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Book Review: Genesis of the Cosmos, Paul LaViolette

April 22, 2021
Genesis of the Cosmos: The Ancient Science of Continuous CreationGenesis of the Cosmos: The Ancient Science of Continuous Creation by Paul A. LaViolette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quite a convincing alternative cosmological account, guided by a whole new approach to physics called subquantum kinetics. At times I feel that the astrological and other esoteric connections, though they may have some merit, only take away from the purely physical science based ideas, but this is part of the account. For instance, the notions of tired light and some of his criticisms of the big bang theory, black holes, closed systems and theories such as special relativity, he backs up with strong empirical support, regardless of what you think of the more esoteric speculations.

I think in one physics area I do disagree, which is in his suggestion of going back to Newtonian absolute space. We can criticise the finer points of relativity without needing to go back to this notion. And I think we should do this, because a relational view of space and time can be salvaged from special relativity, if not perhaps from aspects of general relativity. The ether that LaViolette refers to as an environment or open system underlying the cosmos from which stars and all matter draw their genic energy from, can be a real thing, without needing to postulate an absolute space container or arena, this latter is part of the closed systems mechanical approach that he rightfully criticises in other areas.

If LaViolette is only part way correct regarding his different view of what is going on at the center of galaxies, and with tired light as explanation for red shift rather than expanding universe, then it will require significant paradigm shifts in physical science, and I do feel that Barbour’s Janus point is perhaps groping towards some of these same ideas from a very different angle, with the common realisation that the universe as a whole cannot be coherently considered as a closed system, but must be considered as an open system. The suggestion is that the center of the galaxy is more like a vibrant pulsating heart, sending out regular wave bursts of matter and energy out in to the galaxy, rather than a cold, dark, lifeless black hole. If correct, it would turn our understanding of our place in the cosmos, and of what the cosmos basically is on a physical level, completely on its head.

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