Leading the Way
Two preeminent spokesmen for the Electric Universe, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott, will present at EU2014, each adding powerful new material. Watch as the Speaker’s List builds over the coming weeks with terrific newcomers as well as a full complement of Thunderbolts mainstays. Of particular note, Dr. Donald Scott will be joining us again as he did in EU2012, this time with a talk on a new model of magnetic structure in space.
Wallace Thornhill will deliver two presentations at EU2014. In his first talk, he will ask how scientists recognize evidence. The Electric Universe recognizes evidence sifted forensically from all disciplines and astronomical records stretching back thousands of years. Wal will contrast this with the tunnel vision of today’s specialists, who are not trained to see any relevance of other disciplines or to refer to observations more than a few years old. The contrast between the two approaches is to be seen in the great scientific surprises of the past few decades. Why were these discoveries so shocking to scientists? And when seen from an electrical perspective, why are they so predictable?
In his second talk, Wal will look critically at the assumptions behind the recent MAVEN Mars Probe (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission.) The probe, NASA says, will seek to measure the loss of volatiles from the Martian atmosphere in order to draw conclusions about the planet’s remote past. He will remind us that all of the scientific objectives of the MAVEN Mission were developed under standard assumptions about a 4 billion-year old solar system. What’s more, Wal will show how, under the inertia of belief systems, evidence can be distorted or ignored and will contrast this with the rapidly accumulating evidence for a highly catastrophic and recent history of Mars.
A physicist and natural philosopher, Wallace Thornhill 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.
Wal is the Chief Science Advisor to The Thunderbolts ProjectTM and is co-author with David Talbott of Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe. In 2010 he was was awarded a gold medal by the European Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science. For his lifelong contribution to science he received the distinguished Sagnac Award from the Natural Philosophy Alliance in 2013. He has spoken at numerous international conferences, and authored or co-authored papers ranging from the Martian “blueberry” phenomenon to the “plasma focus” at the centers of galaxies. His interviews for “Space News from the Electric Universe” have been among the most popular attractions on the YouTube Thunderbolts Channel.
David Talbott will present two talks at EU2014 previewing Episodes 4 and 5 of the Symbols of an Alien Sky series. The centerpiece of this presentation will be the cosmic thunderbolt and its integral relationship to hundreds of ancient archetypes.
David Talbott is the founder and director of The Thunderbolts ProjectTM. 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 Remembering the End of the World by Canadian filmmaker Ben Ged Low. More recently, he was the co-author with Australian physicist Wallace Thornhill, of two books, Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe. Three episodes of his documentary series (full or in part) have been among the most popular video presentations on the Thunderbolts Project YouTube Channel.
In the year 2000, David Talbott’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 entering data into the Roadrunner computer at Los Alamos (largest in the world), Peratt concluded that the reconstruction was fundamentally accurate, depicting intensely energetic electric discharge formations close to the earth.
DONALD SCOTT, PhD
A New Model of Magnetic Structure in Space
Dr. Donald Scott will describe his investigation of the inherent properties of Birkeland currents and subsequent discovery that they produce unexpectedly far-reaching magnetic fields in cosmic space. These fields collect matter and compress it into concentric hollow cylinders. They also produce a long-range attractive force on other such currents. Without involving mathematics, Scott describes the results of his analysis of the magnetic structures that are produced by, and that surround, Birkeland Currents. This work and its results gives new insight into our understanding of the electrical properties of space. Click here for the math that will not be presented at the conference.
Dr. Scott earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He earned a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, and was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst from 1959 until his retirement in 1998. During that time he was the recipient of several good-teaching awards and authored numerous scientific papers and chapters. In 1987, the McGraw-Hill Book Company published his 730-page textbook, An Introduction To Circuit Analysis – A Systems Approach. In addition, Dr. Scott published the classic, Electric Sky (2006), 256 pages of compelling material on the Electric Universe and plasma cosmology.
PIERRE LATOUR, PhD
Engineering Earth’s Thermostat with CO2?
In Dr. Latour’s presentation, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, economics, history and ethics are deployed to identify the barriers to designing the thermostat to control Earth’s atmospheric temperature by adjusting its CO2 input. He will explains that Earth’s temperature is a chemical process system. Review of control system engineering of Earth’s thermostat with anthropogenic CO2 in 1997 proved it will never work because it is an unmeasurable, unobservable and uncontrollable system. CO2 does not affect temperature; temperature affects CO2. There are no greenhouse gases in physics. CO2 is not a pollutant; it is green plant food. He will go on to explain that people have beliefs and knowledge. Knowledge of nature is discovered by the scientific method: theory in the language of nature (mathematics), prediction and verification. Such discoveries are held to be true until falsified. Dr. Latour offers claims supported by credible evidence, settled science and warrants how one can know that they are true. Sound engineering requires no less.
