RFD: Viktor Schauberger


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Just in the last two days in two completely different contexts, I've had to fend off "appeal to Viktor Schauberger" arguments (one regarding getting electricity from water, another about "hexagonal water", I think - at this point, I was shoving soft cheese in my ears to protect my brain from harm). The name and field/ideas rang a bell, and I realised that I'd seen a "documentary" about him, made by what are best described as his acolytes. I'd even written a review of that film on IMDB, in the vain hope to warn people from wasting their time watching it (
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2185535/reviews?ref_=tt_ql_3 ), but an a spoiler-avoiding way I kept my criticisms ery non-specific.
The wikipedia page on him ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Schauberger ) is so neutral a point of view, there's no view, and basically no point.

There's a range of equally-vaguely worded snippets and dismissals dotted around the internet, but I couldn't find anything that systematically lists and debunks all the claims associated with Schauberger. The more I sniffed around, the more hints to wider and wider fields of bunk became apparent, the pinnacle probably being this:
One of Schauberger's projects was to produce a flying machine, saucer shaped, that used a "vortex propulsion" system. His theory was that "if water or air is rotated into a twisting form of oscillation, known as a 'colloidal,' a build-up of energy results, which, with immense power, can cause levitation."
Content from External Source
-- http://www.unmuseum.org/germufo.htm

Given his apparent reputation and reach, I suspect his oeuvre might be worthy of a systematic debunk. And no, I really don't want to watch the movie again to get things started :(
His German wikipedia page has a lot more information and includes examples of failed machines designed by him.