Water enables all life on Earth. Find out how Ken Wheeler takes this simple and obvious observation and twists it into bizarre claims that would pose a public nuisance if anyone were to believe them.
As we all know, water is essential to life. We can live for a month or two without food, but we can’t go more than a day or two without water.
Our bodies are about 60% water. That percentage can be as high as 90% for some organisms.
Water also has unusual properties. It’s the only substance we can easily find as solid, liquid and gas all over our planet. Water in its solid form is less dense than in liquid form, which is a good thing because otherwise, there would be thick blocks of ice all over the ocean floor.
Views on Water Fall Into Two Categories – Obvious and False
Ken Wheeler raises the subject of water in his videos quite frequently. Without saying so, and without fully grasping them, he has commandeered his odd claims about water’s spiritual significance from the ancient philosopher Thales of Miletus.
His views on water fall into two categories. Most of what the Theoria Apophasis creator says about water is blatantly obvious. The rest of his water pronouncements are demonstrably false.
His most central claim about water is that it is “the antenna of the consubstantiality of spirit and matter.” As usual with the Angry Photographer, that’s a mouthful, so let’s break his assertion down.
“Antenna of the Consubstantiality of Spirit and Matter”
We’ll start with water molecules. As we know, water consists of two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom.
The blue oxygen atom is in the middle and the yellow hydrogen atoms out at the edges form a v-shape. Another word for this kind of arrangement is a dipole, because the oxygen atom has the opposite charge from the two hydrogen atoms.
The word dipole comes up again in a different context. Many devices use antennas with a similar v-shape and charge. Ken Wheeler appeals to one of his gadget hoarding hobbies, ham radio, as his credential for discussing this. The most familiar, but old-fashioned, type of dipole antenna is the set of “rabbit ears” on old school TVs.
Calls Water Molecule the “Dipole Antenna of Consciousness”
In a death-defying leap of logic, Kentucky Ken mysteriously concludes that the similarity in shape between a water molecule and a dipole aerial provides “irreducibly irrefutable” proof that water is the dipole antenna of consciousness, i.e. the connection between spirit and matter.
In support of this peculiar notion, the YouTuber behind Theoria Apophasis offers a special kind of triangle of which he’s fond. It’s an isosceles triangle with the angles 108˚, 36˚ and 36˚. (Recall that the angles of a triangle always add to 180˚.) We cover this triangle in more detail under Golden Ratio – Why Ken’s Wrong.
Because of these sacred proportions, Ken Wheeler insists that the angle of a water molecule’s v-shape is the same 108˚ as his revered triangle. As always, he’s wrong.
Claims Water Molecule Angle is 108˚ As Usual He’s Wrong
The actual angle of the two hydrogen atoms bonded to the central oxygen atom is 104.5˚. The Angry Photographer tries to explain this away by saying he measures the “charged parameters” or the “influence region” of the molecule. He doesn’t explain what this means or how it changes the angle.
Elsewhere, he claims that an angle “of 85 degrees represents life, perfect proportionality and likewise representing the PLANE OF INERTIA of the polar water molecule.” He never reconciles this discrepancy.
In his The Perfect Harmonic Proportionality & Incommensurability of the Water Molecule, the Theoria Apophasis creator offers an array of arithmetic blunders such as 1/φ-3 = 1 = 5 = φ3. While it’s true that 1/φ-3 = φ3, neither of those two expressions equal 1 or 5, and it goes without saying that 1 does not equal 5.
Fudged Geometry and Fascination with the Golden Ratio φ
All of this fudged geometry ties back into the Angry Photographer’s fascination with the Golden Ratio, the number mathematicians call phi (φ). We’ve debunked his many other claims about φ under the post The Golden Ratio Why Ken’s Wrong.
The Theoria Apophasis creator has several other idiosyncratic views about water. Perhaps the strangest is his belief that water has a mind of its own.
Apparently Ken Wheeler once stored several jugs of distilled water on shelves in his kitchen. Two of the jugs sprang a leak and Ken had to mop up the mess.