Dr. Pierre Latour is a Chemical Engineer, Vice-Chairman, Principia-Scientific International and consultant for identifying, capturing and sustaining measurable benefits from process control, IT and CIM in the HPI by proper determination of operating conditions and the financial benefit of dynamic performance to support licensing solutions based on value-added, shared-risk shared-reward (SR2) business alliances. Justified and installed advanced process control on most oil refinery and petrochemical processes for 62 clients worldwide since 1966. Greenhouse Gas Theory skeptic: CO2 induced global warming and climate change. In addition, Dr. Latour is the Vice President of business development, marketing, engineering, projects and consulting at AspenTech, Dynamic Matrix Control Corp, Setpoint and Biles & Assoc. Chairman of Setpoint Japan and cofounded the last three firms. Further, he is an engineer at Shell Oil and DuPont; Captain, US Army and Apollo Program Simulation Branch Manager, NASA MSC, Houston. CONTROL Magazine Engineer of the Year 1999 and Purdue University Outstanding Chemical Engineer 2007. Authored 87 publications, Cimfuels editor for Fuels. PE TX & CA. Latour holds BS, ChE, VaTech, MS & PhD, ChE, Purdue University.
REV. ROBERT L. STRAITT, PhD, CEM
Climate Change Against the Shadow of Global Warming
Dr. Robert Straitt believes that for over twenty years the scientific and political communities have been advising us about the ramifications of “Global Warming.” Some critics would say that it has become the new religion of environmentalists, politicians, and entrepreneurs worldwide; affecting our pocketbooks while the real effects of climate change continue to reshape our future. For thousands of years, civilizations have risen and fallen around the earth. Often these civilizations disappear in an instant, leaving only the most subtle traces. Climate and/or geophysical change have been repeatedly noted as a primary factor in the rise and fall of many of these civilizations. This conference will explore many of the geophysical and geomagnetic influences associated with changing climate patterns. Dr Straitt will describe one of these challenges: merging the experiences of our ancestors with the revelations of modern technology and social science, preparing ourselves for ongoing changes to our biosphere.
For the last forty years, Dr. Straitt’s vocation has been analyzing and understanding the human experience, from the decoding of ancient techno-social systems to development of some of todays most advanced technologies working with and managing teams from MIT Lincoln Labs, IBM, Oregon Graduate Institute, University of Corsica, IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Standards Committee, Arkansas State University, and the University Of New Hampshire Department Of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Straitt is an award Winning Certified Energy Manager and is currently conducting privately funded research to better understand the meaning of sustainable design and technology from the end-user perspective. He is a National Science Foundation Infinity Scholar, member of Phi Theta Kappa, and holder of the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He holds degrees in Anthropology of Religion, Liberal Studies (Natural Science and Society), Wind Turbine Technology, Criminal Justice, Theology, and Administrative Management, as well as, numerous technical certificates.
GARY SCHWARTZ, PhD
Extraordinary Ideas and Extraordinary Evidence: The Five Finger Test
It seems that almost everyone today holds claim to a secret idea or “new theory.” But when is a theoretical novelty really worth exploring? Many aspiring innovators feel they’ve been unfairly ignored or cheated in some way, and no doubt one could find many instances justifying this perception. But what is the proper way forward when an idea grabs hold of an individual and won’t let him go. What is the role of factual evidence? Dr. Gary Schwartz will take up the acid tests of extraordinary claims – what he calls the “Five Finger Test” (FFT) – with an emphasis on original and groundbreaking experiments. He will use as an exemplar his research testing certain claims in parapsychology, and then applying the FFT to the Electric Universe hypothesis.
Dr. Gary Schwartz is a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. He is also Chairman of Eternea (www.eternea.org). He received his doctorate from Harvard University and has served as professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Clinic.
Peratt Instabilities Revisited
In the mid 1950′s, Winston Bostick performed high energy plasma experiments at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He vaporized two titanium wires and created two high velocity plasmoids. Bostick noticed the interaction of these plasmoids created spiral shapes similar to galaxies in various stages of formation. In 1991 Dr. Anthony Peratt used a supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratories to simulate Bostick’s plasmoid experiments. Dr. Peratt published his results in his seminal book Physics in a Plasma Universe.
