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5.0 out of 5 stars its unfair how this book had only one star originally
its unfair how a book like this has only received one star it was brilliant. i am pretty sure the one star came from some small minded scientist who thinks his opinion only matters. this was explained in full judging by the contents and if i thought i didnt have this i would have bought it quicker. ignore the first review skeptics will be skeptics no matter how much...
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1.0 out of 5 stars How to Baffle with Science
This is a beautifully produced book, with many excellent illustrations, and is good value for money at nearly 600 pages. What a pity then that the contents are complete nonsense.
Mr Potter has here combined two strands of crackpot literature in an unique fashion; on the one hand there is the alien abduction and alien artefact strand, and on the other hand there is...
Published on 26 Dec 2008 by D. J. Fisher


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5.0 out of 5 stars its unfair how this book had only one star originally, 30 Aug 2014
its unfair how a book like this has only received one star it was brilliant. i am pretty sure the one star came from some small minded scientist who thinks his opinion only matters. this was explained in full judging by the contents and if i thought i didnt have this i would have bought it quicker. ignore the first review skeptics will be skeptics no matter how much evidence they still wont accept it. for those that believe no evidence is mandatory required anyway and for those that dont no evidence is enough. they have too much of a big ego to accept anyones elses believe as fact. they just doubting thomases who are too busy throwing each others dogma around back and forth each one slowly twisting a nonsecial fact slowly distorting it more just like the mainstream conspiracy theorists until you got a farrago of utter nonsense. such as the darwin theory which is exactly that just a theory just like biblical mythology a myth before you accuse me of being a mad christain who believes the bible is an up to date textbook. however least myth is based on fact just fictionalized i.e heaven equals the spiritual world. even the billy meier reports speak of the beam and tachyon drives which was given to him by the only true extraterrestrial case in the world asiding Daniel fry Travis walton Albert bender [and MIB Cases] Robert shapiro and leo dworshak. all tthe rest are made up nonsense by profit obsessed chartlans and delusion schizophrenic mad men. it seems just cause the skeptic dont understand it he has to criticise it. it is best he goes back to his basic physic classes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How to Baffle with Science, 26 Dec 2008
This review is from: Gravitational Manipulation of Domed Craft: UFO Propulsion Dynamics (Paperback)
This is a beautifully produced book, with many excellent illustrations, and is good value for money at nearly 600 pages. What a pity then that the contents are complete nonsense.
Mr Potter has here combined two strands of crackpot literature in an unique fashion; on the one hand there is the alien abduction and alien artefact strand, and on the other hand there is the 'physics of flying saucers' strand.
The author takes the Andreasson abduction case, and supposedly scientific reports on UFO debris found in Russia, and upon these decidedly sand-like foundations builds a veritable castle of concrete scientific deduction.
It is, in fact, a master-class (excelling even 'Dr' Tom Bearden) in how to confuse the layman by backing up almost every step of unreasoning with what are largely bona fide scientific citations.
His modus operandi is typified by his treatment of the 'Searl effect'. There is no such effect, and yet its proponent, 'professor' Searl, has 'dined out' on it (literally and figuratively) for over 40 years, and has managed to suck in many supposedly rational people along the way. By all accounts, a Thai company has been inveigled into building perpetual motion machines which exploit the non-existent effect. Suffice it to say that favourable citation of the Searl effect sounds a death-knell for any hope of non-skeptical acceptance of a book. In particular because one is expected to believe that every previous working Searl generator has flown uncontrollably into outer space; thus conveniently explaining the persistent absence of a working model.
However, this is where Potter works his special 'baffling with science' magic. He takes each component of the Searl effect generator, and provides a scientific citation for some property of that component (Nylon, for example) which would make it, at least in his own little pseudoscientific world, behave in the required manner. It is an added bonus when some unexpected property of Nylon is found after the time when Searl says that he chose it, because Potter can then also credit Searl with scientific prescience.
The Searl example is picked out here simply because it is the most blatantly ridiculous. Other examples of the Potter technique might well fool engineers who have a weak grasp of physics (rather in the way that Podkletnov fooled NASA). Potter takes recent light-slowing demonstrations out of context and splices them onto his central 'gravitational manipulation' thesis. The fact that slowing light to walking-pace, within a specially treated gas, is irrelevant to the relativistic aspects of the speed of light in a vacuum is conveniently skated-over by the author.
The latter is clearly very proud of his sleight-of-mouth with regard to the misused scientific literature and even includes an over-verbose pre-emptive statement to the effect that skeptics must demolish every item of it before daring to question his conclusions.
Of course, skeptics can reverse this argument and say that the contents of this book will become valid as soon as the forthcoming Searl-Effect Generator produces energy from nowhere. Ufologists are invited, by this reviewer, to hold their breath while awaiting that moment.
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