ldavidcooke - 22/2/2010 15:13
I would that Fusion were viable; however, even with billions thrown at it unless you can create a gravity well equivalent to twice the size of Jupiter's in a area of say less then 20 square miles, I do not know it can reasonably be achieved. (As for the implications of using CERN to create a gravity well near black hole event and then pumping hydrogen into it is not only foolish; but, ridiculous as the energy would be unlikely to reach us. Even if we used the exhaust jet as a torch the control of a black hole is something that takes the solar system to the brink of annihilation. And all for the purpose of avoiding reality and managing ourselves...
As far as the LHC that was based on a proven technology and the main experimental requirements was going from the theory to the practical application. As to Fusion, it is not possible to achieve on a small scale controllable experiment. You could either attempt it in a black hole or in a hydrogen bomb; however either is a one time event, and that is the crux of the problem. We have not the ability to take the reaction to the edge of critical and maintain it one that edge. As I have suggested many times before this idea is just plain silly and or foolhardy.
So what else does the team have to offer, what is the fallback solution if fusion is as I suggest? I bet you do not have one and that is the problem.
There is a basic psychology of putting all of one's hopes on something that is not possible. Not only is it considered delusional, it is trying to keep the fear of reality at bay. (Example, for a person that cannot abide intimacy, what better marriage partner then a prisoner with a life sentence... ) All I can offer is it is better to face our fears and move forward then to allow our fears to prevent us from taking the necessary actions, which places those things we have gained and value in danger of being lost.
Far be it from me to correct anyone on this forum, my comparitive estimation of my own worth is quite low. However, David, there's lots of research into fusion reaction systems that you'll probably enjoy reading - start with the latest levitating dipole experiment
As for overpopulation, I'd be surprised to find a Meteorology forum that housed sociologists; there are articles I've read referencing behavioural changes in primate populations enclosed by resource constraints (but I can't be bothered finding and linking them). Population and climate go hand-in-hand in respect of being near impossible to predict (but worth the effort).
So, back to topic if we can. I'd like to hear other members views on the media/scientific claims surrounding GW/CC theory - rather than the usual diatribes. Personally I find the reporting of GW/CC to be too absolutist in language when in fact there are significant margins of variablility, are we so afraid of the future that we can't stomach words like 'maybe' or 'possibly'?