In Peratt’s book are 18 images showing two plasmoids evolving into a spiral galaxy. Often these images are presented as evidence that galaxies can be created with what is known about plasma. These images were created over 23 years ago. Given advances in computer speed and memory, we should be able to recreate this simulation on our cell phones. Recently, James Sorensen began work to recreate Anthony Peratt’s computer simulation. He will be updating us on the status of this project.
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.
SAFIRE UPDATE: An Experimental Investigation of the Electric Sun
Can a Solellus, or electrically-driven, miniature Sun in the laboratory, answer the longstanding mysteries of the solar atmosphere? After funding was secured, work began on the SAFIRE Project last May to find out. After many months of planning, preliminary testing began in January at a professional lab in Canada. A team of experts and a videographer are working under Lead Scientist and Program Manager, Montgomery Childs, who will provide an update on SAFIRE at the conference. Specifically, he will review the results of these first tests and provide a preview of what will likely follow in the larger, more developed experiment.
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. He is now the Lead Scientist and Program Manager for the SAFIRE Project.
MICHAEL CLARAGE, PhD
SAFIRE: Understanding the Electric Sun Models
SAFIRE is an experiment to explore possible electrical attributes of the Sun. The project will first consider the model of the Electric Sun (ES), as put forward by Wal Thornhill, Don Scott, and Ralph Jeurgens. The ES model suggests: 1) That all stars, the Sun included, are electrical in nature and exist in a galactic electrical environment; 2) Some of the physical attributes of the Sun and its Corona are not explicable through the standard fusion model originated by Hans Bethe in 1938; and 3) Many of these anomalous Solar attributes can be explained by assuming the Sun is at different electrical potential than its surroundings.
The basic approach is to create an environment as similar as possible to the conditions of the Sun and to assumed conditions of the ES model. Known anomalous characteristics of the Sun and Corona can then be correlated with measurements from SAFIRE. It is also possible that the project could dispel some long-held assumptions of mainstream Solar Physics, such as “Electric fields do not exist in Coronal plasmas,” or “Magnetic fields can exist in the vacuum of space without corresponding electric fields.”
Dr. Clarage received his PhD in physics in 1992 from Brandeis University, studying the biological and statistical behavior of proteins. Prior to that, he spent several years studying binary pulsars 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. 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. Dr. Clarage is currently a lead scientist with the SAFIRE Project.
BEN DAVIDSON, JD
The Variable Sun and Its Effects on Earth
The message has been loud and clear for many years—a community of scientists insisting that human activity is warming our planet, taking humanity to the edge of a precipice. But now, as science begins to understand earth’s place in the electric solar system, the meaning of the present warming plateau becomes clearer. The Earth-Sun connection, together with the Sun’s galactic environment, can help to explain climate extremes of every kind. Today, new voices and new perspectives are bridging the theoretical gaps, and independent investigations have reached some startling conclusions. No one can know the future, but some of the electrical changes in our solar system could point to catastrophic change on the horizon.
Ben Davidson is the researcher behind the Suspicious0bserver channel on YouTube, a channel that has rocketed in only 2 years to over 28 million views with 2 million added a month. Ben was classically trained in law and legal research, before taking up independent research in diverse sciences. His online presence has been a constant source of data dissemination, inspiring public interest in a variety of scientific fields, including the ‘electric universe’ theories. Ben focuses on the daily solar environment and the electromagnetic interactions between the sun, earth, and the galaxy. It was this interdisciplinary “due diligence” that led him to the surprising conclusions he will present at the conference.
LOWELL MORGAN, PhD
The Physics of Plasmas
Dr. Lowell Morgan will make a presentation on the physics of plasmas as compared with the other states of matter. He will show that measurements are problematic in plasmas because very little can be measured directly. All plasma measurements require physical theory and computer modeling to interpret. As one of the scientists working with the SAFIRE Project team, Lowell will talk about the unique geometry of SAFIRE; the properties of the plasma in its two operating regimes; what data can be collected, such as atomic and molecular spectra; and how useful information can be derived from these data.
