The Electric Universe: How They Say It Works
The electric universe concept is not widely known but it has found its way into the Community Communique now and then as a result of Community members finding some of its principles of interest — whether electricity or plasma or mythology. (Not to mention that the producer of many of the films published by the Thunderbolts organization on facets of the electric universe concept is a longtime member of our Community: Gerald Simonson.)
The electric universe concept is still controversial as an alternative to the principles of conventional physics and astrophysics. And its own principles and perspective on the cosmos are generally not found all together in a single synopsis. The article linked to below, “The Electric Universe” by Wal Thornhill, provides this synopsis.
I suggest you read it — especially if you are scientifically trained yourself — and start a conversation in our comments to this posting.
Here is how it opens:
“The Electric Universe”
By Wal Thornhill
“We live in an electric world. Our cities are visible from space at night, blazing with electric lights. The electricity courses invisibly in the darkness over great distances along thin power lines. We find electricity indispensable. Nature does the same since all matter is electrical. Yet astronomy is stuck in the gas-light era, unable to see that stars are simply electric lights strung along invisible cosmic power lines that are detectable by their magnetic fields and radio noise.
“It is now a century since the Norwegian genius Kristian Birkeland proved that the phenomenal ‘northern lights’ or aurora borealis is an earthly connection with the electrical Sun. Later, Hannes Alfvén the Swedish Nobel Prize winning physicist, with a background in electrical engineering and experience of the northern lights, drew the solar circuit. It is no coincidence that Scandinavian scientists led the way in showing that we live in an Electric Universe.
“Why have they been ignored? The answer may be found in the inertia of prior beliefs and the failure of our educational institutions. We humans are better storytellers than scientists. We see the universe through the filter of tales we are told in childhood and our education systems reward those who can best repeat them. Dissent is discouraged so that many of the brightest intellects become bored and drop out. The history of science is sanitized to ignore the great controversies of the past, which were generally ‘won’ by a vote instead of reasoned debate. Today NASA does science by press release and investigative journalism is severely inhibited. And narrow experts who never left school do their glossy media ‘show and tell,’ keeping the public in the dark in this ‘dark age’ of science. It is often said, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” History shows otherwise that entrenched paradigms resist extraordinary disproof.”
This article first appeared in Wake Up World, January 28, 2015.