Attributes Leak to “Water Wanting to Break from Jug”
Readers may not find this story noteworthy, and obviously it’s not. However, Ken Wheeler attributes these spills to the water wanting to “break from the prison of that jug.”
Of course, there’s a much simpler explanation that covers all of the facts. It’s called plastic failure and it can be caused by the material used, poor design, sloppy manufacturing processes or improper handling.
Readers can judge for themselves. Which seems more likely; the water somehow came to life, or the jugs were poorly made?
Motive Behind His Baseless Claim
More recently, the Angry Photographer has tipped his hand, revealing the motive behind this baseless claim. He shared with his audience that one of his properties includes a natural spring.
The Theoria Apophasis then asked viewers for suggestions about what he should do with the spring, broadly hinting that he was thinking about starting a bottled water business. The next video he made harkened back to the bizarre claims about water outlined above.
Kentucky Ken went on to use his leaky bottle anecdote to prop up an unsubstantiated claim that water dissolves plastic bottles, absorbing supposedly toxic micro plastic particles in the process. It seems his new business plan is to sell his spring water in glass bottles to differentiate his product from competitors with his odd claims providing his value proposition.
Deeply Concerned About Microwaving Water
Ken Wheeler is also deeply concerned about an anomaly that comes from microwaving water. Anyone who’s ever made instant coffee using a microwave will have noticed this.
Water heated in a microwave will foam up and sometimes overflow the cup when you add instant coffee crystals or tea leaves. This doesn’t happen if you boil the water in a kettle.
This phenomenon happens because microwave ovens induce motion in bipolar molecules like water to generate heat. The foaming from this molecular motion can be a bit of a nuisance but is otherwise completely harmless.
Microwave Foaming a Nuisance but Completely Harmless
Yet, the Angry Photographer is convinced that microwaves are causing serious public health issues. As always, he has no facts or evidence on which to base this opinion and experts fundamentally disagree.
Ken Wheeler then takes his “water as antenna” notion to even greater heights of absurdity. He insists that “every microsecond, people are being bombarded by millions and millions of frequencies.”
This is an issue, according to the Angry Photographer, because “the interlocutor for the tuning of the signal of the manifestation of consciousness is water.” Supposedly, radio signal traffic creates spiritual interference of some sort that causes mental illness. One wonders if he sports a tinfoil hat in private.
One Wonders If He Sports a Tinfoil Hat in Private
Radio signals consist of non-ionizing electromagnetic waves. The energy level per quantum in a radio wave is much too weak to affect atoms or molecules, meaning that it’s physically impossible for them to interfere with Ken Wheeler’s watery antennae.
The Theoria Apophasis presenter also claims “I’ve never drank from the tap in my life.” He tell his viewers he drinks bottled mineral water almost exclusively.
Bottled water is a foolish waste of money for someone who is always crying poor and begging for donations. Disposing of all those bottles is also an environmental concern.
Tap Water is “Quantitatively but Not Qualitatively Pure”
Ken Wheeler’s reasoning is that tap water passes through municipal water filtration systems. The fact that qualified staff and government inspectors rigorously test the water flowing out of these plants means nothing to him.
The Angry Photographer rationalizes this phobia by claiming that the water is “quantitatively pure” but not “qualitatively pure.” Somehow, the water is eternally defiled by contact with the septic system and we are “drinking filth” no matter what purification process it passes through afterwards.
Once again, Ken Wheeler offers no explanation or evidence in support of this “qualitative” impurity. It seems that the thought of water treatment used to remove “dirty cooties” makes him feel icky.
Claims that Tested Tap Water Has “Qualitative Impurity”
It’s odd to have so many phobias and misconceptions about something one believes is the source of all life. It’s also hard to misunderstand something as simple in principle as water, but Ken Wheeler somehow manages it.
The Angry Photographer brazenly declares that ” there’s not another YouTube video out there that will talk about this.” That’s because these ideas mislead viewers in terms of basic chemistry and health and safety. They’d become a serious public nuisance if anyone took them seriously.
So, it’s important for Ken Wheeler’s viewers to completely disregard everything he has to say about good old H2O Instead, go microwave some tap water, add some tea or coffee, savour it, and just let all this foolishness drift away.