Being sceptical

There couldn’t have been any people in pre-history who were as clever as we are now – so claimed (in similar words) a modern citizen of Earth. So, we know how to cut stones weighing up to 20 tons and more, lift then, and place them with the precision displayed in those huge monolithic structures in Central and South America.

Further, we are told that modern science had made observations within the past few centuries which were already known to cultures – not in pre-history – but in historical times; that is, within the past 7,000 years.

As well, the wisdom of the ‘ancients’ throughout Asia – from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Japan – within this historical period has been well attested to by researchers and writers.

Morally, modern man’s alleged superiority seems somewhat airy-fairy. Have we leached those unwanted animal instincts which we inherited from our faunal predecessors? Have the extra 223 genes ‘found to be completely missing in the whole range of the vertebrate phase of evolution’ (Sitchin) made a substantial contribution to Man’s nature and proclivities?

Then, there are those who are fearful of foreigners in their midst, including kindly spacemen who might have guided our hunter-gatherer ancestors to a sedentary agricultural way of life; and thence to plenitude and prosperity. I recall that, after the Roswell Incident in Mexico, many Australians expressed a fear of the Martians arriving.

What of the fear of being proven wrong as ‘experts’ in this or other field of science or human history? Some of the stakeholders in certain disciplines are known to be highly defensive about the prevailing paradigm. Do the fearful (or anxious personalities) then behave like a canine which is being stared at by someone?

An open mind is relatively rare. How often do we find oysters with their shells open to the sea? I am, however, not implying that the oyster and a human mind are strictly comparable. Indeed, a closed oyster and an open human mind can be quite productive; if the necessary irritant is in place.

To the human mind, the necessary irritant is the need to know, to understand (and without any ego involvement). And that may be God-given!

Review of ‘Genesis of the Cosmos’

Ancient Physics, Modern Myths: Paul LaViolette’s Pathbreaking “Genesis of the Cosmos” – Review by Raymond Lynch

“For those who are open to a new and unfamiliar theory of microphysics, an unusual understanding of cosmogenesis, a serious consideration of a host of conventionally-red-flagged, status-quo-tabooed, lunatic-fringe topics (including ancient metaphysics, the Tarot, astrology, Atlantis, and the I Ching), a comprehensive and alarmingly specific correlation of subquantum physics with ancient creation myths, and an across-the-board, no-holds-barred rejection of every significant tenet of twentieth century relativistic cosmology, there is probably no better place to begin than Paul LaViolette’s very original “Genesis of the Cosmos: The Ancient Science of Continuous Creation”.

In Part 1 of his book, LaViolette lays out his theory of subquantum kinetics. Using precisely the kinds of rhetorical devices —namely, imagery, metaphor, decree, and supposition—that are employed in almost all standard scientific models of “physical reality” (whatever that is), he offers us an open systems theory of continuous creation rooted in organic processes of self-organization.

Absolute Newtonian space and time are reinstated, along with the ether of nineteenth century vintage (the long-thought-to-be-discredited prime substance said to pervade this boundless Euclidian space and “infinite” time). LaViolette doesn’t entertain the notion of “creation ex nihilo” because he views space, time, and the ether as the precursors of creation, regarding them as essentially uncreated.

The elements and processes necessary for LaViollette’s creation story arise “spontaneously,” which is to say “unpredictably,” which is to say “inexplicably.”

LaViolette is clearly aware of the irreducible mysteriousness of this entire creation business, as were the ancient mythographers we now discount as hopelessly naïve. All creation schemes, scientific or otherwise, are unavoidably metaphorical. LaViolette’s metaphors, however, have two virtues: (1) they are more-or-less coherent; and, (2) given the suggested correlations, they seem to conform well with some of our important ancient creation narratives.

Relativistic cosmology, on the other hand, employs metaphors that are as incoherent as those of modern mathematics, and they conform to nothing (except perhaps the God of the Old Testament, an apparent, part-time psychopath).”

Wow! This is what I consider to be a proper review. See next 2 of my posts.

Finding new scientific theories

Are scientific theories like the winks of a firefly? Even if each wink might take a couple of centuries of Earth-time … …!

The following is an extract from a website titled ‘Aether Vibrations: a wave-based universe’

“Quantum physics that has been around for some hundred odd years now is still mainstream physics’ most accepted physics.

Although quantum science has revealed the presence of the zero point field with all its virtual subatomic particles and photons that jump into existence from apparently nowhere to return to oblivion nanoseconds later, there is still no reasonable explanation as to how and why particles and photons can appear and disappear just like that.

