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I are a huge crackpot now!

I've been an avid follower of unconventional science since reading "Mysterious Fires and Lights" as a kid, and hearing crazy stuff about pyramid power and kirlian photography. I've read widely on theories and observations ranging from respectable unorthodoxy to raging crackpotism. However, I've never been a "true believer." I've always given unconventional claims the benefit of the doubt and assumed they might be true, while hoping that researchers would present evidence so powerful that there could be little question that a specific phenomenon exists. Such evidence is rare. This doesn't mean that the underbrush isn't crammed full of all sorts of real events and discoveries, it just means that it's very hard to come up with evidence which would convince everybody; even the staunchest disbeliever.

Now, at long last I've seen something that scared me. As yet there's no evidence or even any mathematical reasoning for it, but several things went "click" while I was pondering EM theory late at night. This led me in a few hours to come up with my very own crackpot theory for the first time. Yes, I've stepped over the threshold with the sign by the door that reads "please deposit all of your scientific credibility in bin before entering." :)

William J. Beaty 8/28/99

[See also: UPDATE] [See also: ENERGY-SUCKING QED]

I've always had a niggling suspicion that toroidial transformers are far more weird than anyone suspects. If we wind ourselves a toroidial (donut) inductor and plug it into a 120VAC wall plug, the device will draw a current but ideally won't draw any flow of energy. However, if we then wind a big loose 1-turn secondary "coil" around the donut (through its hole) and short out this "coil", a huge amperage appears in the wire, the coil grows red hot, and many hundreds of watts are drawn from the donut inductor and from the wall outlet. Even if the 1-turn secondary is lifted significantly away from the coil, it still heats up.

Why is this weird? After all, it's just the way that normal transformers work. But think for a moment. In donut-inductors, the magnetic field-lines from each turn of wire extend over to the area enclosed by the next turn of wire, and as a result the magnetic field connects in a circle, and no field extends past the surface of the donut. Yet the secondary coil is entirely *outside* the donut, and therefor the magnetic flux never touches it. We can even use a large, narrow toroid (a hoop-like primary coil) and wind a floppy secondary over it so that the turns of the secondary coil remain many inches away from the wires of the primary and many inches away from the magnetic flux it encloses. The question arises: how does the magnetic field inside the donut-inductor create a current in the secondary coil if no magnetic flux comes anywhere near the the secondary coil? Electronics students always ask this question. The answer in the past has always been that it is simply a law of physics and a part of Maxwell's equations.

My suspicion that the above effect might hide profound mysteries is greatly amplified by the fact that mainstream scientists aren't intrigued by this effect. They essentially have unilaterally DECLARED IT TO BE UNINTERESTING. This is a strange position for a scientist to take. If something is strange and not quite explicable, wouldn't it stimulate their curiousity? Instead it does the opposite! I'm very aware that similar situations are very common throughout modern science. It's a sort of hidden disease that penetrates every facet of science, and twists science into something that is entirely different than what scientists believe it to be.

The same "disease" once caused the scientists of old to declare "electricity" to be entirely separate from "magnetism" until the ancient equivalent of a high school science teacher accidentally placed a compass next to a wire during a classroom physics demonstration, thus proving that the earlier declaration was a fantasy based upon arrogance rather than a learned conclusion based upon experimentation. Up until recently the same "disease" caused contemporary physicists to dismiss the vector potential in Maxwell's equations as being an unimportant, mathematical abstraction, and this situation held for many decades until Bohm/Anarohov stunned everyone by showing that the Vector Potential had an important and unmistakable impact upon the everyday world.

The field around a donut-inductor is odd because it acts as if it cannot be shielded. If we try to place a metal shield between the primary and secondary of the donut-transformer, this simply creates another "shorted secondary winding" on the transformer. The shield becomes hot and draws an additional energy-flow from the wall plug, but as long as the resistance of the windings is low, this won't stop our original secondary from drawing its own, independent energy flow. Apparently the "circles of voltage" surrounding a donut-transformer are unshieldable.

This might be weird, but unless we can take the phenomena apart and analyze it, we can make no headway. For example, what happens when we remove the transformer's secondary coil to a great distance from the primary? We also must make the diameter of the entire donut-inductor larger, since the secondary must still thread through the "hole in the donut". If we do this, we have not "taken it apart" at all, because it still remains as a functioning transformer. If only we could unwind the secondary partially, and see what happens when we induce voltage in half of a turn, rather than in a single complete turn or in an integer number of complete turns. If our transformer only has a half-turn as its secondary coil, won't it behave quite differently than a conventional transformer? But unfortunately a fractional-turn in a transformer winding is impossible.

