Kamran Khan starts the process of walking the media back from insanity…National security requirements in this case lead him to project Samar Mubarakmand as properly skeptic but take a look; Samar (chicken cloner..more on that later) interviews the inventor and he is now acting a bit skeptical..but not on the basis that this simply violates the first law of thermodynamics…NO! He doesnt bring that up. He is looking at strength of tubing and how much hydrogen is needed and safety concerns (he was initially ready to buy the notion, but had “safety concerns”, so like a good bureaucrat he is carefully walking back from the brink without admitting he was ever made a monkey)..he then tells the audience that proper testing is needed and not to get excited yet. YET? Moron, you are supposed to tell them to NEVER get excited about a perpetual motion machine.
Proper testing is needed only to find out HOW the trick is being played. THAT a trick is being played is known from the git-go. The PROCESS is ipso-facto impossible. THAT is the crucial point. ANY reasonably scientific person should have taken one look at the claim (“I am breaking down water to create hydrogen, burning hydrogen to recreate water, and I am getting extra energy out of this process to drive my car”) and recognized that this is a perpetual motion machine..its NOT possible, period!
That the head of the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR..where my mom worked for a while and where I learned organic chemistry from Dr Sheikh..a most rational man), the head of the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), a team from National University of Science and Technology (correction: Shahid Saeed points out that NUST was name-dropped by Khairpur device inventor, not actually involved), engineers from the Pakistan Engineers Society, the father of the Islami bum, Dr AQ Khan (who even quoted Readers Digest in support of this nonsense), Dr Samar Mubarakmand (actual creator of the Islami bum?) and the ministry of science and technology didnt ask these elementary questions on day 1 and instead provided the “inventor” with rest houses and publicity and hoped this would solve all our energy problems...that is the problem here.
Charlatans are a dime a dozen in every part of the world. A sucker is born every minute. The media is frequently clueless about science. All this is par for the course. But in what country (that does not admit to being a banana republic) is one going to find PCSIR, PSF, Pakistan Engineering Council and so on, getting excited about a perpetual motion machine?
Take a look at this article: http://tribune.com.pk/story/384908/how-to-spot-the-crackpot–pseudoscience-in-pakistan/
About the chicken cloning. Dr Mubarakmand claims that the day he led the team conducting Pakistan’s nuclear tests at Chaghi, a pot of chicken was cooked. There was only a little chicken in it, but when they started eating, the chicken just kept refilling. Dozens of people ate and still the same amount of chicken was in the pot. it was like Jesus with his loaves and fishes.
I am not kidding.
If you have not had enough, check out this program:
At 8 minute mark, the Sindhi “scientist” (member of Pakistan Science Foundation) insists that many scientific theories were initially heresies. We should give engineer Waqar a chance to prove himself. Just after 20 minute mark the Sindhi journalist says he may be partially effective, lets promote him and he will improve. In short, not getting the point.
at 25-35 onwards, Sindhi Scientist put foot further in mouth.
I am praying to Allah on this blessed 15th of Ramadan that Dr Qadeer comes on TV again and defends Einstein Waqar one more time. Sounds implausible, but I do have real hope that he can be induced to do so. He has already provided us with much, but Allah, in his infinite wisdom may bless us with more. Please, allah, please. One more interview with Qadeer Khan.
One last time, just for laughs, please read the “analysis” (complete with paranoia about Americans and Oil barons using Zardari to undermine this great invention) AND the comments at our most respected deep-state website: http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/2012/08/01/swot-analysis-of-water-fueled-cars-a-new-dimension-to-reshaping-global-economy/#.UB1POaCwVLg
The NY Times has noticed http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/world/asia/boast-of-water-run-car-thrills-pakistan.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&seid=auto
The gift that keeps on giving has now snagged Ejaz Haider, intellectual extraordinary, supremo of the Jinnah Institute, visiting professor at the National Defense University. Oh yes. He is in.http://tribune.com.pk/story/418721/the-laws-of-thermostasis/
His point? LDL lowering drug did not work as expected. Science is sometimes wrong. Ergo, Waterkit. Maybe. Maybe not. But who are we to prejudge. A religious culture may be as rational as a secular one. Waterkit. Intellectuals. Thesaurus. YES. Not as great as Qadeer Khan putting his foot in his mouth (“i have examined the invention and it is feasible”) but from Ejaz Haider, this will do.
My objection? Ejaz sahib is operating outside his zone. He clearly does not understand the scientific landscape, its FAR FAR better established core (e.g. law of conservation of energy and laws of thermodynamics), its peripheral fuzzy applications (LDL lowering to prevent heart disease), difference between overturning the law of thermodynamics and being tripped up by the guess that all LDL lowering will turn out to be good, and last but not the least, the specific question here..the likelihood that the khairpur device is either a perpetual motion machines (unlikely to to such a level that one can flat out say ”impossible”) or represents successful cold fusion (not as unimaginable, but sufficiently remote that Occam’s razor can be wielded and simpler explanation of fraud preferred).
Meanwhile, Aga Waqar or some friend has posted “theoretical details” of the Khairpur Device: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?755plw6xumd6ort
This is one of those news items that is interesting even if not true:http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-17248-A-scientist-or-criminal-The-interesting-story-of-Agha-Waqar
“The News” claims that Agha Waqar, inventor of the waterkit (and supported by the local PPP MNA and more than one minister and given a rest house by the chairman of the Pakistan council of scientific and industrial research) is an ex-con, who is also an employee of the Sindh police, who seem to have lost track of him. As I said, interesting at every level.