GaryN wrote:What kind of evidence are you looking for?
The fairest of all questions.
My catastrophism is based on observable and reproducible processes that create features like what we see in nature in short time periods in the lab. My premise is that these quick processes in the lab can be applied to earth history in place of the gradualistic paradigm of the standard model. For a while in my thinking the argument seemed to be catastrophism vs. gradualism, but more and more I have come to see it as observable catastrophic processes vs. observable gradual processes being the main contributors to earth history, and finding the catastrophic evidences more weighty.
I don't see planetary sized EDM happening anywhere, just ET surface features that do not have exact analogs on the earth. It's of course fun to speculate what sort of causes and effects come to bear in conditions of unique or no atmospheres, and to imagine what might happen if huge voltage differentials were to build up between astronomical bodies [and what might cause that?]. I'm fascinated by the scenarios presented by EU-ers in this regard, and if any of them were able to be verified it would be a great enhancement to my own view. Our late Michael Steinbacher pushed further into this than many were willing to go by trying to apply some of those scenarios to earth history. I admire him for that, but frankly am unconvinced that those explanations have greater merit than attributing earth's features to processes we can all observe.
I can buy the electric sun hypothesis as a working model, and see applications of the interplanetary, interstellar and intergalactic Birkland current theme... I love upper atmosphere sprites and ELVES as evidencing the electrical environment of our planet; but these processes seem to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium, with no bursts or catastrophic episodes yet to be seen in play anywhere, particularly of the EDM variety. Squatter Man, if a plasmoid observed by terrestrial skygazers, would have to have been seen from the side, but why is the huge body that would have been responsible for such a discharge never depicted with "him"? And that is a small issue compared with the huge volume of presuppositions that have gone into so much of the EU mythology. So I'm skeptical for now.