September 19th, 2011 • 12:36 AM
A Convergence of Dissident Scientists From Around the World

Evidence that the Earth has dramatically grown in size over the past few hundred million years? A presentation of the clearest cases of intrinsic redshift found in galaxies? Proof of “structured water” forming what might be considered a new state of matter? And a series of arguments for the death of a solely gravitational-based cosmology, and its replacement by an electrical and plasma dominated universe?

You could not keep us away!

July's 18th annual Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) conference fulfilled its promise to bring together a loose alliance of “dissident scientists” from around the world to present their rogue ideas. This was the first year that the NPA jointly held the event with the “Thunderbolts” organization, a group dedicated to the view that electrical and plasma processes are the driving forces in determining the character of the universe, in explicit opposition to the gravity-only theories which currently dominate.

Oyang, Peter, Jason, and I covered the four-day event, filming a number of the presentations, and engaging in some interesting discussions. As some of the presentations provided material directly relevant to the ongoing work of our basement team here, we are hosting 5 of the most interesting ones on our site (I apologize for the limited quality of some of the video and audio).


Gerald Pollack: "The Secret Life of Water"

Gerald Pollack, currently a professor from the University of Washington, and working with a team there, has pioneered work on what he refers to as “structured water.” His experimental demonstrations show that water, when in contact with certain substances (including biological substances), will form a structured region millions of molecules thick, from which certain substances and objects are excluded, charge separation occurs, and can even induce motion, among other fascinating properties as well! As Pollack emphasizes, none of these properties of structured water find any explanation in the present-day textbooks. The implications are seemingly endless, from how water and liquids are able to move through plants and animals (such as up incredible heights in large trees), to the questions of charge separation in clouds, to the fundamental nature of living bodies themselves.
The work adds an interesting new angle to the ongoing “Cosmic Radiation” project of our Basement Team (the basis of this project was presented in a series of written reports available here. Though Pollack takes a step in the wrong direction when he mentions his thoughts on abiogenesis (the origin life from non-life), seen from the standpoint of our Cosmic Radiation project, Pollack's excellent work offers an original new direction for understanding the superiority of life over non-life.
In this context it was great to hear Pollack mention the recent work of Luc Montagnier, who showed that water was able to retain and transmit the structure of DNA, even after the DNA had been removed! For more on this, see Oyang's coverage of Montagnier's work here, and a recent interview with Montagnier here.


Wal Thornhill: "Stars in an Electric Universe"

David Talbott: "The Electric Sun"

Wal Thornhill and David Talbott, the leaders of the Thunderbolts grouping, presented the evidence for electric stars and an electric Sun in an “electric universe,” in opposition to the standard theory of how stars are formed and operate. The electric star theory, which originated with some other thinkers half a century ago, has been advanced by the work of Thornhill, and theorizes that stars are not driven by internal fusion, but by interstellar, galactic electrical currents, which fuel the activity of the stars. Though certainly a radical idea, the two separate presentations do a good job in clearly laying out a number of fundamental properties of solar and stellar activity which are very difficult (if even possible) to explain from the standard fusion theory, but which are, they claim, easily explained by the electric model.
Since there is no such thing as empty space, the general concept of further interconnections among stars and the galaxy is inherently interesting, though members of the Thunderbolts group tend to limit themselves in their emphasis that the anomalous activity of the Sun and stars can be completely explained by what we presently know of electrical phenomena. There is still certainly more to be discovered, though moving away from the delusion of empty space is the right direction.


David G. Russell: "Evidence for Large Deviations from Hubble's Law in Normal Spiral Galaxies"

David G. Russell gave a fascinating presentation of some of the best case studies for what is called the “intrinsic redshifts” in other galaxies. His work is in continuation and limited collaboration with Halton Arp, who first discovered this redshift paradox. In short, there are numerous clear cases of galaxies which exhibit dramatically different redshifts but are at similar distances from us, which not only overturns the entirety of the big bang theory, but poses completely new questions. Why are these particular galaxies exhibiting high redshift signatures if they are not actually moving away from us at the rates assumed by the big bang theory?
Russell keeps his presentation to the observational evidence demonstrating the existence of the “intrinsic redshift” phenomenon, which is useful as far as it goes. Beyond this, the question of why this is happening has been the subject of much interesting discussion among us here. Sky has made the point, that once you drop the assumptions of space, time, and matter as being independent entities that make up the universe, and understand that all three are epiphenomena, due to the limitations of sense perception, and what is real are principles of creative development, then that opens up a clear range of possibilities for what could cause the thing we are perceiving as this anomalous redshift. (Perhaps my saying this here will induce Sky to release his unpublished draft article on these anomalous redshift cases.)


Neil Adams: "Growing Earth – Subduction: The Extent and Duration"

Neil Adams presented the case for an Earth that has grown dramatically in size over the past 200 million years! It is a hard concept to wrap your mind around, but the evidence he presents does open up some real interesting questions. I can't say I agree with his attempts to physically explain how the Earth would have grown, but he does show that none of the ocean floor is older than 200 million years, and that the continents fit together across not only the Atlantic, but the Pacific Ocean as well. The academically accepted theory says that the lack of older ocean sea floor is due to the subduction theory, though I am not sure if that is any easier to swallow than the idea of a growing Earth. Peter or Sky would have more to say on this, probably with reference to the ideas of Kepler, Riemann, and Vernadsky on the nature of the Earth, but I'll leave it to them to take the discussion any further. I will just add a reference to an excellent paper by Peter relating to the questions of geology, The Importance of NAWAPA for Geophysical Research.

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