I don't see their problem, they're quite used to working with fictionalised reality and hokum, why should this particular problem cause them pause for thought?
Can't answer? No problem, sling some numbers across the blackboard and hope nobody looks too close.
For instance, make up some ludicrous suggestion that gravity waves work differently on microwave reflective surfaces, and manifest as an inverted 'information' stream on which a craft can be made to 'surf'.
I've kept the language simple deliberately, but part of the performance requires grammar skills to tax part of the audience, math skills to perplex the ego and experience of others - etc etc.
Just how quickly do you suppose the first real challenge will come? NASA illustrates this mindset perfectly, they are terrified of early challenges to their position, so take NO position at all, but how long does it take before 'someone' suggests they're just too stupid to understand the concept within which the reality lies.
Einstein was a past master of such intellectual acrobatics. He used the female primal attraction for intellect, and its perceived genetic advantages to lure the hard to get - with some success. How much less risky to the ego was one of his numeric puzzles, tossed out to linger, unchallenged - due to fear of being made to look a fool.
Black holes worked didn't they?
Edited by Trevor, 06 February 2018 - 03:47 AM.