All is quiet on the blogosphere. People are busy reading and dissecting what the IPCC 5th Report actually says. We've had the political statement – now its time to look at the ingredients. At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/09/22/sunshots/ … Rens van der Sliujs takes a look at 'sun shooting' in mythology – the idea of an archer firing arrows at the Sun, or a somebody throwing a spear or javelin with the intention of actually hitting the Sun. It all seems incredulous and this is how it has generally been treated by commentators. However, it must reflect something that happened, in some kind of way – otherwise it would not have been preserved in tribal lore.
At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/09/24/rock-science/ … Rens looks at petroglyphs – and possible meanings of some of them. Various people interpret rock art differently but plasma science has opened a new window on some of the more common themes. There are approximately 30,000 pieces of rock art etched on the slopes of Mount Bego in SW France. This has been tentatively dated to around 3000BC according to Rens, fairly near modern times. Some Australian rock art by native tribespeople is also dated at around 3000BC. Rens goes so far as to say that precious few of these can be securely attributed to plasma instabilities as advanced by Anthony Peratt – a few spirals and concentric circles, suns with rays, or sky wheels (with spokes) and various others. The site does not appear to support a plasma event at this time although precise interpretation is open to debate – which is an interesting fall-out. What else was involved?
At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/09/26/muddy-memories/ … Rens begins by telling us that many tribal cultures record a period of memoriable cold weather which they associate with a mythical age of creation when the Sun did not shine. The first fire was associated with thunder and lightning – so the reference is not to humans lighting camp fires but to fire in the sky (falling from the heavens). These things, creation (or re-creation) are generally associated with a period of darkness which is reported to have preceded the present natural environmnet. Another common motif of creation stories (re-creation following a catastrophic event) is an excessive amount of mud and a generally soggy landscape. The aftermath of a watery episode, perhaps (such as torrential rains) followed by the re-emergence of the Sun (and fellow humans) as darkness retreated. Mud is a dominant theme – and how it was a problem to overcome. Some people were overcome by mud – swallowed up by the stuff. Some myths even say the rocks were soft – what on earth could have caused that to happen?
Whilst some features of these stories could be attributed to events in the sky, even the mud, there is also a possible human dimension if we assume a connection with events in the Late Pleistocene, at some point between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago, he suggests. Michael Witzel expressed the opinion such creation myths have an even older pedigree – but Rens is perhaps the more likely scenario, especially if there was a cosmic dimension to the onset of the Younger Dryas event (a cold phase of climate). We have melting ice caps, torrents of water rather than meandering rivers, and darkness – possibly as a result of lots of dust in the atmosphere.