“Contradictory news circulate about Count X. Some say he is dead, others say he is still alive. The truth, as almost always, is in the middle.
(Source went in oblivion but I suspect it was “La rire” (The Laughter) by Henri Bergson the first ‘serious’ book I have ever read)
A remarkable statement in my former blog publication was: “Complexity is the keyword in the cold fusion phenomena”
It was written by my good friend Hideo Kozima and was approved
by many commenters including one of the giants on whose shoulders I am staying and looking for the future of the field. (take this symbolically please).
So, the statement is true, is absolutely true- but a great question appears here; HOW, in which sense is it true that complexity is the
key to cold fusion? Is complexity mainly good or predominantly bad; is it on the side of the problem or on the side of the solution?
What is certain: complexity IS! Everywhere in Nature and also in human bodies, souls and societies.
Note: everything that follows is true; however it is a special kind of truth, omnipresent for cold fusion and described precisely in my best, but completely ignored essay – as my biographers will state it: http://egooutpeters.blogspot.ro/2012/11/80-of-all-truths-are-pareto-truths.html Is this too complex and strange an idea to be understood?
It is also certain that complexity leads to problems, see this classical quotation:
Three reasons problems are inevitable; first, we live in a world of growing complexity and diversity; second, we interact with people; and third, we cannot control the entire situation we face.” (John C. Maxwell)
Thinking at the highest intensity I am able to now, I had a revelation: complexity is very similar to cholesterol- i.e. to something that is more familiar, part of everyday life and of standard thinking. Apart from a systematic comparison, the most powerful similarity is that we are systematically educated to hate both cholesterol and complexity. See please Dave Pollard’s bright essay: http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2006/06/16/why-we-hate-complexity/
A more recent smart publication about the subject is:
For cholesterol see please:
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/cholesterol-myths-may-surprise-you and a lot of other cholesterol myths sources.
I consider that complexity is very much like cholesterol- it is unavoidable and ubiquitous, both are clearly considered of two sorts one good and one bad.
The role of the bad sort is much exaggerated:
-for cholesterol by Big Pharma (that wants to make billions by selling dangerous Statins),
-for complexity by those who are not able to understand the roles of the critical parameters.
I will not tell you more about the cholesterol mythology because the Big Pharma’s effective propaganda – it spends more money for marketing than for research and it is difficult to confront its strong memes.
Complexity is complex per se and has a natural trend to become increasingly complex structurally, quantitatively, qualitatively, functionally, causally, and LENR is an extreme case- multi-stage, multi-phase, multi-disciplinary. To this adds diversity and dynamics and strongly non-linear effects. Systems thinking is a must. The system has to be described by many parameters and its evolution from the initial state to the final one is quite difficult to predict. However- LENR’s complexity is manageable – as the coming-soon commercial applications will demonstrate it.
There is no simple way to success therefore this old CF simplicity myth promoted by a recent paper:
“The dream of cold fusion is that it brings cheap, unlimited energy from devices that can be built in a garage.”
is false, counter-productive and harmful. THe solutions need good engineering, science and serious professionalism.
We will understand that complexity is actually good, is the gateway to many possibilities.
My gratitude goes- in reverse alphabetical order- to F. Piantelli, H. Kozima, J Hadjichristos who have helped me a lot to believe that I am on the best way to understand the essence of LENR complexity.