QuoteI have seen many cold fusion researchers and others waste years or even decades on machines that do not work. They thought the machines were working, but they were wrong. They wasted their lives. This will happen to you if you are wrong and you refuse to face reality.
The crowds of high-tech scientists managed to pursue for example string theory for forty years, they issued books and BBC shows - and we can be even sure, they had absolute no practical/usefull applications on their mind with it. So I think, me356 would handle his wasting our lives quite easily.
BTW Why the mainstream science proponents fear the negative results so much? The unsureness about results is the very basis of really inquisitive research - all the rest is just collection of stamps.