I think it is part of the human condition – to marvel at thunderstorms. These displays of electricity give us a feeling of connection to deeper processes to Nature. The sense of heightened awareness and danger in a storm are stark reminders of the immense power of the universe; thunderstorms represent the interface between us and the heavens.
Of course we have tried to explain thunderstorms scientifically. The story given to school children still today is that lightning is caused by the build up of a type of static electricity in clouds which discharges towards the Earth cause lightning strikes.
Another staple of school education is the water cycle. The clouds are formed by evaporated water which come inland then shed their water droplets on reaching the hills. It all seems so logical and seems to match our observations.
As for rain clouds, why is it even possible to see blue skies over the sea? Surely it should be full of evaporating water causing clouds. And why do some clouds rain and some not? Meteorologists are puzzled.
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From the start of the my research I knew that there was something fundamental about water. I just didn’t quite know what.
Imagine my surprise when in the mid 2000s research started to emerge about the secret lives of thunderstorms. Satellite imaging had revealed a whole new world above the clouds.
New types of lightning were being discovered called exotic names such as elves and sprites. The big shocker was the findings of gamma-ray radiation above the clouds that corresponded to the positions of thunderstorms. To the amazement of scientists these were just as powerful as some of those seen coming from deep space.
I just could hardly believe it. Here in this phenomenon that had long fascinated humans was the same process that occurs in the Black Hole Principle.The same process that occurs in the centres of galaxies and made gamma-ray bursts and fast flashes of electrons was going on just a few miles above our heads. This was the missing link. But there was an element missing.
Antimatter: if I was right then antimatter needed to be part of the process. I didn’t have to wait too long. In 2010 NASA announced that they were going to investigate Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. (Notice they don’t call them bursts. It’s almost like they don’t want o admit that they are just like the gamma-ray bursts in space.)
In 2011 the announcements of their shock findings were made: antimatter is produced in thunderstorms. Just as I had predicted would be the case in the Black Hole Principle. It was one of the greatest triumphs of the theory.
But of course there is more to a thunderstorm – there is rain. I still remember the day I walked outside and looked up with David Ash’s book in my hand. His words had made me feel so connected to it all. The rain started to pop onto my face, but I didn’t care. I knew I was staring up at the same process that happened inside galaxies. I knew that for my theory to be fully correct it needed something else. Black Holes in space should produce water just as they do on earth.
With this idea, I chose not to spell it out in my book, Punk Science. It seemed too preposterous. But it is there if you care to look and I was still working on the concept of water coming out of black holes even though I didn’t tell everyone I was doing so. In the book I explain how thunderstorms are a Black Hole Principle process. As I am putting forward that the same process occurs in black holes across the universe, by implication this means that water can also be produced by this process anywhere in the universe.
After I heard this news, I don’t think I stopped sobbing for a full half hour! Words cannot describe the elation that you feel at scientific discovery, at being part of moving the sum of human knowledge that little bit forward. A quick search began to reveal the latest telescope results. Water was everywhere and in time it would even be found at the centre of the earth and being produced on Mars.
But the key to it all for me is the thunderstorm – still the pivot point between earth and the heavens where seemingly impossible power is being released and at light speeds too.
I hope we will one day stop lying to school children about clouds and static electricity and tell them the truth – that the universe is sublimely connected from the very large to the very small and the thunderstorm is in the middle of it all and that if you truly understand them you are one step further to understanding all of creation.
For many years even before the Black Hole Principle existed, I knew there was something interesting about water. Those of you who know my work will recognise this as a c squared moment! I was sensing the future before it had happened.
The idea that there was something significant about water that we don’t understand would not leave me alone over the years. Whilst studying water in school, the process of Hydrogen bonds present in water struck me as interesting and unique. It was many years later, during the writing of Punk Science in 2004 that I had a moment that would profoundly change my whole understanding of not only the working of the universe ‘out there’ but our weather systems here on Earth.
Back then, I had just made the connection between the Terrestrial Gamma Ray flashes that occur in the Earth’s upper atmosphere during a thunderstorm and the gamma ray bursts associated with larger black holes in space. I realised that they were the same process.
However, it was only when I went for a walk in the rain and looked up at the sky that I realised something else. Thunderstorms often produce rain. This meant that black holes all over the universe must have an association with water.
I was too nervous at the time to really spell this out as it was so outlandish but logically black holes at all levels MUST create water for the theory to be consistent. I did publish in 2006 that Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes are the same process as black holes in space but I didn’t make a big thing about the fact that water would then have to be associated with galactic black holes. Little did I know that within a decade jets of water would be found not only coming out of black holes but from many planets and even from stars.
Logically black holes at all levels MUST create water for the theory to be consistent
In 2013 I travelled to California to deliver a keynote address for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. At the meeting I announced the surprising news that the Black Holes Principle had correctly made predictions about the nature of black holes and water.
I also announced that the due to the Black Hole Principle, all the oceans and seas of planet Earth were not seeded here by a comet or asteroid but are being produced by the Earth’s interior.