Lowell Morgan received a BSE in physics and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1969 and the PhD in physics (laser physics and quantum electrodynamics) from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1976. He performed post-doctoral research on metal vapor-excimer plasmas in the University of Colorado’s Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) and then returned as a visiting fellow and acting director of the atomic and molecular data center. He was a staff physicist in the Theoretical Atomic & Molecular Physics Group in the laser & weapons programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a lecturer at the University of California, Davis between 1979 and 1987. He founded Kinema Research & Software, LLC in 1987. He has been a visiting scientist/scholar at many distinguished facilities and has published over 80 research articles in the fields of plasma chemistry, laser physics, laser produced plasmas, plasma processing chemistry, plasma spectroscopy, atomic & molecular physics, quantum chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, artificial neural networks, and astrophysics. Current applied experimental R&D includes the SAFIRE Project.
All About Evidence
In our everyday lives, we are required to make innumerable decisions based upon “facts” or things we believe to be true. We assume that science should be consistently factual based upon observational evidence and careful measurement. But what actually happens in the process of gathering evidence, from data selection to theory formulation, reveals that science is a very human enterprise. As such, it is only reasonable that proclamations concerning scientific “fact” be examined with due consideration to underlying assumptions and prejudices. Drawing on his early exposure to the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky, Daniel will weave a story that connects the controversial author’s ideas to fundamental tenets of the Electric Universe. In this, he will integrate thoughts on the philosophy of science with notes as to how our emotions contribute to theory building. The result is too often selective perception.
Daniel grew up in in rural Michigan, where as a teenager he built a small observatory for his telescope and enjoyed astrophotography. He has a Bachelors degree in philosophy, is a classical musician and composer, and has worked for many years in renewable energy. Like many others, his interest in the electric universe arose from doubts about standard cosmology and planetary science. By following these doubts, he came to see how frequently scientists can mishandle anomalies, often ignoring or attacking those who challenge common suppositions. Additionally, his long interest in ancient history and mythology only added to this perspective. Daniel now resides in Albuquerque and will also be volunteering at the conference.
WILLIAM MULLEN, PhD
Hieroglyphics and the Ancient Sky
Many catastrophist theories use hieroglyphics from around the world for clues about shapes in the ancient sky that are no longer visible. Dr. Mullen’s talk will focus on Egyptian hieroglyphics as relevant to the Saturn and polar configuration theory. By studying those hieroglyphs which bear no obvious resemblance to things seen today, and by reading them in context, he will show which glyphs are the best clues to what our early ancestors experienced.
Dr. Mullen 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.
The Parallax Effect on Short Hair
Stephen Crothers will present the case that Black Holes and the Big Bang have been created by theorists and never observed. Black Holes are now said to be both invisible and visible. Quasars are now black holes; so are the ‘blazars’. Individual black holes are also alleged x-ray sources. It is claimed that galaxies harbor a super-massive black hole at their centers, along with other black holes dispersed throughout them. All these black holes exist in an alleged expanding big bang universe. However, black hole universes are inconsistent with big bang universes. The audience will be taken through the salient facts one step at a time in this riveting mostly non-mathematical presentation. The math of General Relativity has a notorious reputation for its complexity but most of the important facts can be understood by the layman and specialist alike without any mathematics.
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 unraveling 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.
JONATHAN WOLFE, PhD
Fractals – Changing Paradigms in Science and Education
Fractals are the strikingly beautiful images of complex and chaotic systems. While they have existed in nature for billions of years, only in the last few decades has modern mathematics and science started to acknowledge their importance. Indeed, fractals have recently transformed our understanding of a wide range of natural phenomena, and fractal math provides a new language for quantifying the patterns of nature. Unfortunately, our educational systems and our culture at large have not yet caught up with this conceptual revolution. As a society, we still try to tackle complex problems with inadequate linear solutions, and we still teach our children simple, boring, and largely irrelevant math skills that fail to serve or inspire them. Explore the exciting new realm of fractals in an engaging interdisciplinary presentation that excites and inspires with new possibilities for understanding the complexity of nature. Covering both the art and science of fractals, we explore the interconnected fractal patterns of nature, seen at scales from the microscopic to the galactic.
Dr. Wolfe is the founder and Executive Director of the Fractal Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit that uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest and participation in science, math and art. An artist as well as a scientist, his studies of the neurophysiology of the visual system were inspired by his love of color, form and motion, and now his knowledge of perceptual neuroscience informs his art. His love of fractals continues to spiral upward and outward, reaching ever larger audiences, through public art installations, school presentations, corporate trainings, and full-dome planetarium fractal shows. Since 2003, he has taught over 50,000 children and 25,000 adults the important and inspiring lessons of fractals, chaos and complexity.
