The Internal Combustion Engine: You MUST Be Kidding
The other day I was watching a video produced by Soul Pancake highlighting the so-called homework gap. This is the gap between students who have access to the Internet to do their homework and students who don't.
The video demonstrates this gap in a scenario of two high school teams participating in a trivia contest separated by a curtain. Both teams are doing well until one team is given computers and the other is given state-of-the-art research technology from just 25 years ago - an Encyclopedia. The team with the computers begins to trounce the team without.
It proves a very important point about Internet access in education. It also highlights an equally important point about hidden technology. Access to information from five gazillion websites in under a second is light years ahead a paper-bound encyclopedia. Yet, we've bridged that distance in literally one generation.
I was walking around in a Staples store with my wife this evening. Office supply stores are empty and depressing places these days. They're like museums to that paper world of encyclopedias, newspapers, and day planners many of us still remember. Soon, if it hasn't already happened, children will pass one of the last few office supply stores and ask their mother, "Mommy, what's a staple?"
This literal transformation in the world of education and information has happened in the blink of an eye. 25 years ago office supply stocks, along with Blockbuster video, were hot commodities. Now they're dinosaurs on the verge on extinction.
Why have we not had the same leap forward in the fields of energy, transportation, and propulsion? Witness the internal combustion engine. This technology was first commercially developed by the Belgian engineer Étienne Lenoir in 1859. The engine we'd all recognize in our cars today was perfected by German engineer Nicholas Otto by 1876.
Rocket technology is much older. It dates back to the Chinese in the 13th century. American Robert Goddard invented the first liquid-propellant rocket in 1926. This is, with incremental advancements, the technology still used to lift most rockets today.
Electric power transmission systems have existed since the 1880s. Direct current, the winner in the electricity technology sweepstakes, has existed since 1800.
What gives? Why are world's most prolific transportation methods still powered by 1850s technology? Why is are our aspirations for space fueled by technology that has existed since the 13th century? Why are city power grids dependent on 19th century technology? How have we move so far so fast in information and remained mired in centuries old technology in energy?
Well, the easy answer, and the one anyone using that Google thing will soon find, is power and monopoly have controlled energy, fuel, and electric transmission from the beginning. That's an important fact to grasp. I was told a number of years ago by a sales friend who sold into a major oil company. He mentioned how they bragged about paying off inventors who invented competing technologies and "throwing them in the vault" for some day.
It would be easy to stop there and to assume that it's jus corporate greed keeping us from better technologies in these areas; the kind we've experienced in information. There's a deeper conspiracy at work here. The claim is that there is no known, developed source of endless free energy that could free billions from the virtual slavery to big energy. If you believe that, I'd like to sell you the proverbial Brooklyn Bridge.
Consider this. While the Internet itself was developed by the military initially, the rest of the technology that has created the information revolution occurred in the private sector. During the Cold War the two Super Powers, and many other powers, spent trillions in black budget money with a massive focus on energy, propulsion, and related technologies. There's ample evidence that we received and reverse-engineered advanced alien aircraft.
We're told $6 trillion is missing at the Pentagon. Where do you think all that money went? It was spent trying to develop weapons and propulsion systems to create global military dominance and very likely to counter the advanced technology we began to engage from extraterrestrial sources after World War II.
Are we to believe that all that money and all that research have left us still only capable of 19th century technology - the internal combustion engine? It's patent nonsense. Ubiquitous, clean world-changing energy sources must, and I'll say do, exist. The bottom line is someone is holding them back for profit, for power, or for some other unknown reason.
We don't have to play along with this charade. These kinds of energy sources - I'm not talking solar and wind - and propulsion systems would transform our planet almost instantly. Perpetual wars over oil would cease. Every human being on this planet would know how to power his or her home, business, or vehicle permanently off-grid. Many believe the great Nikola Tesla, who you can thank for the wireless connection you're using right now, seems to have proven these sources of energy really exist.
It's a beautiful possibility. First, though, we must accept that we're not being told the truth about this and demand transparency immediately. As long as this technology is out there and secret, we'll never know if our Nimitz pilots in 2004 saw a legitimate other-worldly craft or just a hyper-advanced, super-secret technology even our best conventional military hardware cannot touch.
If we can go from paper to iPad in 10 years, imagine how far beyond the internal combustion engine decades of the best minds on the planet must have taken us?
Stay courageous and keep seeking your truth!
for 6 Sense Media