Also I've always wondered if the energy-flow between primary and secondary of a transformer is instantaneous or if it obeys the speed of light. It seems as if there's no way to test this, because if we make the transformer bigger, we must lower the operating frequency so that the secondary coil stays within the "nearfield" region. We also must stick to a low frequency, otherwise the whole transformer will start acting like a conventional radio antenna, and we'll no longer be analyzing a transformer, we'll be analyzing a radio transmitter which broadcasts to a distant "loop antenna" (the secondary coil becomes this "loop antenna.")

This problem remained stuck in my mind since high school. Why did I not just drop it and get on with things, like all the rest of science apparantly has done? I did not, because I take intuition seriously. My intuition has led me into many facinating places. Conventional science seems publicly to regard the intuition as irrational and therefor nonexistant (this though many scientists *individually* take their intuitions seriously). My intuition led me to do the opposite of modern science: assume that "inexplicable phenomena" are fiercely important, rather than to assume that they are embarassing mistakes and crackpottery which must be disparaged. My intuition led me to take the "crackpot physics underground" extremely seriously, to follow BBSs like Decker's KEELYNET for years, and to provide several internet forums and a large website dedicated to the "dark underbelly" of science which most scientists prefer would just go away. My intuition led me to study at the feet of Tesla, rather than regarding him as some sort of crackpot/fraud who claimed to have really invented radio, and who thought that he could transmit megawatts across thousands of miles without wires.

OK, we have the initial mystery, and we have the requisite "Lunatic Ravings" which attack the closed-minded scientific preisthood/sheep/orthodoxy. Now on to the meat of the matter! :)

The key to the mystery of the toroidial transformer is in the Nikola Tesla concepts. If you *know* that Tesla was a crackpot, you might as well just stop reading right now, because the rest of my paper is just a waste of good eye-tracks.

Tesla's energy-transfer system was based on huge tesla coils, but it was also based upon a strange little device: a tiny coil/capacitor device which can reach out and intercept vast flows of energy even though it is far, far smaller than the wavelength of the radio waves which Tesla was broadcasting. (See ENERGY-SUCKING ANTENNAS for more info: These energy-receiver devices are not unknown to modern science. They explain how atoms can intercept light waves even though atoms are thousands of times too small to behave as efficient radio antennas. (See the papers by Chris Bohren Spaniol/Sutton, and others in the references of tesceive.html.)

There's something weird about these papers. They imply that atoms are surrounded by a vibrating "nearfield EM" field. In my experience such a field is not taken seriously by modern physics. I've never heard about it in all my reading. After all, atoms supposedly emit and absorb photon-particles, they don't spew out EM fields when no photons are being emitted or absorbed. Yet if these fields are real, they should connect with many other phenomena in physics. These "energy sucking" fields appear to be a *possible* hole in physics which *may* lead to amazing new realms of research.

They do lead to one thing: an interesting device which may simply be an exotic sort of transformer, and which might let us do some interesting investigations of the physics of the toroidial inductor, but which also might be a way to directly tap into the infamous "Zero Point Energy" field of empty space and light lightbulbs, run motors, etc. Perpetual Motion!

Build yourself a capacitive-mode "energy sucking antenna" (the kind that has an electrically-small dipole antenna connected to an RLC resonant circuit of extremely high Q-factor). Place it near a toroidial inductor. Power the inductor with AC (perhaps the frequency should be high?) The frequency of the RLC tuned circuit must match the frequency of the AC drive of the donut-inductor. Align the short dipole antenna so that it acts like a sort of "fractional turn" surrounding the toroidial inductor. Measure the energy flow going into the donut and coming out of the tuned circuit. Move the dipole antenna so it is no longer within the nearfield region surrounding the donut-inductor. I suspect that the output wattage will not match the input, and that excess energy comes out of the device.

Obviously this blatently violates Conservation of Energy. Not only that, it also violates the spirit of Newton's laws themselves, because the donut inductor "acts upon" the tuned circuit, yet the tuned circuit is self-shelding and cannot return the favor. A tail-chasing effect would arise, somewhat like the electrical equivalent of an "Inertialess spaceship drive", and energy would apparantly come from nowhere.

According to conventional transformer theory, the fields outside the donut-coil should drive the short dipole, the dipole should store energy in the tuned circuit, this oscillating energy should build up continuously, and an intense e-field should appear on the dipole antenna. Because of the "Energy-sucking Antenna" effect, this e-field should grab quite a large hunk of energy-flow from the donut inductor. If my suspicions are right, then the donut inductor won't be affected: it won't supply energy to the tuned circuit.

