Sun spot cycles

14 Aug 2011

At ... at Thunderbolts forums a member comments on the current cycle of low sun spot activity and wonders what this might mean - less solar output? Low sun spot cycles are known historically but what do they imply from the angle of the Electric Universe theory. Less power in = less power out? A weakening of the Sun's protective sheaf? which might mean more energetic cosmic rays bombarding the solar system and therefore interacting with the atmosphere of the earth. Does this cause weather changes and earthquakes? it is asked. It seems that he might have been reading Piers Corbyn's predictions on weather and volcanoes/tectonics but as it is a new thread the comments, so far, are not extensive. The forum comments, as on any web site or blog, can be quite whacky - or rigidly orthodox as if defending some line against attack. In this instance Steve Smith wonders if the sun spot cycles are as real as projected by solar scientists. Stephan R says the 17th century Maunder Minimum, for example, is a real feature as opposed to an artifact due to mixing data, coinciding with the Little Ice Age (or a part thereof). What this tells us is that not a lot is known about solar cycles - as far as prehistory is concerned. 

At and 110812seeing2.htm there is a two part piece on the constellations by Rens van der Sluijs while at there is a piece on aurora on Jupiter but the gem of a piece is at which focuses on the hiking activities of Anthony Perratt in New Mexico, looking for plasma images on rock faces. It begins by looking at the tribulations suffered by Don Marceino Sarg de Sauluola who discovered the first European cave art. He was accused of being a liar and a charlatan and was hounded into an early grave and yet none of his detractors, the high and the mighty in the big universities of the day, bothered to actually look in a cave to find out if what he said might be true or otherwise. They just assumed they knew better - theory and dogmatism took precedence (and where have we heard this before?). The author then compares the treatment of the discoverer of cave art with Anthony Perratt who claims plasma transient events are recorded on rock faces around the world. To date, over the last decade when his ideas were first publicised not a single archaeological publication has addressed his work and not a single archaeologist has been excited enough to follow in his footsteps. In fact, silence by scholarship is the response - and sadly, this is to be expected. It seems the archaeologists and anthropologists prefer something more trendy for interpreting rock art - such as mind altering drugs or shamanistic ecstatic trance. The idea that myth is a memory of events long past or that rock art might record transient atmospheric events witnessed by the artists is simply - too simple an explanation. No, it is preferred they were were taking mind bending substances (which may say more about the people in question than it does the rock art). It is all too predictable and one is reminded of the treatment doled out to Martin Brennan when he discovered that at midwinter solstice a beam of light entered Newgrange. He was ridiculed, accused of being less than salubrious etc. Nowadays, Brennan would not be able to get anywhere near Newgrange at midwinter solstice  as it is full of archaeologists, political lackeys, important people and those with special invite. Archaeologists are notoriously backward when it comes to radical ideas - they won't even accept that earthquakes might have destroyed ancient cities in the Bronze Age or alignments to the far horizon were within the capabilities of Neolithic farmers. Don't expect them to change. They can't.