Please consider the following just a strictly personal opinion and as an idea pushing t extension of freedom of expression near to its limit.
It is about the mottos of the coming International Conferences on Cold Fusion; a critique of the motto chosen for ICCF-18 and a proposal for the next conference.
ICCF-18 Conference, http://iccf18.research.missouri.edu/ describes its raison d’etre in this way:
“Applying the Scientific Method to Understanding Anomalous Heat Effects: Opportunities and Challenges.”
I find this as self-limiting, out-focused, even “thinking in a box” in some extent. Some reasons:
a) the Scientific Method can be applied well only when the experimental results are of high quality and reliable; the organizer of the Conference has spoken recently about a success rate of 20% the lower Pareto number- in PdD experiments,
b) recent studies as well as information coming from neighboring fields as HTSC, ZPE etc. are suggesting that not all scientific concepts necessary for a science of the phenomena had been discovered or developed up to the level of scientific explanations; see e.g. Nanoplasmonics.
c) the problems cannot be solved by a purely scientific approach (this has to be wisely defined, anyway!) and the contributions of technology – engineering, materials science, and control science. A hybrid approach is a must, being given the weaknesses of LENR: http://egooutpeters.blogspot.ro/2012/12/a-hybrid-approach-for-solving-lenr.html
d) We need to accept that the complexity, dynamicity, multiplicity, diversity of the LENR phenomena are much greater than we usually think. Specifically, we have to distinguish between LENR (weak, sporadic, ephemeral, unusable because it cannot be scaled up) and LENR+ (high intensity, high energetic density, long duration, controllable via high quality know-how.
e) UNDERSTANDING is actually a means not an aim, the great original promise of Cold Fusion was a source of energy not some exotic phenomena;
f) ANOMALOUS is a dangerous, false self-defeating word- to be avoided! The anomalous of today is the basic science of tomorrow; however this should not happen in the same way as how time converts paradoxes in dogmas.
The last 4 words from the motto are OK, I think;
Something has to be changed, after a dozen days we will enter the 25th year of technological stagnation of our field.
ICCF-19 will take probably in
perhaps in Italy.
If it will be the conference of paradigm change, a good motto will be:
”Solving the useful heat source problem.”
But perhaps the best motto will be no motto at all, just good, serious professional experimental results reported and clearly explained on a causal basis...