Nigel Cheese

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Nigel Cheese, sometimes referred to as Nigel Cheese "Hands", is an English pseudoscientist who has often been ridiculed by those within the debunking community. He was a former sailor in the British Navy, a fact which he wishes all his viewers to know. He claims to have doctorate degrees as well as many other credentials, but he has provided no proof that he does indeed have these credentials. Cheese has also claimed to have an IQ of 207 and made fantastically absurd claims all at once:[1]

Nigel Cheese believes strongly in magnets ("They've been here an awful lot longer than any of us humans") and his misunderstanding of magnets is similar to that of Ken Wheeler. He also appears to subscribe to a form of electric universe ideology as well as promoting pseudomathematics.

His YouTube channel is at Greg at TelephoNET [2] even though his name is not Greg, at least not that we know. He is most known for saying "Oops!" and has become a meme as a result.


In his main video, Nigel Cheese claims that at one point in his youth, in his twenties, he was a sailor in the British Navy and he was holding a presentation in front of a "group of high high level people" where he "debunked" all of academia, including math, physics, biology, and engineering all with a simple magnet.[3] Of course, this interaction us unlikely to have occurred, at least exactly as he described, since if he was indeed talking to experts in these fields, they likely would have laughed him off the stage.

In any case, at the beginning of the video, Nigel "proves" that 1+1=1 by showing how combining two magnets, each with 1 north and 1 south pole, creates another magnet with only 1 north and south pole.[3] Of course, he forgets the most basic lesson about physics in this "proof" and disregards the importance of units. This is like saying 1+1=2 because adding a shoe to another makes just one pair of shoes: a pair of shoes is a different unit to shoe and you have to take this into account. Next, Nigel goes on to debunk the claim that infinity = 720 degrees by using a magnet to show that infinity = 1440 degrees.[3] He claims that people think that infinity = 720 degrees because the infinity symbol is two circles each representing 360 degrees (of course, when adding them, he forgets his earlier "rule" that 1+1=1), but of course he neglects that infinity is just a symbol.[3]

Later, Nigel "proves" that infinity < pi (which he only writes down to two correct digits) by claiming a circle equals pi, which is incorrect as the angle within a circle is 2pi, but even then the geometric object of a circle cannot be said to be equal directly to a number (pi) as this makes no mathematical sense.[3] He then "debunks" E=mc^2 by drawing an erroneous diagram, and then Newton's laws of motion through his incorrect understanding of how magnets and magnetic fields work.[3] He later then claims that magnets can resist gravity only because they are secretly powered by cold fusion and zero-point energy, and that magnets have a hidden second set of poles which shoot out the sides of the magnet perpendicular to the north/south axis.[3] The video mostly consists of him doing nonsense math. The video ends when Nigel proves you can cure cancer with ionized water and, if you line magnets up, you can create free electricity.[3]

Nigel continues his claim of being able to create free energy with his so-called "Gaea Project" which he features on his YouTube channel with his "free energy panels" which he claims are many times more efficient than normal solar panels and can even work at night.[4] He later went on to promote his project, now named PCAM (Photonic Catalytic Amplification Matrix), to investors [5], although what happened to him after that is unknown.