Leading the Way
Two preeminent spokesmen for the Electric Universe, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott, will be present at EU 2013, each adding powerful new material for the coming year.
What does it mean to say that an intellectual movement is reaching the “tipping point?” Wallace Thornhill will review the great surprises that have fundamentally altered our understanding of the universe, throwing new light on the extraordinary role of the electric force at all scales of observation.
A physicist and natural philosopher, Wallace has spent decades questioning popular ideas about the physical world. In the past 16 years, standing on the shoulders of his predecessors, he has laid an interdisciplinary foundation for the Electric Universe paradigm. His first peer-reviewed paper on the electrical nature of stars and supernovae was published in the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol 35 No. 4, Special Issue on Space & Cosmic Plasmas – August 2007.
A co-authored paper on the Martian “blueberry” phenomenon has been published and a co-authored paper in Japan on the plasma phenomenon at the centers of galaxies has been submitted for publication. Co-author with David Talbott of Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe, Wal has been awarded a gold medal for 2010 by the European Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science.
If extraordinary natural events provoked an explosion of archaic myths and symbols, how might we reconstruct these events at a high level of confidence? Drawing on animated representations of the ancient sky, David Talbott will enumerate the ground rules for drawing reliable conclusions from the global testimony of unreliable witnesses. The result is a spectacular portrait of an ancient sky remembered around the world.
David is the founder and director of The Thunderbolts Project. His book The Saturn Myth (1980) helped to inspire the work of several others now joined in this collaborative project. In 1996 his work was the subject of a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Ben Ged Low, Remembering the End of the World. More recently, he was the co-author with Australian physicist Wallace Thornhill, of two books, Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe.
In the year 2000 David’s representations of the ancient sky, based on the global accord of early cultures, inspired an intense investigation of ancient rock art by the leading plasma scientist Anthony Peratt of Los Alamos Laboratories. After several years of inputting data into the Roadrunner computer at Los Alamos (largest in the world), he concluded that the reconstruction was fundamentally accurate, depicting intensely energetic electric discharge formations close to the earth. See “Seeking the Third Story” on the ThunderboltsProject Youtube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSB93dGMGeg.
This past year has seen a tremendous surge in interest from highly accredited scientists, though not all of those coming into collaboration and critical discussion with The Thunderbolts Project can be publicly announced. However, some like Rupert Sheldrake, Mae-Wan Ho, Dean Radin and Stephen Crothers have agreed to speak. Please note: For personal reasons, Don Scott is not expected to attend.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD Science Set Free
Many scientists like to think that science already understands the ways of the natural world. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine and psychology.
Rupert shows how the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a belief-system, or an exploration? He will turn the dogmas of science into questions, opening up startling new possibilities and will suggest that the sciences would be better off without them. For example, the “laws of nature” may be habits that change and evolve. The Fundamental Constants may not be constant. Minds may extend far beyond brains. Memories may not be stored as traces in our brains.
Rupert is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including Science Set Free (September 2012). He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Principal Plant Physiologist at ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He lives in London.
Mae-Wan Ho, PhD
Life is Water Electric
Mae-Wan Ho, Director and founder of the Institute of Science in Society, is best known for pioneering work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems and the liquid crystalline water of the living matrix. She is also a staunch critic of neo-Darwinian theory and the biotech industry. Much in demand as a public speaker and a prolific writer, Mae-Wan has more than 170 scientific publications, 18 books, and over 500 popular articles and essays across all disciplines.
Having retired in June 2000, she continues to teach as Visiting Professor of Biophysics at University of Cantania, Italy. Now her mission includes a global initiative to reclaim science and art for the public good. Mae-Wan will emphasize that electricity from water energizes and animates life and enables each single molecule to intercommunicate with every other. It is truly the means, medium, and message of life, “the rainbow within that mirrors the one in the sky”. This is the subject of her latest book Living Rainbow H2O (2012).