Within a few months, the announcement went around the world that there is an ocean below the surface of the Earth and that this is the true source of the water we see around us.
Many people told me that this was a jaw dropping moment for them and pieced it all together. If you want to know what all the fuss is about take a look at this lecture which is only 30 minutes long. The New Scientist article from a few months later is here.
I am going to share something I have never written about before but get asked about a lot – what it was really like to be a part of the Hidden Science show.
Around July 2013 I got a message from internationally renowned David Icke asking me to create a TV show for his new venture The People’s Voice TV (TPV). He wanted to create a credible show which would debate various scientific issues and be able to invite skeptics into the studio.
James and I quickly put together a proposal and a video highlighting the sorts of areas I had been involved with so far. David had come to me asking me to create a Punk Science show so a natural progression was to align it with the types of topics covered in the book. For the first time ever, we are making this audition footage available to the public. As you can see this was when the show was still called ‘Punk Science’
The planning stages
As time progressed, I thought it best to separate the show from my persona and brand, Punk Science so it was not all about me. The first producer involved came up with the name ‘Hidden Science’ and the graphics person, Miki Zoric got to work immediately on the amazing graphics that you see on the show.
To attend meetings, I had to travel down from Derbyshire, where I lived at the time, all the way to Wembley in North London where David’s team had kitted out a large office and TV studio. Through the hard work of some dedicated individuals who were either volunteers or receiving very little money, the sets and the office for TPV slowly took shape. Equipment was donated or obtained second hand and the office and studio gradually started to take shape.
The Hidden Science team
There was an initial shuffling around of the staff which ended up with bringing the director John Webster of Patient Zero Productions on board with the musician and producer, Clifford White. Both worked without pay or expenses for the entire time of the project. John Webster and myself eventually emerged as the main production thrust of the project and despite the fact that neither of us were getting paid, we both insisted on high standards in our complementary skills which contributed to the show’s success.
Yes you read that right, despite the fact that Hidden Science pretty much became my full time work for eight months, I did not receive a penny in payment for work or for expenses even though I was traveling from London to Derbyshire to take shoot the show, which was a round trip of 300 miles. Luckily I had some other work that came in during that period but it was a bit touch and go for myself and James. In an attempt to limit the amount of travel I had to do, I insisted that we prerecord two shows in a day so that I could fit shows around my speaking schedule.
Co-ordinating our skills
Between us we created a list of topics, guests and went about booking them. It was all hands on deck each of us using our skills to put the project together. Clifford composed the music to Miki Zoric’s opening title graphics. He also co-ordinated the guests with me and liaised between TPV and Hidden Science.
John created the set design and even came up with the printed background idea that enable TPV to quickly change studios in between shows. He created the running order and format and directed the show with the gallery director. This included a new experience for me – having someone talking in my ear whilst I was on the show. It reminded me a bit of seeing patients as a doctor as I needed to be conscious of several lines of thinking at once.
John would also film the mini documentaries that you see in the show with the actress, Grace Willis. He would also put all the footage together including the graphics and sometimes take the footage into Wembley to be uploaded in person.
We also had a great team from TPV which would include people helping with the set, audio technicians, gallery directors and more. Liz Roberts was the main point of contact for all the shows and she did an amazing job at coordinating everything for the entire channel.
Some of the TPV crew getting ready for the show Image:James Gordon Graham
With my experience in the field of science and spirituality I was able to book a lot of the guests as I have a lot of contacts in this area. Coordinating things so that three people ended up on the sofa in Wembley on the correct day to talk about the right topic took many hours and I did this from home. After the first show, I also wrote the scripts and the running order as well as sorting out the teleprompter and even doing the makeup for the guests and myself!
It was hard work to research the topics of each show which often involved reading the books which had been written by the guests. I felt it was almost like sitting exams again as I needed to be prepared for each show. I also wrote all the questions for the guests and their introductory biographies.
The success of the show
We knew that we had high standards but we did not expect what happened next. For a lot of the time that TPV was running, Hidden Science became one of the most viewed shows on the channel based on the Youtube views. The shows were added to Youtube after airing on the internet channel. Some of the statistics have been lost as the Youtube channel was hacked and all of the videos deleted but even with the replaced videos you can still see the popularity of the shows.
You won’t see the success of Hidden Science reflected in any of the trailers for TPV which are still on the internet because for some reason, despite me twice making the unpaid 300 mile round trip to the studio for promotion events when asked, we were not interviewed for them or the footage was not used. I still don’t know why this was the case because communication with management remained poor and chaotic throughout the experience. In fact I wasn’t ever sure whom to address issues to apart from Liz Roberts. There were no contracts or known management structure to refer to.
Interestingly the skeptics did not agree to come on the show. So we didn’t have the debates that David originally wanted. Instead a lot of the content was about exploring new scientific vistas with me playing devil’s advocate if needed. The shows opened up new possibilities instead of just pointing out what was wrong with the world right now – it was a message of hope and new growth. To our surprise this approach was very popular.
Would I do it again?
