Plasma columns and Z-pinches in the sky! Share: We are all familiar with the sparks that flash brightly when we discharge electrical current. Lightening is an extreme example of this. Extremely high energy, called plasma, has been shown to form unique shapes when it is made to discharge -- especially around a sphere. An even higher energy source would create a uniquely shaped discharge that would be visible in the sky in daytime and persists for years.
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Apart from such associations, most authorities claim that global patterns do not exist. Rather, they tell us, the ancient artists projected onto stone the subjective content of shamanistic trances. Through massive labors, some apparently taking whole lifetimes according to Peratt, the artists carved into stone observed electric discharge phenomena in the heavens.
These illustrations show the structure of a translucent plasma discharge, whose 3-D configuration would would not be self evident in a rendition carved on rock. Our idealization of the dynamic geometry shows slight variations between the upward-pointing and downward-pointing components, consistent with common variations in the laboratory and in rock art. The rock art images in this series are all characteristic of intense plasma discharge. In the case at hand, the idealization of the hourglass discharge form accents the visual relationship of the two symmetrical dots or circles to a transparent doughnut-like torus, viewed edge on.
But many other nuances of such discharge configurations must be taken into account, since the warping of the upward and downward extremities of the hourglass form can occur in almost limitless variations. The ramifications of this possibility will directly affect understanding of cultural roots the world over.
What was the impact of the recorded events on the early civilizations? What was the relationship to the origins of world mythology, to the birth of the early religions, or to the massive ancient investments in monumental construction? Both the rock artists and the myth-makers had true perils on their minds. The rock artists recorded and the myth-makers interpreted electrical events in the sky, as plasma discharge sequences moved through discrete phases, some of celestial beauty, others intensely violent and terrifying.
The most essential issues concern the connectedness between seemingly different rock-art themes. There is good reason for this, according to Peratt. The Kayenta pictograph signifies a critical moment just prior to a collapse of that more complex form into the simpler stickman form. The synchrotron radiation preceding that transition would have been deadly, making it close to impossible for humans to record the form while standing in the open. David Talbott is the founder and director of The Thunderbolts Project.
His book The Saturn Myth helped to inspire the work of several others now joined in this collaborative project. Three episodes of his full-length documentary series Symbols of an Alien Sky have been among the most popular video presentations on the Thunderbolts Project YouTube Channel.
He is currently posting the Discourses on an Alien Sky series.
Anthony Peratt 3: Stickman on Stone
Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Vol. ISBN Buy Extract: The aims of the present monograph may be summarized as follows: 1 Attention will be given to the question of how much knowledge can be gained by a systematic comparison of different regions of plasma. We will consider plasmas with linear dimensions which vary from laboratory size up to the Hubble distance.