'Halton Arp, a Modern Day Galileo'

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'In an Electric Universe we are not isolated, disconnected and alone.'

- Wal Thornhill, Astronomy has little to celebrate in 2009!, 15 January 2009

'...Yeah, I know, it would be divisive, grown-ups are discouraged from raising uncomfortable questions, or worse, demanding accountability of leaders.'

- Yves Smith, Harvard Suspends Construction of Larry Summers’ $1 Billion Science Center, December 11, 2009

'When looking at this picture no amount of advanced academic education can substitute for good judgment; in fact it would undoubtedly be an impediment.'

- Halton Arp, Seeing Red.

'The greatest mistake in my opinion, and the one we continually make, is to let the theory guide the model. After a ridiculously long time it has finally dawned on me that establishment scientists actually proceed on the belief that theories tell you what is true and not true!'

- Halton Arp, Seeing Red.

'...if it turns out that mass is primarily a phenomenon of frequency, that means we might affect it by subtle wave and resonance interventions. If we live in a Machian universe, the atoms in our bodies are in communication with the far universe. If our matter was materialized from a previously diffuse state we carry the information of an enormously complex pattern that is somehow connected with everything else.'

- Halton Arp, Seeing Red.

'One lesson from all of this, which seems obvious, is that scientists have to be absolutely honest and straightforward with the public, the people who are paying their salary. Their primary moral obligation is to report the facts and make available a range of interpretations. They have no paternalistic excuse to guard the public from ‘misunderstandings’ or ‘alarm.’ If they cannot explain a matter so that a non-specialist can understand it, they don’t understand it themselves and should not cover up this important situation.'

- Halton Arp, Seeing Red.

'Halton Arp is to the 21st century what Galileo was to the 17th.'

'Halton Arp is to the 21st century what Galileo was to the 17th. Both were respected scientists, popular leaders in their field. Both made observations which contradicted the accepted theories. Seventeenth century academics felt threatened by Galileo’s observations and so, backed by ecclesiastical authority, they ordered him to stop looking. Twentieth century astronomers felt threatened by Arp’s observations and so, backed by institutional authority, they ordered him to stop looking.

Both refused. Both published works geared to the non-specialist when specialists would no longer take note. Galileo’s paper, "A Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World", favored a heliocentric model of the solar system and undermined the accepted geocentric model. Arp’s books, "Quasars, Redshifts and Controversies" and "Seeing Red" favor a steady-state model of the universe and undermine the accepted big bang model."

- Halton Arp, a Modern Day Galileo.

'Dr. Halton Arp is a modern ‘Galileo,’ in our midst.'

'Dr. Halton Arp is a modern ‘Galileo,’ in our midst. He was regarded in his early career as a leading young astronomer, but he made the poor career move of proving the Big Bang never happened. Like Galileo, he did this by diligent observation. He showed that Edwin Hubble’s intuition about the nature of the universe was simple and correct:

"..if redshifts are not primarily velocity-shifts, the picture is simple and plausible. There is no evidence of expansion and no restriction of time-scale, no trace of spatial curvature, and no limitation of spatial dimensions."

- Edwin Hubble, Observational Approach to Cosmology, Oxford 1937.

However, theoretical physics, since the time of Einstein, seems to have developed a penchant for religiosity (seeing “the face of God” in an equation or in the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation). We are expected to believe that which can't be detected. Meaningless terms and phrases (the fabric of space time, the Big Bang) punctuate a new secular catechism. And at the heart of modern cosmology is a miraculous creation story. The “theory” of the Big Bang is not science.


Cosmology today, like that in Galileo’s day, is a state-run enterprise. The outcome is the same—dominance of science, its politics and education, by a few dogmatic "cardinals" of science. So, despite technological marvels, astronomy in 2009 is in the grip of a modern “dark age,” ironically reflected in physically meaningless terms like “dark matter,” “dark energy,” and “black holes.” It is long overdue to turn on the electric light!


>> The enormous difference in strength of the electric force compared to gravity is shown in this example. Unfortunately, graduate students in astrophysics are taught that the attractive electric force between unlike charges is so huge that plasma in space must be charge neutral. Observation shows that this is only approximately so. The example above shows that even the smallest departure from charge neutrality can have significant effect! Diagram: Department of Physics & Astronomy, Georgia State University.

"A choice is presented, as once before in the days of Copernicus, between a strangely small, finite universe and a sensibly infinite universe plus a new principle of nature."

- Edwin Hubble, conclusion of The Problem of the Expanding Universe. American Scientist, Vol. 30, No. 2, April 1942.

There is no choice! The evidence that the universe is not expanding has been available for decades...

- Wal Thornhill, Astronomy has little to celebrate in 2009!, 15 January 2009