PIERRE-MARIE ROBITAILLE, PhD
Pierre-Marie Robitaille, PhD will give two talks at the conference. He is a Professor of Radiology at The Ohio State University, with a joint appointment in Chemical Physics. He initially trained as a spectroscopist and has wide ranging knowledge of instrumentation in the radio and microwave bands. A recognized expert in image acquisition and analysis, Professor Robitaille was responsible for doubling the world record in Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 1998. In 2000, he turned his attention to thermodynamics and astrophysics, demonstrating that the universality advanced in Kirchhoff’s Law of Thermal Emission is invalid. He has published extensively on the microwave background, highlighting that this signal arises from water on the Earth and has no relationship to cosmology and has recently published a paper on the Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Solar Model (LMHSM).
The Sun on Trial: Gaseous Plasma or Liquid Metallic Hydrogen?
For nearly 150 years despite the lack of observational evidence, the Sun has been considered to be a ball of gaseous material. Such a postulate rests on mathematical arguments. Nonetheless, observations, not mathematics, properly determine the phases of matter. In this light, a systematic review of 40 solar findings provides ample proof that the Sun is comprised of condensed matter In this presentation, the phase of the Sun will be discussed by contrasting the gas-based Standard Solar Model (SSM) with the Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Solar Model (LMHSM). Unlike the SSM, the LMHSM does not permit the Sun to radiate internally.
The Microwave Background: Signature of the Big Bang or Essential Signature of the Earth’s Oceans?
Even since Penzias and Wilson discovered that the Earth was surrounded by microwave energy, astronomers have been quick to postulate that the apparent ~3K signal represented the signature of the Big Bang. Yet long ago, Gustav Kirchhoff insisted that the setting of temperatures, using the laws of thermal emission, required enclosure. Clearly, the Big Bang can never meet this requirement. In this presentation, it will be demonstrated that the microwave fields, which surround the earth and have excited distant molecules, can be generated by the hydrogen bond within water in the condensed state. A review of the COBE and WMAP will be presented, revealing that the microwave anisotropy maps have no scientific validity. The data lack both signal to noise and reproducibility. Furthermore, the PLANCK satellite findings will be discussed. These data provide unambiguous evidence that powerful microwave fields do not exist at L2. Penzias and Wilson measured water on Earth. The correct assignment of this signal is vital to better understanding our own planet.
KONGPOP U-YEN, PhD
Evidences of Space Weather Induced Natural Disasters
Strong solar activities have long been known to cause damages to electrical grids and global communication systems. However, there exist several evidences that solar activities have strong correlation with abrupt weather conditions and tectonic activities, including storm formations, flash floods, volcanic activities and earthquakes. In this presentation, case studies of such connections are examined and discussed that are linked to electrical properties of the Earth. Simple electrical theories based on laboratory experiments are presented to explain such phenomena.
Dr. Kongpop U-yen obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. As an electric universe enthusiast, he has conducted an independent research on topics related to space weather and solar activities predictions.
Bob Johnson is an independent researcher with a background in engineering and project management. He is a long-standing supporter of the Plasma Universe paradigm and author of the original outline for the Essential Guide to the Electric Universe. Bob has also written a number of peer-reviewed papers that consider the role of electric charge in various natural phenomena and other related subjects. He will make two presentations at the conference.
Could Electricity Explain Some ‘Known Unknowns’ in Geology?
Geologists don’t always agree! Starting from known areas of disagreement, this talk will consider whether electrical effects can help explain features for which the mainstream geological models offer a variety of different and often contradictory interpretations. By offering a theoretical argument in favor of including electrical effects in geology, this talk complements previous work by others on the application of this idea.
How Do Tall Trees Survive? New Models for the Flow of Sap
The pressures required by the 100-year old hydraulic models of the flow of sap both up and around plants imply, in the words of one researcher, that tall trees must “live at the extreme edge of transport capability.” In this talk, Bob will explain alternative models including the role of electric charge for sap flow in both the phloem and the xylem. Under these models, tall trees may be exploiting their environment rather than struggling against it. Bob’s two papers on this topic can be viewed as follows:
The Electric Weather Effect
The Sun in solar cycle 24 is imposing a new tipping point onto the climate change agenda, informing us it is the real driver of earth’s weather and climate, not CO2. Evidence for the Sun’s electrical and magnetic operation is presented along with how the Sun causes warming and cooling cycles and extreme weather events. Electric weather is caused by the solar flux of electromagnetic sunlight – photons, and the electrical and magnetic interactions of solar wind protons and electrons with the Earth’s magnetosphere and global electric circuit. Weber discusses the solar magnetic cycle, solar flux and solar wind satellite data, planetary and biological reactions to solar and geomagnetic storms, mini-ice age jet stream conditions, and recent successful solar-lunar electric-magnetic based 30-day USA weather predictions by a pioneer in long-range weather and earthquake forecasting, Piers Corbyn.
