such scientific experiments (on the Scientific Reception System. Also, they should be willing to cooperate with each other.


The other crucial experiment is to see what comes out of a long battery in the first ten nanoseconds. This will give us a much better understanding of how a battery works than the silly idea of ions travelling in the wrong direction at the wrong speed. Again, Tony Wakefield could do the experiment or supervise it. ;

Ivor Catt   20.1.2020