A new look at the economics of LEARN (Low Eneregy Lattice Assisted Reactions – Nuclear)
Now to our friends in the corporate world, here’s the good news. Due to the protracted, hilarious and surrealistic march of “Peter the Hermit” and the “Mad Greeks,” and the slow, painful but inevitable crawl of real science in pursuit of the Holy Grail of LEARN technology, THERE IS STILL TIME! The presentations at CERN by Drs. Srivasta and Celani and at the “Emerging Technologies for Space” conference in Texas by Dr. Miley certainly reinforce the growing acceptance of LEARN in the world of mainstream science. These are NOT foolish institutions or events. Although there is no official endorsement of the claims made by the presenters, you can bet your next suborbital flight that these groups would take every precaution to prevent their reputations being tarnished by allowing dubious claims being made under their tent.
I was educated as a mathematician, and physics is way outside my realm. But I have steadily over the years read the various non-technical descriptions of modern physics written by the many brilliant physicists who have cared to share their developing understanding of reality with, well, the rest of us. One thing is certain, however. The greatest of the physicists relied heavily on physical intuition as a foundation for their theoretical work, like Einstein and Feynman to name a couple, in attempting to understand the many attempts to provide a theoretical understanding of what might be going on in the LEARN reactions.
It does seem there is a growing consensus, if not about the underlying nuclear and subatomic processes, at least about the physical conditions involved in the reactions themselves. I will not attempt to go into very great detail but my take on it, and my guess as to where progress will be made, is this:
A very specific configuration of atoms and ions, some metallic, some hydrogen, and some impurities, when stimulated in the right way result in some one or several “not chemical” exothermic events taking place. It seems likely that more than one basic reaction is involved. These configurations exist at the nano scale. They are not very well understood, nor is it well understood how to abundantly create them. The impurities, or flaws, in the nano structure play a key role. The reactions, when they are energetic enough, destroy the configuration that gives rise to them. The physical explanation of what is going on, when it is finally derived, will likely NOT involve any basic inconsistency with the standard model or quantum physics but will, in all likelihood, involve an emergent property and, thus, may well be considered to be a previously unknown state of matter.
It is my further opinion that borrowing from the tools involved with nano scale manufacturing, and research in the computer chips and electronics, will prove to be of great value in materials manufacturing of the most efficient “fuel” for use in LEARN reactors. Various forms of doping, etching and lithography may well provide the basis for creating a sufficient density and organization of these configurations , along with a supporting and moderating matrix to insulate, isolate and/or remove the configurations, if necessary, as they are consumed or changed by their own actions.
So, the good news for corporate America (and the rest of the world too!) is this: As basic research reveals more and more about the nano configurations which create the conditions for LEARN reactions, there will be an opportunity for patent protected manufacturing techniques and technologies needed to create both the configurations and the supporting framework which will make LEARN a reality. In that, a bold entrepreneur might really corner this multi-trillion dollar business! But, even better, and I mean REALLY BETTER, is this: Thus far everyone has thought that the e-Cat would be cheap, and the fuel would be plentiful and cheap. But the fuel NEED NOT BE CHEAP! The fuel itself, while being made of cheap ingredients, might very well be a HUGE profit maker, like computer chips, if the analysis above is on target. The matrix of configurations and support structure might require very sophisticated (and profitable) manufacturing, even though the basic ingredients are not expensive at all, like (hmmmmm) silicon into computer chips.
So, this scenario, if it plays out, completely changes the game as far as the fears of a destabilizing LEARN rollout. Please take this VERY seriously, those of you in the energy world, or the nano tech world, or the computer chip world. This would be the Holy Grail of a new energy technology. A plentiful, non-polluting source of energy, but one requiring a super-high technology to produce and deliver the fuel. It would provide an economic stability and balance while providing huge rewards for the companies with the courage and foresight to take on the challenge. Let us just hope that those with such foresight and courage take up this opportunity and pave the way for the continued growth of human potential!
On a different note, I think a “PLAN X Prize” for achieving notable milestones in LEARN research would be a very powerful way to promote further developments. I would respectfully ask that any active researchers in the field to please contribute ideas for proper and useful descriptions of such milestones, which would be as unambiguous and convincing to the real skeptics as possible (not the pathoskeps of course, because for them there seems to be no possibility of movement at all…too bad!). Anyhow, not being Dick Smith, who used the opportunity to create such a prize of significant size, and then promptly produced a negative smell in the air with his emphasis being on “exposing frauds,” rather than using his wealth to promote the growth of human potential, I can only make a modest contribution in this quest.
So, I therefore pledge $5,000 US to the goal of creating such a PLAN X Prize and, with some help from others in the LEARN world, perhaps we can create a prize which is positive and useful in promoting LEARN research. Please, any of you who take the time to read this, I challenge you to also pledge whatever you feel is reasonable to this goal. Just send me an email, or respond to this posting, with YOUR pledge.
Send ideas or suggestions of what might be the best milestone for winning the $$$. How about you Dick Smith?. Maybe even match my paltry $5K in an honest effort to PROMOTE discovery? If we get something really developing we can set up a “PLAN X Prize site with escrow accounts, safeguards and a “rules” committee. Why not!