Bob Weber is an independent researcher with a BSEE from Michigan Technological University, an award-winning audio design engineer, a participant in nature’s fury, with a passion for learning about the sun and the weather, that all led him to the reality of Electric Weather. Bob founded The Electric Weather Channel on YouTube, and is currently constructing a website of same name. Bob’s mission is to produce and disseminate in-depth science videos pertaining to electric weather—the connection between the Sun and the Earth and human responses to solar currents.
The Myth of Phaethon
That the myth of Phaethon commemorates a spectacular cataclysm has been argued by students of ancient history for well over two millennia. Yet, the ultimate origins and meaning of the story continue to elude scholars. Is it possible to extract concrete meaning from this classic tale of planetary catastrophe—of stars literally falling from the skies amid cosmic upheaval? Aided by extraordinary counterparts around the world, we find powerful evidence for origins in witnessed, historical events with profound importance for modern astronomy and a host of related sciences.
Ev Cochrane earned a Master’s of Science degree from Iowa State University (genetics and psychology.) He is the author of Martian Metamorphoses (1997); The Many Faces of Venus (2001); Starf*cker (2006); On Fossil Gods and Forgotten Worlds (2010); and, most recently, Reflections of a Gym Rat (2012). Mr. Cochrane is currently retired and lives in Ames, Iowa.
MICHAEL H. BRILL, PhD
Ninety-East Ridge: Shoestring of the Gods?
The Ninety-East Ridge, based on the Heezen-Tharp map’s representation of the ridge as straight over its 3000 miles of extent, is a geographic anomaly. To account for this straightness requires a substructure whose material has an unprecedented strength. A dimensional argument concludes that the material must be as much stronger than ordinary rock formations as a thread atop molten congealing wax is stronger than the wax. A candidate material might comprise strands of “bucky-tubes” or related carbon formations born in a chemically reducing environment. Such strands may have accreted in a carbon reservoir, floated to the surface of the Earth’s mantle, become snagged in the Indian continental plate, and then been progressively pulled out of its carbon-reservoir under a string-like tension. Hear Dr. Brill describe his “strong stuff” hypothesis including compelling evidence, which has survived 20 years without refutation.
Dr. Michael Brill is an industrial physicist located near Princeton, New Jersey. Since obtaining his PhD in physics at Syracuse University, he has carried out extensive theoretical research in color in human and computer vision and in physics-based vision. He is co-inventor of the Emmy Award winning Sarnoff vision model. He is also a Past President of the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), and author of more than 80 refereed technical publications, 14 US patents, numerous national standards, and a SID test pattern. He has chaired or co-chaired several conferences on color technology, vision, and digital display. Dr. Brill is a member of the Editorial Board of Color Research and Application and is also Senior Editor of Physics Essays.
SURPRISE SPEAKER — “ANONYMOUS”
Wikipedia, We Have a Problem
‘Wikipedia we have a problem’ is the story of ‘The Tumbleman’ – a Wikipedia editor who attempted to edit an article on Wikipedia to a more neutral point of view and received harassment and personal attacks from ‘activist editors’ in the skeptic activist movement, finding himself banned indefinitely from Wikipedia instead. The speaker will tell the lively story of his experience, what was encountered and what followed on Wikipedia because of it.
The speaker will also cover a solution to the problem on Wikipedia. What makes ‘The Tumbleman’ case study unique is that the author is also a developer of a collective editing platform – a unique method of sorting heated discussions online to formulate a true and rational consensus. What causes these sorts of problems to manifest online? How can rational argument or consensus form when too many participants show symptoms of groupthink or bias? Is it possible to actually form consensus with ideologically opposed parties? Can the ‘truth’ finally come out? Yes – and the speaker will outline how such a process is possible, giving live demonstrations and examples on the new platform.
Laboratory Fabrication of Elements
In this presentation, Vernon Roth will explore the microcosmic electrical effects on elements and the manner in which elements can be transmuted or fabricated in certain laboratory environments. The basic gaseous elements — hydrogen, helium, oxygen, and xenon — are influenced greatly by both electrical discharges in the atmosphere and plasma phenomenon in a vacuum condition. Vernon will discuss how elements can be produced or manufactured beginning with templates using several different methods of electrical elemental fabrication. It is his contention that the methods he will describe are at play in the solar crucible and in the earth itself.
