Sunday, February 24, 2008
We're normally quite a serious bunch here at FETruth but sometimes one comes along that has us crying into our Guiness with laughter. In what will be seen now as an embarrasing and factually incorrect statement, Bob Park (famed debunker) recently wrote this little gem in his column when he referred to Steorn:
"In 2007 the company went belly-up."
FETruth: Really Bob? Are you 100% sure about that mate? Anywho, we'll get back to that, moving on..
Joining the party also was James Randi (another famed debunker) helpfully propogating Park's nonsense on his own JREF forums. (Park and he are old friends) Randi had this to say..
SHUT DOWN DUE TO FAILURE
You’ll perhaps remember the Steorn company in Dublin who made the loud perpetual motion machine claims? They’d assembled a jury of scientists to evaluate their 2006 claim of generating free energy – we last referred to this miracle at http://www.randi.org/joom/content/view/80/27/, pointing out that it was simply the old reciprocating-magnet-wheel idea, and most likely just a way of luring investors. Well, Bob Park just informed us that they’re now out of business. Surprise! But what happened to the money that investors sent them…? Inquiring minds want to know. At bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN06/wn082506.html you’ll find the story. There are other companies – with the same theme – offering the same miracle.
"Wow, I wish that some one would tell me this stuff, I need not have turned up to the office all that time. Good to see that JREF is reliable as ever! "
FE Truth comments: Had Park bothered to make a simple telephone call to Steorn's offices he would have found that they're very much alive and in business as usual, the jury is still active, the SPDC is in full flow -(I logged in and spoke to Steorn staff this morning), and the Steorn webservers hosting tens of thousands of users are still operating as normal.
Debunkers need something to debunk, just happens they picked the wrong one this time. Had they used logic and made the most basic of enquiries they'd have seen that Steorn are very much alive and conducting business as usual. If filling column inches on websites is the name keeps they're userbase coming back then at least they achieved that.