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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Steven E. Jones redux

Monkeygrinder didn't take the bait with this bit of news so I will.

"Cold fusion energy" pioneer Steven E. Jones recently went out on a limb concerning the WTC collapse, and the evidence keeps mounting that he seems to really enjoy doing this kind of thing, in a repeat-offender kind of way.

BobCousins at peakoil.com pointed out that Jones had also written a paper called "Behold My Hands: Evidence for Christ's Visit in Ancient America"

In it he shows old Mayan figurines of gods showing their palms cupped outward, ala Jesus Christ. From this he makes some wild claims, which you can guess from the title. (I think it proves that either the Mayans: came from a long line of beggars, they had endured quite a dry spell, or they invented silicone breast implants)

I have tracked down all his papers:

"Observation of Cold Nuclear Fusion in Condensed Matter"

"Evidence for Christ's Visit in Ancient America"

"Why Indeed did the WTC Buildings Collapse?

"Did Christ bomb the WTC?"

"Evidence that WTC buildings spontaneously fused"

"Osama visited the Pentagon and left a floater in the executive washroom"

"Watching my scientific reputation collapse"
Regnery Press, pre-publication

"Why won't anyone listen to me? What would JC do?"

(only half in jest)

Seriously, we need a better scientist to get behind this line of inquiry. I would completely back it if we could get someone like the recently passed Richard Smalley. But Jones just acts like a goof-ball. The "progressive=truth" cause doesn't need him.


Professor Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. He is a Mormon. All kinds of religious scientists believe strange things. Many christian scientists follow and believe in more or less solid christian science. Lots of Jewish scientists scientifically puts Jesus and all his pals whereever it would be useful for todays conflict to have been.

Nikola Tesla was an ardent supporter of directing the US defense budget away from earth-based threats and towards attacks by UFOs. That doesn't make induction or AC power wrong. What is interesting is how he applies scientific method, it is revealing that you think a scientific work submitted to a peer reviewed scientific journal can be debunked without dealing with a single of its arguments.

Jones paper reaches a staggering number of people that will read it, as you evidently didn't.

I am not making final judgement on this before I see the final paper, and I will base it on that, not media reports.

2. http://www.newscientist.com/channel/mech-tech/nuclear/dn7315

Cold fusion is not bollocks like you say. Steven E. Jones never claimed his finds could be used for energy production like the idiots you refer to.

Read New York Times' coverage here:


Steven E. Jones claims himself to be the first person to debunk the fake coldfusionist which I find plausible though not verified.

He also does take a position towards how science is often applied by Conspiracy theorists, and does a work with debunking some rather popular theories in 9/11 mythology, read the conclusion to his draft paper.

He did act calm and contained on the MSNBC, intimidating tucker to a degree.

Also note that He is not the Ste*ph*en E. Jones that is into creationism. Steven E. Jones' scientific work aside from his religious writings is rather solid. I made the same mistake as you about him on first encounter.

9:10 PM  
Professor Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was present at Steven E. Jones' presentation about 9-11 (at W. Cleon Skousen's home in Utah.)

Currently I am working on a webpage containing the information from a Power Point Presentation that Professor Jones made and showed to us.


Don't bash it until you've read it and seen all the videos.

3:48 PM  

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