Also the quantum probability wave is still hard to grasp and visualize. Quantum physics may have proven to be a mathematically correct science; for lay people the wave-particle duality of quantum science it is still very hard to understand. How do we visualize particles that are both waves and solid little marbles?

Another difficult thing to grasp is the atom model presented by Niels Bohr where electrons fly in well-defined shells around the nucleus. Since electrons continuously radiate energy they should eventually collapse into the nucleus, but they don’t!

The question is where does this radiating energy actually come from and how is it replenished?

Quantum science has accepted the quantum states of the electrons (distinct shell within the atom) for a fact, but is unable to answer the question why the electrons only occur in discrete shells within the atom and why they don’t eventually crash into the nucleus.

Even three hundred years after the discovery of gravity by Newton, science still has no theoretical explanation for it.

This is exactly why science is moving forward to find new theories that can better explain the anomalies of quantum science. Today mainstream science’s best shot is the string theory. However, a small group of scientists are now taking a radical new view, and their thinking is taking them back to insights from ancient history. … … “

Comment: Promises to be interesting – if I can understand it all. More to follow.

The cosmic cataclysm – the survivors

‘Great diversity exists in the ways specific groups of people are said to have survived that ordeal.’ (the cataclysm) ‘Among these were people who deliberately constructed vessels (arks) before the onset of the Deluge – usually on the advice of others alleged to have superior or ‘divine’ advance knowledge of the impending disaster.’ (Could this have occurred before the vulcanism, conflagration, cosmic debris fall, and fire? It would have been too late to build anything once the catastrophe began.)

‘Several of the mountain-top survivors had … divine advice to seek safety on particular peaks.’ (Those advised included some Greeks, Assamese, Lithuanians, Andeans, Formosans and Polynesians.) ‘Almost all the accounts describe a combination of driving rain, furious winds and a thick gloom which for a long period obscured the Sun, Moon, and the stars.’ ‘The Caingang Indians described the darkness as “pitchy” and as punctuated by howls, piercing screeches and other unearthly sounds.’

‘Paralleling these flood traditions is another category recording how people and animals survived the disaster in caves.’ ‘It is obvious that deep caverns would have been ideal refuges from missiles and fires but extremely dangerous shelters against rampaging waters.’ ‘Some refugees became buried in caverns, as earth and rocks were piled up at the entrances by drift borne by the Deluge waters … but others … survived the ordeal by successfully digging their way out.’

‘On eventually receding, the water left everything covered in mud.’ Some of the survivors were reportedly helped almost immediately after the Deluge by white, tall and bearded strangers who imparted laws, crafts and other useful information. These ‘culture heroes’ have been included in the folk memories of quite a number of peoples. Surely, they had to have come from outside the planet. If so, had they observed what had happened?

The above extracts are from Allan & Delair’s ‘Cataclysm’.

The Cosmic Event and its aftermath

A large fragment of supernova Vela, ‘composed of pure stellar-matter’ and ‘very dense and atomic … sub-lunar in size’ entered the solar system. Phaeton, ‘pulled sunwards’ when it encountered Neptune, dislodged one of Neptune’s moons; this became planet Pluto. It then dislodged the moons of Uranus. Saturn’s moon Chiron also became a planet. Jupiter and Mercury, being on ‘the other side of the sun’ avoided contact with Phaeton. Phaeton then destroyed Tiamat, the presumed planet between Jupiter and Mars. The asteroid belt between these two planets would seem to be the remains of Tiamat.

Dragging the remains of Tiamat and its moon Kingu, Phaeton slowed Mars’ rotation. The ‘two rapidly spinning moons’ of Mars may be fragments of Tiamat.

‘Charging through the emptiness between Earth and the Moon,’ Phaeton ‘stretched the Moon’s orbit’ while causing the Earth to tilt. ‘The swarm of planetary debris accompanying Phaeton’ (inluding Kingu, Tiamat’s moon) exploded, showering Earth with a ‘celestial blizzard of rocks, stones and dust.’ ‘The Earth’s crust shifted and plunged it into upheaval.’ Folk memories from all over the globe attest to these terrifying events.

Passing Venus, Phaeton ‘flipped’ it over, ‘sending it into a rotation opposite to that of the other planets.’ It then disappeared into the sun.

The extracts above are from Flem-Ath’s summary in Allan & Delair’s ‘Cataclysm.’ The latter also point out that the Phaeton event was exceptional. Yet, have there not been cosmic impacts since?

However, following the celestial disorder and the terrestrial chaos, including conflagration, darkness, and flood (the Deluge), there followed a sudden extended period of glacial conditions. Does this not suggest that Earth’s trajectory had taken it away from the sun as a consequence of Phaeton’s impact?

