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David Talbott

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Talbott, David     (Easy Link:
Author, Founder of the Thunderbolts Project

Interests: Solar system, Cosmology, Electric Universe, Comparative Mythology
Nationality: USA
Age: 76
Born: 1942

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Edited Journals:

2007The Electric Universe
2005Thunderbolts of the Gods

Abstracts Online:
2011The Plasma Universe of Hannes Alfv
2011Electric Events on Mars
2011Considering the Electric Sun
2012Remembering the Great Comet

Media Online:
2011-05-07VideoThe Future of Science under an Electric Universe Paradigm

Event Attendence:
2013-07-1120th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference
2013-01-12NPA Members Meeting - The Future of the NPA: Taking it to the Next LevelVideo Conference
2013-01-03Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping PointConference
2012-07-2519th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference
2012-01-06Electric Universe Conference 2012: The Human StoryConference
2011-10-08The Meaning of Maxwell's Equations, Part 3: Gauss' B LawVideo Conference
2011-07-29ExtraOrdinary Technology ConferenceConference
2011-07-09NPA Public Day 2Public Day
2011-07-08Sagnac Awards BanquetAwards
2011-07-0618th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference
2011-05-07The Future of Science under an Electric Universe ParadigmVideo Conference
2011-04-02The Natural Philosophy of the Electric UniverseVideo Conference
2011-02-19Advances in Brown's Gas TheoryVideo Conference
2011-01-02Planetary Scarring in an Electric Universe, Part 2Video Conference
2010-11-27The Natural Philosophy of the Electric UniverseVideo Conference
2010-11-20Electro-Magnetic Strong Force: String Theory without the StringVideo Conference
2010-11-06Weber's ElectrodynamicsVideo Conference
2010-10-16The Origin of Symmetry and Beauty in the UniverseVideo Conference
2010-09-11Planetary Scarring in an Electric UniverseVideo Conference
2010-08-21The Meaning of Maxwell's Equations, Part 2: Ampere's LawVideo Conference
2010-08-07An Introduction to Electric Universe TheoryVideo Conference
2010-07-29ExtraOrdinary Technology ConferenceConference
2010-07-24Diamagnetism and ParamagnetismVideo Conference
2010-06-2317th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference
2009-11-28Hydrogen Cloud Separation as Direct Evidence of the Dynamics of the UniverseVideo Conference
2009-07-04Astrophysical Evidence Clearly Shows No Gravitation-Electromagnetism InteractionVideo Conference


David Talbott is a comparative mythologist whose work offers a radical new vantage point on the origin of ancient cultural themes and symbols. His research has been the primary catalyst behind the "Saturn Model," and is the subject of the feature documentary, "Remembering the End of the World." He is the author of The Saturn Myth and co-author (with Wallace Thornhill) of Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe.

Journals Edited by David Talbott

Name: Pensee
Editors: David Talbott (Founder), Stephen L. Talbott, Ralph E. Juergens, Dr. Bill Mullen, Dr. C. J. Ransom, Lynn E. Rose
Status: Active
Founded: 1971
Ended: 1975

Pens?e: Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered ("IVR") was a special series of ten issues of the magazine Pens?e produced to "encourage continuing critical analysis of all questions raised by Velikovsky's work",[1] published between May 1972 and Winter 1974-75 by the Student Academic Freedom Forum, whose president was David N. Talbott, with the assistance and cooperation of Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Velikovsky -- "the man whose work was being examined 'objectively'" insinuated himself into the editing of the May 1972 issue,[2] just as he had done earlier for the April 1967 "Velikovsky" issue of Yale Scientific Magazine.[3]

It achieved a circulation of between 10,000 - 20,000, with the first issue reprinted twice totalling 75,000 copies,[4] and resulted in a book, Velikovsky Reconsidered [5] containing selected articles.

Books by David Talbott

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The Electric Universe

by Wallace Thornhill, David Talbott

Pages: 132
Publisher: Mikamar Publishing
Year: 2007
ISBN: 0977285138
ISBN: 978-0977285136

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In this monograph, Thornhill and Talbott suggest that popular astronomy gives a distorted view of the universe. The modern vision evokes a sense of lonely bodies in space?isolated galaxies, self-immolating stars drifting like dust moats in the blackness, and the clockwork solitude of planets. In challenging this idea, the authors emphasize connectivity. The electric force, they contend, influences matter at all levels, from subatomic particles to galactic clusters, leaving little room for the disconnected fragments of modern theory.