The Non-existence of the Black Hole and the Total Failure of General Relativity
Stephen Crothers is a preeminent mathematician, counted among the most competent critics of modern cosmology (including both the General Theory of Relativity and popular theory of the Big Bang). He has also gained much attention for his systematic unravelling of standard Black Hole theory, showing that the mathematical model of a Black Hole follows neither from observation nor from any logical reasoning from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The math is advanced but the implications for the culture of science could not be more compelling.
Stephen’s criticisms of the core tenets of contemporary theory have been reviewed and accepted by independent experts in the affected fields, despite the fact that his heresy was so troubling to orthodox scientists that he was forced out of the PhD program at the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. sjcrothers.plasmaresources.com/PhD
Dean Radin, PhD
Men Who Stare at Photons
By its discernment of connectedness within every domain of the physical world and of life itself, the Electric Universe progressively pushes the boundaries between normal and the so-called paranormal. Now it calls for consideration of phenomena that have been rigorously investigated for over a century, along the way developing many of the gold-standard scientific methodologies commonly used today in conventional disciplines. Those phenomena include experiments involving direct interactions between minds, and between minds and matter.
Dean is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of over 200 articles and three books: The Conscious Universe (1997, HarperCollins), Entangled Minds (2006, Simon & Schuster), and the forthcoming Supernormal (2013, Random House). He has conducted research on exceptional human capacities at Princeton University, the University of Edinburgh, and SRI International, and has a PhD in psychology and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign.
Gerald Pollack, PhD
New Insights into Electricity and Structured Water
At EU2012 in Las Vegas, Dr. Jerry Pollack talked about the key role of water in understanding how biological systems work. He emphasized that the body is 99% water molecules. At the interface of cellular material, these water molecules become a highly structured liquid crystal medium. This liquid crystal carries charge and is in dynamic relationship to the charge of tissue in the body and the electromagnetic energy in the environment.
In Albuquerque, Jerry will provide extensions and insights into this research garnered in his lab during the last year. He will add significantly to the information on electrically structured water and take these discussions several steps further. Jerry is a professor in the bio-engineering department of the University of Washington. He has spent the last 10 years researching the role of water in biological tissue. His discoveries will have a profound impact on the nature of disease and healing.
Jim Ryder, PhD
The Emerging Science of Life
Jim Ryder, PhD will moderate a panel entitled: The Emerging Science of Life, which will include Rupert Sheldrake, Mae-Wan Ho, Dean Radin, Wallace Thornhill, Craig Holdrege and Jerry Pollack. He was a Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company and responsible for the Advanced Technology Center. This R&D organization encompassed remote sensing, space science, optics and electro-optics, thermal sciences, materials and nanotechnology, structures, photonics, telecommunications and space based navigation, computer modeling and information sciences. During a 38-year career with LMC, he was involved in aeronautics and space applications from aircraft to rockets and missiles to spacecraft.
Jim holds a PhD in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois. He has taught short courses and graduate courses, served on advisory panels, review boards, committees and in organizations furthering the teaching of science and technology.
Don Haney, PhD
The Electric Universe: Open Questions
Don Haney, PhD will act as moderator of the Sunday panel entitled: The Electric Universe: Open Questions, which will include Mel Acheson, Jim Johnson, Forrest Bishop, Monty Childs, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott. Don obtained a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and Doctorate in Engineering Management, essentially applied math – statistics and operations research from Clemson University. He served in the US Air Force as a scientific analyst and engineering development officer after which he entered academia as a business school professor at various universities and colleges. Don currently teaches math and business at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso.
SAFIRE: An Experimental Investigation of the Electric Sun
A carefully constructed experiment to produce anomalous features of the Sun in the laboratory will be the subject of this presentation. The anomalous solar features include acceleration of charged particles away from the Sun, heating of the upper atmosphere or corona, polar jets, simultaneous arcing in different hemispheres, super rotation of the equatorial atmosphere and more. Can a Solellus, or electrically-driven, miniature Sun in the laboratory, answer the longstanding mysteries of the solar atmosphere? Monty and his research group are confident that the technology is now available to rigorously test the electric Sun hypothesis. The conference presentation will cover the project plan from engineering and design through construction, commissioning, and testing. It will include a review of prior experiments (some publicized, some not publicized) on which much of the team’s confidence is based.
