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THINGS AS THEY ARE, WERE ARE TO COME
The Electric Universe
ANTHONY E. LARSON
not gravity. which is reflected in the symbolism and metaphor of the scriptures. WERE AND ARE TO COME The Electric Universe Copyright © 2005 Anthony E. once again. Mercury. The standard interpretation of planetary history taught universally by modern science is of no assistance here. instead of illuminating our path to understanding. To find the answers we seek. In fact. so he had no knowledge of its power or true function in nature. He claimed that ancient accounts were replete with descriptions of phenomena . these effects can be replicated in the lab and help to explain some of the more curious stories in the scriptures. craters and electrical blisters. the Moon and Earth as huge sinuous gashes. Remarkably. the one embraced by Joseph Smith: catastrophism. The effects of electrical discharge machining on a colossal scale can be seen on Mars. we must understand the true nature of our universe.THINGS AS THEY ARE. to the paradigm rejected by modern science nearly 200 years ago. Benjamin Franklin had performed his famous kite and key experiment to demonstrate that lightning was actually electricity only a few years before Joseph’s birth. we must turn. Velikovsky was the first in modern times to suggest that “electromagnetism” played a role in ancient planetary encounters. Larson Electricity. is the most powerful force in the natural world. Electricity was yet to be discovered in Joseph’s day. It was a mere novelty at that juncture. B efore we can begin to understand the dynamic picture of the ancient heavens that our forebears struggled to communicate to us. modern scientific theories have proven the stumbling blocks to understanding the primary messages handed down by our ancestors.
Scholars and scientists scoffed. formed as the energy of the discharge excavated the ground to a depth of several inches and ejected the material away from its path. gravitational model — the one that still dominates astrophysics to this day. He explained that the strange features found on other planets such as sinuous rilles. the bolt of lightning carved a 40-foot furrow across the infield of a baseball diamond. While plasmas were not part of his concept. Note the central. He was also the first to see the sun as an electromagnetic engine. canals or canyons. . the structure would seem to indicate that these are similar effects of the same phenomenon: interplanetary electrical discharge. sinuous path taken by the lightning in the bottom of the furrow and the scalloped edges of the trench. Indeed. he was the first to recognize the effect of electricity on the evolution of stars and planets. Results of a lightning strike For example. Juergens was the first to introduce the idea of scalability in electrical activity. which would be many orders of magnitude greater than any here on Earth. Planetary electric arc machining As early as the mid-1970’s. pock marks and craters were formed by electrical activity rather than geological forces or impacts. Compare that electric scar to photos below of rills on the moon and Mars to see how remarkably similar they are. insisting on measuring Velikovsky’s assumptions with the old. That is. an engineer named Ralph Juergens was the first to describe the effects of electricity in space on solid bodies.3 that could only be defined as electromagnetic. Interplanetary lightning impinging upon other bodies. was capable of generating structures similar to those seen in terrestrial lightning strikes but much larger and dynamic in scale — several orders of magnitude greater. the effects of powerful lightning strikes on Earth served to explain the features seen on other planets and moons in our solar system. in this photograph.
It was Juergens that maintained that interplanetary lightning could act. By comparing the results of comparatively simple and easily reproducible laboratory experiments (below left) with photographs returned to Earth by space probes (below right). Testing a hypothesis We stand at the threshold of discovery. on worlds that are hot or cold. At this juncture in history we have a way to test the electric universe hypothesis. on worlds with high or low gravity. lava. we see the remarkable similarity between electric arc-generated phenomenon here on Earth and nearly identical structures found on other rocky planets and moons.4 A comparison — whether detailed or casual — of the terrestrial features generated by lightning here on Earth and those found on other planets and moons offers particularly valuable insights on the morphology of such mysterious features. then evidence from space exploration and from laboratory experiments should provide proof of its validity. . Juergens was the first to suggest that such rilles were patterns of electrical machining on bodies in space. on worlds with or without an atmosphere and on worlds with or without water. or other liquids. If the proponents of the electric universe model are correct. with variations due to local conditions.
as seen in the rille photos. form the familiar craters seen on our Moon and many other objects in space. These. These electrical discharges can take one of three forms on the exterior of a planet or moon. not impacts. Their primary features include the parallelism of the spark paths and the tendency for the tributaries to join the main channel at near right angles. The power of experimental electrical phenomena to explain the geologic structures seen elsewhere in the solar system is impressive. The other two forms. including asteroids. an electric discharge machines up material. throwing it out to form a levee on either side as it excavates the trench. as we shall see momentarily. Compare these to the lightning strike photo above. Still more revealing. impinge on the surface at right angles. Note also the scalloped edges and the deep secondary channel running along the center of the pattern. perpendicular to it.5 The rille pattern traced by an electric spark across an insulating surface dusted with fine powder (left) is remarkably similar to lunar rills (right). One is compelled to wonder why scientists are unable to see the similarities and therefore question the possibility that electricity plays the primary role in shaping the surface of the planets. . Racing across the surface and parallel to it. Electric Universe theorists believe that the tails of comets are simply the material machined away from the surface of an asteroid in just such an ongoing discharge.
