The end of the E-Cat saga – or maybe not

It’s been a lot of fun to follow Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat scam over the past five years.

Before Rossi, I had not been following cold fusion controversy for that many years though. The academic world pretty much forgot about it since the disaster devised by Fleischmann and Pons. At that time I was working for national radiation security in Finland and was very exited of  possibility of cold fusion, as were many others. Until it became clear that nobody could actually replicate what F&P claimed, so my interest vanished.

The interest was revived by one Italian “businessman” Andrea Rossi. I was amazed that Sven Kullander and Hanno Essén, two Swedish physicists, actually believed Rossi had something.

So I started following Rossi and occasionally wrote down my thoughts in my blog (in Finnish).

At one point, I got a comment from one AlainCo. I asked him not to comment my Finnish blog in English, because it would not serve any purpose; he clearly did not understand what I wrote (In Finnish) but did choose to comment anyway.

I admit that I was a bit offended by his aggressive mission to evangelize LENR, so you might want to thank him for waking me up to bug the cold fusion community.

I know many people are offended by my commentary around the Internet  and I cannot blame them. Though I think many people wrongly take critique against their views personally, I have not always been following good manners when writing what I think. That remains my shame only.

Now, I do not know if there is anything behind LENR/Cold fusion, maybe there is. But I am pretty sure it is nothing usable to energy production. Please do not ask me to investigate “evidence”, I have investigated and found nothing but scattered claims, wishful thinking, sloppy tinkering and downright lunacy.

Cold fusion seems to be similar to paranormal: there is only anecdotal evidence without repeatability. I fear many cold fusion researchers are not recognizing their failure to observe objectively. None of us can do that, we are human.

What comes to Andrea Rossi, no one sane should have any doubt:: His endeavor is a  classical fraud. And if he has something real, he has done a formidable job in making it look like absolute bullshit.

But he probably knows exactly what he is doing; he knows many won’t be able to see behind his smoke and mirrors and sleigh of hand.

Actually, I believe Rossi may weasel his way out of this and even get some more money [1]. Also, He will probably become a messiah for his believers, taking his great secret to his grave.

Who knows, its a weird world.

Some of the original Rossi fans like AlainCo and Jed Rothwell seem to see the light now, which is somewhat amazing [2].

Others are building they personal neverlands and turning into complete maniacs, like Torkel Nyberg of the Sifferkoll [3]. His writings have lately resembled nothing but musings of a madman. If Torkel is honest and actually believes what he writes, I feel sorry for him. But then,  given the fact that Internet is full of false prophets,  collateral damage is inevitable.

However, the most enigmatic person for me is Mats Lewan. He has recently closed the comments on his site and seems to be completely assimilated by the E-Cat cult by now [4].







3 thoughts on “The end of the E-Cat saga – or maybe not

  1. You will be as a skeptic of course be part of LENR history, mainly because you have placed through your thoroughly honest Finnish soul much momentum in the discussions, but I’m sure you’ll change your attitude later and ask yourself, why you not have paid more attention to the fine signals, that are barely audible, but available beyond the noisy LENR tumult.

    For example, I am a born skeptic, I question everything, I have at least since kinder garden and elementary school annoyed my teachers with the constant questions of ‘why and how’. I have done that well in terms of Cold Fusion/LENR and ultimately, when summarizing all available information, remains only the conclusion that LENR is reality AND can also be used for the energy supply of mankind.

    Evidence are enough available and there it is the same like your counter evidences, there are simply too numerous to mention them all.

    Best regards
    Uwe Doms


    • As always, if evidence presents itself, I will change my view, of course. And I would be most happy to do so. What would be more thrilling than look at a new view of reality? Nothing.

      But, sadly, LENR field is infested with scam, lunacy and sloppy tinkering. There is nothing there to hope for.


  2. “I have investigated and found nothing but scattered claims, wishful thinking, sloppy tinkering and downright lunacy”

    AND what really make some to swear it works: a lot of money for nothing, as in best scams, which are the ones where the fraudster grab money from people who hoped they could get money from gullible people


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