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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:08 PM

83. Nope. "“Alright!” they said. “We’ll test your stupid drive that won’t work.”

No, it's pretty plain that rigid skeptics have consistently shot this particular idea down with their usual wooden-headed interpretation of the way knowledge and discovery works.

It's right there in the article, and any quick Google on any of these types of drives will prove it.

Once again, because this particular thing has not been "proven" according to the most traditional scientific step-by-step methods, it has been decried as "woo" by many, who may nor may not be proven wrong.

There have been speculations that usable energy might be extracted using this energy as a source using something called the Casimir effect, but this is almost certainly pseudoscience, as it would require using an extremely large collector device similar in some ways to an electronic capacitor, but much larger and thinner, with a vacuum dielectric; there is no knowledge currently extant that can allow the creation of such a collector cell, and even if it was possible, the zero point energy in an area the size of the earth is so small as to be fairly useless. [1]


http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Zero-point_energy

"Woo" as used by skeptics is also of course a made-up slang term that has precious little to do with "The English language" as you put it.

Interesting that you insist the definition of "woo" applies only to things so far out of bounds as to be literally impossible to test. That is not at all the way the term is used by many, who apply it to plenty of possible or even likely ideas with the same kind of zealous scorn.

I guess the idea is that you can call anything you want "bullshit" until someone smarter makes a leap, at which point you can say "We always knew that," right?

It's a hallmark of the half-smart, if you ask me. People with no spark of creativity or imagination get very angry with any idea that isn't plodding, pedestrian, and generally understood before it's even examined.

That's the actual "bullshit" don't you think?

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