left behind by the arc.6 This photo amply demonstrates the sinuous nature of electrical discharges in the laboratory. The similarities between the effects of lightning strikes. moons and asteroids. ejecting it out on either side of their path. can be better explained as the touchdown points for electric arcs and their machining effects. are commonly called “Lichtenberg figures” and are considered “frozen lightning. matching the rille patterns seen on other planets and moons.” an innocuous form of electric discharge. Theorists assert that as such charges spread out across the surface of a planet. moon or asteroid. leaving behind a scar that is a carbon copy of the arc itself. Even the ubiquitous craters seen on rocky planets. these spidery electrical arcs excavate the material. which were once thought to be exclusively impact caused.” Such sinuous shapes are also remarkably similar to the filamentary structure seen in tabletop conversation pieces called “plasma balls. But the similarities do not end there. laboratory experiments and rilles seen on other planets and moons are conspicuous and undeniable. These winding tracks. .
stuck in the centuries-old paradigm that excludes electromagnetic forces. students of the scriptures can begin to see that some accounts of unusual events in antiquity may have described the destructive power of electric arcs with their ability to machine the surface of a planet. the “lightning and thunder” on Mt. cosmologists and astrophysicists. Electric arc cratering on the Moon.7 Electric arc cratering in the laboratory. continue to refer to these structures as volcanic or impact generated. Sinai. even the man on the street can recognize its explanatory power. The wonder is that planetary scientists. First of all. Though such evidence passes largely unacknowledged by orthodox science. the “brimstone and fire” that destroyed Sodom . Phenomena such as Moses’ burning bush. Relating electric arc machining to the scriptures This evidence casts a whole new light on scriptural accounts of catastrophic and supernatural phenomena.
and licked up the water that was in the trench.” (1 Kings18:38. More geologic evidence The nature of electricity is such that it can also cause a “blister” surface effect as well as the aforementioned etching or excavating. These can then be compared with photographs taken on other planets by sophisticated space probe cameras.8 and Gomorrah. they are actually ground-to-cloud arcs. italics added.) An interplanetary lightning discharge capable of excavating huge craters and channels by first pulverizing everything at the surface then blasting it away. raises just such a blister. and the dust. That is. . could easily be seen as fire that consumed wood. the cloud being the anode or receiver of the charge. simulating a cloud-to-ground lightning strike. a simple laboratory experiment suffices to demonstrate how an electric arc can create a very different configuration from craters or rilles. the terminology used by the prophets can be seen as much more descriptive of electrical phenomena than other mechanisms capable of such prodigious feats. stone. lasting considerably longer and being many orders of magnitude greater than ordinary lightning in a thunderstorm. an electric cathode arc. More rare are lightning strikes called electric cathode arcs. the “blast” that destroyed the Assyrian army in Isaiah’s day or “fire” that consumed the sacrifice of Elijah and the priests of Baal may have been just such plasma and electrical manifestations. As with the anode arc effects. Most lightning strikes are called electric anode arcs. these cathode strikes cause bubbling or blistering of the surface. These are cloud-to-ground strikes. dust and water. Indeed. In the lab experiment seen below. Rather than etch the surface. Such anode arcs caused all the previously illustrated crater and rille formations where the violent and powerful upward flow of electrons serves to lift or levitate the surface material. and the stones. The language from Elijah’s sacrifice event is especially apt. “Then the fire of the Lord fell. and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood.
9 These bell-shaped blisters are typically called “fulgurites” when formed by earthly lightning. the most prominent example of what may be an electric cathode arc. including the imbedded crater at the summit of the blister — what planetary scientists typically characterize as a volcanic caldera. . has all the characteristics of a lightning blister. In comparison. the effects are strikingly similar. we see that Olympus Mons on Mars. Profile view Top view When compared with pictures taken on other planets.
For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy. For all their magnificence. the sizeable nature of these formations on other planets suggests bolts of lightning much larger and of far greater duration than anything seen today. mainstream scientists continue to interpret these as strictly volcanic in nature. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. What they saw Of course. Yet.com . The only phenomenon familiar to us that has any resemblance at all to those ancient displays would our Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. however.mormonprophecy.blogspot.10 Examination of the evidence strongly suggests that electricity plays a far more crucial role in the formation of planetary features than was previously thought. videos. Those would have been almost unrecognizable to us as lightning since they would be heaven-spanning phenomena with prolonged light and sound displays of epic proportions. auroral displays are only a faint whisper of the towering celestial displays that our ancestors saw.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: email@example.com/ For online classes. such awe-inspiring.
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