A NEW PARADIGM OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT – THE ELECTRIC UNIVERSE (A VIEW FROM THE CAYMAN ISLANDS)
by Rev Nicholas Sykes
This series of articles has claimed that the existing paradigm of physical science, accepted and taught in the halls of academia as barely challengeable, has become unfit for purpose. Electric Universe proponents will not think it strange when the time comes for the whole line of dominoes, representing the presently accepted structure of “hard” physics, together with those other sciences dependent upon it, to come careening down.
To be sure, such a state of affairs is not altogether new in the world. In the Epilogue to his last book “The Discarded Image”, CS Lewis writes about the mediaeval “model” of science and its succession by the currently accepted model in this way:-
“The old astronomy was not, in any exact sense, ‘refuted’ by the telescope. The scarred surface of the Moon and the satellites of Jupiter can, if one wants, be fitted into a geocentric scheme. … The old scheme … had been tinkered a good deal to keep up with observations. How far, by endless tinkerings, it could have kept up with them till even now, I do not know. But the human mind will not endure such ever-increasing complications if once it has seen that some simpler conception can ‘save the appearances’. Neither theological prejudice nor vested interests can permanently keep in favour a Model which is seen to be grossly uneconomical. The new astronomy triumphed not because the case for the old became desperate, but because the new was a better tool; once this was grasped, our ingrained conviction that Nature herself is thrifty did the rest. When our Model is in its turn abandoned, this conviction will no doubt be at work again.”
Electric Universe researchers contend too that the EU paradigm is far more “economical” than the currently accepted model, but would also in my judgement add that the case for the standard model has reached the point of desperation.
Let us return to the issue of Relativity, with which this series of articles began. With several of these articles in from the beginning, justifiable excitement has appeared in the media over some recent experimental results which may prove that neutrinos can travel faster than light. However, the whole of the Theory of Relativity is dependent upon light, or rather electromagnetic radiation in which light is a part, being the fastest possible messenger. Moreover, the Theory of Relativity has by now become a core principle that informs the working of the standard model. If Relativity falls, then everything we thought we knew about the Physics of the Universe, we know no longer. The question will undoubtedly arise:-
IS RELATIVITY (like some banks and some countries) TOO BIG TO FAIL? With what shall it be bailed out, so that academics and their supporters can again live with some semblance of normality?
Of course this is not a scientific question at all. But it is a question with which EU researchers have become all too familiar during the last few years.
As has been noted, there is an increasing number of independent scientists who have proved to the satisfaction of many that the Theory of Relativity is groundless, in spite of the awe in with which it is generally held. I would now like to supply my “two cents” worth to their voice.
The celebrated lecturer Richard Feynman noted, “If the sun is exploding ‘right now’, it takes eight minutes before we know about it, and it cannot possibly affect us before then.” His reason for this is the doctrine that the fastest “message” that travels between the Sun and the Earth does so at 3x 10^8 (three hundred million) meters per second, the speed of light through space. At that light speed the Sun viewed from the Earth appears to be where it actually was some eight minutes ago, and not where it actually is when it is being viewed. However, if the Sun by its gravitational pull is causing the Earth to maintain an orbit around it, the pull of the Sun on the Earth has to be from almost exactly where it is, and not from where it was eight minutes beforehand. If the pull of the Sun upon the Earth came from an eight minutes back position behind the Sun, the Earth (as well as all the other planets) would be slung out of orbit in short order and no solar system of planets could be maintained. It follows that there is a much faster messenger than light, namely gravity, that travels between the Sun and the Earth at a speed that makes the transmission of light seem like a dawdle.
We don’t need any experiment with neutrinos, therefore, to tell us that something can travel faster than light. We just have to take into account all the observations from which we infer that the Earth and the other planets have been moving round the Sun in a stable orbit for an extended period of time. This requires the gravitational “message” to be sent from the Sun and received by the Earth, as well as other planets, almost instantaneously. Therefore Einstein’s special theory of relativity should have been repealed long ago, even aborted.
Wal Thornhill has applied this near-instantaneous transmission of force to the level of the fundamental particles of matter such as the electron, providing the possibility of an electrical explanation of gravitation at the sub-atomic level. We will take a look at this another time.
This and the other articles in this series have been published by Cayman Net News.