Monty is the author of three college engineering text books and holds eight international technical patents. He was lead design engineer of the Canadian National Research Council for Rocket Design to measure for oxygen in the upper atmosphere.
Craig Holdrege, PhD
Why Context Matters
Craig Holdrege PhD is co-founder and director of The Nature Institute in upstate New York. Much of his work has concentrated on the study of animals and plants within a larger dynamic and integrated web of life. He has written monographs and many articles, most of which can be viewed on the institute’s website. Craig’s book Genetics and the Manipulation of Life: The Forgotten Factor of Context (1996) was one of the first to emphasize the contextual nature of heredity, now a major topic of pioneering research in the biological sciences. He also has a special interest in making genetic research understandable to the general public.
Since the late 1990s, Craig has worked with his Nature Institute colleague, Steve Talbott, to write numerous articles on the topic as well as the book Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering. Based on this work and his interest in the epistemological foundations of science and how assumptions and biases affect the culture and practice of science, Craig’s presentation will address “Why Context Matters.”
Personal Strategic Experiences: Electric Universe–Are We Limiting Ourselves?
Bill Nichols presentation will provide information as to how past high level USAF, Navy and Army projects support the Electric Universe model. He will then illustrate the issue of Climate Change with key examples that support electromagnetic components as major drivers of climate variance as well as direct measurement opportunities. Climate Change dynamics, coupled with water and earth tectonics interactions will be considered with a postulate as to how all earth life forms are involved in an Electric Universe. Bill’s presentation will end with suggestions to connect with both the general public and leaders to illustrate the benefit in exploring the EU concept.
Bill is an Atmospheric Scientist employed with the National Weather Service (NWS) for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he was in the USAF where he worked on such projects as the F-117A Stealth Fighter, B-2 bomber, Strategic Defense Initiative commonly known as “Star Wars” as well as energy applications that confirmed energy anomalies such as existence of Cold Fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). His NWS research ranges from small scale severe weather projects and product applications to larger scale elements of Climate Change. His successful family farm operations for the past several decades in Iowa have provided insights to interactions of weather, life and the Electric Universe.
Measuring the Cosmos
Ralph Biggins will tell the audience how spacecraft help search for a valid cosmic ruler. Looking at the original data from spacecraft and ground based telescopes, he will critically analyze both the standard cosmology model and the EU concept. Spacecraft offer us the best opportunity to understand the solar system and the universe itself. By getting above the Earth’s atmosphere, the universe can be viewed in a way not possible by ground-based telescopes. Spacecraft such as Hipparcos and Ulysses have given amazing insights to understand the universe, and future missions such as Gaia and Solar Orbiter will go even further.
Ralph is a Spacecraft Operations Engineer, who works at ESA’s European Spacecraft Operations Center in Germany on missions such as Herschel and Planck. In his spare time he actively investigates the validity of the Electric Universe concept.
Michael Clarage, PhD
Our Universe–It’s Electric!
Over the last 200 years the word “cosmology” has come to mean only stars, galaxies, and enormous, lonely reaches of space – a vast expanse of cosmic islands where humans have no meaningful place. But in most cultures today cosmology is a way of thinking about the entire universe, including such small microcosms as we men and women. The EU paradigm is moving scientific thinking towards a cosmology that once again encompasses everything we know about the universe, including ourselves.