This is flat out impossible.

But as the saying goes, "If it happens, it must be possible." :)

If there is an energy gain, then probably we can wind a small pickup-coil onto the inductor of the tuned circuit, then connect the terminals of the donut-coil to this small pickup-coil instead of to the high-frequency generator. This will form a so-called "stand-alone closed-loop free energy device." Without some sort of governor mechnism such as some back- to-back Zener diodes connected across the tuned circuit, the ZPE energy would build up within fractions of a second and cause a piece of the wire to melt (or perhaps the whole device would vanish in an immense flash and a clould of green copper-oxide smoke.)

Shades of Robert Heinlein! Didn't he write a couple of stories about just this device? I think one was called "Brown Shoes". There was also another one about a shipload of soldiers who landed on a planet where this device had been discovered, and the soldiers immediately muntiny against their "evil" commander and go off into the country to live as they want, independent of any need for fuel and the political networks which control people by keeping them dependant upon that fuel.

The above "donut inductor" effect has not been tested. Then WHY the hell am I rambling on like this? It's all just speculation! Yes. I haven't even done any MATH on this device. Why am I so excited? Simple: its my intuition. My intuition screams maniacally that this is the key that unlocks EVERYTHING. It says that the "hole in physics" can tear open, topple modern Quantum Mechanics, and unleash a vast torrent which will change the world overnight. My vision leads direction to the things that all the "crackpots" have always been saying (maybe they see the same things?) Einstein was wrong, Quantum Mechanics is not what it seems, electromagnetic fields have existence independent of photons, fluid vortices (by electromagnetic analogy) provide energy and allow airplanes to fly without motors, Tesla was right, and modern physics is on a dead-end path which resulted from a misstep that occured many, many years ago. But crackpots have ALWAYS been saying this! Not me. I have not been saying it, I've only been listening to the people who do, and I've been hoping that one of them would give some actual evidence to support their ideas. I only started "spouting the crackpot line" after seeing the missing puzzle-piece snap into place and the entire "mechanism" of the "puzzle" suddenly light up and start to function.

On the off chance that this device is REAL, I decided to add a bunch of peripheral stuff to this paper. Should the device actually work, this paper will become famous, and I can use it for "advertising". Paranoid delusions of grandeaur? Perhaps! :) But remember, I'm still saying that the effect is untested, that only my intuition is going wild about it, and I acknowledge that my rational western side does not know what to make of all of this. My Western Self it sitting back and being greatly entertained. :)

If the above device works, then the next step is to... start my own "religion!" I've always wanted one of my own to play with. :) Watch out L-Ron Hubbard! If this device is real, it shows that the several odd philosophical techniques which I've been using to run my life are entirely valid after all, and ANYONE could have made this discovery if they had just decided to stop strutting around like ego-enflated fools and instead just sit down and concentrate on learning how to take the "blinders" off and actually gaze past themselves and see the rest of the world. So, will it be "Tommy?" Or "Stranger in a Strange Land?"

Perhaps the world is safe from change and I am just crazy (or an ego-inflated fool who is blind to the fact.) I have news for you. *ALL* crazy people are visionaries. They see strange things which no one else can see. We in the western world despize our visionaries and our holy-men. They are embarassing, but much worse, they often tell us things which we simply cannot stand to hear. We declare them to be incompetent, and the visionaries themselves come to believe the same, which effectively silences their embarassing voices. If someone calls me crazy, I thank them for the compliment. Uh oh, I think I myself hear the men in white coats at the door! Better send this out before I realize that I'm just insane, that none of this could possibly be real, and that I need to get a bit more sleep and to stop damaging my credibibility in front of thousands of strangers on internet by talking excitedly about shamefully crazy stuff. And then delete it instead of sending it. Or NOT!

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...' - Isaac Asimov
Who's going to be the first to test this? Not me, I'm on vacation and don't have access to any equipment. Only a fool would waste time testing such a crazy idea, so I'll probably have to volunteer to be that fool. Either it will work or it will not (or perhaps it is real, but as with "Cold Fusion," the first few experiments will be flawed and the phenomenon will not express itself until far more work is done.) If nobody makes any fantastic discoveries before I get back, I'll start messing with it. My "self" doesn't have any good reason to judge that this phenomeon is real. It's only my subconscious which is almost going off the deep end with excited yammering.

If somebody DOES take this seriously and start playing with it, and if there is nothing unexpected hidden here, then I'll just have to blame them for taking seriously the ravings of crackpots on the internet. And then pull a "Rosanne Rosannadanna" and say... "never mind."



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