This is the final article in my series on the appeal of the electric universe theory (EUT) to non-scientists, such as myself. In previous posts I discussed the historical appeal and the structural appeal of the EUT. In this post, I explore the final category—discourse. For me, one of the main draws of the EUT is that it has the potential to change and redefine certain existing paradigms, thereby possibly altering our meta-discourse or meta-narrative about the universe, our world, and our place in it.
As I have stated elsewhere, cosmology is the mother of all science and philosophy. It tells the “big story” of our universe and deals with the big questions. It addresses our concept of life, the world, and our place in it—past, present and future. Fundamentally, cosmology tells the story of what is. What is this thing we call the universe? What is the structure of the universe? What is its driving force? How and why did it develop the way it has? Is it isolated or connected, is it finite or infinite, does it have an origin, does it have an end, etc?
The answers to these questions ultimately permeate our understanding of our own being, existence and nature, even if on a subconscious level. Given that cosmology is the definitive discourse and narrative, if cosmology changes then, conceptually, everything can also change. This is because cosmology is an overarching discourse that, traditionally, directly or indirectly affected and shaped everything from philosophy and religion– to art, culture and even pop culture. So a change in the way we perceive and understand the universe has the potential to change and affect the broader culture. Simply put, a change in our cosmology will not only affect our understanding of the material world, but may ultimately affect anything to do with culture, humankind’s place in the world, and the cosmos.
How EUT Cosmology Differs: Breaking From Mainstream Discourse
The EUT presents a universe that is not as “bizarre”, idiosyncratic and inexplicable as mainstream relativity theory and gravity-centric cosmology would have us believe. And yet it is a universe that is far more sublime and awe inspiring, not least because the EUT posits that the universe, and everything in it, is far more inter-connected and cohesive, and that it contains an over-arching structure or form by way of electrically charged plasma.
The EUT breaks from mainstream cosmology in three very important ways. First, it sees electricity as giving shape to the universe, via electrically charged plasma. Second, it sees electricity as driving the universe by way of electric currents carried through this all-pervasive plasma (let us not forget that plasma makes up 99.9 percent of the universe1). Finally, it perceives the universe as an inter-connected system; for the EUT everything in the universe is connected through these electric currents. It can be argued that this view of the cosmos is far more rational and far less mysterious and contradictory. In this paradigm there is no need for black holes, dark matter, dark energy, etc. Phenomena that are inexplicable in contemporary cosmology are more readily explainable using electric and/or plasma cosmology.
What Are the Broader Discursive Implications of This New Cosmology?
One of the unique and interesting aspects of the EUT is that, contrary to the mainstream discourse, the EUT sees massive cosmic cataclysms as responsible for certain planetary phenomenon and geological formations on earth. These cataclysms and resultant formations can literally happen in an instant.
This suggests and makes us appreciate that it is possible for our world to change over night, potentially imperiling our very existence. This in turn beckons us to examine, savor and marvel at life a little bit more than we presently do. While the EUT presents a universe that is far more interconnected and sublime it also presents a universe that is potentially far more dangerous, with planetary cataclysms, unfortunately, representing an ominous and real threat.
The EUT allows us to understand how and why our ancestors may have come to deify celestial bodies and hold the heavens in great reverence. This may help us understand the genesis of world religions and our fear and/or reverence of the heavens and “heavenly beings.” Let us not forget that for our ancestors, the planets became powerful (and wrathful) gods. As one of the electric universe’s pioneering proponents, David Talbott, holds: “There was an ‘age of the gods,’ when the planets were the gods, and the entire story content of global mythology traces to this unique period.”2
Stepping Into the Future While Looking to the Past…
It is interesting to reflect upon how discussing the ways in which the EUT may change and affect our present and future paradigms and narratives can bring us back to the historical component of the electric universe. In a way, I am right back to where I started.The shift in the cosmological discourse that is ushered in by the EUT brings us back to the EUT’s unique understanding of ancient history and ancient mythology as more than mere myth.
When our ancestors looked to the sky and when they were affected on earth by things happening in the heavens, entire mythologies, religions, and existential memes and rituals were born. These mythologies, religions and rituals animated our understanding of the world and ourselves in ways that persist to this very day; and have permeated all aspects of culture.
Simply put, how we view the cosmos—i.e., the grand picture or grand story—affects, even on a subconscious level, how we view everything else. If and when that big story changes—and it will most certainly change as a result of the adoption of the electric universe theory—then everything else, including the way we think about our man-made world, will also be forced to change. As ancient mystical wisdom holds: “as above, so below…”
The implications are huge. A shift in our understanding of the nature of the universe ultimately ushers in interdisciplinary paradigm shifts that will alter our very understanding of what and how the universe is as well as what and how we are, and how we fit into this massive, sublime thing we call the Universe. A shift of this magnitude will have affects far beyond the sciences, in areas such as sociology, religion, history, art and culture, law and justice, popular culture, literature, film, story telling, esoteric knowledge and more. The long-term outcome will hopefully be an interdisciplinary paradigm shift of epic proportions.
I hope to help spread the word about this emerging shift in our meta-discourse. And I hope that readers will help spread the word by sharing this article (and other EUT material). These are certainly exciting times in which to live!