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Old 5th August 2012, 12:34 AM   #31
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Fortunate then those who think that way weren't in a position to decide Isaac Newton's fate. He had crazy beliefs too.
His beliefs were not crazy. He studied ancient philosophy getting many ideas from it, designing experiments and developing science. Don't underestimate ancient knowledge, it was wast, and if until today not fully understood that does not mean it is crazy. Every time when science discovers something new you can find that ancient people somehow knew that, though their knowledge had been passed to us metaphorically because people who passed that knowledge often did not understand what it was about.
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Science is based on evidence - theories and experiments to confirm or not confirm these theories. Not on beliefs. Why is it so damn difficult to keep this difference in mind?
What scientists do:

1. Get ideas about something wrong in common beliefs.
2. Formulate hypothesis
3. Design and conduct experiments to test hypothesis
4. Create, or improve theories

During this process people fight, some defending old beliefs, some promoting new beliefs based on that hypothesis or theory.

Then new theory is part of a common, mainstream belief, until somebody Go To 1.
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Old 5th August 2012, 01:27 AM   #33
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This isnít about scientific process, which is well known and clear. And I would never ridicule Newton, however his non-scientific thinking is also very well-known and clear. The Wiki entry on his extraneous beliefs:

"He wrote many works that would now be classified as occult studies and religious tracts dealing with the literal interpretation of the Bible."

If consistency means anything, in the eyes of many here he should be disparaged. His achievements should be questioned not on their merits but because of his unrelated beliefs. Even with an unfortunate translation of questionable reporting, nothing in the article suggests the ampís circuit was designed on 'crystal principles'. The distortion of evidence by those decrying an absence of evidence is stunning.

The behaviour is corrosive to forum discussions and adds absolutely zero of value outside a self-reinforcing, mutual self-support network. Unfortunately itís rampant across numerous forums and many highly skilled people I know no longer contribute because itís not worth the bother dealing with it. Anyone really insistent on adherence to evidence should practice it in all situations, not just as an argumentative device.
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Old 5th August 2012, 02:24 PM   #35
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Nostalic, Pano. Fondly recalling the days when these posts were written off as the adolescent ecxesses of '.edu' season.
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Default The .edu season

Newton was nuts. That doesn't preclude genius, and very often accompanies it.
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My hypothesis: The crystals synthesize the harmonics above 22 KHz. About 3.5 octaves worth of harmonics. Not bad. They are big crystals, tho.....
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My hypothesis: The crystals synthesize the harmonics above 22 KHz. About 3.5 octaves worth of harmonics. Not bad. They are big crystals, tho.....
Great, you have a hypothesis, now let's design the experiment!
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I read the article with great interest. At about the same time, my wife had a massive stroke with similar results. She too is a fighter and has made an astonishing recovery. I participated in the daily rehab, and a great deal had to do with relearning how to process sound.

What that gent has accomplished would take iron will, grit strength and would involve more pain that most of the people reading this could ever fathom. its a sad day when all the posters can see is a few comments on the description of the technology the author likely misunderstood.

I think Wavebourn understood the message. Looks good on you sir!
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The New Age fol-de-rol is a waste of time - let's get back to the circuits, or their packaging. Looking at the amp, I suspect that not a lot is unique about it except for its packaging. If the tubes poking out the top are indeed its entire complement, I suspect it's your usual pentode input w/triode phase splitter and KT88 output or similar. As for packaging, what would it take to build a sandstone case like the one pictured? Does anyone know a friendly stonecutter? Is it really sandstone, or some cast material that resembles it?
On another note, your basic base w/top plate amp could look really sexy if the base was made of granite, with a stainless top plate. Even the most basic of amp setups could be dressed up considerably with use of unusual materials. Corian mormes to mind...
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