Wal Thornhill: SAFIRE and the Future of Science, Part One | Space News


Welcome to Space News from
the Electric Universe, brought to you by The
Thunderbolts Project™ at Thunderbolts.info What powers the Sun? The answer seems obvious. It must be nuclear energy to allow the
Sun to shine for billions of years. But that assumes, as Sir Arthur Eddington
did in the early 20th century, that stars are isolated objects in space, and
because it had been found that the fusion of two hydrogen nuclei produced
the most energy and hydrogen dominates the sun’s outer atmosphere,
Eddington assumed that stars are a gravitating ball of hydrogen gas. The astronomer George Gamow wrote of
Eddington, “he was able to find out everything about the interior of the Sun
and other stars without leaving his comfortable study at Cambridge
University. Eddington famously used to say, “It should
not be too difficult to understand such a simple thing as a star.” The misguided certainty of mathematical theorists
becomes conspicuous as Gamow continues, “…astronomers can tell the temperature of
the central regions of the Sun and of the many stars within a few percentage
points and be quite sure about the figures they quote.” So scientists have labored ever
since, using Eddington’s simplistic model, in an attempt to
produce nuclear energy “like the Sun” although the model doesn’t predict any of the complex features
seen on or above the Sun. The certainty attached to
mathematical models is entirely misplaced if the physical model is
incorrect. Unbeknownst to the general public and to
many scientists, an alternative electric Sun model was proposed
in 1979 by an engineer. It has the critical longevity
of all electric lights, it is plugged into a Galactic circuit and galactic
circuits are the basis of plasma cosmology which is ignored by
astrophysicists but was developed by experimental scientists and engineers in
the 20th century and it has proven to be predictive, quite
unlike mathematical Big Bang cosmology. Only in the last few years have the
circumstances arisen to enable the Electric Sun model to be tested. Called the SAFIRE project, the cutting-edge
engineering firm Aurtas international incorporated was contacted by the
International Science Foundation to experimentally test the Electric Sun model. Aurtas International Incorporated
is an independent body which has no affiliation with the Electric Universe
or The Thunderbolts Project. Recently, the SAFIRE team shared an
extraordinary update on their results to date. Today, in part 1 of this two-part presentation,
physicist Wal Thornhill discusses the SAFIRE experiment, its results and its
promise for the future. History was made on July 7th
at the University of Bath Electric Universe Conference in the UK,
when the 2019 SAFIRE project update announced the success of the SAFIRE
experiment at the end of phase 2. On September 2nd, it was shared publicly on
The Thunderbolts website. SAFIRE, S A F I R E, the
cryptic acronym means stellar atmospheric function in
regulation experiment. In plain language, it is the
Electric Sun experiment which aimed to reproduce in a lab on earth the plasma
features of the Sun, from the photosphere outward into
space, to do so reproducibly and to show that it was self-regulating. The aim was to let nature show us, if the
model was correct, how and why stars like the
Sun shine so steadily. It followed the example of an
early pioneer of the Electric Universe, the Norwegian scientist Kristian
Birkeland with his terella, or little Earth experiment which he
performed at the end of the 19th century. Birkeland demonstrated Auroras using an
electric discharge to a magnetized sphere enclosed in a vacuum chamber. Amongst other things,
he predicted an electrical connection between the Earth
and the Sun, composed of electrons and flying ions of all kinds. In modern terms, he had
predicted the solar wind. The concept of electricity in space was
clearly not taboo in the 19th century. Montgomery Childs who is
president and founder of Aurtas international and manager of the
SAFIRE project, together with the physicist Dr. Michael Clarage, provided
the experiment update. Monty summed up with these words,
“In all our experiments and discoveries we have found no
disparities with the Electric Sun model. We believe the SAFIRE experiment validates
and supports the Electric Sun model.” The mind-blowing consequences of these
words may not be immediately apparent. The SAFIRE experiment was an
independent audit of the Electric Sun model by a Canadian engineering company Aurtas
international with an interest in solar energy. The project was funded by
the International Science Foundation, ISF, whose mission states that it, “was
established to support promising new research in the sciences, placing a
spotlight on innovative ideas that have met initial scientific tests but lacked
recognition or funding. The ISF places its highest value on prospects for
far-reaching discovery.” These goals are sadly lacking
in mainstream science where experts are far too quick to
defend the status quo and declare unfamiliar proposals impossible. At risk was the life’s work of a number of
scholars who are responsible for the Electric Sun model. Such risk-taking is not something
seen in today’s inventive science, where model failures are everyday occurrences but rarely
seriously acted upon. Generally, they are
dismissed by qualifiers such as “the phenomenon is not fully understood” which
are weasel words for “send more funding to continue searching for imaginary
particles and forces we may invent so as to save appearances and per chance to score
a Nobel Prize.” This shows that extraordinary disproof is
required for modern institutionalized science. The SAFIRE results now proves,
cosmologists and particle physicists don’t understand stars!
