The History of Innovation
If you build a better mousetrap, the world
will beat a path to your door."...
And other nonsense that history proves not to be true.
people ask us why we are doing things the way we are - needing witnesses
for example and they suggest we, "Do it their way." Here's why we
find it necessary to garner witnesses and have a demonstration day.
In the delightful book, "Why SOB's Succeed and Nice Guys Fail in
Business" by Bob Morrison, Bob recommends that once you are
successful you should get involved in politics and make certain
politicians owe you favors. Then you encourage them to pass laws that will
make it difficult to impossible for any competitors to enter the market.
out of business by a political hack is an
After running a full page advertisement in USA Today about our tour
demonstrating the concepts behind the technology to introduce "Free Home
Electricity" the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee sent a
demand that UCSA should have a working model on his desk the following afternoon
by 2:00pm or be prosecuted.
Later on we were civilly prosecuted by the attorney general of the state
of Tennessee. The only complaitant was the state of Tennessee before a
magistrate who works for the state of Tennessee. There were no complaitants
from any individual. The
fact there were no complainants - is not an issue about which these government
When Dennis appeared in court to represent the companies
he wholly owned, and was founder and President of, he was told he
could not be heard. The magistrate told him he had to hire a Tennessee
attorney in order to be heard in court.
You multiply this foolishness by fifty states and you can go bankrupt
Don Winfield, a UCSA dealer who paid for the meeting place that held the
free demonstration, also received a demand from the state of Minnesota.
Don was pretty cocky
with his response. He said he will "just have to avoid the state until the bureaucrazies honor their oaths to uphold their state and
u.s. Constitutions, though it might be a cold day in Hell".
Trouble bringing you good things:
The last time Dennis advertised a working model of a free electricity
machine was in 1987. This
prototype cost over $400,000 to build. During or after this demonstration
where only 600 people or so were present, the door was kicked in by police.
The free electricity unit and all of their other equipment, research, and records were
confiscated. Dennis was prosecuted for fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy, etc.
The unit confiscated couldn't be found by the government for demonstration in court.
Dennis successfully proved to that court's satisfaction in California that
the device could fulfill their claims. He did this by producing many of
the experts who worked on the prototype. These people testified that they
had been threatened by police officers that they would be killed if they
Dennis was cleared on all charges with one to be resolved. Then Dennis was sent
to jail for two years for not filling out what is essentially a vending
machine operator form. It's called the SAMP (Seller's Assisted
Marketing Plan) or "The Worm Farm Law". No one has ever been prosecuted before or since
under that law and no one else has ever been sent to jail for not filling
out that form... And the form, probably, did not apply to him anyway.
He managed to get the unit back years later, but it was dented and
rusted and disabled. Most of the other products being
developed were never recovered.
You can find out more about that story with copies of court transcripts,
newspaper articles, etc. by ordering the book "The Alternative".
Alexander Graham Bell was prosecuted for
fraud for trying to raise capital to manufacture telephone equipment. The
prosecution claimed that carrying voices over wires was impossible and no
one would want this anyway. See Alexander Graham Bell.
You might think attorney generals would learn something from
that fiasco and not prosecute anyone for anything similar?
Not too many years later, "Lee DeForest
has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be
possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many
years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the
misguided public ... has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company
..." - a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee
DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio
Telephone Company (1913)
The Wright Brothers were derided as frauds for years after they were
regularly doing flying demonstrations. The reporters, scholars and critics
refused to attend the demonstrations, since they knew heavier than air
flight was impossible. One of the better biographies of the Wright
Brothers was written by Fred C. Kelly as an apology for calling them
frauds and refusing to attend the demonstrations.
"Scientists always scoff at new ideas, and claim that they are
'impossible.' Mainstream scientists of the day always miss the boat for
new technology. You might think people would have learned this by now. The
case of the Wright brothers among many others, proves to be highly
enlightening. They were debunked by Scientific American as frauds. The
fact that the Wright brothers had given public demonstrations to
thousands, did not change the minds of anyone at Scientific American
magazine. Because they all knew for a fact, that heavier than air travel
was against all the known laws of physics, and would not be possible for
Historically, the government prosecuted Tucker (See the movie with Jeff
Bridges on video.), who tried to introduce a new and better car, with
safety glass, disc brakes, seat belts and other innovations. In the
courtroom scene, the Judge forbid anyone to look out the windows to see
the cars the government said did not exist.
