Cold Fusion on Reddit Futurology

I noted yesterday that I was getting big spike in new traffic from a Reddit domain, and thanks to some sleuthing from readers here I found that the source of the hits was an article on Reddit’s Futurology subreddit here: 

http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3000zz/airbus_files_patent_on_cold_fusion_generator/

Reddit is one of the top site in the world when it comes to reader comments and discussion, and it can drive a lot of traffic from some of its most active subreddits (there are thousands of subreddits, which are groups on specific topics on the Reddit platform). Futurology is the 43rd most subscribed subreddit, with over 2.6 million subscribers — so that would help explain how having something posted there would almost double the daily traffic to E-Cat World.

If you go to the link posted above you will be able to see the discussion taking place about the article posted there. The linked article was about the Airbus patent application, but the discussion quickly expanded to a general one about cold fusion.

There’s nothing too surprising in the comments there — fairly typical skeptic/believer debates — but I think it does show that it only takes the right article in the right place to have the topic of LENR reach a much wider group of people than would normally pay attention to the topic, and I believe that power and reach of the internet and social media does have a great deal of potential for bringing awareness to the LENR field.

  • It’s hard to read those comments without getting angry. The willful ignorance of some people is amazing.

    So very full of themselves and so very very ignorant.

    • Freethinker

      Yes. There are a couple of really “good” examples…

    • bkrharold

      After having suffered these fools for the last few years, I don’t get too worked up any more. In fact I felt quite honored to receive a response from Maryugo a few weeks ago.

  • Josh G

    I posted this on Reddit’s futurology subreddit back when the TPR2 was first released:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2inow8/clean_cheap_unlimited_energy_is_here_independent/

    At the time, it got 133 upvotes, which were 55% of the total votes. But actually the vitriol against the Airbus patent in the comments seems more muted than the post I made in Octrober about the E-cat. I think it having Airbus behind it absolutely does lend credibility.

    • Agaricus

      That ‘argument’ is one of maryyugo’s favourite rhetorical falsehoods, as is the phrase ‘convicted fraudster’ itself, so the chances are that it was posted by the gender-bending shill George Hody under one of his many pseudonymous handles.

      • Mats002

        Yes and the same ‘argument’ got Swedish public radio a golden prize.

  • Achi

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. I believe that all things related to cold fusion/lenr posted on other sites should begin with a line like this: “Those that believe man made scientific laws cannot be changed, and those that believe that studying phenomenon outside of said laws is sacrilegious, need not read further. You people go and live your lives and let the rest of us discuss the given evidence along with the realms of what could be possible in peace.”

    • Warthog

      You can lead a skeptopath to facts, but you can’t make’em think.

      • Josh G

        There are thousands upon thousands of subreddits on many different topics, most of them pretty friendly from my (limited) experience. Probably the more ‘niche’ you get usually means friendlier. They have subreddits for towns and countries, hobbies, sports, etc. etc.. If you’re into it, near it, heard of it, wondered about it, then there is probably a subreddit for it. You might like the r/fringescience subreddit.

    • bkrharold

      I think you have put your finger on the cause of such disbelief in the Scientific community. The lesser lights among the scientific community believe our current understanding of science, is an exact interpretation of objective reality, rather than a crude and imperfect interpretation.This is the point where a belief in science becomes a religion. Like any other religion the believers will defend their belief to the death.
      When the truth about LENR is finally discovered and formulated scientifically, let us not rest on our laurels, and believe there is nothing further to discover.

  • LION

    I hope MFMP note your observation Frank ,as it will help their kickstarter, which I am looking forward to contributing to.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Someone linked to this before but I think it’s worth hearing
    again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWvcwVWCcnY

    • Stephen

      A great poem. It should be on the wall of every LENR enthusiast I think. Thanks for bringing it to attention I plan to buy the book and keep it on my desk at work from now on.

  • Josh G

    There is a friendly LENR subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/lenr