Why I Don't Believe Searl's Law Of Squares

I will explain here why I don't believe that Searl's use of Magic Squares and his Law of Squares has anything to do with the physics involved in his devices.

In short, I don't think the use of Magic Squares has any significance to the construction of his devices because:

1.    He doesn't specify what units the materials are to be measured in. He says at one point that the numbers in the Square used is the mass of the material and at another point he say it’s the volume of the material. Very different.

2.    This leads to the idea of making up any unit system you want. So, if you pick a number 10, for example in the Square for, say, the aluminum material, you can have this as 10 grams, or 10 kilograms, or 10 mu, where the units "mu" is just made up and is some conversion factor to grams. So the number 10 can really mean any "amount".

3.    He says you can use any "level" of the Square for selecting the "amount" of materials to use. This again seems to be saying you can adjust the number almost arbitrarily.

4.    He doesn't provide any sense of (let alone specifying some precision for) the accuracy in measuring (or machining) the materials.

Because of these short comings, it looks like you can use almost any "amount" of the materials that you want. That is, there doesn't seem to be significant constraints on the "amount" of material to use in the construction of his devices.

The example and calculations provided here are for illustration purposes only. Searl might use some other Square than the one I use in this example, but the argument presented here would be the same.

Searl says that to build his SEG devices, you need to use 4 different materials. These materials are layered into cylinder shapes and magnetized.

For example, the 4 materials may be aluminum (conductor), nylon-6 (insulator), iron (ferromagnetic material), and neodymium (electron source, whatever that's suppose to mean).

As I understand it, Searl says to determine the "amount" of the 4 different materials to use in constructing his rings and rollers, you start, for example, with a 4x4 Magic Square.

Consider the 4x4 Magic Square.

















Next you pick some "level" of the square to use. For example, if we call the above square a Level 1 square, then to get a Level 2 square you add 1 to all the numbers. If you want to use a Level n square, you add (n-1) to each of the numbers in the square. This preserves the "Magic" Square quality.

Then, in our example, the Level n square would be

















It is my understanding that it doesn't really matter what level of the square that you pick, the device is suppose to still work.....

The value of the square is then 4n + 30. This is the sum of any row, column or diagonal.

Now select, for example, the diagonal with the numbers

n+15; n+9; n+6; n+0

These are the "amounts" of the 4 materials to use to build the device.

But we have no clue if these numbers are grams of material, kilograms of material, or cubic centimeters of material, etc. Searl has said the numbers are the mass of material and at another time he says it’s the volume of the material. These are very different properties and leads to very different "amount" of materials.

This also leads to very different ratios of the materials, depending on the number n. So it’s not a particular blend of materials that makes it all work. Nor a particular ratio of materials..... (!!!???)

I also find that it doesn't matter what 4x4 square you start with, nor what row, or column or diagonal as long as you pick a large n.

If the level doesn't matter then we can simply pick the ratio of materials to be 25% for each amount of material. That is, for any Magic Square, as the level is increased, the ratio of the 4 numbers selected will tend toward 25% of the total amount of material.

Again, that's independent of the Magic Square used.

So, to me, this says the Magic Squares are irrelevant.

Example: Consider the diagonal mentioned above with the numbers n+15; n+9; n+6; n+0 for some "level" n > 0.

So, we need n+15 "amount" of material A, n+9 "amount" for material B, n+6 "amount" for material C and n+0 "amount" for material D.

Then the total "amount" (whatever that is) of the materials is

A+B+C+D = n+15 + n+9 + n+6 + n+0 = 4n+30

Then as n becomes large, the ratios of the materials with respect to the total amount of material all approach 25%.

The limit as n gets large of A/(A+B+C+D) = (n+15)/(4n+30)
tends to n/4n = 1/4 which is 25%.

The limit as n gets large of B/(A+B+C+D) = (n+9)/(4n+30)
tends to n/4n = 1/4 which is 25%.

And similarly for material amounts C and D. The ratios simply go to 25%.

Here is a graph of these ratios.

And this is independent of the Magic Square you started with!

So what's so special about using Searl's Law of Squares?

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