This month (November 2013) I came across a page on Wikipedia that had a few spelling mistakes/incorrect uses of words, so I decided to sign up, pop in, and make the corrections needed.
I felt quite chuffed with myself, having taken my geekiness to a new Big Bang Theory level.
Of course there are apparently those that find fun in making naughty changes to entries, perhaps slipping in silly words or false facts from equally silly sources. The silliness really paying off when such alterations or additions are then quoted in reputable publications as if they are fact. I too would snigger at this. But no, I must not do that!
Since my first round of changes I have added a whole paragraph to another page. This involved adding a reliable reference. It took me a while to click the right buttons, but I got there in the end, and thus added another string to my bow of chuffedness.
Anyway, I was in the process of reading the book The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux [link]. The film of the same name features Harrison Ford so you may have seen it. In the book, based in the 1970s, the Harrison Ford character (Allie Fox) mentions “degassed water” and when I googled this I learned that this story was real [link]. I was also aware that I had read something similar a few years back.
In 2005 I read the book Blue Fires by Gary Hyland [link], this is a “non-fiction” book about “the lost secrets of Nazi technology” such as “UFO” technology. In the book the author talks of contributors to the technologies and in relation to the topic of water this is Victor Schauberger.
When I headed over to Wikipedia to find out more about this character I found the Austrian’s page pretty empty. This was quite disappointing. However, when I clicked on the Talk button I was bombarded with reams of information. Basically I had stumbled upon a lengthy discussion, and arguments, about why the main page had been stripped back to the bare minimum.
You can compare the two pages here:
Here are some thing stated on the Talk page and reasons given by contributors:
- “Unsourcable claims are made about Schauberger’s life, such as ‘meeting with Hitler’ and being held ‘captive by the US’.”
- “This man is stranger than fiction.”
- Conspiracy theorists and pseudoscientists cite his work.
- Points of view (POV) are used and the quality of citations are an issue throughout, with sources not meeting Wikipedia’s standards.
- Schauberger’s work was unorthodox so therefore so are the sources.
In the end I found this Talk page more insightful than the actual page about Victor Schauberger, and it was pleasing to see such a vibrant group ranting on behind the scenes, even if some of the comments boiled down to childish arguments, such as what the definition of an encyclopedia is! It also made me appreciate that what details make their way into the ‘final cut’ on Wikipedia are not necessarily the be-all and end-all of a topic, especially about such things I find interesting, which often seem to inspire conspiracy theorists and/or not have their basis in documentable facts.
I have since found some other online pages with details about Victor Schauberger, and his legacy. He has a list of patents to his name [link] and his work lives on in topics of ‘natural’ and ‘free energy’ and sustainable living [link], and also in what I would consider on first glance to be dubious “gadgets” [link] – reminding me of the claimed powers of triple-spirals [aka Sirian Seals link] and blade sharpening pyramids [aka pyramid power link]. I even found a connection with his work and another topic I have read about this year (in Science and the Akashic Field [link]): the idea that ‘information’ is encoded into life:
“Inspiring photographs of ice crystals which carry a ‘signature’ of the water’s quality or of the ‘information’ that they carry, demonstrating that water retains a memory of energy impressions made upon it.” – Messages From Water Vol 1. by Masaru Emoto – http://www.schauberger.co.uk/books.html