Infinite Energy Technologies
Tesla, Cold Fusion, Antigravity, and the Future of Sustainability
Edited by Finley Eversole, Ph.D.
|Publisher:||Inner Traditions, Vermont, 2013|
Reviewed by Frater Porta Lucis A
For many years now, Futurists, Transhumanists and other human potential movements have been under the tremendous influence of Ray Kurtzweil, an inventor and Google engineer who has pioneered many significant technologies including the musical synthesizer that bears his name, speech recognition soft ware, and computer aids for the blind. In addition to his contributions to artifi cial intelligence, he has emerged as a prophet of our technological future in best-selling books such as The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near in which he predicts that a human-computer hybrid race will out-rationalize and out-potential its human creators. Carefully calculating the acceleration of computer processing power, he proposes a moment in the future when our ability to predict the future will vanish and we will experience an exponential curve of progress that will not only transform the way we live, but will potentially push us aside so better organisms (computer-based versions of ourselves) can inhabit the new landscape.
Many have dismissed the foundation of his predictions as pseudo-science while others have hailed him as a prophet. No matter what side of the debate you may be on, this much is certain: there have always been Kurtzweils, men who have promoted themselves as being so far ahead of their time, they cannot be accepted by the mainstream that predicates its survival on a conservation of the status quo. These vested interests will persecute, mock, discredit, and even herd into jails and madhouses those visionaries who have dared to speak the unspeakable.
Some of these men, like Nikola Tesla, the dramatic nemesis of Thomas Edison, have left a legacy of technological brilliance that is still being mined for practical applications today. Others, like Wilhelm Reich, have not fared as well, still relegated to the crackpot file and whose science has been fairly dismissed by any reputable biologist. Either way, all these men have their cults, and oft en there are devotees who have spent their lives still trying to prove that their masters were onto something.
Infinite Energy Technologies: Tesla, Cold Fusion, Antigravity, and the Future of Sustainability, edited by Finley Eversole is a new offering from Inner Traditions that describes a number of these alleged visionaries, devoting the first half of the volume to their biographies, a brief description of their pioneering work, and an assessment of their current status in the scientific underground. The second half of the book is a series of essays, lectures and published papers on sustainable energy, antigravity, a call for cosmic community and a new energy response to the world financial and political landscape.
No matter what one thinks of the ideas collected here, there is a message loud and clear: the world is changing fast and technology is spear-heading that change. Further, the change of technology is accelerating and creating a tension between the status quo and the communities that are attempting to build the future. Many forces are resisting this change to protect their own profits and interests. Th is much is clear, but Infinite Energy Technologies is not a book to read looking for an unbiased account of these battles. By prefacing the collection of scientific essays with biographies of controversial scientists and inventors whose ideas and technologies may or may be relevant to our current crisis, undermines the integrity of the entire book. To make things worse, some of the discoveries and inventions made by these fi ve men may have been technological dead-ends and their research irrelevant.
The Nikola Tesla chapter, however, is on solid ground. Tesla's work has been thoroughly mined by subsequent generations and his downfall at the hands of the Edison monopolies and various agencies that discredited his work is well documented. The man was a visionary genius, and perhaps this is why Eversole chose to showcase him first and put his name in the subtitle of the book.
Tesla is a hard act to follow, so when John Worrell Keely is introduced we are shakier ground. Keely was a Philadelphia inventor who, starting in 1872, spent several decades inventing engines that supposedly worked on vibratory principles, tapping into energy sources within the ether to drive infinite energy machines. He got large amounts of money from John Jacob Astor and formed a motor corporation that continually challenged him to produce a commercial engine. Finally, an investigation was called for and his basement laboratory was found to have hidden chambers where air pressure spheres provided the energy that had impressed investors. He was dismissed as a fraud but to this day there are those who continue his quest for new sources of energy, despite a century of scientifi c advancement, none the least of which was the complete refutation of the existence of the ether. The fi eld is called Sympathetic Vibratory Physics (SVP) and only time will tell whether they will play any role in the planetary conversion to new energy sources.
Also included is a biography of Viktor Shauberger who devoted his life to the study of the life force within water, and T. Townsend Brown, a pioneer of anti-gravity who was involved, amongst other things, in the Philadelphia Experiment, a World War Two program that allegedly perfected invisibility and teleportation. There is also a chapter on Raymond Royal Rife, the inventor of a universal microscope who allegedly found a cure for cancer that killed malignant cells with sound.
In general, I found the chapter on Rife to reveal what is very wrong with the book in general. Recently, there have been many breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer. Many pathways towards controlling cancer are being pursued. Not any one of them promises to be a magic bullet in the same manner that penicillin was a magic bullet for syphilis. It is counter-productive to use Rife's experiments as prove that a cure was within our grasp and vested interests destroyed it before we could benefit from it. There is much to be cynical about in the politics surrounding cancer research and drug marketing, but Infinite Energy Technologies goes over the top with paranoia and martyrdom. It is filled with allegations of harassment of brilliant minds and the suppression of genius. Conspiracy theories abound and off -beat scientists (of which at least one may have been a down-right fraud) are paraded before us that arguably add little to the modern quest for sustainable energy.
A book of portraits of these controversial scientists may have been a fascinating one in itself, perhaps with the additions of others such as Wilhelm Reich, but here they are just being exploited for an agenda that is filled with an uncomfortable degree of martyrdom. If you visit editor Finley Eversole's Facebook page, you'll find him complaining that his own publisher is exploiting him. Whatever truth there may be in that, it certainly doesn't build confidence in the objectivity of his work. There is enough decent and reliable contemporary literature about scientific advances in new energy technologies that do not resort to conspiracies, but optimistically describes the future, such as the work of Dr. Michio Kaku. We don't have to dig up the machines of an 1870s crackpot to get a vision of our future.