Ultimately, although I am glad I did the show as I was able to bring in the benefit of my experience and contacts to the show to elevate it to something of a serious scientific discourse. However, I don’t think hosting a TV show is really my forte although I enjoyed the production side of it. I am glad that I was part of bringing something of interest to a lot of people from the numbers of appreciative messages the team received.
Because the filming of the shows were often so hectic, we did not have much time to take footage of behind the scenes but sometimes James would help with the shows and this is some of the footage that was taken of the studio and in the gallery.
If you would like to find out more about the shows and watch the episodes, click here.
One of the most popular interviews I have ever done for Punk Science was in 2008 with Iain McNay of Conscious TV. It has been shown many times on television channels such as Edge Media TV on Sky amongst others.
What you might not know is that Iain McNay is involved in the music industry and has had a lot of dealings with punk music. So before the cameras started rolling, we had a great chat about music and discovered a shared love of Courtney’s Love’s work – which is grossly underestimated in both our opinions.
Later Ian McNay actually named Punk Science as one of his favourite books of all time which is a great honour especially considering how many authors he interviews!
The interview itself features insights on how the Black Hole Principle came to be as well as musings on the nature of consciousness and quantum physics. You can see the interview here.
Image: By Odilia (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
We live in a society influenced by the Bible and in most people’s minds the classic biblical monarchs such as David and Solomon evoke a golden age of Israel: of wisdom, wealth and sophistication.
So it comes as a shock to most people to find out that despite over half a century of archaeological searching, we still cannot find any evidence of a monarchy at the time of King David. No palaces, no temples, no infrastructure, no masses of court records and as one archaeologist said, we cannot even find the garbage! It just did not exist at that time in that place.
Of course people do argue that because the Temple mound, where the Dome of the Rock is currently situated, cannot be excavated, we are unable to confirm if the original Temple of Solomon which used to be the centre of the Jewish faith, actually existed there.
But even so, we would expect to find the artefacts of a great kingdom that existed in the area; an organised society like that simply leaves its mark, but we have found nothing.
This has led some leading experts to rewrite the Biblical stories understanding them to be greatly exaggerated. According to the archaeological evidence, the area around Jerusalem were just sparsely populated highlands at the supposed time of King David.
Le courronnement de David.Paris psalter (BnF MS Grec 139), folio 6v National Library of France. Public Domain
So according to some scholars, the great monarch becomes a tribal chieftain with a band of tribal warriors instead of armies. This may be far from the sumptuous riches that the bible describes, but it fits the picture that we see in the actual evidence.
I find this idea quite strange. Not because I am religious (I am not) or because I have a need to glorify these kings – these were not the heroes of my childhood. I find it odd that King David – such a flawed character would be pure fiction. He is murderous, conniving and backstabbing to the point where even his own sons rise up against him.
Far from being the happy succession from father to son we tend to assume happened, Solomon was not King David’s eldest son but the son of the woman he spied from the rooftops who was married to someone else. David had the husband out of the way and got his wife Bathsheba pregnant. (So much for ‘you shall not commit adultery or murder’!)
I just don’t think it is human nature to provide a character to your glorious made-up ancestral King and make him into such a nasty piece of work. The fact that there are two versions of the story of King David in the bible and one has been sanitised shows that someone was indeed embarrassed at his antics at some point.
It started me wondering if the stories have not been transplanted from another place and time and brought to Jerusalem in the memories of another people. Could it be that we have been looking for evidence in the wrong place.
I find it very intriguing that although nothing like the Temple of Solomon or his kingdom can be found in Jerusalem and the ancient Kingdom of Judah, further north there exists a temple that fits the description of the Temple of Solomon very closely. This is the Ain Dara Temple in Syria and it has some very interesting features.
Its measurements, the way in which it is decorated and its layout greatly resembles the Temple of Solomon in the Bible. There are other Temples in the area which are of a similar style. And in contrast to Judah in the south at this time, the writing of a great civilisation has been found: for example over 20,000 clay tablets at the site of Ebla or Tell Mardikh also near Aleppo in Syria. Here we do find temples, palaces and a lot of writing.
By Odilia (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
Could it be that the stories we see in the Bible are actually memories of people who migrated from north to south? They just transplanted their memories of the glory days to their new habitat.
The Old Testament only started to be written down after the time of the Babylonian exile in 700s BC. The people we now call ‘Jews’ had just been through a massive humiliation. They needed to rally round and write down their history in order to unite under a common story. This was possibly when stories which were originally about what we now call Syria were simply incorporated into the narrative of the people who lived in Judah.
Was it possible that the ones who had migrated from the north brought their stories with them and transplanted them? If so it gives a very interesting slant on what else can be found at Ain Dara.
Because almost as if a god or goddess had entered the temple, the footprints actually exist of what appears to be a giant being. Now the Old Testament does indeed mention giants on some occasions. We are also rediscovering many reports from around the world in the last 200 years especially of giant skeletons having been found.
Could Ain Dara be evidence that the Bible and other giant myths are true? Could the temple be a site where an actual giant god mentioned in the bible was present? I am going to be discussing more about these ideas in the forthcoming book and mystery school so stay tuned.