MadBill wrote:What happened to the Smokey Yunick Hot vapor Engine?
lol - probably went the way of the 1984 Chrysler IX-8 flat 8 concept that ran a hybrid drive system capable of driver programmable rpm levels. It made up to 4 digit power/torque but used 0.3 liters of fuel per 100km... being a hybrid however - it probably used a lot of electric energy.
lets just say not all urban legends are fables... just as not all conspiracies are THEORIES.
the problem with society is it rests on "established thoughts" - imagine the power of those that provide those thoughts? Are facts really facts?
for anything new or challenging - society trusts the "experts" to tell them what is and isn't right.... experts who learn what can and can't be done from books and lecturering professors that learned the same thing... so they know what can and can't be done because "everyone knows" or "science proves". But hey - if an underlying fundamental assumption is incorrect (but we do not know) - the conclusion will be wrong - but "fact" as far as we go.
Science does NOT seek the truth... that may shock you. Science seeks to prove a theory and understand a matter in relation to the variables they have allocated to the study. So theories come and theories go - text books stay the same long after science has moved on to the next theory... but truth is not the end game because truth would require the possibility of assumptions science will not accept... if I go any further we'll be getting into philosophy
In my opinion - science proves bugger all on many things the world takes as gospel - forgive me for having some contempt for established ideas. Really I should be grateful not frustrated - in fact - yes... the whole system is fantastic really - because that is our opportunity
we just have to play by the rules of the game where we can't change the rules. Inventors have been very bad at this historically
this is a long winded way of saying Smokey and others knew a lot more than they were willing to put into a book. Even with Smokey's brilliant reputation - he'd have been made into a nut case.
There's a lot of nut cases onto something - a piece here, a grain there. But few know how to bring it to market...
most hilarious are the experts cries of "if this were true everyone would be onto it" who are about as smart about how the world really works as a slug on its way to the cabbage patch over a salt brick - despite their credentials
so does that mean we give up and go away?
nope. But the motorcycle we had running on water won't transform into your daily driver for a while yet. In the meantime - we play with what we can and push the boundaries where they will stretch. In time - the boundaries will stretch. There are several organizations that already are sitting on stuff decades ahead of where we are - and have done so for a long time. We aim to force them to play with us. Then we all benefit - the fragile earth included
hasn't anyone yet wondered why late model cars get about the same mileage as cars on carbs could 20 years ago - despite being lighter, higher compression, having high pressure and super accurate sequential fuel injection, head technology bla bla bla? there are no excuses - just commerical and political reasons
Shell sent a vehicle to achieve over 1000mpg in some competition a few years ago... wouldn't you like to know more about that and why you can't buy that technology?
amazingly they won't tell us their secrets nor give us their special blend - but we know the real boundaries are a lot bigger than established thinking thinks...
so this post better end on that puff of logic...