Bill Gaede, the Electric Universe, and Neomechanical Gravitation Theory

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Luis has a great question:

I have a question about your Universal Cycle Theory. Do you think it is compatible with Bill Gaede's Rope Theory of Matter? And does it have anything in common, in your view, with the Electric Universe theory?”

[GB: Luis, I have always been a fan of Bill Gaede, not because of the accuracy of his theories, but because of the humor with which he teases regressive physicists. That “mathemagicians” line is quite a kick. He rips up their fantasies in a most direct fashion. To him, I owe the definition of matter as that which has xyz dimensions and location with respect to other things. Nevertheless, his rope theory of gravitation is something else. In that, he envisions tiny invisible ropes that produce gravitational pull. The resulting tension between objects is supposed to be what causes them to move together. Distant objects tend to pull in the opposite direction, with the most massive object wining the rope-pull contest. Of course, all our PSI books eschew talk of any kind of pull as a mechanism for anything. We emphasize Newton’s three laws, which only involve pushes. In particular, all causes follow Newton's Second Law of Motion, F=ma, which describes the acceleration of one object by another.

Newton provided a push theory and a pull theory for gravitation, but indeterminists popularized the pull theory, probably because they were solipsistic. His equation works for either one. Steve and I explained the actual physical cause of gravitation in “Universal Cycle Theory” and, specifically, in our paper on “Neomechanical Gravitation Theory.” A 27-minute podcast of my presentation on it is here. In summary, we speculate that gravitation is caused by variations in aether pressure, which is a function of distance from baryonic (ordinary) matter. Coincidentally and necessarily, baryonic matter forms from aether during a complexification process that reduces the activity of aether particles. Space occupied by and surrounded by baryonic matter is less available to free aether particles, which provide the push we call gravity.

Luis, I know little about Electric Universe Theory, but like all theories I have reviewed, it seems to have some stellar moments and some not so stellar. I like the emphasis on the ubiquity of subatomic particles, but not so much on suggestions as the one about the center of the Sun being hollow. In “Universal Cycle Theory,” we emphasized how heavenly bodies formed as a result of vortex action in compliance with Stoke’s Law. In other words, rotation of a heavenly body tends to push massive particles towards its center. I suspect that the EU folks need a set of founding assumptions such as "The Ten Assumptions of Science," so they won’t be led down such impossible paths.]

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