Michael received his PhD in physics in 1992 from Brandeis University, working under Don Caspar, studying the biological and statistical behavior of proteins. Prior to that, he spent several years studying binary pulsars with Joel Weisberg at the Arecibo radio telescope. With his brother, he gave traveling lectures about their discoveries in the areas of fractional calculus, fractals, and chaotic systems. He is self published in philosophy and children’s stories (both available on lulu.com). Over the past 15 years, he has presented public lectures on such topics as Relativity and Dimensions, Metaphysics in Biology, Transformation in Supernova and Metamorphosis in Biology.
Paul Anderson, PhD
Electrical Discharge on Earth’s Surface
Paul Anderson will present his current research utilizing fractal analysis in an effort to differentiate fluvial and electrical morphologies. His initial analysis revealed there to be no statistical difference between the fractal dimensions of certain geological structures and laboratory based electrical discharges. However, he found a significant difference between the fractal dimension of known fluvial erosion and known electrical discharges. Such data strongly supports the hypothesis of extreme electrical events on the earth’s surface.
Paul works as a chemist for the US Army and is leading efforts in the Thunderbolts Project community to implement statistical design of experiments (DOE) approach to experimentation. By properly utilizing modern designs, the efficiency and statistical rigor in experimentation is greatly increased. He is involved with the Stellar Atmospheric Function in Regulation Experiment (SAFIRE) as well as exploring methods to quantify the effects of possible planetary scale discharges on the geologic landscape.
The Nature of the Sun Reconsidered
The Electric Universe model of the Sun and the heliospheric electrical circuit will be reconsidered in the light of evidence from spacecraft missions and ground-based observations since the time of Juergens and Alfvén. Some modifications to the model will be suggested in order to bring it into line with the new data.
Bob is an independent researcher, a long-standing supporter of the Plasma Universe paradigm, and author of the original outline for the “Essential Guide to the Electric Universe”.
Relativity in the Light of GPS
Ron Hatch will describe GPS data which refutes fundamental tenets of both the Special and General Relativity Theories. Perhaps more important, he will show how that same experimental data supports an absolute frame with only an appearance of relativity.
Ron has worked with satellite navigation and positioning for 50 years, having demonstrated the Navy’s TRANSIT System at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He is well known for innovations in high-accuracy applications of the GPS system including the development of the “Hatch Filter” which is used in most GPS receivers. He has obtained over two dozen patents related to GPS positioning and is currently a member of the U.S National PNT (Positioning Navigation and Timing) Advisory Board. He is employed in advanced engineering at John Deere’s Intelligent Systems Group.
Franklin Anariba, PhD
Cometary-electrochemistry: Can Electrochemical Processes Occur in Comets?
Franklin Anariba will illustrate a general electrochemical model by exploring conditions in comets that are amenable to electrochemical processes. Particular attention will be provided to recent physical and chemical observed phenomena that point to a paradigm shift as to the origin and nature of cometary bodies.
Franklin is currently a lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design where he teaches chemistry and carries out research in areas of electrochemistry and biosensing for biomedical applications. He received a BA in Chemistry from Rutgers University, obtained a MSc in Analytical Chemistry and PhD in molecular electronics from The Ohio State University. His professional experience includes positions at Merck & Co, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in the US, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
Exciting Students with Unsettled Science
Evan Camp will recount how secondary education is moving away from content acquisition as the primary goal and pushing toward the use of scientific reasoning to solve problems. With the Electric Universe as a model for comparison, students learn to weigh evidence and ask important questions about long standing-assumptions that span a variety of disciplines. In discovering how open science is for debate, and how shaky the SCM “house of cards” is, many students are getting excited to join the discussion and make their mark.
Evan is a middle school science teacher, who has taught eighth grade for sixteen years, and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Education. He became interested in the Electric Universe when a student asked him a question about mass extinction theories. In his search for answers, he ran into the Thunderbolts Website, and that encounter provoked an intensive investigation. Evan is also the first EU2013 Conference Scholar. See First EU2013 Scholarship Winner! for more information on Evan and his 8th-grade students.
