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141. Link to Science Frontiers [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers BANNERS Strange reports* Bizarre biology* Anomalous archaeology From New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American, etc Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online Science Frontiers: The Book Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Please link to Science Frontiers Please link to Science Frontiers, the Web address is: http://www.science-frontiers.com Banners Please feel free to use one of our banners (to save a banner, right-hand click on the image, and choose Save Image to disk): 120 x 60 button, 8K Copy and paste this HTML code: <a href="http://www.science-frontiers.com"><img src="sun.gif" width=120 height=60 border=2 alt="Strange science, weird and unusual anomalies"></a> 120 x 60 button, 9K Copy and paste this HTML code: <a href="http://www.science-frontiers.com"><img src="eye.gif" width=120 height=60 border=2 alt="Strange science ...
142. The Chicago Fire (2) [Thunderbolts Website]
... a month. On its anticipated 1846 return, Biela was first sighted in late 1845 as it moved toward perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun), astronomers were surprised to see that the head of the comet had acquired a faint satellite. It had split in two (picture above), something we now know to be fairly common for comets, but still mysterious to cometologists. In 1845, the event seemed unprecedented. As noted by Carl Sagan and Nancy Druyan in their book Comet, “the finding was so bizarre that the first astronomer to note this twinning dismissed it as some internal reflection in his telescope”. In Robert Chapman ’ s and John Brandt ’ s The Comet Book certain details of Biela ’ s return are fascinating. The discovery of a partner occurred on January 13, 1846, when “a faint satellite comet was observed a small distance from the main comet”. Two tails were seen parallel to each other. “Over the next month the fainter of the two comets increased in brightness and finally became brighter than ...
143. The Dendritic Ridges of Olympus Mons [Thunderbolts Website]
... ridges is running down the escarpment.) Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) RIGHT: A Lichtenberg figure created by electric discharge in an acrylic block. Nov 22, 2006 The Dendritic Ridges of Olympus Mons Recent European Space Agency images of the escarpment of Olympus Mons reveal branching ridge patterns that continue to baffle planetary scientists. But the “Lichtenberg” form of these ridges points directly to an electrical interpretation. In a previous Picture of the Day, we noted the presence of hundreds of fascinating and bizarre formations called “spiders” at the south pole of Mars. We also noted that since the discovery of these formations a few years ago — and despite the best efforts of planetary scientists -— they have evaded scientific explanation. We did, however, draw attention to an electrical formation called a "Lichtenberg figure." In 1777, the German scientist Christoph Lichtenberg discovered that dust settling on a cake of non-conducting resin, when subjected to an electric spark, recorded star-like patterns. Later, other experimentalists found that these Lichtenberg Figures ...
144. The Ever-Elusive "Dark Energy" [Thunderbolts Website]
... ”, with a dependable and absolute magnitude that could be compared to apparent magnitudes to give reliable distances. But when the astronomers plotted the distances against the redshift-determined velocities of recession, the result was a staggering contradiction of their theoretical assumption. The figures suggested that the “expansion” of the universe was accelerating. Perhaps this would have been a good time to reconsider theoretical assumptions. But instead, the mathematicians, led by cosmologist Michael Turner, embarked on new flights of fancy, envisioning something unseen, untestable, and even more bizarre than dark matter. They imagined that the universe must be filled with invisible energy or “negative pressure”— a kind of “gravity that repels”. “While gravity gently binds planets, stars and galaxies together, dark energy tugs on the fabric of time and space, pushing galaxies apart ever faster and faster into the farthest reaches of the universe”. (From an article, “Astrophysics Challenged By Dark Energy Finding”, at Space.com, April 10, 2001, emphasis ours). In these pages, ...
145. The Moon and Its Rilles (3) [Thunderbolts Website]
... . It certainly has no explanation in standard theory, and most lunar scientists simply address it as a “gash” and go on to something they “understand”. To put all of this in perspective, we must remember that the craters, rilles, crater chains, and gashes on the Moon can now be systematically compared to analogs on other bodies to see whether scientists have been able to forge a coherent interpretation. We find that, as the quality of the pictures has improved, the interpretations have grown increasingly fragmented and bizarre. For a telling comparison of the lunar enigmas to those presented on another body, look at the so-called“ collapse pits” on the Martian “volcano” Arsia Mons. All of the lunar enigmas are there in one place — craters, crater chains, gashes, and rilles — except that here the stunning clarity of the pictures gives common sense a distinct advantage. Are these formations the result of “surface collapse”, or has material been cleanly removed from the surface by a force unknown to planetary scientists? In ...
