In 1989, two scientists – Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons developed, discovered or invented (you pick) cold fusion by which cold atomic fusion could create more electrical energy than the amount of electricity provided.
It is not hot fusion – that is the atomic bomb and we know what happens in that situation. Cold fusion, sometimes called Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) (and sometimes disputed as cold fusion and LRNR being different), would presumably solve many of our energy problems.
The problem is that the experiment by the two scientists was disproven through peer review by other scientists in this field. In the 24 years since, the theory still stumbles along with mixed testing, minimal results and claims of fraud and ego stroking.
The point is that science works on failure and peer review to test and verify all the claims made by a researcher, scientist or medical team. Peer review in many different forms is basically a review by authorities or scientists in the same field as the claimant to verify the validity or expose the falseness of any claim.
This can be done anonymously, prior to publication in a scientific journal, and in a single blind or double blind situation. The purpose always is to check out the stuff claimed to make sure that it is right and as accurate as possible.
Continued peer review occurs after a claim, experiment or finding is published. The claim is then subject to letters, verifying experiments, critiques, etc, from those in that field.
The interesting thing is that with the Bible, Christianity or Biblical studies, there are never any critiques, reviews, countering explanations or anything else to prove or disprove the claims of the ministers, priests, or rabbis pushing their agenda. There is no peer review.
There is a continued effort to tell the stories of the Bible with an eye to literal belief and acceptance as truth, factual, historical reference. For example current literature on archeology of the 40-year route through the Sinai after Moses led his people across the Red (Reed) Sea shows nothing – as in zip, nada, zero, nothing – for evidence of this.
Realize that based on the Bible and extra-Biblical references, there were 603,550 warriors over the age of 20 involved in this story, suggesting a total Israeli population of two to three million.
Moving a collection of two million people and livestock of 600,000 around the desert for a period of 40 years would not be easy task. That many people on the move is not like a Boy Scout troop hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
Yet there is to date no – nada – zip - nothing – evidence of any archaeological artifacts indicating that any such thing ever happened.
But do you hear this disclaimer in sermons, Sunday School, Wednesday night prayer meetings, etc? Do you hear any peer-reviewed commentary? Do you hear any acknowledgement that much of the Bible is based on stories, myths, fables, fiction and platitudes that the religious use to convince the heathens of the “truth” of religious beliefs?
In short, Christianity needs – desperately needs – peer review of some type. Lacking that, Christians can continue to convince only the uninformed, the illiterate, the unread, and the uneducated.
They do this with fear, charging that a failure to accept Christ as the pathway to heaven, the savior of the world, and the only truth, leads everyone to hell, damnation, and moral degradation.
Continuing to lie about religion, to applaud the myth of Christianity and to fail to accept the truth of peer review and honest criticism only continues to foster the hypocrisy of the religious myths of the past.