A matter of words

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A matter of words

Postby kunkmiester » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:00 am

This may seem intrinsically silly, but I thinking about some word problems. Specifically, the work reactor. No matter how we might like it, the word has been firmly attached to those evil fission plants, and would make rallying easier.

This is not about definition, definition is irrelevant. What is relevant is perception. If you say "reactor," people will immediately think uranium, and melt downs, etc. This is not a good relation to have, especially considering the massive differences in operation of Bussard's system.

Fortunately, this massive difference has provided a nice alternative. Due to the direct conversion capability when running PB11, it wouldn't be that far out of character to call a Bussard reactor a "generator" instead. "Generator" has very different memes attached to it. With a bit of spin, any attempt to compare Bussard fusion to traditional fission could be fizzled very easily.

Keep in mind this isn't about the smart folks who aren't scared of the word "radiation," but the millions that don't understand, and probably won't anytime soon.
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Postby MSimon » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:42 am

I think if we had a reputation as liars and dissemblers it would really help our cause.

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Postby kunkmiester » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:46 am

There is a limit to sanity. Unfortunately the world is not sane. Ask your congressman if a reactor or a generator is easier to sell. The bed's been made, and it might be hard to lay in it if you're not careful.
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Postby Roger » Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:17 am

I like the p-B11 resonance peak at 50 KV acceleration. In2 years we'll know.

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Postby tombo » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:41 pm

-Tom Boydston-
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Postby rjaypeters » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:04 pm

I think the polywell reactors should be called either: "Bussards" or "Bussard/Nebels". If the reactors really work out, there won't be any need to remind people they fuse or react things.
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Postby Stoney3K » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:42 pm

Because we can.

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Postby rjaypeters » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:08 am

Not trying to solve a problem.

Trying to honor (at least some of) the people who got us off the planet.

edit.

Everyone will know these reactors fuse nuclei.
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