Friday, 24 July 2015

Hoagland admits to being wrong live on air.

During Richard C. Hoagland's new radio show something rather unusual happened. Hoagland admitted that he was wrong regarding his Von Braun's 50 year old secret "paper." This is one of my favourite Hoagland errors because he attempts use mathematics. Since Hoagland has no flair for mathematics we can easily point out where he has screwed up and there is no recourse for Hoagland to deny. Expat did a splendid job over on Emoluments explaining Hoagland's comedy maths.

Hoagland had Dr Joseph Farrell on as a guest and spent most of the interview trying to shoehorn Farrell's ideas of Nazi spacecraft and radical new propulsion systems into his own "torsion field" bunkum. During this conversation, Hoagland and Farrell had been discussing Von Braun and his alleged work in anti-gravity systems. Then Hoagland mentioned Explorer I and his explanation of it on his website. He then quickly admitted that there were some errors in the calculation, but there was still an over-performance of the rocket. He then went on to state that if anyone had emailed him regarding this error he would email them back with corrections. Complete fucking lies of course.
The mistake he assured us would be corrected when he got around to it. More untruths. He's been "getting around to it," since 2008. Reminds me of those drawer handles I found the other day. Drawer handles my wife asked me to install in the kitchen of our first home in 1985.

His interview with Dr LaViolette was very similar. Hoagland leading his guest into saying words that he could leap on. Then sellotape his own crackpot ideas to LaViolette's or vice versa. The most amusing part of Hoagland interviewing people is when he stops them mid-sentence, name drops like a bastard, then tells his guest to "carry on." When he did the Pluto fly-by show Bill Nye appeared as a 5 minute guest. Nye began an account and mentioned Margaret Mead. Hoagland then said, "Bill can I just stop you there." He then proceeded to aggrandize himself by name dropping Margaret Mead.Telling a tale of how Hoagland used to work at the same college as her and he would often have talks with her as she shuffled her way down the corridor with her walking stick. He then told Nye to carry on. It was cringeworthy.
Richard C. Hoagland: World name-dropping champion 1983-2015

We've all made mistakes at one time. I am no exception. I'd rather laugh at myself and either fix it or don't repeat the same mistake.

Me getting it wrong and admitting it.

1 comment:

  1. May Hoagland's tongue turn black and fall off. On 8/13/13 I e-mailed him as follows:

    "Well, I see the mendacious web page is still uncorrected. Still delta-V = 3520 ft/sec.

    You can't correct it, can you Richard, because if you did work the math correctly you'd arrive at delta-V = 14,189 ft/sec. The 600 ft/sec excess velocity at orbit injection would be an error of, not 17%, but just over 4% -- easily within the tolerance of the military polysulphide aluminum/ammonium perchlorate fuel.

    Are you not JUST A LITTLE BIT ASHAMED to have a theory which has been mathematically falsified published under your name?"