Saturday, July 11, 2009
I was first attracted to electricity by way of magnetism. When I was 5 or 6 years old we had some little Scottie dogs (plastic), black and white, with magnets glued to their feet. What intrigued me was that you could feel the magnetic effect like an invisible ball around the magnet when you held the other magnet close to it. You could feel that a force was there but you couldn’t see it. Mystery.
Because I had access to a decent library as I got older, I was able to pursue this interest by reading about, and then making, electromagnets. The Boy Electrician was a book I purchased and loved. On to motors, radios, etc. Then I discovered that the human brain was electrical in nature. Wow, that really turned me on. I wrote a paper – The Brain, The Nerve Cell, and Electricity – for English class in the ninth grade. Later I went to graduate school for 5 years of study in neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Now, over 50 years later, and after having studied The Plasma Universe for the past two years, and having recently become aware of the work of Stephen J. Puetz, (listen here), I am beginning to see the Big Picture. Yes, the entire universe is electric in nature, and so are we. Our moods influence our behavior, and the electric universe influences our moods.
I’d like to drag you along on this learning journey, although I suspect many of you will not have the time or inclination to be so dragged. However, if you do, here’s a good place to start:
And if you liked that, here’s an hour for a broader view.
And the really cool thing about these plasma phenomena is that they are scalable. Here’s my own effort with a plasma ball. Yes, you can do this at home.
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