It was a great treat to be with “birds-of-a- feather” who rarely “flock together”, the nearly extinct species of geocentricia fidei. There were some great ideas put forth by the other speakers and some interesting feedback from the attendees. Based on these inputs I will be researching aether models of gravity, such as LeSage. ….. I was grateful that the threats to disrupt the conference did not materialize and thought that Bob did a masterful job of handling the Q&A sessions.
Even though the concept is much simpler than relativity and free of logical and empirical contradictions (so far) , there has been no response yet, at the conference, by email or in the blogs, to the ALFA model presentation of an Absolute Lab frame and a Flexible Aether. Hard to gauge from silence what the issue is…. too complex? incoherent? trivial? beyond belief? paradigm shift shock? ideological barriers?
When the ALFA model was pre-tested on Net forums, the responses were misdirected ad hominem, focusing on my credentials, religious beliefs and claiming that relativity had been proven by all experiments (despite my clear use of Sagnac’s results to the contrary).
One forum reply questioned the application to binary stars, claiming the aether motion would scramble the light from each star. This was easily answered, since the light from the opposite-moving stars would only vary from c locally, an infinitesimal part of the path to Earth. In any case, the ALFA model is still standing.
GeoCatCon II or bust!