2018-10-02 19:22:57 UTC
A battery has been doing mechanical work since 1840:
"This Battery Has Lasted 175 Years and No One Knows How"
The battery must be converting ambient heat into work, in violation of the second law of thermodynamics. Sounds crazy but any other explanation would be much crazier.
An analogous system. In an electric field water undergoes turbulent motion NOT POWERED BY ELECTRIC ENERGY:
The motion is POWERED BY AMBIENT HEAT, and therefore can do work (e.g. by rotating a waterwheel) in violation of the second law of thermodynamics.
In post-truth science, when it comes to the second law of thermodynamics or Einstein's false constant-speed-of-light postulate, the crimestop is absolute:
"Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity." http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/o79n/chapter2.9.html