Eddington’s complicated untestable century-old model is wrong, we don’t
understand the universe at any level from the subatomic to the Galactic and
everything in between. Some background to the electric
model is necessary here. Aurtas international had developed a new
solar panel microfilament technology and was investigating new energy systems. Monty first called me in Australia, in
2011, to find out if I could help him with his research, since he had looked at
the Electric Sun model and for the first time in his extensive engineering experience he could, in his
words, find no disparities. That is, no inconsistencies when he
compared it to the standard solar model. So I introduced Monty to my
Thunderbolts partner in the US, David Talbott who persuaded him to write a
paper addressing his stated concern that, if after 14 years of our Electric
Universe collaboration we don’t test the Electric Sun model, we may find ourselves
in the same place in another 14 years. So in January 7th, 2012, Monty presented
an experimental test of the Electric Sun at the annual Electric Universe
conference in Las Vegas. An engineer from Flagstaff,
Arizona, Ralph Juergens had his well-researched Electric Sun model
published in 1979 under the headline: Stellar Thermonuclear Energy, a False
Trail? Shortly after his untimely death his friend and colleague Dr. Earl Milton,
associate professor of physics at the University of Lethbridge in Canada,
edited Juergens’ unpublished material. Both Ralph and Earl, like many others, had
been inspired by Immanuel Velikovsky’s 1950 challenge to astronomers in his
best-selling book “Worlds in Collision”. It demanded critical attention to dramatic
early global stories of an incandescent cometary Venus, and battles between nine
planets hurling Thunderbolts of the Gods which raised fundamental questions about
recent electrical activity and orbital instabilities in the solar system. That was the gauntlet Velikovsky
threw down at astronomers. Electricity plays a role
in celestial dynamics. Critical support for this
foundational challenge to gravitational cosmology came at a
historic meeting in Portland, Oregon in 2000, where the leading expert in
high-energy plasma discharge phenomena, Anthony Peratt, matched the various
worldwide petroglyph representations of the cosmic Thunderbolt with the complex
forms of plasma instabilities he had documented using the high-energy z-pinch
facility at Los Alamos National Laboratories. He wrote later of the
“uncanny accuracy of mythology originating in prehistory that precedes
by millennia what is discovered in high-energy density plasma
experiments today.” It explained why our prehistoric
forebears around the world had laboriously chiseled the same strange-looking stick figures and concentric
circles into hard rock. Whatever they were
depicting must have been seen in the sky and held the greatest importance for them. The echoes of their existential
doomsday fears from that time, still reverberate in us today. Velikovsky’s research should not have been
dismissed on the mere authoritative pronouncement that it had disobeyed
Newton’s law of gravity. Neither Newton nor anyone after
him has explained the force of gravity. So it was that
Velikovsky alone predicted before the Space Age; the
extreme temperature of Venus, the remanent magnetism in the Moon rocks
returned by the Apollo missions, and electrically generated radio
noises from Jupiter. The last prediction drew
Einstein’s attention, but astronomers showed they learn nothing from history. As the noted astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle
wrote in his book “Home Is Where the Wind Blows,”Velikovsky’s
book caused a sensation both with the public and among astronomers, the latter
becoming stirred to near violent displays of outrage. Such eminent figures
as Harlow Shapley were heavily involved. It could be said that Shapley became
angry even to the point of incoherence.” They set up a metaphorical modern-day
book burning by forcing the textbook publisher Macmillan to cease publishing
their best-seller and hand it to Doubleday. Astronomy is still ruled by
its fearful high priests. Hoyle seemed to intuit the answer, could it be
that somewhere in the shadows there is a past history that it is inadmissible to discuss? So I’m pleased that, inspired by
Velikovsky’s leading research into the recent catastrophic history of the Earth
and humanity, the Electric Universe has an unparalleled record of successful
predictions in the Space Age and is freeing astronomy from its
misunderstood past. In 1977, Juergens wrote, “One would
think that the sheer weight of Space Age discoveries — most of
them pointing to an Electric Universe in the Velikovskian mode — might have
rallied at least a few professionals. But strangely enough, this has not happened.
And it is left to us who might rather be bystanders to take up the study.” Earlier, in 1973,
Juergens wrote, “As I pursued the phenomenology of electric discharges, it
gradually dawned on me that, structurally, the atmosphere of the Sun bears a
striking resemblance to the low-pressure type of electric discharge
known as the glow discharge…” Of course, this questions the Sun’s internal
thermonuclear energy source. Juergens stated the obvious, the
modern astrophysical concept that describes the Sun’s energy to
thermonuclear reactions deep in the solar interior, is contradicted by nearly
every observable aspect of the Sun. He opened up another major front in the
battle for recognition and acceptance, this time with particle physicists. Only now, it seems it’s time for change, with experts declaring
a crisis in physics. But the experts
don’t know where to turn. Their training gives them
no historical perspective beyond the October 1927, 5th Solvay
international conference in Brussels, where the world’s most notable
physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory, which to this
day no one understands. That is inexcusable.