the second Picture of the Day in a
series that contrasts the vision of
presently accepted theories with
that of an Electric Universe.
The tiny oblong of light in
the upper center of the image on the left is of a galaxy
recorded in the wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation to
which our biological visual apparatus responds. That
apparatus is adapted to interpreting its signals in the
context of conditions on the surface of the Earth. In
consequence, other than the pinpoints of light that make up
the galaxy, we assume that we see nothing because nothing is
This "default interpretation" of biological adaptation is a selection effect
that biases our consideration of possible explanations. Because electromagnetic
radiation can have wavelengths far outside the tiny range of human visual
response, the visual data on which presently accepted theories are based
constitutes a small and, as it turns out, unrepresentative sample.
We see an aggregation of matter. Because we see nothing nearby, gravity must be
pulling the aggregation toward its center of mass. The theory of gravity
dictates that energy and energy density must increase toward the center, and we
see that this is true. Our "default" explanation has been verified.
But the space age introduced instruments that expanded our biological vision by
detecting the other wavelengths. With our new "eyes," we saw that the empty
spaces were laced with filaments and clouds of high-energy x-ray and gamma
radiation. The entire sky was "fogged in" with low-energy microwave radiation.
Where we saw darkness and emptiness at night, our new telescopes saw brightness
and fullness and structure.
The image on the right is of the same galaxy recorded in radio wavelengths.
Threads of radiation extend along the spin axis of the galaxy to fields of
radiation far from the galaxy that are much larger than the galaxy. The Electric
Universe sees this entire structure as a pinch in a cosmic
Birkeland-current circuit. Induced
secondary circuits generate rotation with
spiral or ring structures in the equatorial plane and axial ejections with
radio-noisy double layers at the boundary of the
galactic sheath (magnetosphere).
So, is this "really" an electric galaxy instead of a gravity galaxy? Our
biological default-interpretation apparatus has developed and has been refined
over a long time. Our technologically enhanced sensors are recent, and we still
"translate" their output into a bio-visual format that we inevitably interpret
in some default manner. It's unlikely that first attempts at a new
interpretation will be optimal adaptations to the new senses. The Electric
Universe, as one of several new visions, provides useful contrast with the old
to invigorate the neglected scientific question, What else could it be?