A Bit of Philosophy, or What Has a Razor to Do with Ball Lightning?

  • Herbert Boerner


The reader may now be wondering what the research activities on BL are under way within the scientific community, especially among physicists. From the information above one would of course expect a phenomenon with such a wealth of interesting properties to be the subject of intense study in several universities and other research institutions worldwide. In reality, just the opposite is true. Only a handful of scientists are publishing papers on the subject, and most of them disagree on the nature of BL. There are still fewer “mainstream” scientists working on the it. Even though practically all physicists have heard about BL, most of them seem to regard this subject either as intractable or unworthy of closer study. Quite a few scientists regard it as a pseudo-phenomenon, something that does not exist at all in reality (Campbell, 2008). I am not aware of any research project devoted exclusively to the study of BL. In order to show you where this lack of interest or even deep skepticism stems from, let us take a look at scientific investigation in general, starting with the three foundations that are essential to the whole of modern natural science.


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  • Herbert Boerner
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  1. 1.MainzGermany

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