Before entering university he had been inspired by
Immanuel Velikovsky’s best-selling book, Worlds in
Collision. However, the lack of curiosity and the frequent
hostility toward this challenge to mainstream science convinced
Thornhill to pursue an independent path outside academia.
often took him to the Research Schools at the Australian National
University, which gave him excellent access to libraries and
There he met Talbott and Velikovsky. On a subsequent visit to Velikovsky at his home in Princeton, NJ, Thornhill posed the key question raised by the theory of recent planetary catastrophe – what is the true nature of gravity?
That question led to a re-examination of accepted ideas across many
disciplines, culminating in the formulations of the “Electric
Just prior to the conference he spent some thirty days with David Talbott, persuading him that the celestial configurations Talbott had reconstructed, beginning with The Saturn Myth, were plasma discharge phenomena. Workshops and conferences were subsequently held in Portland and Seattle.
In 2000, Thornhill was a keynote speaker in Portland, along with the noted astronomer, Halton Arp, from the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, Germany, and the plasma cosmologist, Anthony Peratt, from the Los Alamos Laboratories, author of Physics of the Plasma Universe.
Later that year he shared the podium with Halton Arp at University College, London. In 2001, Thornhill was a keynote speaker at the “Intersect 2001” conference in Laughlin, Nevada.
The broad scope of the Electric Universe may be gauged by the new alliances that emerged from the conference, including Oxford biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, the cellular biologist, Bruce Lipton, and the psychologist, Garry Schwartz, of the University of Arizona.
At the conference
Anthony Peratt provided experimental evidence confirming that
the powerful electric force is paramount in the universe,
proving that gravity-only theories can no longer be sustained.