Quoting the late Carl Sagan on this very problem; "They laughed at Galileo. They laughed at Einstein. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Nativis Inc. doesn't want anyone questioning these far flung ideas and the outrageous monumental claims they have made. In fact they think they can actually intimidate blogger's from writing about them and these claims that amount to nothing much more than a profitable con type scheme with lots of lame bravado bluster, indecipherable techo/science speak, a witch's dash of this, and a pinch of bitter unsubstantiated threats thrown in just for good measure.
It appears Nativis Inc. is about to learn a valuable hard lesson in photon realignment and free speech?
And off to the races we go:
I was steered this morning to this article by soulful sepulcher over @ pharmaconduct blog. You really need to follow the included links and read the whole torrid and twisted back story to this following article.
The following opinions are expressly mine.
In case you haven't seen Derek Lowe's post from today about receiving a menacing letter from John Kingma, the CFO of Nativis, definitely check it out. For some background, previously, Derek posted two pieces (see The Power of Photons, You Say? and Nativis: Waiting and Seeing) on his blog about Nativis, a company located in La Jolla, CA and who, according to their website, "...may be the first to successfully apply QED theory to medicine by converting photons, or light, to biological action."
Apparently, Nativis wasn't too happy about Derek's skepticism towards their technology. First, their CEO sent to Derek some information presumably intended to persuade Derek to reconsider his opinion. When that didn't work, they had their CFO send Derek a letter basically asking Derek to censor his blog. Derek posted the CFO's letter in full, along with a great response.
I'll give them (a miniscule) benefit of doubt. Derek is correct in stating that the most revolutionary scientific ideas are initially not recognized or respected by the scientific establishment. However, he's also correct in stating that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and Nativis claims are, well, out of this world. On this subject, Derek sums the situation up nicely: If I may quote the late Carl Sagan on this very problem, "They laughed at Galileo. They laughed at Einstein. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Based on what I read on Nativis' website and Derek's blog, I am of the opinion that Derek has been exceptionally kind to them in his discussion of their technology. In my opinion, their descriptions of their technology sound like something that only a con-artist would dream up. Worse, based on their behavior towards Derek, I am of the opinion they are are upset that, with the attention being showered on them after being discussed on Derek's blog, their ability to fleece scientifically unsophisticated investors is being compromised. Like Derek, I would love to see them prove me wrong.
Full disclosure notice; I believe this photo was taken in the gulf of Mexico recently, so those elusive photon's could really just be a thick gooey layer of spilled crud oil instead of a miracle photon realignment effect..
An extraordinary claim: turning water into drugs: Nativis Inc. faces high hurdles of skepticismhttp://www.allbusiness.com/science-technology/experimentation/14554575-1.html
By Bradley J. Fikes North County Times, Escondido, Calif.
Publication: North County Times (Escondido, California)
Date: Sunday, May 30 2010
May 30--A La Jolla startup has made an audacious claim, even by the biomedical industry's standards. It says it can turn water into drugs.
The company, Nativis Inc., says its technology comes from a well-established theory of physics, quantum electrodynamics. According to that theory, chemistry is based on the interactions of small packets of electromagnetic radiation called photons.Because it's the photons that really matter, Nativis executives say, the chemical really isn't important.
I encourage blogger's everywhere to post articles about Nativis Inc. and their slimy intimidation tactics.
As that wise American Icon Forrest Gump once said " stupid is, as stupid does"
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