Author Archives: Mel Acheson

The True Disbeliever

  Jun 17, 2015 “I’ll believe it when I see it” could be the motto of the empiricist. His not unreasonable belief is that reasonable belief in an idea should be governed by tests that give results which can be … Continue reading

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Wishing for Theories

  Jun 11, 2015 The Wishing Well Cluster in the southern sky is twice the size of the full Moon. The conjectures about how it works are as varied as the colors of its stars. The consensus conjecture of stellar evolution … Continue reading

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Artistic Spin

  Jun 09, 2015 European astronomers have discovered that some quasar spin axes are aligned with the Large Scale Structure (LSS) in which they’re embedded. The Electric Universe (EU) also expects quasars to be aligned with the larger Birkeland currents … Continue reading

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An Itsy-Bitsy Spider

  Jun 04, 2015 ESO (European Southern Observatory) has announced the discovery of a “huge” star-forming region obscured by dust in the Spiderweb Galaxy protocluster. Alternatively, it may be a tiny spatter of dusty plasma ejected from a nearby galaxy. The … Continue reading

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Paradigm and Perception

  May 26, 2015 Some thoughts upon re-reading Thomas Kuhn’s 1962 essay, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. His thesis was an instance of itself. The prevalent opinion was that scientific knowledge accumulates incrementally toward ever more accurate approximations of “the truth”, embodied in facts … Continue reading

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Gravity vs. Plasma

  May 25, 2015 Kuhn’s 1962 essay (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) exploring the nature of changes in scientific theories, and a plethora of commentaries since, have made it out to be a Big Deal and to be also somewhat … Continue reading

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Blindness, Stupidity and Speculation

  May 11, 2015 Ignorance is not bliss. In discussing the question of progress in scientific revolutions, Kuhn noted: “There are losses as well as gains [in a paradigm shift]…, and scientists tend to be peculiarly blind to the former.” … Continue reading

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Playing the Jokers

  May 6, 2015 The house of cards which is modern astronomy contains two jokers. Both lie in the foundation; both are being played; and the house is doomed to collapse. The first joker is the assumption that redshift is … Continue reading

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Plasma Star

Mar 16, 2015 Recent images of the star CH Cygni reveal the electrical circuitry that drives it. Radiation in radio (blue), optical (green), and X-ray (red) highlight the several inner components of the plasma discharge. The outer red circle (large … Continue reading

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The Basics

  Mar 11, 2015 Imagine a rock. Now, imagine breaking it into pieces. Break the pieces into smaller pieces. Continue breaking until your eyes can no longer resolve the pieces. Get a microscope. Now you can distinguish the pieces. Break … Continue reading

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