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They subscribe to an idea called "electric universe," and sometimes describe themselves as "getting EU eyes. The objects and events remain the same. And in EU theory, the truth is that electricity rules.
Electric currents that flow along plasma filaments shape and power galaxies. The currents stream into stars, powering them like fluorescent bulbs. They induce the births of planets. Craters on those planets come from electrical arcs, like lightning bolts, that sear the surfaces.
Nor dark energy. The Big Bang? Never happened. Electricity can explain away all that stuff. In fact, "Mathematics is not physics," Thornhill said. While that equation aversion makes the theory pretty much a nonstarter for "mainstream" astronomers, it is the exact thing that appeals to many adherents. Despite the gaps, logical fallacies, and evidence to its contrary, EU appeals deeply to adherents, lighting a fire not unlike a tent revival does.
The question is, what is it about EU that grabs people? Velikovsky was an author known mostly for his controversial "comparative mythology" books, which recast and reinterpreted ancient history. From there, the newborn planet flew close to Earth, causing all sorts of catastrophes. The resulting disasters, Velikovsky claimed, showed up in mythology around the world. Astrophysicists pointed out that this Jupiter-born Venus idea violated theories about orbits and gravity.
Electricity did. Here, he thought, was a true scientist, not afraid to be a heretic. After studying physics and electronics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Thornhill briefly did upper-atmosphere research at IBM, but he, too, identified as a heretic.
He never forgot about Velikovsky, though. And in the early s, he heard about a magazine called Pulsate: 10 issues, all devoted to his scientific hero. The publication was written by brothers Steven and David Talbott. He soon met these two, along with Velikovsky himself, at a conference called "Velikovsky and the Recent History of the Solar System.
There, Velikovsky "planted the seed of an idea that gravity is related to the electrical structure of neutral matter," Thornhill told me. Image: Che Saitta-Zelterman That seed would eventually grow into a framework called "electric universe" theory, which Thornhill and David Talbott would later develop together and which would gain a fervent worldwide following.
Thornhill and Talbott began their official EU collaboration at another conference, years later. Plasma, the idea went, pervades the universe in filaments. Those filaments carry electric current, and that current controls the cosmos.
Thornhill called his conference talk, "The Electric Universe. EU also has the backing of a fervent community, those in The Thunderbolts Project. Since Thornhill and Talbott founded this movement, the internet has spread it. The Thunderbolts website has 1, forum participants, with about online simultaneously at peak traffic. The Thunderbolts Facebook page has around 10, followers. On its YouTube page, six feature-length documentaries have anywhere between , and a million views.
The group holds annual conferences. But as the years supposedly depicted in Space and A Space Odyssey approached without measuring up, he grew frustrated. So he decided to reverse-engineer a UFO something he no longer believes in. In the classifieds at the back of Popular Science magazine, he found an ad for High-Energy Electrostatics Research, a tome that deals with "anti-gravity. He watched YouTube video after YouTube video, hooked.
He likens EU to "a hipster teenager [rebelling] against parental restrictions and taboos. In his early twenties, he felt constrained by the corporate demands of his intended career in graphic design. His true passions were making music and reading physics books from Foyles Bookstore in London. When he considered going back to school to formally learn more about the universe, he met with a professor to investigate his options.
Which he was not into. He opted to continue his solo studies. Soon, he concluded that gravity holds physics back from a grand theory that could explain everything. He evolved the germ of his own unified theory: that "most things could already be explained by electricity alone. Royal still lurks on the Thunderbolts forum, but the negativity now keeps him silent. A typical comments section is full of ad hominem attacks and invective toward mainstream astronomy and EU doubters.
And where are all these electrical arcs in space? And what could their power source possibly be? Proponents also cherry-pick individual phenomena to explain: individual entries on how stars shine, how craters form, why galaxies have their shapes, and what causes planets and craters.
They call these concepts "patches. Its concepts, almost by definition, are abstract. None of us, no matter what happened in Interstellar, will feel the tug of a black hole. The math that predicts and explains the cosmos is far outside common knowledge. What astronomers call dark matter and dark energy, doubters call "patches. Without evidence or explanations they can make sense of, EU followers feel like scientists are saying, "Just trust us.
Image: Che Saitta-Zelterman "I believe history has showed us again and again that many novel ideas which were initially met with skepticism or angry rejection eventually gain more adherents and momentum until they end up as part of the orthodox corpus of scientific knowledge," said Miguel, who encountered EU in his work as a contributor to the website The Daily Grail, which explores "the fringes of science and history. The idea that Earth goes around the Sun, and not the other way around, was once considered heretical.
Before revolutionary ideas become revolutionary, they simply sound fringe. They just turn out to be wrong. It can be dangerous.
Climate change denial slows the cleanup of the planet. Anti-vaccination movements give kids measles. GMO hysteria makes it harder for starving kids to get nutrient-rich rice. Or at least be as suspicious of EU as they are of "the astronomy establishment.
They spend their free time learning. I get that. I happen to love dark energy, and also data. People want to figure the universe out themselves. And I also want to make sense of it. They log on to Thunderbolts. In this film, Thornhill proclaims, "Modern cosmology gives us a rather disconnected view of the universe.
Therefore, we look upon ourselves as isolated and disconnected. The electric universe takes a different view. But arcs of plasma link that blue dot to the wider cosmos, hooking our place in the universe up to other places. The arcs also connect Thunderbolt members to each other. Like many misguided converts, they want to touch others so that the current can flow from them and into others. The problem, though, is that no one is grounding them.
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