The E-Meter Scam - Using a Belief System for Profit

If anyone has ever thoroughly studied Dr. Hal Puthoff's history, it quickly becomes apparent that his activities throughout the years go far beyond simple scientific research. Hal has consistently and aggressively pursued any and all avenues of alternative funding for fringe research. The most important question any researcher should ask is this:

Would a "genius" scientist, who was a renowned quantum laser expert, truly believe that such a ridiculously simple and basic electronic device as the "E-Meter" could seriously be considered as a new discovery? Surely, a man trained in the electrical engineering aspects of lasers would recognize the history and operation of such a basic galvanometer?