The Symbols of an Alien Sky video series will introduce you to celestial spectacles and earthshaking events once remembered around the world. Archaic symbols of these events still surround us, some as icons of the world’s great religions, though the origins of the symbols appear to be lost in obscurity. In this second episode of Symbols of an Alien Sky, David Talbott takes the viewer on an odyssey across the surface of Mars. Exploring feature after feature of the planet, he finds that only electric arcs could produce the observed patterns. The high resolution images reveal massive channels and gouges, great mounds, and crater chains, none finding an explanation in traditional geology, but all matching the scars from electric discharge experiments in the laboratory. (Approximately 85 minutes) Order Link $29.00

Show me the English A demand frequently made of Electric Universe ideas is, show me the math. It is a presumptuous demand. A proper rejoinder is to demand of consensus theories, show me the English. You must have some idea of what you are talking about before you can talk about quantities of it. A plaque in a local medical laboratory proclaims, “It's easier to take measurements than to know what you're measuring.” Quantities will not give you qualities; for that you need predicates. Manipulating symbols is not the same as making sense. Recognizing and understanding patterns of intelligibility in empirical data is a creative act. Many modern scientists are little more than technicians of numbers, not discoverers of understanding. Without critical questioning, you are only quantifying presumptions. The ancient Babylonians developed arithmetic methods for predicting many events. Their algorithms worked well for locating planets but not for anticipating plagues of locusts. The defect was the absence of understanding, which enables judgments of appropriateness. The goal of science is to understand, not merely to anticipate. Despite the cute metaphor that mathematics is the language of nature, mathematics is not really a language. It shuffles symbols; it doesn't mean. What does the energy tensor mean? What does Schroedinger's equation mean? The question is nonsensical. You can understand mathematics with English, but you can't understand English with mathematics. Scientists once were expected to have a grounding in the Humanities, to know something about ancient Greek and Roman literature: the art of meaning. Now, many seem unable to compose an understandable sentence. Quantum mechanics in particular has abdicated understanding: Neils Bohr, one of its originators, opined that it was not science because it didn't mean anything; it didn't explain; it only predicted. Mathematics is good for determining how much of what to put where in order to get which result. It is good for inventing gadgets—toys, tools, weapons; not so good for understanding what they are or for judging where and when to play with them. A function is not a predicate; an equality is not a unity. The preciseness of numbers makes correct syntax seem inessential. But cloudy rhetoric reduces them to symbology, foggy grammar reduces them to numerology, and hazy logic reduces them to nonsense. Without understanding, theories become merely presumptions encrusted with tensors, superstitions embellished with differential equations. The novel qualities of data from space age instruments defy measurement by the ideas of gravity and gas. Larger and more encompassing measures are needed, those of electromagnetism and plasma. This is not to deny the importance of mathematics and the necessity of developing mathematical representations of Electric Universe concepts. But the mathematics must be subsidiary and subsequent to the concepts; it cannot substitute for or precede the concepts. Plasma science and plasma cosmology are building up theory from concepts developed in response to observations and experiments rather than deriving concepts from mathematical representations of theory. Concepts describe; mathematics represents. You must describe a thing before you can represent it. Representations without descriptions invite fantasies such as black holes and dark matter to fill the voids. Mathematical expressions without predicates are pure abstractions, not physics, which has to do with the sensible world. Modern astronomy has shrouded the cosmos with darkness: dark matter, dark energy, dark mathematics devoid of the light of understanding. Astronomers are neoBabylonians ruling over a dark age of science. With eyes clenched and ears plugged against alternative ideas, they blunder into straw men and sing off key. These forlorn habitués of customary habits mill around in an uncritical repetitiousness of obsolete orthodoxy. If the cosmos is to be deduced from the first principles of a sacrosanct theory, we do not need observation. We can shut down the space programs and reduce the national debt. We need only a few dollars for vestments for the priests of an unquestionable scientism. Mel Acheson 
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