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Common Misconceptions

INTRODUCTION

Historical and current discoveries in the sciences have placed a spotlight on the electromagnetic force in nature, from quantum worlds and biological systems to planetary, stellar, and galactic domains. On the following pages, we address a selection of questions that reflect common misconceptions, not only of the Electric Universe but also of the way that science is practiced, and the manner in which scientific results are interpreted and absorbed into the fabric of our world view.

CONTENTS

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common misconception 1 — where’s the problem?

Misconception: Science is self-correcting. Answer: This misconception can be validly answered by both yes and no. No matter how glowingly scientists describe the virtues of the scientific method, it is and always shall be a human system operated by people. Whether science is in practice self-correcting will depend upon that ...
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common misconception 2 — where’s the real science?

Misconception: Electric Universe proponents reject the laws of physics. Answer: Science is the study of patterns in nature to uncover dependable relationships between causes and effects. As they are confirmed, these relationships lead to formulations of useful “laws” governing the natural world. We have to learn again that science without contact ...
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common misconception 3 — where’s the math?

Misconception: If you're not doing math, you're not doing real science. Answer: Science does not begin with mathematics, but with direct observation, experiment, and special insights into cause-and-effect relationships. Many popular mathematical constructs today were devised early in the 20th century to help explain aspects of gravity-centric theory. Now, the ...
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common misconception 4 — where’s the peer reviewed research?

Misconception: The absence of peer reviewed papers by Electric Universe authors means the ideas cannot be taken seriously. Answer: Peer review is a practice that provides both benefits and drawbacks. The path of specialized knowledge radiates out as the spokes of a wheel, leaving pioneers ever more remote and isolated ...
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common misconception 5 — what about gravity?

Misconception: The EU concept seeks to replace gravity with electromagnetism. The Electric Universe paradigm fully accepts the existence and importance of gravitation to the practice of physical science and cosmological modelling. But it adds the crucial caveat that gravitation does not tell the whole story. What if the Sun is ...
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common misconception 6 — how big is the universe?

Misconception: Astronomers can reliably calculate cosmological distances.  Answer: Quantifying depth or radial distance from our point of observation is arguably the most daunting and pressing problem facing astrophysics. Location relative to Earth is a primary property of celestial objects, but almost the entire 3-D map of the observable universe is ...
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common misconception 7 — where’s the conductor?

Misconception: Electric currents are impossible across the vacuum of deep space. Answer: A vacuum is an empty physical space, a complete absence of matter. It is a volume containing no mass and thus has zero density and pressure. Because of the relatively high speeds of ubiquitous interstellar particles, one would ...
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common misconception 8 — where’s the educational deficiency?

Misconception: Astronomers are well-trained in electric phenomena and have always known about the electric currents in space. Answer: As a general rule, astronomers do not receive well-balanced education from universities. If physics curricula and set priorities were designed from the experience of the world, instead of mathematical formalism, they would ...
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common misconception 9 — who disproved einstein?

Misconception: Einstein’s relativity theory has been proven. Answer: Einstein’s Relativity theory is actually two related theories—the Special Relativity (SR) theory of 1905 and the General Relativity (GR) theory of 1915. Broadly speaking, both examine the motion of physical bodies in relation to the role of frames of reference. More specifically, ...
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common misconception 10 — why dispute the big bang?

Misconception: The Big Bang was proved by the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. Answer: It seemed that Big Bang Theory had been proven beyond doubt by what had been observed in the universe. Diligent work by independent scientists has shown multiple catastrophic flaws inherent in a Big Bang-aligned interpretation of Cosmic ...
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common misconception 11 — isn’t the matter settled?

Misconception: The existence of Dark Matter has been settled. Answer: If the Standard Model of cosmology is true, then Dark Matter must be causing discrepancies in motions; therefore, observed discrepancies in motions prove the existence of Dark Matter. The theory bites its tail and turns in a circle. The universe ...
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common misconception 12 — why electricity over magnetism?

Misconception: Why electricity over magnetism? The Magnetic Universe does not require an Electric Universe. Answer: In the real world, electricity and magnetism occur together as a unitary electromagnetic phenomenon. Scientists and engineers often focus their attention on one aspect or the other in order to solve a particular problem. That ...
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