Primary subjects include: an introduction to the plasma universe; electrical challenges to Big Bang cosmology; discovery of the electric sun; and the electrical nature of comets. In language designed for scientists and non-scientists alike, the authors show that even the greatest surprises of the space age are predictable patterns in an electric universe.

This book not only complements The Electric Sky book, but actually overlaps very little, while covering cosmic quandaries and plasma and electricity in space. The chapter on the electrical properties of comets is such great material, thoroughly convincing.


A magnificent description of electricity in space. Authors Thornhill and Talbott offer a sweeping critique of today's popular cosmology. They show that galaxies, stars (including our Sun), and comets can be best understood through the well-tested behavior of electricity the one force about which astronomers seem to know almost nothing. Having now devoted many years to investigating this question, I am in full agreement. -- Donald E. Scott, professor of electrical engineering (retired)

On a plane back to London I read The Electric Universe from cover to cover (the light above my seat was the only one that remained on throughout the night). What a masterpiece. Each single sentence is absolutely spot-on and well formulated. This is just such a powerful textbook the potential and logic of the electric universe theory leaps off every page. The omission of mythological and other ancient data from the argument will undoubtedly help to forestall accusations of using 'tales and stories' to bolster a scientific theory. The book also conveys a strong impression that this theory has reached full maturation; it's not the incoherent ranting of someone exploding with a lot of new ideas, but obviously the fruit of many years of careful thinking and making associations. The soberness of tone and the lavish illustrations strike the right chord and I find it hard to imagine a reader who would not find the argument compelling. I have nothing to contend with concerning the main argument. -- Rens van der Sluijs

The last 150 years have seen immense progress in the understanding of electrical phenomena. Nevertheless, the conventional cosmology taught today remains essentially a theory of gravity. "The Electric Universe" presents an alternative theory that recognizes electrical forces as the dominant influence in shaping the universe, and a major factor in determining much of our cultural and historical experience. Based on well-understood principles that can be observed and demonstrated in any plasma laboratory, the electrical model also offers ready explanations for processes that continue to puzzle astronomers today. Compelling, highly readable, and superbly illustrated, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to what will surely be the beginnings of a scientific revolution in the years ahead. -- James Hogan, science/SF author

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Thunderbolts of the Gods

by David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill

Pages: 107
Publisher: Mikamar Publishing
Year: 2005
ISBN: 0977285103
ISBN: 978-0977285105

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Thunderbolts of the Gods by David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill introduces the reader to an age of planetary instability and earthshaking electrical events in ancient times. The 108-page full-color monograph, based on the life work of the two authors, offers a revolutionary synthesis of historical investigation and the newly-discovered "Electric Universe."

Talbott and Thornhill claim that cosmic upheaval occurred so recently as to have profoundly affected early human cultures, provoking ?incomprehensible? myths, symbols, and commemorative practices. Through a synthesis of ancient testimony, high-energy plasma experiments, and space age discoveries, the authors bring the ancient world to life. If their hypothesis is correct, it could not fail to alter many paths of scientific investigation as well.

Thunderbolts of the Gods introduces the reader to a former age of planetary instability and earthshaking electrical events, and offers a revolutionary synthesis of historical investigation and the newly discovered Electric Universe. Solar system cosmic upheaval occurred so recently as to have profoundly affected early human cultures, provoking incomprehensible myths, symbols, and commemorative practices. Through a synthesis of ancient testimony, high-energy plasma experiments, and space age discoveries, the authors bring the ancient world to life. If their hypothesis is correct, it will surely alter many paths of scientific investigation as well. The little-known study of powerful electrical discharges in plasma is a new and exciting development in plasma cosmology , with profound implication for space age astronomy. To advance their case, the authors present side-by-side comparisons of laboratory plasma experiments and globally recurring symbols of the ancient sky. The evidence, they report, shows an ancient obsession with extremely violent electrical discharge formations in the heavens. Thunderbolts of the Gods is packaged with the 65-minute DVD, Thunderbolts - The Tutorial. This film introduces you to the key themes of the theory, and includes interviews with the principal figures in Electric Universe research.

