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Elementary Particles, Part J-1 - The Preonic Wars: Early Battles
In this series of PRs I am focusing on a question that has intrigued mankind for millennia, and that question is "What is the World Made Of?" In Parts A and B we looked at the history of proposed answers to this question, eventually arriving at the present theory of quarks, leptons and force carriers, which combined is known as "The Standard Model". In Parts C and D we saw how a new particle model - the ABC Preon Model - can model nature's particles in a way that is different from the Standard Model. In part E we looked at neutrinos, quarks and weak interactions in the ABC Preon Model, in part F we looked at preonic masses, and in Part G we investigated additional high energy physics (HEP) experiments. In part H we compared the ABC Preon Model to its competition, and in part I we summarized and put a perspective on the previous parts. In part J we'll take a look at some of the difficulties I have had with getting the word out concerning the ABC Preon Model.
Despite the superiority of the ABC Preon Model over the Standard Model, I have been unable to gain any traction when I try to present my work in front of scientific audiences. My experience has been similar to a series of "battles" in an intellectual "war" and my next series of posts will describe the struggle so far.
My struggle has often seemed outright bizarre to me, as I have had an extremely hard time whenever I've tried to present the ABC Preon Model. One of my first attempts was at the SSC. At the SSC, they had let me present my thoughts about the possible lack of a length contraction, and the next month I applied to present my Preon model. But I was told that I would only be allowed one presentation, since there were many others who also wanted to speak.
Later, while I was the lead accelerator physicist on a Fermilab project, I tried to present the idea informally to several scientists. At that time, on slide two or three, a colleague started raising loud objections and shouting me down, causing the end of the attempt before it even really began. He was determined not only to reject my ideas, but to also make it impossible for anyone else to hear them. I never got past slide three.
Numerous times I have sent the ABC Preon Model to scientists that I come to know, and the response is almost always total silence - I get no response nor acknowledgement at all, even after numerous attempts.
At one point Fermilab wanted some help with their injector accelerator; the deal was that in exchange for my help I would be able to give a talk to a High Energy Physics conference scheduled at the time - I wanted no money for my work, I just wanted to present my model as payment. They agreed. I delivered on my end of the bargain, designing a system that would greatly improve their injector using a technique we perfected in an earlier project. But when I got there I was given 10 minutes one on one with a volunteer who agreed to hear me. It was during one of the coffee breaks, and we had to find a spot in a hall. He said it was interesting, and could find nothing wrong, and that was the end of me hearing from him. For a long time, this "silent treatment" seemed like the oddest thing.
Finally I realized that I've been dealing with a religious response, not a scientific one. To get into "the clergy" (of high energy physics) you need to have "faith" (in the Standard Model). My alternative to their faith is "apostasy" to their beliefs. It is truly sad. Of course it could be worse - the new clerisy has not (at least not yet) used tactics like the Inquisition!
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