Since Allan & Delair challenge the theory of ice ages, could recurring glacial conditions on Earth reflect repeated movements of Earth away from the sun as it moves through space?

What actually happened

Catastrophe traditions are said to be known from every continent, except Antarctica. The Americas provide the largest number, and Africa the lowest. As the flow of Deluge waters was apparently north-west to south-east, this makes sense, were the continents to have been aligned as they are now. This suggests that any tilt of Earth and a claimed re-alignment of continents occurred before Phaeton moved off, releasing the piled-up waters as a globe-wide inundation.

The alleged sequence of events include:

• CONFLAGRATION. Ovid is quoted thus: “The earth bursts into flames, the highest points first, and splits into deep cracks, and its moisture is all dried up. The meadows are burned to white ashes; the trees are consumed, leaves and all, and the ripe grain furnishes fuel for its own destruction … great cities perish with their walls, and vast conflagration reduces whole nations to ashes.” Other legends confirm these effects.

• FLOOD. The Babylonian epic Gilgamesh “refers to a great ‘hail from heaven’ and a tremendous whirlwind or cyclone which ‘swept to heaven,’ accompanying a flood that ‘swiftly mounted up … to the mountains.” Again, other legends confirm this scenario.

• CELESTIAL DISORDER. In Ovid’s account, “… the Chariot of the Sun, driven by Phaeton, moved ‘no longer in the same course as before,’” and that “… the horses pulling it broke ‘loose from their course’ and ‘rushed aimlessly, knocking against the stars set deep in the sky …’” (How poetic!) “Ancient Chinese texts reported: ‘… the pillars supporting the sky crumbled, and the chains from which the earth was suspended shivered to pieces. Sun, moon and stars poured down into the north-west …’” (More poetry!). Other cultural memories are in the same vein.

Refer my next post for other reported events. The quotes above are from Allan & Delair’s ‘Cataclysm.’

Could cultural legends and traditions enlighten us?

As Allan & Delair point out “… numerous peoples all over the world have preserved ancient accounts apparently describing some of the tremendous catastrophes …” How are these to be tested? How are they to be interpreted? They also point out “… the superficial simplicity, even naivete, of many traditions. For the initial compilers and purveyors of traditions to convey, in clear and unambiguous terms, often quite elaborate original concepts and sagas, to essentially illiterate mass audiences, it was necessary for these traditions to be presented in simplified or general forms.”

One would not expect the immediate survivors of the Deluge and the calamities preceding it to do more than work out how to continue their lives. The next generation may have opportunities to think about what happened, and to reach some sort of conclusion as to how it all came about. The following generation may then feel competent to compile an explanatory narrative – often couched in symbolic form. Refer the legends about the Sumerian Lord Marduk, and other legends of a religious nature which seem to be current.

Borrowing from Allan & Delair, one might treat some legends as intended to instruct or entertain. Or, to view some traditions as symbolic in some meaningful manner. Or, to evaluate them as profane or religious explanations. Or, they could represent fragments of memories of real historical people and their experiences. Or, a combination of these interpretations.

Then, would the stakeholders in any current paradigm hold off judgement about apparently inexplicable events and relationships, while waiting to see what patterns of information those working at the coalface might produce?

For example, the theory of uniformitarianism, which allegedly denies catastrophes – by definition, could be held as the basal condition for life on Earth, while also accepting that normal performances of major objects in space could impact upon life on Earth most catastrophically from time to time, and without warning.

While truth maybe multi-focal, varying over time, it must surely be sought – no matter what we fear!

Uplift of lands offsetting subsidence

When portions of the Earth’s crust sink in one place, other portions tend to rise in compensation. So say Allan & Delair in ‘Cataclysm’. (See previous post about subsidence of vast landmasses.)

“… coeval evidence from the Philippines, various parts of Indonesia, the Pacific generally, and Australia so suffice here to assert that much of the topography of all these regions came into being a mere 11,500 years or so ago.”

“Much the same can be said of the present Alpine scenery in Europe. Not so long ago, geologically speaking, they were little more than a chain of hills.” (What a fascinating thought!)

“The geographical modernity of folded mountains in many parts of Asia was recognised early this century … confirmed by studies of mountain ranges in China … Similar youthfulness characterises the ranges bordering the Western Gobi desert … a large internal sea … occupied the Gobi basin … there is every indication that it was uplifted simultaneously not only with the Pamirs and the great ranges of western China, but also with the Tibetan Plateau … the draining away of the water … must have been a truly devastating event.”

