Howard Tayler wrote:
My understanding (which isn't that good, because nobody's is) is that Zero Point Energy doesn't violate conservation of energy, because conservation of energy doesn't apply under those circumstances. If it works. Maybe.
It's a little bit like saying a United States Congressman going 100mph on the beltway isn't violating the speed limit because the law isn't allowed to stop him when he's on his way to a session.
HE IS STILL SPEEDING.
But yeah, I get what you're saying.[/quote]
To be more exact, a "Law" only applies until it doesn't. The core generator is able to create energy without any apparent loss of mass-energy somewhere else. That means one of two things:
1) There is a mass-energy input from somewhere; it just isn't apparent
2) The "Law" of Conservation of Energy is not universal.
Actually, a better example is the fact that it's a criminal offense (punishable by execution) to teach Christian doctrine in most Moslem Theocracies. A person teaching Christian doctrine in the US is not violating the law, because Muslim Law does not apply in the US.
It brings me back to a repeated dialogue in Larry Niven's various books:
"Isn't that impossible?"
"Not if it's being done; no."
If the core generator works, then Conservation of Mass-Energy is wrong
Proof: COE says you can't get more out of a closed system than you put into it. The core generator is capable of producing almost infinitely more output than input. COE says this can't happen, but it does. COE is wrong. QED. Remember, COE is just an observation that's been right so far.
It wasn't written on those tablets Moses brought down from the mountain. It isn't mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount, or the Qoran. It's not even on the Golden tablets Joseph Smith translated (Howard--check me on this; I haven't read the entire Book of Mormon; interesting though it was, even my fast reading couldn't finish it in a day).
COE is a Theory; it's a good one, and it's useful. If someone figures out how to make a ZPE generator work, COE will have to be amended. Every scientific theory is subject to revision when it doesn't conform to observed facts. In the Schlockiverse, the Core Generator works, therefore, COE needs to be revised.