EU2012 – Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Wallace Thornhill

Wal Thornhill

Wallace Thornhill
The Electric Universe—an Interdisciplinary Synthesis

The Electric Universe paradigm is a shift in fundamental perception. It acknowledges the primacy of the electric force in nature and is inherently skeptical about gravity-only cosmology, standard relativity theory, and extravagant mathematical speculation.  In its appeal to direct evidence and common sense it requires a broad field of view: the human story cannot be excluded.

A physicist and natural philosopher, Mr. Thornhill has spent decades questioning popular ideas about the physical world.  In the past 15 years, standing on the shoulders of his predecessors, he has laid an interdisciplinary foundation for the Electric Universe paradigm.

Don Scott

Don Scott

Donald E. Scott
Reason for Variations in the Solar Wind Discovered

Professor Scott’s presentation will include a description of an analogy between observed solar activity and the well-known behavior of solid-state transistors. Astronomers have no idea what causes the fluctuations in the solar wind. The transistor analogy represents a simple and understandable mechanism that is being publicly presented for the first time at this conference.

Prof. Scott is a retired EE professor and life-long amateur astronomer. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in electrical engineering.

Dave Talbott

David Talbott
Seeking the Third Story

Many centuries ago, ancient myths gave way to the rise of science. But has science fulfilled its promise, or fallen into dogma and self-serving politics? This talk will speak for a new understanding of both the myth-making epoch and the promise of science—a third story, one that is possible only in the Electric Universe.

Mr. Talbott 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.

Greg Volk

Gregory D. Volk
Are Fundamentally New Options Possible in Science Today?

The Third Option. Without diligence, we fall into the “Either-Or” fallacy, limited to two choices, when in fact there could be many more. Our very use of language often sets up these false dichotomies unawares. For example, could there be other relativity theories besides that of Einstein? Does “speed of light” presume that a “thing” travels at a certain speed through space? Does equating “mass” with “amount of substance” prevent us from deriving mass from something else?

Mr. Volk, editor of the World Science Database, is an electrical engineer convinced that common sense science is key to solving fundamental mysteries in physics.


Featured Speakers

Updated as of December 16, 2011. Speakers are subject to change.

Mel Acheson

Mel Acheson

Mel Acheson
To See It, I Had to Wonder

The cliche has been around forever, that “seeing is believing.” But what about the way our beliefs affect what we see? And what would our theories look like if, above all else, we eagerly sought out new facts that could change our perception–no preconditions allowed?

Mr. 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 and Mel is now a frequent contributor to the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day (TPOD).

Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong
Trio of Report Briefs:

• Causal, non-random radioactive decay
• Galactic Rotation: Center of Gravity or Axial?
• Three Points of Structural Philosophy

Mr. Armstrong is a long-time student of catastrophism and the Electric Universe. He is publisher/producer of video and newsletter work on the science of catastrophics and the Electric Universe.

Dwardu Cardona

Dwardu Cardona

Dwardu Cardona
Invading Cosmic Bodies

The proposition that Earth’s primeval sun consisted of a brown dwarf star rather than its present solar orb was presented at the 18th annual conference of the Natural Philosophy Alliance in July of 2011. The present paper offers further cosmological evidence indicating that the invasion of such a foreign system into the present Sun’s domain has left indelible marks with little or no room for misinterpretation.

A former Senior editor of the journal Kronos and Editor of the journal Aeon, Mr. Cardona has published well over a hundred papers and has authored three books, God Star, Flare Star, and Primordial Star, with a fourth book nearing publication.

Monty Childs

Monty Childs

Montgomery Childs
SAFIRE – Stellar Atmospheric Function in Regulation Experiment

SAFIRE will examine stellar luminosity, spectroscopy, and temperature by conducting unique measurement experiments such as; solving for Ion Acceleration, Photospheric Tufting, and Solar Cycles. Final analysis is expected to provide experimental evidence to explain the stellar atmosphere leading to a unifying theory of stellar objects. SAFIRE will use the Taguchi Design of Experiments method to emphasize accepted engineering protocols allowing accurate repetition of SAFIRE in the laboratory.

Mr. Childs 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.

Ed Dowdye

Ed Dowdye

Edward Dowdye, Jr.
The Failed Attempts to Detect Macro Lensing

General Relativity proposes a bending of light in the vacuum of space around stars and galaxies. But evidence shows it is the plasma rim of the Sun, not surrounding space, that bends light, and time-resolved images of stars orbiting Sagittarius A* do not show the predicted “Einstein rings.”

Dr. Dowdye, originator of the Extinction Shift Principle, a dual challenge to General and Special Relativity, is an electrical engineer [former NASA] with degrees in mathematics and physics.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

Robert Johnson
Plasma Behavior in the Floating Water Bridge and Biology

Filamentary current flow with self-organising electromagnetic structure is a fundamental mode of transport in plasma. Application of the same principles to the Floating Water Bridge phenomenon and to tubular biological flows reveals insights into hitherto unexplained behaviour in both cases.

Mr. Johnson 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.”