I certainly remember reading that a Chinese emperor had appointed someone (Yu?) to drain the extensive waters inundating the land. Another memory – someone in China was sent to work out the cardinal points of Earth, such was the extended gloom.

“Among the ranges … were the Cordilleran systems in both North and South America, the Caucasus and many others.” “Not only were the Himalayas and their satellites affected by this gigantic crustal uplift, but so also were the Pamirs, Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Kailas ranges, the Kun-lun mountains and the Altai and Tien Shan mountains.”
Further evidence of mountain building is to be found in the Americas. Allegedly, it all happened 11,500 years ago.

This relatively small ball of molten material contained by a relatively thin and permeable crust must have been a delightful but boring pace for millions of years. Then Lord Marduk (or Phaeton) came to re-structure the place to make it suitable for the most voracious and destructive member of the faunal kingdom.

Celestial disorder

“The effects produced by a great world conflagration accompanying huge tectonic upheavals are graphically described in many traditions and written accounts …” “Ovid tells how a celestial body, called Phaeton, approaches Earth …” “Greek writer Hesiod described the effects of this great conflagration which, preceding the Flood, was attributed to a celestial body called Typhon (another name for Phaeton) …” “The Typhon legend was especially connected with pre-dynasty Egypt, where Typhon was also called Set, another name for the biblical Satan.”

“Strabo records that the Egyptian shore of the Red Sea was once called Typhonia.” “ … an old Arab tradition asserts that ‘ … the Red Sea is simply water that did not dry up after Noah’s Deluge.’” “ … from Persia … ‘The sea boiled, and all the shores of the ocean boiled, and all the middle of it boiled.’” “ Several North American traditions refer specifically to the phenomenon of superheated water.” “… on the Pacific coast, Amerindian legends state that ‘ … many animals jumped into the water to save themselves, but the water began to boil.’”

“The great Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, from which the Biblical account of Noah’s Flood is derived … refers to a great ‘hail from heaven’ and a tremendous whirlwind or cyclone which ‘swept up to heaven,’ accompanying a flood that ‘swiftly mounted up … to the mountains.’”

“Sanscrit verses allude to the same effects.” “Other flood traditions … describe the Deluge as a veritable water-mountain.”

The above paragraphs are extracts from Allan & Delair’s ‘Cataclysm’! Would recorded history over-ride the sceptics? Yet, we do have asteroid watchers, who apparently need a warning period of up to three years to act. What could they do to deflect an object many miles across in size?

An interstellar Lothario kisses Earth

This is not a scenario of seduction. It is a (plausible) story of a brute forcing his prolonged kisses on a sedate maiden, causing mayhem.

An interstellar object enters the solar system, and gets close to Earth. Its path to Earth can be ignored for the moment. What is its relationship to Earth? As Immanuel Velikovsky wrote in the early 1950s about worlds in collision, and thereby frightened the horses in large numbers of hitherto quiescent stables, two electrically-charged objects closing together in space will exchange electrical discharges, accompanied by powerful groans and roars. Nature can apparently be extremely noisy.

When the gravitational attraction of the intruder exceeds that of Earth to a significant extent, two events can occur. As the intruder moves adjacent to Earth, it could pull the water in the seas and oceans towards the intruder. This would result in that standing wall of water, described in folklore as sky high. Would that wall of water then have moved to follow the path of the intruder alongside Earth? For how long would that happened?

The second, and more significant effect, would be to tilt Earth progressively, if the intruder were to remain close to Earth over a period of time.

Had it moved alongside Earth in a trajectory which took it between Earth and its moon, it could have driven the moon from Earth onto a new, wider path around Earth. Had it brought with it a moon it had captured in its path through the solar system towards Earth, this moon could have, on entering Earth’s protective space, shattered over Earth. The debris fall over Earth would have been horrendous.

The intruder’s path of power could also have pulled Earth into an orbit much further from the sun. This would have chilled the planet.

As the intruder moved away from Earth on its way to the clasp of the sun, the accumulated waters would have been released. They would have filled all the ground spaces available, in an event now known as the Universal Deluge. The result would have been new seas and oceans, depending on the configuration of the land after the catastrophe.

That is, had Earth tilted through the pull of the intruder, the tilt increasing the longer the pull continued, and had it reached nearly 90 degrees, the continents previously aligned East-West would have become re-aligned North-South. Antarctica at the Equator would have become the southern continent at the new South Pole. The eastern lands, such as Siberia, would have become northern – moving from the tropics to the new North Pole region.

This story seems plausible.