E-Cat World has featured a video of a lecture by Robert Duncan from three years ago. Duncan, vice chancellor for research at the University of Missouri and recently involved in the establishment of the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR) is regarded as one of the few American academics with an open mind regarding the subject of cold fusion.
The Institute was established by a $5.5 million gift from billionaire Sidney Kimmel. He became notorious in cold fusion circles when he was recruited by the CBS 60 Minutes show in 2009 as an ‘honest broker’ to look at some cold fusion claims. Duncan was selected on the recommendation of the American Physical Society because he was a recognized expert on measuring energy. After visiting an Israeli company, Energetics Technologies, and examining their cold fusion experimental results, Duncan came away convinced that anomolous excess heat was being produced and that the phenomenon was worthy of futher research.
The week after the 60 Minutes programme was aired, Rob Duncan gave a presentation at the 2009 Missouri Energy Summit in which he talked about cold fusion and discussed how he felt it should be approached from the point of view of legitimate scientific inquiry. He discusses his involvement in the 60 minutes story, and what he had witnessed at first hand when he visited Energetics Technologies in Israel. Duncan also talks about other experiments in which the excess heat effect has been observed.
Duncan remarks that he has faced criticism for his position on cold fusion and one angry Ivy League professor in particular who chastised him for being involved in the 60 Minutes story. Duncan repeats his position that, “the scientific method is a wonderful thing, in my opinion it’s time to stop growling at each other from separate sides of this issue and apply the scientific method to figure out what’s going on.”
In concluding his remarks, Duncan outlines the major lessons he has learned from his involvement in cold fusion research. “There is a huge gap between new science discovery and useful engineered systems. Mass media needs to approach new discoveries in light of the above point (the media should not be overspeculative and create false expectations, but rather engage the public in the scientific process). Research funding needs to become less dependent on the common assumptions within the culture of scientific communities, and much more courageous and objective. The scientific method is a wonderful thing. Use it always – no exceptions.”
Although given three years ago, Duncan’s lecture is well presented and a good introduction to cold fusion. It is well worth viewing and can be seen on the following link: http://www.e-catworld.com/2012/06/robert-duncan-on-cold-fusion-and-the-scientific-method/