Saving the World
The Electric Universe is a new perspective in the sciences inspiring a global movement. While the EU model is quite original, such shifts in perception are not without precedent. Cameron Mercer will offer historical examples showing what these “EU’s of old” were able to accomplish. He will explain why the Electric Universe is so hard for opponents to contend with and hints at the deeper implications of a successful revolutionary movement in modern times.
Cameron is an enthusiastic young adult, who first discovered the Electric Universe early in 2012. With a deep interest in physics and the history of science, Cameron sees the EU concept as historic and groundbreaking and could not resist participating himself. He is also the spokesman for the EU2013 Conference Scholarship program and just finished a successful crowd sourcing campaign on Indiegogo.com, where he was featured in the promotional video.
William Mullen, PhD
Visual Intuition and the Ancient Sky
William “Bill” Mullen will explore the subject of visual intuition, which was first conceptualized by Stephen Wolfram in A New Kind of Science (2002). Wolfram uses visual intuitions of cellular automata to challenge the “Old Kind of Science,” where mathematical formulas with predictive power reign. Mullen will show how Anthony Peratt’s reconstruction of the ancient sky by comparing petroglyphs to plasma forms uses visual intuitions as proofs.
Bill received his BA in Classics from Harvard College in 1968 and his PhD from the University of Texas in 1972. He was a Professor or post-doctoral Fellow at Berkeley, Princeton, Boston University, and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and St. John’s College. Dr. Mullen settled in the Classics Department at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 1985. Many may remember him as the MC at EU2012 in Las Vegas a role he will play again at EU2013.
Halton Arp in Perspective: Was the Big Bang a Fizzle?
Halton Arp was a professional astronomer who discovered relationships between objects thought to be far from our galaxy and objects near to us. His discoveries provided evidence that the understanding of red shift was incomplete, which brought into question the Big Bang, the expanding universe and dark energy. Halton Arp’s ideas deservedly earned him the title, “The Modern Galileo”.
James is an electrical and software engineer and a long-time supporter of the Electric Universe concept, who enjoys speaking to groups about recent developments in complex scientific theories. He makes the complex understandable for an audience that is scientifically curious but not necessarily steeped in the sciences.
Rens Van der Sluijs
The Visible Polar Column of World Mythology
Virtually every human culture has preserved traditions concerning an “era of creation”, a “golden age” or a “time when the gods lived on Earth”. In this rich mythology of creation, a central place is allocated to a sky-bearing column of dazzling radiance. Anthropologists habitually refer to it as the axis mundi, the “axis of the world” or “cosmic axis”. What remarkable circumstances in the sky or on earth inspired the traditional cosmologies? What were “creation”, the “age of the gods” and the axis mundi in real terms?
Rens is an independent researcher and writer, and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. He received a Master’s Degree in Comparative and Historical Linguistics at Leiden University, The Netherlands (1999), specializing in the Indo-European and Semitic language families. Since then, he has combined extensive travels around the world with an intensive study of comparative mythology, cultural astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the history of astronomy, religions and art.
An Optimistic Assessment of “Fringe” Science
Greg Volk’s conference presentation will focus on the scientific method and examine whether in fact it is used rigorously today by the scientific community. He believes that experts in conventional science express clearly how science should be conducted but wonders if they adhere to these ideals themselves. Are scientists with differing points of views treated without bias? Volk will opine whether some “fringe”, “crank”, “crackpot” scientists are actually the Galileo’s of today and will question whether these derogatory terms should be replaced by “vanguard”, “cutting edge” and “pioneer”?
Greg is president and proceedings editor for the Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA), an organization dedicated to free and unbiased inquiry in fundamental questions of science. He is also co-founder and editor of the World Science Database, a web-based resource cataloging the work of several thousand independent scientists worldwide. He studied electrical engineering, physics and signal processing at Stanford University. In his many papers and presentations, Volk has gained a reputation for questioning basic assumptions in physics and for deducing compelling answers to such fundamental questions as “What is gravity?” “What roles do electricity and magnetism play in the cosmos and in the atom?” and “What fundamental principles govern basic equations like E = mc2 ?”
