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Pseudoscience is what the Houyhnhms politely termed "That which
is not so"
.   Ludicrosities such as free energy, alien abductions, cold
fusion, antigravity, UFO's, perpetual motion, "not even wrong" labwork,
or outright scams.

There are three levels of pseudoscience:                               

Because so much of it is so mesmerizingly awful,  much of  pseudoscience
makes for wondrously fascinating reading.

My goal here is to place a big pile of pseudoscience onto a large stage.  And
shine a bright light on it.  And then get you to personally conclude:  "Yup -
that sure is a big pile all right."

The only tiny problem is that an awful lot of it keeps leaking out of the
bottom of the pile.

The key to skepticism is that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary
. If you discover something clearly out of the ordinary, your
foremost goal should be a monumental effort to prove yourself wrong.

It is never up to any third party to find your stupid mistakes or gross

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  Featured "must read" files: .
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   Blatant Opportunist #49  BASHPSEU.PDF   
How to Bash Pseudoscience. Meta studies. Looks like a duck. Binary
      consequence tree. Ockham's razor. Follow the Cash Avoid negatives.
      Roswell. Dowsing. Brown's Gas. Homopolar gens. Magic lamps.

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    Resource Bin #86  RESBN86.PDF (March 1999)
How to superluminally dowse for Brown's Gas in Roswell. Art Bell
      Bill Beaty. Keelynet. Saucer Smear. Borderlands. More miles per
      gallon. Skeptical Inquirer. Preposterosity Du Juers. More.

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   Trashing Auto Electrolysizers TRASHELC.PDF #93
     Reviews the fundamental technical reasons why onboard
     alternator driven vehicle hydrogen injection electrolysizers can
     not possibly work
and flat out ain't gonna happen.                        06/08

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   Tech Musings #153  MUSE153.PDF (september 2001)
      Bouncy brick secrets. Privatizing mil surplus. Bogus water powered
. Reducing table lookup sizes. Fundamentals of electrolysis.
      Quadratic interpolation. Bounty hunting patents for $$$$.

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Click here for Patent Avoidance info.

  Tech Musings #120  MUSE120.PDF  (January 1998)
NewTek's new PIC Calibar tv generator, investigating Brown's
      Gas, television broadcast magazines, understanding meta studies,
       comparing energy densities, plastic injection molding book, more

  Some "real energy" resources: .
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   Energy Intro & Summary NRGLECT2.PDF #100
      Nearly everything you" know" about energy and alternate energy is
     "not even wrong". Slide show type tutorial gets the facts straight for
     you.. Focuses on the importance of exergy and net energy.          11/08      

Click here for an Energy Fundamentals I tutorial..
Click here for an Energy Fundamentals II tutorial..

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       Not one net watthour of pv energy has ever been generated! Here are
     the facts on why pv solar electricity today is neither renewable nor
, Emphasis is on fundamental physics and CIGS.       11/08

Click here for an Energy Fundamentals I tutorial..
Click here for an Energy Fundamentals II tutorial.

   Blatant Opportunist #71 ENERGFUN.PDF 
Some energy fundamentals.. Work, power, & energy. Sources,
    carriers, sinks. Energy density. Thermodynamics. Efficiency. Exergy.
    Hydrogen realities. Electrolysis fantasies, Photovoltaics, more.

Click for a third party Net Energy Tutorial.

  More Energy Fundamentals  MORENRGF.PDF  #86
An update and expansion of our classic Energy Fundamentals tutorial
     Dimes versus kilowatt hours. Exergy. Net Energy. Amortization. pv.
     CIGS and new developments. Economy of scale. Grid Storage.    02/08

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   Magic Sinewave Summary MSINEXEC.PDF #65
     An "executive summary" on magic sinewaves that gathers together
     the key featuers and development history from several earlier
     files. Magic sinewaves offer efficiency and power quality advantages.

Click here for the Magic Sinewave library.
Click here for a Magic Sineave
intro tutorial.

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  "It's a Gas" Hydrogen Resources H2GAS01.SHTML
       Our hydrogen resources library gathers together the many reasons
     why the hydrogen economy is absolutely guaranteed to flat out
     not gonna happen.
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  The Credible Incredibles: .
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Outside of their manic devotion to "not even wrong" pseudoscience
concepts, these "must visit" sites appear to be quite well done and
remain more or less objective within their ludicrous framework...

   Jerry Decker's KeelyNet 
Keely was an early 1900's scamster who used hidden air lines to fake
     free energy. Jerry's site carefully reports on the scam du Jours .

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     James Mosley's Saucer Smear Magazine
      In-your-face UFO journalism slams friend and foe alike. Detailed
         and thorough coverage of Roswell and similar UFO happenings.
        UPDATE: No longer published.