Vernon began studying Electronics and Mechanical Design at a very early age. While studying Physics and Psychology in his early 20′s, Vernon learned of the essential interconnection between forces of energy and forces of nature. For the last 15 years, he has studied and developed technologies and formulations that use this interconnection to generate energy as well as to heal and educate. Using these principles and the technology of Tesla, Keely and others, Vernon and his family have been working to develop an understanding of sustainability and environmental cleanup. For the past 8 years, Vernon has worked in industry, applying this knowledge to developing technologies to reduce pollution and waste.
A New Perspective on Star Formation
Ignacio Cisneros will present a brief history of star formation theory, culminating in an electromagnetic perspective of the galactic plane. His presentation will highlight the critical failure of the standard model of star formation. Observation of star-forming regions across a variety of wave lengths has advanced spectacularly in recent decades. Details of these regions will be described using innovative composites of IR, visual and radio imaging, including high resolution, wide angle imaging of the interstellar medium. For this perspective, he will draw upon the new and unique capabilities of IRIS, WISE and the Planck Missions.
Ignacio is an American-educated Venezuelan poet, who fell in love with the galactic realm when he discovered the New Mexico skies. This led to a reorientation path from fine art and digital graphics to science and astronomy. To his new life’s work, he brought a diverse educational background, having specialized in video post-production and desk top publishing before he turned to amateur astronomy in 1996. When he returned to academic studies in 1999 he took up astronomical imaging, in particular digital image enhancement by means of charge-coupled devices (CCDs). While employed at an astronomical observatory, Ignacio acquired extensive experience in the observation of galactic structure. It was during this time he began to realize that the standard theory of star formation had reached a dead end. Exposure to Electric Universe materials fundamentally changed his perspective on the Cosmos.
Mars: The Great Desert in 3-D
Martian areography tells a story of incredibly violent events. It appears from the many images sent to Earth that it once experienced powerful plasma discharges on a massive scale. Burned and blasted craters, piles of scorched dust covering almost an entire hemisphere, and great trenches that wend across its scarred face lead to the conclusion that lightning thousands or millions of times more energetic than known today devastated Mars. Steve will discuss some of the more unusual features on Mars, presumably caused by those cataclysmic upheavals. Red/blue anaglyph images will provide a unique perspective.
Stephen Smith is the managing editor and principal writer for the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day (TPOD) feature. His archive contains close to 900 articles about nearly every topic addressed by the Electric Universe movement. Based on a 40-year interest in the electrical nature of the cosmos, his work reflects the pioneering discoveries by many people: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill, Donald Scott, Ralph Juergens, and others too numerous to mention.
Earth’s Primordial Stellar Host
Dwardu Cardona will show that a reconstruction of Earth’s cosmic history can be distilled from the universal “mytho-historical record,” complemented by studies in earth history and space science. Most recently, the strongest scientific validation comes from space, as new instruments enable the viewer to see extraordinary electro-magnetic detail across the cosmos, confirming that this is indeed an Electric Universe.
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.
EDWARD DOWDYE, PhD
Solar Gravitation and Solar Plasma Wave Propagation Interaction
Dr. Edward Dowdye is a laser optics engineer and former NASA physicist who argues the case for classical mechanics in attempting to explain observational quandaries that had hitherto remained the province of abstract theories like Einstein’s Relativity. In his presentation this year, Dr. Dowdye will tackle one of the most widely touted predictions of General Relativity (GRT), namely the bending of light paths by massive objects. He will present compelling empirical evidence that the direct relationship between light and gravitation in vacuum space does not exist. Crucially, he will point out that when GRT was conceived, plasma was unknown, and the limb of the Sun was considered to be a boundary between the photosphere and the vacuum of space. Dr. Dowdye takes account of what is now known to be a plasma atmosphere surrounding the Sun to considerable altitude and applies Gauss’s law of gravitation and conventional optics to the problem.
Dr. Dowdye, who was a popular speaker at EU2012, joins us again. He is the originator of the Extinction Shift Principle, which challenges General and Special Relativity, and is an electrical engineer, formerly of NASA, with degrees in mathematics and physics.