Strangers in a Foreign Galaxy
Dwardu Cardona will explore our ancient ancestors claim to have lived under an entirely different sun than the one we now live under. Stranger than that, this earlier sun has been named by them as the celestial body we now refer to as the planet Saturn. More than one astronomer has claimed that Saturn is actually the remnant of what originally had been a brown dwarf.
Once thought to be failed stars, brown dwarfs are now considered to be true suns and are now known to host planetary systems. There is therefore nothing strange in our ancient ancestors’ claim that Earth had, in effect, been a satellite of the pro-Saturnian sun. Taken into consideration with what else our ancestors claimed, this proto-Saturnian system had been traveling outside the demarcation of the present Solar System before it was catastrophically captured by our present Sun. And, to be sure, astronomical discoveries have recently indicated that Earth could not have come into being within the demarcation of the Solar System. Further discoveries actually indicate that, even at present, our world belongs to an entirely different galaxy that is slicing its way through the Milky Way.
A former Senior Editor of the journal Kronos and Editor of the journal Aeon, Dwardu has published well over a hundred papers and has authored four books: God Star, Flare Star, Primordial Star and Metamorphic Star.
A Large Plasma-Vortex Discharge to the Colorado Plateau
The Electric Universe posits electrical discharges from space (from other bodies or plasmoids) in the form of tornado-like charge sheath vortexes with diocotron instabilities. During transient episodes of such discharging, planetary and satellite surfaces have been scarred with both erosion and deposition formations. Accompanied by Michael’s photographs, this presentation will illustrate the roughly 400-mile-diameter circle of basaltic and “volcanic” deposits centered on the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau in light of the Charge Sheath Vortex (CSV) hypothesis.
Michael’s career started as a photographer at the Buck County Courier Times in Pennsylvania in 1966. He later joined the Air Force where he continued photography in the service. After discharge, he worked at various newspapers before settling in Florida to work in photographic production and freelance work. At the same time he was pursuing his theories regarding Electric Universe geology.
Aloria Weaver and David Heskin
The Meeting of Art and Science
Collaboration between disciplines reveals a synergy that advances culture in the direction of shared interest and inspiration. This multidisciplinary crossover also provides a platform from which to present new, paradigm-shifting information. An alliance of this sort models optimal whole-brain function, through the implementation of a full-spectrum perspective.
Artist-innovator David produces, publishes and exhibits Electric Universe-related artwork on an international circuit, in collaboration with his wife, Aloria Weaver. Their forthcoming book Illuminated Cosmology is designed to utilize both verbal and graphic languages to stimulate whole-brain comprehension of the EU material for nearly any audience. Aloria is an internationally recognized figure in the global visionary art movement through solo and collaborative artwork, publications and organization. With her husband, the duo founded Art Spirit Now, an organization whose mission is to connect the advancing fields of Art, Science and Consciousness for the creation of a new cultural renaissance.
AP David, PhD
Troy-Towns, Homer’s Iliad and a Labyrinth
AP David’s talk is the simplest matter of connecting images: the cup-and-ring engravings, rock art known as “‘Caerdroia” or “Troy-Towns” and ancient labyrinths. Most intriguing is the possibility that the Iliad itself is a representation of this iconic structure in its narrative form. Rock art may be impressive in the permanence of its message, but so is poetry.
David is a classical scholar (Hellenist), who has published two academic works including The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics, Plato’s New Measure: The ‘Indeterminate Dyad’ and self-published several works of fiction and poetry.
Alireza Moayed, PhD
The Electricity of Life
In his presentation, Alireza Moayed will summarize the major research studies on the role of electricity in biological systems. He is interested in the interaction of electromagnetism and biological systems and follows related research closely.
