by Wal Thornhill
from HoloScience Website
Today the stone is kept at the British Museum in London. It contains three inscriptions that represent a single text in three different variants of script.
It enabled the French scholar Jean
Francois Champollion (1790-1832) in 1822 to decipher the
hieroglyphs, which gave a window into the world of the
The name of the stone, Rosetta (seen at left above), has been given to an interplanetary mission to investigate comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (illustration on right).
Comets are thought to be pristine
"Rosetta Stones" from the time of the origin of the Solar System. So
the Rosetta mission is expected to provide a window into the
formation of the planets. That may prove to be so, but like the
tales told by the ancient hieroglyphs the meaning may be
unfathomable. The reason in both instances is that we insist on
imposing our preconceived theories onto the raw data.
We have been told that Titan should show us what the Earth looked like in its early youth. It seems that every comet, asteroid, moon and planet we visit is expected to tell us something about the Earth's history. In this sense all missions are attempts to decipher Rosetta Stones. But translating the words or data without knowing the context only leads to contradictions and surprises when new information is uncovered.
Titan sprang many surprises on
researchers. It should warn us that our theories about the
environment and circumstances of planetary birth/formation are far
off the mark.
To paraphrase the astronomer Tom Van Flandern:
The old solar nebula model has no
successful predictions to its name.
Most importantly it was the only model
to predict the surface features of smog-shrouded Titan before they
were revealed in detail by Huygens.
The concepts were developed to explain prehistoric eyewitness representations of a sky that would be frighteningly unrecognizable to us. It is only in the last few decades that the most powerful electric discharge experiments on Earth have revealed an astonishing evolutionary pattern of plasma instabilities when a man-made thunderbolt is unleashed. The patterns are reproducible and have been named "Peratt instabilities" after the physicist who studied and classified them.
The most amazing discovery of the 21st century is that millions of representations of those instabilities have been faithfully engraved on rocks around the world in the form of petroglyphs.
Petroglyphs are the "Rosetta Stones" of
the recent history of the solar system. The monumental effort
involved in carving them and their common orientation to the sky
show that what was happening in the celestial arena was of paramount
concern to the prehistoric artists. It was a concern that still has
echoes in our doomsday nightmares.
It received unscientific vilification because a recently chaotic solar system was believed to be impossible according to Newtonian mechanics. But in 1950 Velikovsky had thrown down a gauntlet that no scientist was willing to pick up.
The Australian philosopher, David Stove wrote later:
That belief and the irrational hostility to his theories still survive.
Velikovsky was effectively ambushed at the 1974 AAAS conference in San Francisco where he again explained to those who weren't paying attention the first time:
Nothing has changed; so powerful is the
Juergens' 1970's electric corona discharge model of the Sun was a good one. It was quite specific, with few adjustable parameters, and it was easily falsifiable. Since then only minor corrections to Juergens' model of the Sun have been required. The electrical model has been able to explain the anomalous accelerations of comets and of the Pioneer spacecraft. It is the only model to do that using standard physics.
More importantly, it is an effect that
could operate to damp radial movement of planets, or wild motions.
We now know that the powerful electric force operated between certain close-moving planets in the past. The true history of the Earth is more astounding than any science-fiction writer could have dreamed.
The story is outlined in Cassini's Homecoming where I wrote:
The planets were identified as Saturn,
Venus, Mars and the Earth.
Titan, in that context, was simply another small planet orbiting proto-Saturn. All stars electrically eject matter in defiance of gravity. Ejection of charged matter is required to maintain electrical balance with their environment. The Sun has its "solar wind" and coronal mass ejections. In extremis, a star may eject a fragment of its interior in a stellar megalightning flash, or nova outburst, to form a close orbiting companion.
The mytho-historical record identifies
the planet Venus as such a new-born fragment of proto-Saturn. It was
born when proto-Saturn flared up in the alien electrical domain of
our present Sun.
The Babylonians knew the same planet as Ishtar,
Inanna's Egyptian counterpart Sekhmet was a star,
In more than one land Venus was said to rival the Sun in brightness.
The most prominent feature discovered on
Venus is a planet-girdling pattern of blisters and spidery channels
that resulted from this prolonged cosmic discharge into its thick
atmosphere. Venus' extreme heat and heavy atmosphere is due in large
part to that electrical discharge and recent birth.
Also, the lack of a methane ocean was predicted because Titan's atmosphere is very young and a vast reservoir of the gas is not needed to make good the losses expected over the 4.7 billion years required by the solar nebula model. Titan is a Rosetta Stone for planetary history 'once the context is understood. The hieroglyphs on the original could be deciphered when it was realized they repeated what was said in Greek.
Titan's surface - and the other bodies in the solar system - can be deciphered when it's realized they repeat what is "said" in plasma discharges.
Titan is not a document scribed by
gravity attesting to an ancient nebula but a document etched by
electricity proclaiming a recent birth.
Some initial comments by Cassini team members accompanying the picture (left) of Titan from the descending Huygens probe reflected the Venus-like appearance of features on Titan:
On the right,
This demonstrates the problem of interpretation when the context is wrong.
Viewed in its correct context, the surface of Titan shows a characteristic lightning pattern
(inset is a rotated
negative of the original).