Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Engadget Interview with Sean McCarthy

Thanks to all those who posted here and emailed me about Sean McCarthy's Interview with Engadget. I'll have time later to pull out the juicy parts.


maryyugo said...

Some of the juciest parts are the lies about what Dr. Mike had to work with and the lack of mention about the promise of two days with the device and the opportunity to take a screwdriver to it. And no explanations about why nobody got to see "the corpse". I think Sean is just digging his hole deeper and deeper.

Anonymous said...

Is Sean getting a bit absurd in his interviews? A bit like:

This Guy

The Information Minister

Anonymous said...

If only OU could be achieved by talk. We would be swimming in energy.

Anonymous said...

If there is something to this, I can't believe that there isn't someone in Asia also working on it. Oil isn't getting any cheaper....

John Thomas said...

I've been a long time lurker both here and at the Steorn Forums (I love a good show) and I just can't figure out what the punch line is.

I am a skeptic. A scam or hoax needs some type of climax though and I just can't realise it.

It can't be money. They had 14 million Euros of which a third is probably gone, easily, and after all other expenses of shutting shop and disappearing, would leave the remaining directors with, say, about a mill a piece. What's that going to buy them? That won't even cover a decent house in London. Let's say 2 million. Big deal. You could blow that in a few years (especially the way these guys spend). So has two porsches now. Then they'd be looking over their shoulders forever. They could keep stringing along investors but for what? Decent salaries for a few years? The pay off just isn't there.

A joke? "Ha, ha, gotcha!" It's not funny. People will be pissed, not amused.

A social experiment? It's run far too long and it's been predicted too many times to have any interesting twist or result at the end. What will it prove? That people are gullible? There's a news flash.

I can't work it out...

Greg said...

I'm with you JT

I can only conclude that they have made themselves believe something that is not real.

John Thomas said...

> Greg said...
> I can only conclude that they have made themselves believe something that is not real.

It's the only thing that makes sense, isn't it? But then you think of the 20 other employees: they won't have seen any evidence either. Surely they don't merely trust their leader for the sake of a company car and a decent wage for a few years. How could you associate yourself with a bunch of crazies? What do you tell your friends and family? And what of the directors and other public figures when it falls over? Is it worth the minimal return for the title of "world's biggest knobheads" following you around and forever affecting your career and personal life?

Sean even responds to Dr Mike's 'deluded' label with clarity. He accepts it. He justifies it the way we would. This is not the response of a deluded man.

There must be something else here... something we've overlooked... I suspect they've come up with a brilliant marketing ploy, something we've never seen before. I mean, who'd have thought locking up a dozen narcissists in a house, filming them 24x7 and having the public vote them off was going to work?

Unless... they've discovered OU ;)

maryyugo said...

"Unless... they've discovered OU ;)"

There is and has never been the slightest evidence that Sean or Steorn have ever discovered anything -- except for maybe a more creative method for extracting funds from investors. Everything on which the believers are basing their optimistic views are meaningless claims directly from Sean.

Nobody else has ever claimed to have seen any credible evidence that there is a overunity device from Steorn.

Nobody who had actually discovered OU, was sane, and had an intelligence within a broad range of "normal", would or could act and talk like Sean McCarthy.

Taras Bulba said...

After 3 years they appear to have about what you would expect a researcher to have at the start: sometimes works, sometimes doesn't; puts out miniscule amounts of power when it works.

Sean talks about 485 percent OU, but doesn't specify the amount of power or for how long it ran. It is probably next to nothing, and probably ran for 5 seconds.

He says it has a power density of .5watt/cc, but that is probably an extrapolation of some minute power output that they measured for a few seconds.

Something like that would explain the attitude of the people from the 7 or 8 universities who refused to go public with their results. They might have been afraid that Steorn would exaggerate their report of an anomaly into a grandiose claim.

On the other hand, you have a group of sophisticated investors who put 14 million into the pot. They are too smart to have done that without seeing some real OU.

On the third hand, you have the idiotic demo which proves that Steorn have no devices except the three that were made especially for the demo, plus test machines. That seems impossible for a real effect that has been developed over 3 years. Not to mention that if they happened to be fresh out of devices, they should have been able to whip up a few. They had 9 days to do it for Crissake, and 3 years of supposed expertise in making the gadgets.

If Steorn really have been gulling their investors, the game must be about up and we'll see the fun coming to an end in a short time. If they really do have something more than a laboratory curiosity, they will be able to satisfy the investors, and they'll stick around.

So the demo has at least had the benefit of forcing Steorn to put up or fold.

Anonymous said...

"So the demo has at least had the benefit of forcing Steorn to put up or fold"

The truth of these OU claims is that they can sucker people for years with impunity. Unless undo pressure of a legal nature is put on them they can keep this Piltdown scheme going for a long and profitable time.

This says more about the greedy and stupid world we live in than it does about science.