Since my last report I have been in England where I convened a meeting of people actively concerned with the Electric Universe and the problem of educating the public. Gaining attention for a simple electrical model of the universe is a problem because the media is devoted to the science fiction of the big bang. The noted astronomer, Fred Hoyle, wrote prophetically in Of Men and Galaxies (1964) “More and more the professions will cross over into the entertainment field. Those of us who are not employed directly in industry will come to realize that what we are really in is ‘show biz.’”
Much earlier, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) was even more prescient, “a man cannot strongly enough ask of Heaven: if it wants to let him discover something, may it be something that makes a bang. It will resound into eternity.” For the sake of science I hope not. The big bang was not “discovered” but contrived by mathematicians following the proposal of a Belgian Roman Catholic priest and astronomer, George Lemaitre, for the origin of the universe from a “primeval atom” or “Cosmic Egg exploding at the moment of the creation.” The theory defies physics principles and is unrealistic, needing most of the matter in the universe to be invisible (not even dark) and a mysterious ‘dark’ energy. Even galaxies must have mathematical figments (black holes) at their hearts to explain just a few of their characteristics. Hoyle believed one single, usually simple, observation could unseat a strongly established prejudice like the big bang. But when you believe in theories like the big bang, logic has no dominion and any observation can be accommodated.