Touching Spirit

Science of Winnowing

Discernment leads to winnowing. Winnowing uncovers that which is useful.

Like the diversity of life, the Cold Fusion Low Energy Nuclear Reaction…

“is not a narrow band set of physical phenomenon” (quote NASA).

The winnowing process of science is leading us to a diversity of engineered LENR devices. We are now seeing an  information explosion of LENR ‘nearly free and clean energy’ science literature that is …

“dense as a cold fusion reaction”.

To celebrate this, here is some prose for you to share.

Touching Spirit

A still
yet soaring Eagle

An at home
yet migrating Whale

An occupied
yet connected Human

A curious Bear
A winnowing Minnow
A persistent Beaver

An observant
yet unobserved Mouse

An invisible
yet present Owl

A lone
yet pack Wolf

A serious Crow
A trickstering Coyote
A powerful Badger

Touches my Spirit

A Totem

A Story


To Winnow is to…

1 Blow a current of air through in order to remove the chaff
2 Remove from grain
3 Reduce the number in a set gradually until only the best ones are left
4 Find or identify a valuable or useful part of something
5 Identify and remove the least valuable or useful
6 (of the wind) Blow
7 (of a bird) Fan (the air) with wings

What a lovely word winnowing!

I think so too ’cause…

I’m a happy winnowing Minnow
So little, which really does
matter. Yes, one
teensy, itsy


Image from… (link)

The prose is a story about cold fusion. Traditionally, storytelling is told using archetypal images.

The story and characteristics (qualities of characterization) of the cold fusion quest are portrayed in the order of events, following a contemporary format of totem storytelling.

The first group sets the stage

  • Still enough to observe (anomalous heat) and soaring when then elated – Eagle
  • At home and migrating – Whale (lost good jobs and moved away)
  • Occupied (sticking with cold fusion) and still connected – Human (still respected within a very small, teeny tiny, itsy bitsy subset of the scientific community)

This portrays the qualities and actions of early cold fusioneers. (spelled like buccaneers)

  • Curious… Bear (bear with me on this one… cold fusion?)
  • Winnowing… Minnow (tiny… so what?)
  • Persistent… Beaver (builder… of dreams?)

good scientific gleaning… searching for meaning…

The third continues the story 20+ years.  Researchers and the anomalous energy effect.

  • Observant (researcher) Unobserved (under the radar) Mouse (meek- underfunded research)
  • Invisible (difficult to observe) Present (actually exists) Owl (wisdom – wise clean nuclear energies)
  • Lone (individual – researchers) Pack (group -body of work) Wolf (strong yet gentle – energy)

LENR out of the cutting edge research phase. Into the research and engineering phase.

  • Serious… Crow (nuclear dense clean energy)
  • Trickstering… Coyote (fooled us, as in regards to established theory)
  • Powerful… Badger  (powerful with far reaching ramifications – LENR will expand human territory with travel to and through space at ramjet and ion speeds)

Cold fusion LENR stops carbon destruction and we declare the story told.

  • Touches my spirit (heals earth life)
  • A totem (classify this)
  • A story (archetypal)
  • Told (occurred)

The strength of archetypes and the intelligence of nature is not to be underestimated.

Storytelling, artfulness, and discovery are all part of scientific query.


Honey badgers are intelligent animals, and are one of few species capable of using tools. In the 1997 documentary series Land of the Tiger, a honey badger in India was filmed making use of a tool. The animal rolled a log and stood on it to reach a kingfisher fledgling stuck up in the roots coming from the ceiling in an underground cave.

The badgers have been named the most fearless animal in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In a recent study (2009) undertaken by the magazine Scientific American it has been found that pound for pound the honey badger is the world’s most fearsome land mammal as a result of its favorable claw to body ratio and aggressive behavioral tendencies.

The honey badger is predominantly solitary, although small family groups of up to three individuals are occasionally seen. They are nomadic and range over huge areas, which for an adult male may be as large as 600 km2.

Main Entry: badger Function: noun
Etymology: probably from badge; from the white mark on its forehead Date: 1523
1 a : any of various burrowing mammals (especially Taxidea taxus and Meles meles) of the weasel family that are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere b : the pelt or fur of a badger
2 capitalized : a native or resident of Wisconsin —used as a nickname

Main Entry: badger Function: transitive verb Etymology: from the sport of baiting badgers Date: 1794

: to harass or annoy persistently
synonyms see bait

Main Entry: bait Function: verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse beita; akin to Old English bǣtan to bait, bītan to bite — more at bite Date: 13th century (transitive verb <a>)

1 a : to persecute or exasperate with unjust, malicious, or persistent attacks b : tease
2 a : to harass (as a chained animal) with dogs usually for sport b : to attack by biting and tearing
3 a : to furnish with bait b : entice, lure
4 : to give food and drink to (an animal) especially on the road

BADGER Intransitive verb Archaic : to stop for food and rest when traveling. Etymology unknown, not in use.

“The etymology of 1794 reflects a cultural fear, and possibly a sadistic resentment of strong animals, i.e. the strength of nature. Other cultures revere animals, plants, and the strengths of nature.”

“The culture of reverence and respect for all life is growing”

The Peoples of Earth 


Totemism was a key element of study in the development of 19th and early 20th century theories of religion, especially for thinkers such as Émile Durkheim, who concentrated their study on primitive societies. Drawing on the identification of social group with spiritual totem in Australian aboriginal tribes, Durkheim theorized that all human religious expression was intrinsically founded in the relationship to a group.

