Fortean Mysteries SIG      recent history        issue 59        Newsletter of the Fortean Mysteries SIG of American Mensa          
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 "All things are possible ..." (Mt 19:26)

   "If our existence is an organism, it would seem that it must be one of the most notorious old rascals in the cosmos." -- Charles Fort

by Michael Baran
   Around 1920, See's "ether wave" theory of gravity was a major competitor to Einstein's relativity principle as the official theory of gravitation. Einstein's model "won" with Science. See's was endores by both Edgar Cayse and Nikola Tesla, the two foremost occultists of the time.
   I think my aura pardigm supplies the missing links in See's model. See said that gravity was the result of a "vaccuum" in the universal ether that comes about through the widening of "aves of forces" near cosmic bodies like Earth and the Sun.
   However, See never really explained why waves become wider (amplitude increases) the closer they are to a celestial body. (It's established that measured waves, such as light waves and thermal waves, widen out the closer they are to a cosmic body like the Sun.) See reasoned that all other waves, such as magnetic waves and gravity waves, must necessarily do this also. He then formulated the theory of gravity being due to a "vaccuum" created by the widening effect of etheric particles.
   If a universal ether does exist, and if auras exist, and if they partake of each other phenomenologically, then the way an aura-paradigm adapts to gravity is as follows: close to a cosmic body like Earth, where there are vast numbers of magnetically-energized particles like atoms and electrons, the etheric particles would be aurically resonating with much-larger particulate aggregates than out in space.
  Out in space, there are no magnetically-energizeing influences (the magnetism of cosmic bodies like Earth, in the auras-model, arises in the interior of these bodies, whose structural heterogeneity sets up fluxes of auric force that resonate linearly, magnetizing, or energizing, the ambient particles.) Out in space the ambient ether particles would be by their lonesome, oscillating in place, unaffected by the linear, energizing, polarizing, forces in the vicinity of cosmic bodies. Out in space, therefore, ether units would be much smaller, but more dense. This leads to a concept of gravity that initially seems to run against common sense based on ordinary observational experience at Earth's surface. But, near a solid body, the eather would by virtue of resonating with much larger particles like atoms, be much thinner than in space. out in space, the ether though invisible, would actually be much denser than near the cosmic body. Thus, See's gravity theory is modified: rather than gravitational force being due to a vaccuum in the ether, the thinning-out of the ether near the solid body creates a vast differential in etheric pressures between outer space and near the cosmic body. In this concept of gravity, one must think of gravity as acting on the level of very small particles.
 [As you can see, Michael Anteski (aka Baran) has an interesting writing style. How often do you read "particulate aggregates" or "structural heteogeneity" or even "etheric"? If you want more he has written The Aura Paradigm, 66 pp., illus., available from Authentic Marketing, 25 W. Fairview, Dover, NJ]

corrollary on Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong with the law that anything can go wrong will will."
   Dickson lists various restatements of the same empirical observation.
   "If it could go wrong it would, but it can't so it doesn't." (Gerald Manning)
   "When you count on it it doesn't work." (Cleve Bishop)
  "It goes wrong exactly when you want it not to." (Onesimo Almeida)
   "When it's certain to apply, it doesn't -- thus confirming itself." (Gene Hoffnagle)
   "If anything can't go wrong, it will." (D.Park Teter)
   Dickson sums it up with Fetridge's law: "Important things that are supposed to happen don't, especially when people are looking."
   It's like opening the box to find if Schroedinger's cat is alive or dead and finding it gone. Not observing an event doesn't mean it didn't happen, but observing an event not happening doesn't mean it can't.
   Such are the things that the Murphy Center for the Codification of Human and Organizational Laws deals with daily.


  Some interesting hoaxing we read about recently: (1923) Charles Langdon Clark created a competition to find the source of his article from a rival newspaper when as "Dr. C. T. Currelly" he reported the discovery of King Tut's golden typewriter and alabaster cuspidor. They hadn't been tipped off by his references to the Babylon Gazette and the Jerusalem Times.
   (1916) Alceo Dossena began sculpting antiquities for food. His art wasn't discovered until a dealer resold his statue for $150,000, but still fooling "experts" at the St.Louis museum as recently ds 1952.