by Mel Acheson
May 20, 2011
Detail of a
petroglyph from The Valley of Fire, Nevada
Credit: John Cole.
Ev Cochrane’s recent book,
On Fossil Gods and Forgotten Worlds,
again presents the challenge to explain an undeniable
intelligibility in a large and coherent body of data.
Petroglyphs, myths, and rituals around the world are composed of the
...to name only three.
The motifs are linked within each
ancient society’s oeuvre and therefore are implicitly defined: the
thunderbolt springs from the eye of the hero as he descends the
ladder from heaven. Furthermore, the linkages are the same around
This is not a new insight. Many mythologists have remarked on the
one story told around the world. The difficulty lies in explaining
that pattern of recurrence.
There would seem to be only three
Some physical event with a global
occurrence inspired the anthropomorphic narrative. If the story
were about sunrises and thunderstorms, there would be no
However, the story is about
planetary gods hurling hammers and fiery wheels from a celestial
column that is fixed along the axis of heaven. If those
planetary gods are the same planets that we see today, the story
violates the Law of Gravity and is impossible.
This was the first story told by the
handful of first humans as they huddled around the first
campfire in Africa. Their descendants took it with them as they
spread around the world.
They changed the names of the
characters as they invented different languages, but they kept
the motifs and plots and even the specific details of the images
Thus, a primitive tribe in the Amazon today tells of the same
ladder to heaven as the ancient Babylonians told of because
their ancestors carried it unchanged across the Bering land
bridge during the Ice Age. This explanation trades impossibility
The human brain is hardwired to
generate this myth in all its details. Then why did it generate
those myths and glyphs only during the Age of Mythmaking, not
before, not now?
Today’s comparable creation myth,
the Big Bang, retains the explosive initial event but puts it
far in the past beyond human witnessing and devotes most of the
narrative to slowly changing uniformity.
For ancient people as for modern, their
myths are the explanatory foundation for their world and their
behavior in it.
How can people today be so smart
if their ancestors were so stupid?
How could the ancestors have
Why would not natural selection
This explanation suffers from the same
problem as the first: If the world then was the same as now, the
story is impossible.
The key is the conditional: if. Already the world today is not the
same as it was just a few years ago. The growing awareness of plasma
behavior in the laboratory and in space correlates with ancient art
and artifacts, and it undermines Presently Accepted Theories
with their P.A.T. answers.
The technologically enhanced vision of space telescopes and
trans-optical detectors “see” polar configurations and thunderbolts
Herbig-Haro stars and active galaxies
sport rope- and snake-like columns of plasma along their spin axes,
often with bright knots of plasma entwined along them. In an
Electric Universe, these structures
are the “wiring harnesses” that power the star or galaxy below them
pushed into visibility by a surge in the current.
Gravity cannot explain such structures. Astronomers have invented
all manner of ad hoc excuses, magnetic artifices, and arbitrary
mathematics to justify ignoring the plain sense of the observations.
Similarly, mythologists have ignored the plain sense of myths and petroglyphs. The result has been the denial of
a past that imbues
An electric view of the world unifies past and present. It explains
why our ancestors were not crazy and why modern humans act crazy. It
explains why thunderbolts of the gods are matched with thunderbolts
of the galaxies. Gravity whimpers into oblivion; electricity floods
the universe of explanation with the flip of a cognitive switch.
Dare to flip the switch: the universe will never again look the