Moving on, even though we now know an accurate account of history will
reveal that Edison was merely the inventor of record and actually the
inventor of devices he claims, were people who worked for him.
Never-the-less, Edison suffered a similar fate at the hands of the
'experts,' with the newfangled electric light bulb idea which was also
impossible and against all the known laws of physics. That he had lit up
his local neighborhood with electric lamps was not enough proof, and he
was 'debunked,' by many leading scientists and periodicals of his day.
For example, from the New York Times, January 16, 1880, 'after a few
more flashes in the pan, we shall hear very little more of Edison or his
electric lamp. Every claim he makes has been tested and proved
Or read any decent book on the history of jet engines. Sir Frank Whittle
was ridiculed as a dreamy young man when he said not only might jet
engines work (gasp), but that they might even be faster and better than
conventional prop planes (wow).
When reading up on any innovation, you might want to keep some of this
scientific history in mind, and wonder if there are some new chapters to
books on scientific blunders and narrow-mindedness waiting to be written.
Arthur C. Clarke characterized the four successive stages of response to
any new and revolutionary innovation as follows:
- It's crazy!
- It may be possible -- so what?
- I said it was a good idea all along.
- I thought of it first
The Aharonov-Bohm effect, predicted in 1959, required nearly 30 years
after its 1960 demonstration by Chambers until it was begrudgingly
Mayer, who discovered the modern Thermodynamic notion of
conservation of energy related to work, was hounded and chastised so
severely that he suffered a breakdown. Years later, he was lionized for
the same effort!
Wegener, a German meteorologist, was made a laughing stock and his name
became a pseudonym for "utter fool," because he advanced the
concept of continental drift in 1912. In the 1960s the evidence for
continental drift became overwhelming, and today it is widely taught and
part of the standard science curriculum.
Gauss, the great mathematician,
worked out nonlinear geometry but kept it firmly hidden for 30 years,
because he knew that if he published it, his peers would destroy him.
the 1930s Goddard was ridiculed and called "moon-mad Goddard"
because he predicted his rocketry could carry men to the moon.
Though Goddard's rockets could certainly take us to the moon, there's
pretty solid evidence indicating we've never been to the moon - at least
not as the public believes it has happened, and the moon landing was
perpetuated as yet another hoax by the government on the people.
Years later when the Nazi fired V-1 and V-2
rockets against London, those rockets used the gyroscopic stabilization
and many other features discovered and pioneered by Goddard. And as
everyone knows, rocketry did indeed carry men to the moon. Science has a
long and unsavory history of severely punishing innovation and new
thinking. In the modern world such scientific suppression of innovation is
uncalled-for, but it is still very much the rule rather than the
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
(Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied forces during the
closing months of World War I, 1918)
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would
pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" (David Sarnoff's
associates, in response to his urgings for investment in radio in the
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and
reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which
to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high
schools." (New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's
revolutionary rocket work, 1921)
Everything that can be invented has been invented." (Charles H.
Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899)
Galileo tried unsuccessfully to get the most respected scholar of his day,
Cesare Creminino, to look through a telescope to see the moon was not a
perfect sphere with no mountains. All of the scholars of the day knew the
moon and all the heavenly bodies were perfect spheres because it was
taught by Aristotle. Creminino replied that if he saw any such thing it
would be because the telescope had bewitched him. Galileo had to recant
his observations in order not to be burned alive.
Giordano Bruno was burned alive for refusing to recant his statements that
the earth circled the sun and that the earth was not the center of the
universe. Regulators love to ban or burn anything that they do not
understand, which ain't much.
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Some scientists have been
stone blind to possibilities. Doubting is so much fun. Besides, everyone
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former." -Albert Einstein
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be
obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at
will." Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison - abused inventors like Tesla and put his name on their
work. See what Edison has to say... "They never will try to
steal the phonograph. It is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Edison (c. 1915)
"Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time.
Nobody will use it, ever." Thomas Edison, 1889
"Man won't fly for a thousand years." - Wilbur Wright, to brother Orville
after a disappointing flying experiment (1901)
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895
"X-rays are a hoax." -Lord Kelvin, engineer and physicist (c.
Now you might have an idea what any
"expert" might say upon the introduction of any revolutionary technology.