In his essay “Le Totemisme aujourdhui” (Totemism Today), the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss argued that human cognition, which is based on analogical thought, is independent of social context. From this, he excludes mathematical thought, which operates primarily through logic. Totems are chosen arbitrarily for the sole purpose of making the physical world a comprehensive and coherent classificatory system. Lévi-Strauss argues that the use of physical analogies is not an indication of a more primitive mental capacity. It is, rather, a more efficient way to cope with this particular mode of life in which abstractions are rare, and in which the physical environment is in direct friction with the society. He also holds that scientific explanation entails the discovery of an “arrangement”; moreover, since “the science of the concrete” is a classificatory system enabling individuals to classify the world in a rational fashion, it is neither more nor less a science than any other in the western world. It is important to recognise that in this text, Lévi-Strauss manifests the egalitarian nature of his work. Lévi-Strauss diverts the theme of anthropology toward the understanding of human cognition.


It’s of great use to wonder
Why our minds wander
In awe of it all

Being forever true
Seeking the new

We are just now discovering
That which has always been

Impatiently awaiting us
Craving our keen attention
Hoping for deeper understanding

Awesome is
The wonder of discovery

And the power
Of awe



7 Replies to “Touching Spirit”

  1. The World is full of Wonder and Mystery, when we grow up beyond money materialism and power then these things will once again become important.
    All the while science concentrates only on the restrictive reductionist philosophy of everything is a steam engine then we are getting nowhere fast.
    The World and Man are not machines but a living Wonderful unknown reality that reductionist outdated classical science has not even begun to understand.
    Until science moves beyond it’s crazy, religious doctrine of nothing exists beyond known and excepted scientific propaganda then we are standing still.

  2. Greg & Ruby,

    Please don’t censor this from the forums, it is a critique offered with no ill intent. We want the site to be transparent about LENR. We welcome critique of serious scientists. Why should this topic be treated any differently?

    While this almost certainly may cause an offense, I wish to request that poetry and other arts not be attached to this web site. It goes to credibilty. Why would a site dedicated to the serious science around LENR put a poem on the site? Is there no other scientific informaton that could be displayed? Why put a poem on the site, does the serious question of LENR need to be deflected into an area that is irrelevant to it? Science by its own nature is not to be muddied by emotion. To so undermines the credibility of the message. It looks silly. If you want to do a website dedicated to the arts or environmental heart strumming, create a different web site and post it there link to it if you must. This is nothing short of an embarrassment. How can I refer a serious scientist to this web site when to do so is to out and out convey a message of subjectivity so blatant as to disqualify any other actually meaningful scientific, dispassionate, rational information? Science is called a discipline for good reason. This sort of thing is inappropriate. How many science text books have a poem section?
    Please stop this nonsense, it is a waste of energy, a deflection of purpose, a departure from logic, and purveys a loss of objectivity.

    I believe I understand why you feel you must publish this. It is to present some sort of holistic approach. But this is surely not the appropriate forum. Why intorduce some subjective opinion that a viewer would disagree with out of hand? Do we not contend with enough disagreement before the facts? Please reconsider this seriously. It makes what we do the laughing stock of science when there is no other discipline that needs credibility more. This is not a hate message. I don’t hate your poems, art etc. I just don’t see this as an appropriate forum.


    Owen Abrey

    1. We are successfully communicating the importance of this issue to the public, which sees no such boundaries, and we will continue to pursue Art and Science as One. The environment is important to us, and we work to honor Nature and our planet.

      Each effort to publicize this science is but one facet of a multi-dimensional narrative. No one effort can fully capture the whole story, and it is futile to try. We just do what we can, and we need every voice possible.

      I do not know what “serious scientists” you are talking about, but the scientists I know support us.

      Thank you for your input, Owen, but I think we shall continue to work for change.

      1. I’m so sorry it wasn’t clear that this is about the story of cold fusion. I have amended the post accordingly. Thank yu’all, Owen for your true insight (the article needed improvement) and Ruby for your heart and understanding.

      2. Merging Art & Science? Then you must read Science, Order, & Creativity by David Bohm & Peat.
        Wicked cool and so right on every level. All one all one see: the Undivided Universe and Wholeness & the Implicate Order. Peace & Love; Brian

        1. Brian thanks,
          I’ll take a look and read it.
          There is this on Totem, I’m fascinated by this paper…

          Critical Thinking and Analogical Thinking: A Model, Arthur L. Dirks, May 15, 1998
          Dirks, Arthur L. (1998). Critical thinking and analogical thinking: A model. Published on-line by author ( Bridgewater, MA. Accessed [date].
          Origin: This paper originally prepared for CCT Critical Thinking, Graduate College of Education, Univ. of Mass. Boston.

          “Philosophers such as Suzanne Langer (Langer, 1942), structural anthropologists, philologists, and semioticians have tried to trace and understand the operation of our forms of expression. They have sought to unravel the complex web of inherent meaning in our expressions. Many insights have come from increased cross-disciplinary work with psychologists, and an academic thread has been developed for the study of metaphor, primarily between philosophers and cognitive scientists. George Lakoff (Lakoff, 1992), with Mark Johnson and following Michael Reddy, has argued that metaphor, contrary to past thinking, is a form of mapping across conceptual domains, not only linguistic ones. As a result, “It is a system of metaphor that structures our everyday conceptual system, including most abstract concepts, and that lies behind much of everyday language.””

  3. The connect, the definition of badger is of interest… i.e. cold fusioneers.

    Is an interest generated towards Modern Totemism? Badger.

    What icon is representative of your hearts dream… Totem.

    Modern totem…. query?

    Naturally… what… now.

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