Alireza recently received his PhD in Physics from University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Jerry Pollack’s lab at University of Washington where he is investigating the properties of interfacial water (exclusion zone) and its implications in our understanding of physical and biological phenomena. He was a past conference scholarship recipient at Electric Universe 2012: The Human Story in Las Vegas.
Concept Mapping: A Creative Approach to Science Education
Chris Reeve’s talk will illustrate a synthesis of lessons learned from a wide array of topics including cognitive science, creativity research and physics education research, which critiques higher education, particularly the physics PhD program. He will suggest a new concepts-first approach to teaching science that prioritizes critical thinking, based upon a social networking infrastructure.
Chris has Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and has spent thousands of hours discussing the Electric Universe on a number of scientific and other forums.
Believing is Not Seeing: A Belief Crisis in Modern Cosmology, Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Tom Wilson will compare what a person sees versus what a person observes depending on his or her theoretical framework. Humans have a tendency to see the universe through the goggles of belief. In science, belief is a philosophical view-finder that stands between us and what is really observed. A whole generation of scientists and researchers in cosmology, astrophysics and planetary science are experiencing a crisis of belief, which is blinding them to real observation and proper hypothesis testing. Hypothesis testing is the way to get past the view-finder, to put down the goggles of belief and really observe. Tom will illustrate the point with a discussion about the Jovian moon Io.
Tom has a PhD in plant physiology but has worked in the semiconductor industry for the last 20 years. He was born and raised in Canada but now resides in the UK.
Predictions of an Electric Universe
The goal of a scientific inquiry is to obtain knowledge in the form of testable explanations that can predict the results of future experiments. This allows scientists to gain an understanding of reality and later use that understanding to intervene in its causal mechanisms. The better an explanation is at making predictions, the more useful it is, and the more likely it is to be correct. The beauty of the Electric Universe theory is that the resultant predictions reliably describe the actual results of every related experiment. The scope of the Electric Universe is also expanding as more and more seemingly unrelated areas become decidedly electric. The accuracy of these predictions is astounding! This presentation will review a sampling of these successful predictions. Predictions of upcoming experiments will also be covered.
Scott has a BMath (Applied Math and Physics) from the University of Waterloo. He is a software developer and his work includes simulations of the Canadarm (SSRMS) for Spar Aerospace, dive chamber monitoring equipment for Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM), test software for nuclear reactor shutdown systems for Atomic Energy Canada Ltd, as well as software for test equipment for aircraft environmental control systems for Honeywell. He is the author of the Thunderbolts Prediction pages. thunderbolts.info/predictions.htm
Beyond the Tipping Point
The invention of a new and powerful paradigm is not so different from the invention of a revolutionary machine or process. Both are drawn and synthesized from many different lines of inquiry, opening up new possibilities that could not have been imagined before their arrival. The evolving Electric Universe paradigm is creating numerous new avenues that promise to enrich us all on many levels, from finding our place in the Universe to traveling through that same Universe. Forrest will highlight some of these new directions.
Although Forrest is studied in many fields, he is best known for his published contributions in matter-beam space propulsion and modular robotics. He is involved with the SAFIRE project and is the inventor of a puzzle called Bishop Cubes®.
The Electric Universe: Open Questions
Mel Acheson will sit on the panel entitled: The Electric Universe: Open Questions with five others–Monty Childs, Forrest Bishop, Jim Johnson, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott. He has contributed numerous insights to the Electric Universe movement for more than 15 years, giving readers both a chuckle and something to think about. His editorials were a regular feature in the electronic newsletter Thoth. Mel is now a frequent contributor to the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day (TPOD) and Space News.
The Electric Universe: Open Questions
Jim Johnson will sit on the panel entitled: The Electric Universe: Open Questions with five others–Monty Childs, Forrest Bishop, Mel Acheson, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott. Jim is the editor and illustrator of Bob Johnson’s Essential Guide to the Electric Universe on the Thunderbolts website. He has an architecture degree and is a retired acoustician, a former military pilot and an amateur astronomer with a multidisciplinary interest in the sciences.