In Thunderbolts of the Gods Talbott and Thornhill have combined their knowledge and expertise to present solid evidence for a revised view of Earth s history. Their work reveals that the tales, artifacts, customs and petroglyphs of the ancients that have come down to us through the fog of time tell a mutually consistent and powerful single story. Our planet s past has been filled with cataclysmic events some of which were witnessed by our early ancestors. At first, modern scientists claimed these events were physically impossible. But now it is becoming clear that not only the geological record provides strong evidence for these cataclysms, but the emerging study of plasma cosmology also demonstrates how these events could have indeed occurred. Only a few books rise to the level of importance whereby we can say This book truly changed my view of history . In my opinion this is such a book because once you have read it you will never look at art, ancient literature, mythology, opera, history, archeology, anthropology, or astronomy with the same eyes ever again. -- Donald E. Scott, Ph.D., retired professor of electrical engineering and author of The Electric Sky

Mainstream astronomy holds that the Solar System has remained stable and essentially as we see it today for billions of years, cycling with regular, repeating motions that can be extrapolated backward to reliably reconstruct conditions in the remote past. The assumptions upon which this belief rests date back over three centuries to the times of Kepler, Newton, and Laplace, which see a cosmos consisting of electrically neutral bodies moving in a vacuum under the sole influence of gravity. Yet space is now known to be pervaded by electrical plasma, and there is strong evidence that the planets and other bodies carry electric charge. Charged objects immersed in plasma spontaneously form double-layer isolating sheaths around themselves that contain their fields and prevent mutual electrical interaction. For as long as planets move without their "magnetospheres" coming into contact, quiescent conditions like those that exist today will prevail, which are indeed accurately modeled by gravitation. But should some disturbance or instability occur that causes magnetospheres to intersect, the bodies involved will experience sudden complex forces immensely more powerful than gravity, accompanied by-if they are at different potentials-colossal electrical discharges between them. In Thunderbolts of the Gods, David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill present a compendium of evidence from diverse sources showing that not only have such events affected the Earth, but they have done so within the time of recorded human history! From as far apart as China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Americas, peoples of ancient times have left records in their myths, legends, religions, and art forms, of skies vastly different from those we see today, alive with spectacles of light, violence, and seeming heavenly deities in conflict that not only battled each other but brought widespread death and devastation to Earth. -- James P. Hogan, Author of Kicking the Sacred Cow

Papers by David Talbott

The Plasma Universe of Hannes Alfv


David Talbott,

EdgeScience, Volume 9, pp. 5-11


In the 20th century no scientist added more to our knowledge of electromagnetism in space than Hannes Alfv?n (1908?1995). His insights changed the picture of the universe, revealing the profound effects of charged particle movement at all scales of observation. But recognition never came quickly, and never easily, and mainstream journals typically regarded Alfv?n as an outsider, often rejecting his submissions. In retrospect, Alfv?n's difficulties in gaining acceptance can only highlight the inertia of institutionalized ideas in the sciences, reminding us of the obstacles faced by all of history's great scientific innovators...


The small planet Mars, the fourth planet out from the Sun, has emerged as one of the most promising laboratories in the solar system for exploring the mysteries of electricity in space. The planet now promises to alter the direction of planetary science, removing once and for all the myth of an electrically neutral solar system.


In the twentieth century, the pioneers of plasma cosmology began to identify a crucial role of electric currents in interstellar and intergalactic space. The ?electric universe? hypothesis extends the underlying principle of plasma cosmology into domains that were, at best, only partially touched by plasma cosmology pioneers. This paper will present a brief summary of the ?electric Sun? hypothesis, with pointers to the interdisciplinary contributions of others toward a radically new perspective.


How did it happen that the tranquil and predictable planet Venus inspired memories of terror throughout the ancient world? Within all of the well documented cultures, astronomical traditions describe Venus in the language of a comet. Given the specialized focus of historians, few indeed have noted this remarkable and universal pattern. But the collective, seemingly preposterous memory is now established beyond any reasonable doubt: the sciences cannot afford to ignore the implications.

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