Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

11 June 2010

Plasma, The Building Block of Weirdness?

I haven't posted in a while (and all those impatient, ungrateful bastards on feedburner have stopped following me!) but I have been busy looking into some new and exciting stuff. It's gonna take a while to get it all posted, so I'm going to break it up into different parts, the first of which is a bit on the boring side.
I've been reading up on a theory that involves plasma (not the stuff in your bloodstream, the other stuff). Since I'm no "nook-lar fizz-cist", I found some material on this site the highlights of which I'll be posting.
So, let's get ready for "Plasma 101"!

Plasma is overwhelmingly the dominant constituent of the universe as a whole... Neither solid, nor liquid, nor gas, a plasma most closely resembles the latter, but unlike gases whose components are electrically neutral, plasma is composed of the building blocks of all matter: electrically charged particles at high energy. space, plasma remains electrically charged. Thus plasmas carry electric currents and are more influenced by electromagnetic forces than by gravitational forces. Outside Earth's atmosphere, the dominant form of matter is plasma, and "empty" space has been found to be quite "alive" with a constant flow of plasma.
...Plasma in the stars and in the tenuous space between them make up 99% of the visible universe and perhaps most of that which is not visible.

Okay, so basically, plasma is everywhere! But here are a few more pertinant facts:

The different states of matter found on Earth are solid, liquid, and gas... Sir William Crookes, an English physicist, identified another, more fundemental, state of matter in 1879. In 1929, Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir gave this stae a name, plasma. He borrowed the term from medical science because the matter with which he worked resembled life itself.
(emphasis mine, remember this!) It formed cells through bifurcation, and often acted in a complicated and unpredictable manner.

The article goes into far more detail, including listing the forms of plasma with which we are most familiar (lightening, flourescent lights, the sun, flame of fire (remember this, too!), the Auroras, and all interstellar space). It also mentions some of plasma's other properties, like how it's effected by eletromagnetic forces and nuclear explosions.
So, plasma, the fourth state of matter, is electrically sensitive, it's highly conductive (more so than copper, iron, or other metals), it's unpredictable, and it's everywhere.
So, what does this have to do with monsters, ghosts, UFOs/aliens, and other assorted high strangeness? Well, what if there existed SOME form of intelligent entity, some life form, composed of this fourth state of matter? Such a being could be omnipresent, invisible, and perhaps even capable of manipulating everything from matter, to energy, to our very thoughts.
Scary idea? Well, (hee-hee!) there may very well be just such a group of entities. And they've been around a long time!

Okay, you've stuck with me through the boring "science stuff", so how about a little treat?

Here's a pic of my MPA "Mac", recently converted to the mighty 460 Rowland caliber. 30 rounds of magnum-level firepower! Despite the compensator, it still ehibits significagnt muzzle rise (IOW, it kicks a bit!) I'm gonna experiment with some different muzzle brakes to see if I can cut it down some! You'll be seeing more of this bad boy in the future, along with one of my other eternal "power tool" projects!


Autumnforest said...

That was a positively brilliant post, BG! I had a very similar premise for my SciFi Novel "Metanet" in which dark matter was the way in which psychic information and communication with the dead was passed. I've also always said it's entirely possible that was man evolved on land and creatures in the sea, something else evolved that was beyond our senses in another real of matter. That plasma being could very well be what it is. You are onto something. I hope you do more. Very exciting. When is the book coming out--you know you need to write one! p.s. Have fun with your gun.

Jason said...

There are actually experiments being done right now with plasma to try to create better windows for spacecraft and even "deflector shields" like they use on Star Trek. It's all in the early stages but like you said, even a civilization ony a few hundred years ahead of us could be far advanced with their knowledge of plasma.