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  Recommended Real Science Sites: .
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These "real science sites" are where the honest and legitimate new
technical developments will take place. Anything conspicuously absent
is highly suspect...

   U.S.Science Magazine from AAAS
     The leading US scientific journal and second only to Nature
     in international scope and reputation.

Check out these MIT Science Courses.

   Top Dog international Journal Nature Magazine
     British publication is widely regarded as the finest scientific
     journal in the world
. Numero uno itchy ban.

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   Scholarly Journal Source Elsevier Publishing
     Elsevier published many dozens of peer reviewed journals covering
     a broad range of scientific, engineering, and technical topics.

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   Shawn Carlson's Society of Amateur Scientistsies
     Attempts to remove the roadblocks that prevent ordinary people,
      of all ages, from participating in extraordinary science.

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   Bill Beaty's Science Hobbiest
     Well done personal site is an eclectic mix of legit traditional science
      plus exploration of controversal and pseudoscience topics.

Check out Bill's bizarre Free Energy Forum.

  Other Skeptics: .
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There are quite a few skeptics organizations and individuals with
skeptical oriented websites. I've gathered a few of them here. Many
more can be found by punching "skeptic" into Google.

One of the key problems any and all groups and people face is that they
can easily become exactly what they think they are attacking
. Should they
take a position of extreme manic fervor.

Sometimes even the most wildly extreme of outrageously wrong claims may
lead to an underlying and unexplored "real science" possibility. So, rational
objectivity and open mindedness must be maintained.

   CISCOP and the Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
       The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. publishes critical scientific
     evaluations of paranormal and fringe-science claims and informed
     discussion of all relevant issues.

Check out these MIT Science Courses.

   Skeptic's Society Skeptic Magazine
       Educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians,
     magicians, professors and teachers,that promotes science
     literacy and critical thinking.

Check to reach the Google Scholar search engine.

   Skeptical Friends Newtwork at SFN
    Promote skepticism, critical thinking, science and logic as the
methods for evaluating all claims of fact. Community with
    a wide variety of viewpoints and expertise

Click for Office of Scientific & Technical Information.

   Eric Krieg's 's Association of Critical Thinking
     Critical analysis of perpetual motion claims from Joseph Newman,
   Dennis Lee, and other perpetual motion scams. Also covers
   crackpots, thereaputic touch, and similar.

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   James Randi's 's Flying Pig Site
      Educational foundation is the home of a one million dollar
    prize for definitive proof of the paranormal. Also presents
   the pigagus awards for parapsychological frauds.

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  "Boy a whole flock of em flew over" .
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No attempt is made to separate the useful adjuncts to porcine
whole body cleanliness from the total hogwash that appears here...

   Rex Research INFOLIOS
      Still at the same old stall after all these years. Publishes
    collections of articles on suppressed, dormant, or "emerging"
. technologies, inventions, or therapies. ..

   Borderlands Sciences BS RESEARCH FOUNDATION
     Investigating those realms beyond the range of normal human
   perception and measurement. Works towards the advancement and
   preservation of "lost science"

   Institute for Free Energy SYMPOSIUMS
     Puts on putons on perpetual motion, free energy, overunity,
   antigravity and related technologies.
Older website may no
   longer be currently updated.

  Blacklight Power's Overunity Hydrogen
    Claims to have a new primary energy source with applications to
    heating, distributed and central power generation, and motive power.
    based on a new process of releasing latent hydrogen energy.

Click here to access Real Hydrogen  info.
   German Free Energy Site OVERUNITY.DE
    This one has also been around a while. Thermodynamics
    be dammed. Perpetual motion, free energy, zero point
    energy, plus the rest of the gang.

   Steorm Technologies Perpetual Motion
    Yet another in a never ending series of science challenged firms
    going to hit it big with their stupendous perpetual motion devices.
    Verification to date appears a little weak.

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  Some Earlier Tutorials: .
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  Resource Bin #26 RESBN26.PDF (March 1994)
Pseudoscience ripoffs are a multi-million dollar industry. Here's an
     extensive directory of where to go to get the latest insider info on     
     UFO's perpetual motion, aliens, and wonder medicines.

  Tech Musings #129  MUSE129.PDF  (September 1998)
Understanding DMX512 theater lighting controls. Hydrogen energy
      journal. Some stage lighting books. Overunity energy fantasies.
      Asynchronous RS422 and RS485 network communications.

   Tech Musings #108  MUSE108.PDF  (January 1997 )
miracle energy sources, A history of color organs,
       Those great new baby PIC's, New consultant's insider magazine,
       AC phase control fundamentals, linearizing by table lookup.
. ..

