Electric Universe Theory: The Science, Models and Controversy
By: Paul Wagner | Mar. 6, 2019
Before business-minded Albert Einstein was disloyal and unkind to the more philanthropic Nikola Tesla, he created his unique theorems on relativity, thereby deflating Newton’s theories on gravity.
Einstein was backed by powerful, influential people who may have contributed to his competitiveness. While he was a scientific warrior, Einstein was not always honest, transparent, or open-minded.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
— Nikola Tesla
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What did Einstein Conclude?
Einstein suggested and eventually proved (to a degree) that gravity is a curvature within a measurable reality, which he termed as, “space-time.” When you add time to the coordinates of length, width, and height, you get space-time. Consider space-time as a material fabric. When a mass or object is large enough, it can cause the fabric to warp.
Consider what happens when you lift your knees when under a blanket. It warps the blanket. You can see that your knees (a mass) created a bend or cavity. This warp structure (bend, cavity) is gravity.
There’s much more to it, but this gives us a foundation to help us understand the beauty and challenges behind The Electric Universe Theory.
A Little Backstory: Atoms, Electrons, and Plasma
Most of us wander around our lovely planet never fully understanding how atoms, electrons, matter, and energy function. It’s not because we’re not interested, it’s because it’s complicated, and a bit intimidating. No wonder, the processes that create and support life are nothing short of miracles.
To better understand the Electric Universe Theory, let’s kick things off with a few definitions:
An atom is the basic unit of a chemical element. They’re made up of tiny subatomic particles, including protons, neutrons, and electrons. Atoms are surrounded by one or more negative electrons. Electrons are a bit like non-committal partners; they can be easily separated from their host atoms. When electrons are emitted, all sorts of things can happen. For example, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is born from these types of currents, forming multi-colored sheets to burst across the sky. These bursts and sheets are forms of plasma filaments.
Plasma is the most common of the four fundamental states of matter. The other big players are solids, liquids, and gases. Plasma is formed when ionized gasses become electrically conductive, meaning that electrical current (electricity) can flow through them. Fire and lightning are forms of plasma.
It’s in this way that stars and galaxies get their power. Currents flow into stars and power them like light bulbs. They can also induce the births of planets. You can see the remnants of these energy infusions in the forms of craters throughout our galaxy.
As charged particles move around and throughout plasma, rings of magnetic fields can form around the electric current. This is called a plasma filament. Interconnected and perfectly woven, these filaments stretch across billions and billions of light years, creating the silent equilibrium inherent in the physical universe. When current flows through plasma filaments, it generates colorful tendrils of light.
This is where Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) comes in. He invented the plasma ball when experimenting with electric currents in vacuum tubes. As such, many refer to the center ball as a “Tesla Coil.”
Tesla believed that electricity powered the universe, and could power our physical and eternal realities.
Tesla on Einstein
Tesla is a former employee of Einstein’s. While the two eventually parted, they continued to reference each other, often in not-so-friendly ways:
On July 11, 1935, the NY Times quoted Tesla, “The relativity theory…is much older than its present proponents. It was advanced over 200 years ago by my illustrious countryman Boskovic, the great philosopher, who, notwithstanding other and multifold obligations, wrote a thousand volumes … on a vast variety of subjects. Boskovic dealt with relativity, including the so-called time-space continuum.”
Tesla went on to say this about Einstein’s animal experiments that used fear to prove AC currents to be dangerous (and they’re not dangerous):
“…magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king … its exponents are brilliant men, but they are metaphysicists, not scientists….”
What is The Electric Universe Theory?
The Electric Universe Theory (EU) generally states that electricity is the engine behind a long list of natural and astrophysical spectacles. It supports the idea that electricity powers the Sun and stars, and that cosmic occurrences are electrical in nature.
The theory also suggests that the universe is a vast, electric organism, chock full of yet-to-be-discovered masses, holes, relationships, and phenomena. EU advocates believe that we are at the beginning of exploring the possibilities around the concept.
Since the first pamphlet was distributed in 1983, there have been many papers, books, and theses published on The Electric Universe theory.
While some of the tenets of the theory appear to be difficult to prove, the idea that there is electricity throughout the Universe and within every animal, plant, and everywhere else we find plasma, is undeniable.
From subterranean electricity, known as Telluric currents, to Atmospheric electricity (for example, meteors), and from extraterrestrial (or cosmic electricity) to electrostatic phenomena, electric currents are visible and/or audible. All of these things result from the interaction between electrical currents, filaments, atmospheres, and formations of matter.
