I’ve heard it said that, unlike the medical world, there is no such beast as alternative physics. Whilst it’s true that made up* nonsense hasn’t penetrated physics education and practice in the same way as it has medicine, there is no shortage of people indulging in fantasy physics. Perpetual-motion dreamers are prone to do this, as are advocates of so-called ‘energy medicine’. In the case of the former, they are looking for excuses to support their claims for so-called ‘over-unity’ devices that are claimed to produce more energy than they consume. The latter are looking for ‘explanations’ for how homeopathy, reiki etc. ‘work’. Of course, neither of these communities actually have meaningful effects that require explanation. This is about having some superficially ‘sciency’ prose to sell their wares, or reassure their devotees. I’ve recently been pointed** at a cracking example of ‘energy medicine’ advocates indulging in some fantasy physics. It’s hosted on the PositiveHealthOnline website and is called, Spirals and Energy in Nature, attributed to Robert McCoy. It’s worth a look as an exemplar of the desperate nonsense that elements of the ‘energy medicine’ community dabble in. It’s so rich a vein of fantasy physics that I’m sure that I’ll end up overlooking some howlers. If I do, please feel free to point them out in the comments.
From Academic to Quackademic