Roberto Muehlenkamp’s attempts to analyse burial space and cremation are filled with mathematical errors, as I have previously illustrated in the case of his erroneous derivation of a population mean weight as equalling the weight of an individual at (supposed) population-average height and (supposed) population-average BMI.
Anyone can make an error, but Muehlenkamp’s errors are so frequent that it’s clear they are not occasional slips but indications of a profound incompetence – or dishonesty – or both. This post will give one amusing example. What’s even more amazing is that this blunder got past all of HC’s members and friends who proofread their manifesto.
In his table 8.41 in the HC manifesto, Muehlenkamp informs us that the energy content of 50 kg of wood is the same as the energy content of… 12 kg of wood:
Similar errors (e.g. supposing that the energy content of 76 kg of wood is the same as the energy content of 18 kg of wood) occur also in Muehlenkamp’s tables 8.39, 8.40, 8.42, and 8.43. The error is probably the result of Muehlenkamp’s failure to convert his units properly.