Suppressed Inventions & Other Discoveries is a collection of articles and abstracts that is a valuable resource of substantial and credible evidence that is supportive of the belief that significant inventions and scientific discoveries have been suppressed. Jonathan Eisen has brought together over forty articles and abstracts that, in many cases, tell compelling stories clearly worth serious investigation by mainstream science.
There are various reasons or motives for the suppression of revolutionary or paradigm shifting discoveries, but they all come down to a combination of 1) egoistic attachment to the status quo and conventional paradigms, 2) financial interests in maintaining current markets (do you think the oil industry might have an incentive to impede the development of alternative energy technologies), 3) the revolving door between government regulatory employees and industry, 4) the entrenchment of academia, 5) the monopoly concentration of media ownership and 6) the military. Together, there is a natural motivation that is supportive of this intersecting complex of interests.
Eisen's book is well-worth reading, and in this review I will only mention of few of the articles that serve as an excellent introduction for further research.
In "Does Medicine Have a Bad Attitude" by James P. Carter the author reports on a March 1990 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. David Horrobin entitled "The Philosophical Basis of Peer Review and The Suppression of Innovation" that argues that medical innovation is not infrequently met with unscientific prejudice in order to create contrived barriers and resistance. This is a relatively tame example of far more troubling stories told in Suppressed Inventions & Other Discoveries, but it does establish the mentality of suppression.
One of the notorious examples of medical suppression is told in the story of Royal Raymond Rife. Eisen's book contains an abstract of The Cancer Cure That Worked!: Fifty Years of Suppression by Barry Lynes. Lynes' recounts the story of Rife's development of a powerful microscope that was vastly more powerful than any other optical microscope of its day or since, and unlike modern day electron microscopes, it is claimed that microbes could be observed in their live states. Ultimately, Rife's microscope was capable of determining through a light staining process the unique light frequencies of microorganisms. The high magnification and the staining of the microorganisms for frequency made it possible to attempt to destroy pathogens with finely tuned radio frequencies that, through destructive resonance, might destroy them. A significant number of physicians claimed success in using the microscopes and the frequency device therapies. However, Rife and his associates had now to endure years of harassment by the AMA and government regulators.
The questions that needs to be asked is straightforward and simple: Why have there not been objective, scientific research to determine if either Rife's microscopes or frequency devices worked as claimed and clinical trials organized to test efficacy The story of suppression has this ongoing theme that has been repeated endlessly. If it can't be true, then don't test it. And since there has been no officially monitored scientific testing, these inventions are the mere claims of charlatans.
In "Gunfire in the Laboratory: T. Henry Moray and the Free Energy Machine" by Jeanne Manning a similar story of suppression is told. Moray had developed a machine in the 1920s and 1930s that appears to have generated up to 50,000 watts of electricity with no observable or ascertainable power source. The device seemed to be pulling energy out of the air! Once again, however, the process of harassment developed including death threats and the actual wounding of Moray. Some of Moray's patents mysterious vanished from the files of the U.S. patent office. However, the fact is that Moray's invention was demonstrated to many credible observers, perhaps most notably the renowned physicist Harvey Fletcher, who signed an affidavit about two years before his death stating that "I did not know how the device functioned and do not know today, but I do know that it did function for the several hours of the time that I observed it. I could discern no batteries, and could observe no other known methods of inducing electric power into the box or its loads." (quote is from the direct source, not Eisen's book).
Suppressed Inventions contains of plethora of claims that, frankly, are an embarrassment to science, not because the claims are necessarily valid, but because mainstream institutions of science sometimes behave as though the closed-mind is the scientific mind.
Another article by Jeanne Manning, "Antigravity on the Rocks: the T. T. Brown Story" tells of the apparent anti-gravity inventions of T. Townsend Brown. Townsend built Saucer-shaped discs---with no moving parts---that could travel through the air at hundreds of miles per hour. Once, again, a seeming breakthrough of momentous proportions was thwarted only this time it was the U.S. military that broke into his apartment, and academia provided the cold shoulder that effectively blocked further research.
Many other claimed inventions are discussed in the book, including a long list of alternative automotive designs that are claimed to dramatically reduce or eliminate the use of gasoline or petroleum.
Cavalier dismissals of alternative science and technology, much like the disregarding of serious claims of conspiracy, is nothing less than a dismissal of the importance of truth. If we are to merely accept what the financial, political, academic and military power complex wants us to believe then we will truly become a society of robots and stooges. Suppressed Inventions & Other Discoveries is an important book because it provides an introduction to subject matter that must be addressed if we, as a people, treat democracy, freedom and truth as matters to be taken seriously. Or we can just be "happy," follow the herd, be a member of the herd and ask no questions.