Notes Toward an Electric Catastrophist Model for Geology
The modern awareness that plasma composes most of the universe requires a reevaluation of theories dating from earlier times. Plasma is electrically active and employs forces that can be many times stronger than those of mechanical erosion and tectonics. Geological formations could be generated in place as seen during a transient catastrophic episode. One possible model envisions the globe enveloped in plasma discharges within the memory of humans. Material from space and from erosion of the surface was suddenly electrically sorted and deposited to a great depth. Dust, sand, gravel, rocks, boulders, coal, and oil accumulated wherever there was dry land. Red-hot dust blown by electrically generated tornado-like winds built up strata in place: “plastered” against obstructions in a manner similar to welded material. Flooding filled the valleys between the mountains with sediments. Where electrical activity was strong enough, the loose material was lithified and even metamorphosed. In this presentation, the Four Corners region in the US will be presented as an example. Following the conference, Steinbacher will lead a tour to inspect selected nearby sites and to interpret them in light of this model. Click here for more information.
Michael Steinbacher’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 as a picture editor for the Trentonian and a staff photographer for the Miami Herald and the Daily Breeze in Los Angeles 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.
AP DAVID, PhD
On The Laws Of Nature
AP David’s talk will consider the sources of the modern idea of ‘Laws of Nature,’ or as they are more usually known nowadays, ‘physical laws.’ He will begin by articulating the difference between descriptive and prescriptive laws: nature as directly observed versus nature idealized into geometric or other mathematical relationships. This beginning leads to surprisingly large consequences for the way in which new ideas are received by the gatekeepers of mainstream cosmology. It turns out that the revolutionary thinkers of The Enlightenment found in the Laws of Nature an attractive “divine” quality. In particular they saw ideal geometries in planetary and other celestial motions. David will suggest that the willful conflation of descriptive and prescriptive tenets in modern science, especially but not only in mathematical physics, has led to some dire consequences for science itself. He believes that as EU theorists offer their electrical interpretations, it is critically important to understand the religious nature of institutionalized resistance.
Dr. A.P. 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.
Actor and filmmaker, Chuck Huber, will be making two presentations at the Beginner’s Sessions while also filming the conference like he did at EU2013. Chuck has been a stage and film actor for over 20 years as well as an innovative educator and workshop leader including a six year stint as a Principal at St. Bernadette Academy. He has taught in hundreds of settings around the country and around the world from SMU’s Cox School of Business to Owerri, Nigeria. He has worked as a founder, consultant or board member of five different schools and as an author of numerous articles for education periodicals, children’s books, plays, and screenplays.
Dreaming in the Electric Universe
Chuck will present an artist’s take on scientific creativity. Are there ways of thinking artistically that may be applied to scientific thought? He presents some useful artistic lenses through which to view the Electric Universe.
First Steps in the Electric Universe
Chuck Huber explains the chain of logic that brought on the joy that is seeing the Universe as Electric, sharing his experience revealing electrical phenomena throughout the solar system and throughout history during 30 hours of panels in front of thousands of Anime fans across the country.
Mel Acheson 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. Mel is famous for his short five to ten minute essays presented at the EU conferences.
Is Evidence Evident?
What is evidence? How is it related to sensations, data, facts, and theories? What is the importance of interpretation? What is the place of decision and artistry in our understanding of our world?
The Game of Names
The data of new instruments is different from the historical data of biological senses. The things the new data describe are different from the things the old data described. We need new names for these things lest we fool ourselves into thinking that nothing has changed.
When Theories Bite Themselves
The precision of accepted theories is their downfall: By explaining a phenomenon exactly with gravity and gas, no room is left for the empirically discovered presence of an electrical influence.
On Befriending Molecules
What is water? How might our knowledge of it change if we could become friends with its individual molecules?
David Novak will be the Master of Ceremony for Electric Universe 2014 Conference: All About Evidence. He is a performance storyteller and arts educator and creator of The Storytellers’ Compass, a method of narrative wayfinding. He has spoken at numerous theatres and festivals all over the country. In addition, his aesthetic education programs have found audiences across the country. Mr. Novak has been guest instructor for the University of San Diego, International Storytelling Institute, Oklahoma Arts Institute, John Campbell Folk School, and Walt Disney Imagineering. In 1995/96, David was Master Storyteller for the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. Internationally he has toured China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the Czech Republic. He is currently an instructor for the graduate storytelling program at Eastern Tennessee State University and Performance Review Editor for the journal Storytelling, Self, and Society.
David will also give a presentation called “The Chain of Arrows and The Shoulders of Giants.” From the first arrow shot towards the heavens to the most recent space probe, we are reaching for the sky. He shares a key piece of story evidence and the moment it all came together.