  Hardware Hacker #64  HACK64.PDF  (May 1993 )
Steam calliope sources. Micropower oscillators. Avoiding
      energy scams. Thermodynamic basics. Communications trade
       journals. Understanding process reversibility.

  Tech Musings #107  MUSE107.PDF  (December 1996 )
SX laser printer repairs, linear phase digital filters, home theater
       opportunities and resources , debunking some techno-myths,
        improved access to government surplus electronics.

  Tech Musings #134 MUSE134.PDF (March 1999)
Online aerial photo access. A collection of loose ends. Selected
    SETI books. PIC video overlay displays. Underwater arc absurdities.
    Military manual source. Shooting the AOL messenger

   Tech Musings #112  MUSE112.PDF  (May 1997 )
         A.C. power measurement tutorial
and basics. Aerogel resources
      and developments. 99 cent Telephone extension lockouts.
      Understanding RMS currents. Several column corrections

   Tech Musings #123  MUSE123.PDF  (April 1998)
AC power measurement new options and tutorial. $49 Acrobat
       source. Rapid simultaneous A/D converters. Solid state
       power meters. Home energy monitoring. DNA computing.

   Tech Musings #119  MUSE119.PDF  (November 1997)
Miracle motor suppressed! Handheld data acquisition resources.
     A useful hydrogen book. Thoughts on electrolysis. Reactance
      limiting concepts. Web FM radio search service.

  Tech Musings #121  MUSE121.PDF  (February 1998)
FM Wireless Broadcasters. The Radio Shack 12-2051. Surplus
      and auction update. A homopolar traction motor. A new power
       measurement chip. Understanding the Faraday Disk. Cool cars.

   Tech Musings #94  MUSE94.PDF ( November 1995 )
Important EE Internet sites, pseudoscience strikes again, a new
      MIDI electronic music book, Basic Stamp II microcomputer,
      a collection of microcomputer startup resources.

  Hardware Hacker #87  HACK87.PDF  (April 1995 )
AC motor drive fundamentals. New Basic Stamps from Parallax.
      PIC Microcomputer resources. Additional details on forced zero
       magic sinewaves. Dealing with "too good to be true" results.

  Tech Musings #117  MUSE117.PDF  (October 1997 )
Real PostScript for PIC Robotics. Shattering homopolar machinery
     myths. Six clicks to display PostScript. Motor and generator intro
     and fundamentals. Melody IC's and sound modules.

    Hardware Hacker #77  HACK77.PDF  (June 1994 )
Thermodynamic Second Law violations. Soliton waves, references,
       and resources. Superb CD ROM directory. Santa Claus machines
        review and update. Some hacker opportunities

   Hardware Hacker #86  HACK86.PDF  (March 1995 )
  The DNA computer language. Some wavelet book resources.
       Magic digital sinewave codes. Engineering economics review.
       Hot new fringe FM RBDS tuner.

   Hardware Hacker #82  HACK82.PDF  (November 1994 )
Cyborg cosimano helmets, long range remote control, unique direct
      toner decals, Powerful new PIC software, "virtual ways"CAM machine,
       pseudoscience resources, FCC periodic regs, more..

   RMS current & voltage finder  FINDRMS.PS 
A PostScript utility to find the rms and average values of any complex
       waveform. Especially triac phase controls. Also investigates recent
       outrageous lighting efficiency claims

   Tech Musings #111  MUSE111.PDF  (April 1997 )
           Evaluating energy claims
. the CIE Chromaticity diagram. Superb
       digital video book. Understanding color spaces. Innovative auto
       electronics. A new current monitor. A skeleton for your closet.

  Pseudoscience Books: .
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Demon-Haunted World : Science As a Candle in...  ( Carl Sagan )
Encounters With the Paranormal : Science, Know...  ( Ken Frazier)
Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience ( William F. Williams )
Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries : Science and Pseud... ( Ken Feder )
Galileo's Revenge : Junk Science in the Courtroom ( Peter Huber )
The Hundredth Monkey : And Other Paradigms of... ( Ken Frazier )
Junk Science Judo : Self-Defense AgainstHealth ... ( Steven J. Milloy )
Logic and Methodology of Science & Pseudoscience ( Fred Wilson )
Pseudoscience and the Paranormal : A Critical Exa... ( Terence Hines )
Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction  ( Charles M. Wynn )
Sanctified Snake Oil: The Effect of Junk Science... ( Susan Sarnoff )
Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus  ( Martin Gardner )
Science or Pseudoscience : Magnetic Healing,... ( Henry H. Bauer )
Science Versus Pseudoscience ( Nathan Aaseng )
Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic ( Martin Gardner )
Why People Believe Weird Things : Pseudo... ( Shermer & Gould )
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