The EU has been proven, disproven, celebrated, and dismissed throughout the last 125 years, and since Tesla disappeared from planet Earth.
“We live in an electronic world. Our cities are visible from space at night, blazing with electric lights. The electricity courses invisibly in the darkness over great distances along thin power lines. We find electricity indispensable. Nature does the same since all matter is electrical. Astronomy is stuck in the gas-light era, unable to see that stars are simply electric lights strung along invisible cosmic power lines that are detectable by their magnetic fields and radio noise.”
— Wallace Thornhill
How Was The Electric Universe Debunked?
It might be said that the EU (Electric Universe) theory is based on pseudo-scientific hope. It might also be noted that some of our “proven” scientific methods might be more algorithmic than experiment-based.
Here are some of the challenges of the EU movement and its champions:
- EU fans and proponents aren’t always thorough or scientific in their approach
- They do not always utilize mathematical formalism in their research, and they separate mathematics from physics
- They seem to downplay gravity’s part in the creation and evolution of the universe
- According to EU purists, astrophysics is possibly superfluous
- To the EU community, Occam’s Razor, which states that the simplest explanation is the probable truth, is merely a suggestion
- Many EU fans believe that dark matter and dark energy do not exist
- The EU’s annual conference seems to be a little light in science, tending to veer off-topic by including homeopathy, mythology, and conspiracy-related trajectories
- Even though there is a considerable body of evidence that supports the opposite, EU purists say that The Big Bang never happened and that black holes do not exist
Because of these things, Astronomers generally ignore The Electric Universe Theory and consider pro-EU research to be unproven drivel from quacks.
Meanwhile, most EU advocates believe that all of their research, whether proven or not, is profound, legitimate and revolutionary.
Support For The Electric Universe Model
While there are many variations to the Electric Universe model, supporters of the theory tend to believe that the cosmology and phenomena found throughout the universe is driven by electricity, rather than gravity. This idea has many fans and even more enemies.
Immanuel Velikovsky (1985-1979) influenced and empowered the EU movement with his ideas around how the universe rearranges itself via electrical interactions.
The Plasma Universe is a concept and theorem established by Nobel Laureate, Hannes Alfvén, known as the father of plasma physics and plasma cosmology. Alfvén knew that the visible universe is almost 100% plasma. The same can be said for the Sun and stars. The interstellar and intergalactic network of planets, meteors, suns, moons, and stars are all plasma.
The EU community, sometimes referring to themselves as The Thunderbolts Project, has a long list of social media channels and voices, including, Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott, the poster-geeks at the helm of the EU experience.
While EU ideology does not meet the criteria required to be termed a “theory” by the National Academy of Sciences, Wallace believes that “The story of the cosmos that you see in the media is virtual reality.”
The truth around the Electric Universe Theory might never be accepted or proven. It will never be eradicated.
Even though there is fair and considerable pushback against the tenets within the EU theory, it might need more time to mature. We also might consider that there might be limits to Einstein’s research and applied technologies.
I think it’s important to consider that just because a theory is globally accepted or that current scientific procedures support them, it does not mean they are 100% correct. It might be that there are nuances in every theory that are yet to be proven, for a variety of reasons.
Putting It All Together
At 14 billion years old, the universe is still unfolding and expanding. Assuming that today’s theories are precise and comprehensive is a mistake. The full scope of the universe’s elements and truths has yet to be revealed. At the very least, we must remain open to new, potentially remarkable possibilities.
The biggest roadblock in the pursuit of life-enhancing technologies and disproving (or proving) the Electric Universe theories might be that today’s scientists are more concerned with algorithms than experiments. It’s important to keep in mind that equations do not create or prove realities; they propose and support imaginary ones.
Also relevant, governments and iconic businesspeople have always been nervous around innovation and they’ve stifled it for the darkest of reasons:
- JP Morgan put an end to Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower in fear that its resulting wireless energy technology would interfere with the growth and profits from the companies that Morgan financed, including General Electric
- J. Edgar Hoover seized Tesla’s work upon the death of the unsung hero, fearing it might inspire a revolution in the country’s energy and economic infrastructures, putting power, profit, and influence in the hands of citizens instead of corporate entities
- Hundreds of patents were classified by the US Government over the past 50 years, which can easily be attributed to the notion that governments do not want people to be empowered, they want people to be reliant
Regardless of its limitations and imperfections, Tesla’s work and the suppositions surrounding The Electric Universe are compelling and can potentially lead to profound shifts in our thinking and forthcoming technological advances.
Given these ideas, we might reframe Einstein’s theories on Special Relativity by saying, “E = mc2 is relatively true, for now.”
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