Paper (222KB pdf):
Plasma Behaviour in the Floating Water Bridge and Biology


Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson
On Vision

Vision came into being late in the pre-Cambrian period, and likely was the cause of the Cambrian Explosion, a period of only 43 million years when animal life transitioned from simple, blind, soft multi-cellular forms to develop virtually all the major internal and external characteristics of the 38 phyla that exist today, possibly some 500 million years later. This has been called, “the big bang of evolution”, however inept that may appear now. What humans have done with their visual limitations, in conjunction with the other characteristics that differentiate them from all prior forms of animals, is what has really given them vision — beyond just the neural processes of seeing. How are we different? What is happening to evolution with our development? Hints from the electric universe abound.

Mr. Johnson is the editor and illustrator of Bob Johnson’s Essential Guide to the Electric Universe on the Thunderbolts website. He is a retired acoustician, a former military pilot, has a degree in architecture and is an amateur astronomer with an multidisciplinary interest in the sciences.

Bill Lucas

Charles William Lucas, Jr.
It Is an Electric Universe After All

It is now possible to describe a universal electrodynamic force law that completes the goals of 19th century science, deriving gravity and inertia as electrodynamic forces between neutral electric dipoles.  This approach predicts more experimental phenomena, including the decay of gravity, than previous theories, and it offers a promising foundation for the unification of the theoretical sciences.

Mr. Lucas earned his doctorate in Intermediate Energy Physics from William and Mary in 1972.  His important discoveries include a universal electrodynamic force law and a new theory of elementary particles in terms of closed charge loops giving rise to improved theories of the atom, the nucleus and molecules.

Jim Oschman

Jim Oschman

James L. Oschman, Ph.D.
Human Metabolism Meets Cosmic Metabolism

The human body contains various electronic circuits that regulate virtually every physiological process. Flows of electrons and other charged particles in these circuits give rise to biomagnetic fields that radiate from the body and interact with the fields of the earth and lunar, solar, interplanetary, and interstellar fields.

Dr. Oschman is a biophysicist and international lecturer on the scientific basis for energy medicine. He is the author of two books and over 100 articles.

Gerald Pollack

Jerry Pollack

Gerald Pollack, Ph.D.
The Role of Water in the Electric Body

The role of water is central in understanding how biological systems work. Our 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 we live in.

Dr. Pollack is a professor in the bioengineering 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.

Chris Reeve

Chris Reeve

Chris Reeve
Is Knowledge Mapping the Next Step for a New Electrical Framework?

The fundamental challenge of the information age is information overload. Many people react to information overload by winnowing the total set of ideas to conventional notions. Knowledge mapping can potentially address this mistake at its roots, empowering large-scale collective synthesis, and re-engaging the public in emerging scientific ideas.

Mr Reeve has B.S. 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.

Jim Ryder

Jim Ryder

James T. Ryder
IBEX’s Surprising Results

Survey of the ongoing results of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission to image the edge of our solar system and discover the global interaction between the solar wind and the interstellar medium. IBEX data was expected to show a termination shock, similar to what is believed to be observed around other stars, and determine its distance from the sun. Instead, surprisingly, a “ribbon” of bright energy was found. Continued data collection, also surprisingly, shows the ribbon varies in strength and location on a time scales of months. The results are requiring reconsideration of our fundamental concepts of the interaction between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium.

Dr. Ryder, beginning in 2004, served as Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and head of the Advanced Technology Center, an R&D organization covering a diverse range of technologies including solar and space sciences. He announced his retirement in 2011.

Robert Schoch

Robert Schoch

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
The Catastrophic Termination of the Last Ice Age

At the end of the last ice age, some 12,000 years ago according to standard dating, Earth underwent dramatic catastrophic changes. During this remote period there existed a stunningly sophisticated civilization, known from the archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe (in southeastern Turkey), which inexplicably disappeared. How? Why?

As a Geologist and Geophysicist, Dr. Schoch has been instrumental in spurring renewed attention to the interrelationships between geological and astronomical phenomena, natural catastrophes, and the early history of civilization.

Steve Smith

Stephen Smith
The Planet Mars in 3-D

The best way to see the effect of formative processes on Mars is to view the surface in 3-D.  Old theories can no longer explain the profound anomalies on the planet. This presentation will underscore the explanatory power of the electric scarring hypothesis.

A long time enthusiast of the Electric Universe and catastrophist study, Mr. Smith is the Managing Editor of and principal writer for the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day (TPOD).



A. P. David

A. P. David

A. P. David

David is a Classical scholar (Hellenist) whose The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics was published by Oxford. He has also been published on the mathematics of the late Plato, and on Shakespeare. Lately he has branched into fiction and a volume of poetry is forthcoming. David follows the Electric Universe intently.

Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

William Mullen

Dr. Mullen received his B.A. in Classics from Harvard College in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1972. He was a Professor or post-doctoral Fellow at Berkeley, Princeton, Boston University, Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and St. John’s College, before settling in the Classics Department at Bard College in 1985.

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