146. In the Dark on Matter [Thunderbolts Website]
... : At such speeds the constituent stars should be flying apart. So astronomers, accustomed to thinking only in terms of gravity, calculated how much additional matter was required — and where — to fit the observations. The idea of invisible material or “dark matter” soon became essential if the observed motions were to make sense gravitationally. Today astronomers say there is far more dark matter than visible matter acting on galactic structure. In the years that followed the questions only deepened, as the proposed “answers” grew more complex and bizarre and theorists speculated about MACHOs —“ Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects”— and a presumed counterpart called WIMPs —“Weakly Interacting Massive Particles”. Then the theorists began to distinguish between “cold” dark matter and “hot” dark matter, supplemented by “warm” dark matter and “baryonic” dark matter. From the beginning it has been a game accessible only to mathematicians. But today, suspicions abound that the theoretical excursions have no actual connection to anything occurring in nature. As The Complete Idiot's Guide to ...
147. Homo Schizo II: Foreword [Quantavolution Website]
... psychological and anthropological traditions that were especially well represented at the University of Chicago a generation ago. I am indebted beyond words to that community of scholars. The sequence of chapters can be explained in a few sentences. First I seek a usable concept of the normal human being. I cannot find it, for it sinks into the quagmire of ideas concerning man as a rational animal. Thereupon I look for a description of the mentally ill today, and how they are treated. It appears that psychotherapy is seeking vainly to reduce bizarre behavior, but such behavior crops out in normal people too as their perverse inheritance. So both the disturbed and the normal gyrate around a central complex of behavior (including mental activity) that is schizoid, and this schizoid complex cannot be reduced to "normal." The "normal rational person" is a fiction, undiscoverable in reality, unsupportable and misleading theoretically. The concept of "normalcy" becomes a portion of a statistical distribution of the population whose behavior is appropriate. Thus, a person who eats moderately is ...
148. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... /World Pillar. (127) Granted that we are on the right track in our analysis of Surya's wheel, how then are we to understand the tradition of Indra's casting it across the heavens? It is our opinion that this episode refers to a spectacular series of events during which Venus became dislodged from its pivotal position along the axis, after which it appeared to fall from heaven, assuming a comet-like appearance prior to resuming a stable orbit. (128) Support for this conclusion can be found upon examination of the many bizarre traditions surrounding the various weapons of war-gods throughout the ancient world. A review of the evidence leads to the following conclusion: In whatever form the planet Venus was envisaged by the ancients, whether it be as goddess, star, wheel, eye, thunderbolt, dragon, torch, heart-soul, etc., in that form was it said to have been hurled from heaven. We begin with a brief analysis of Indra's heaven-hurled missile, the vajra. It is our opinion that a satisfactory explanation of this weapon would go a ...
149. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... him by Deianeira. In The Trachiniae, Heracles himself is made to announce: "Glued to my sides, it [the garment hath eaten my flesh to the inmost parts...already it hath drained my fresh life-blood, and my whole body is wasted." (123) As the hero prepares to go to his death he laments his fallen state: "Look, all of you, on this miserable body; see how wretched, how piteous is my plight!" (124) What is the basis for the bizarre metamorphosis which befalls Heracles? Recalling our thesis that the mythology of the Greek strongman commemorates memorable episodes in the ancient appearance and behavior of the planet Mars the answer is not far to seek. Indeed, it is our opinion that there was an objective reference for the various afflictions which visited the respective warrior-heroes; namely, a distortion or degeneration in the appearance of the planet Mars. Evidence in support of this thesis can be found in the Babylonian myth of Nergal and Ereshkigal. There the Babylonian war-god-- expressly identified with ...
150. Indra: A Case Study in Comparative Mythology [Aeon Journal $]
... the slaughter of the dragon or Vritra or the conquest of foes. So essential is Soma to Indra that his mother gave it to him or he drank it on the very day of his birth." (44) Alas, the influence of the Soma was not always positive in nature. Thus it is elsewhere said to have driven Indra to patricide. (45) Solar Hero or Storm God? Having recounted the most celebrated deeds of Indra the question arises as to their ultimate origin and significance. Certainly there are some bizarre images involved. A hero who upon birth assumes a gigantic form; an infant who rescues the gods by waging battle with a sun-eclipsing dragon; the release of heavenly waters of bovine form; etc. Were it not that such traditions conform to a widespread pattern associated with the birth of the warrior-hero one might be tempted to accept them as the product of uncontrolled fantasy. The most common interpretation of Indra's mythology would make of it a nature-allegory, with the war-god being regarded as a personification of the sun, storm, or ...
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