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Jerry Shifman
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Jerry Shifman (Abstracts)
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  • The Hundred Year Detour (2008) [Updated 3 years ago]
    by Jerry Shifman   read the paper:

    "For any speculation which does not at first glance appear crazy, there is no hope." F. Dyson. To understand the process that brings about the effects of gravitation we must change profoundly the way we perceive the world. We must discard the idea of an invisible "field" that causes gravitation and develop in its place the concept of a direct mechanical effect produced by a hydrodynamic ether. The key intellectual shift involves understanding that the omnipresent ether manifests equally well as open space or as material bodies. Thus objects cease to be separate entities and become local manifestations of the ether. The universal etheric context is always in motion and has a velocity gradient - dv/dr - at every point. It is the direction and magnitude of the etheric velocity gradient that determines the direction and strength of gravitational effects. This perceptual shift is as difficult and counterintuitive as the shift from the Ptolemaic to the Copernican view. Once mastered, it brings the same clarification to gravitational effects that Copernicus brought to the motions of heavenly bodies.


  • Experimental Xenophysics (2002) [Updated 9 years ago]

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  • Telling a Fish About Water (2000) [Updated 3 years ago]
    by Jerry Shifman   read the paper:

    Our present way of viewing the world does not provide a satisfying explanation for the process that brings about the effects of gravitation. This problem is due to the fact that we have totally misconstrued what we see before us. Therefore we must develop a radically different way of seeing the world. One approach is to stipulate that what we call mass is, in reality, an ether sink. We take as a given that the entire universe is a sea of ether. At points called mass the ether is rushing in and disappearing. Pursuing this approach provides a new way of understanding gravitation; gives a new insight into why gravitation and acceleration are identical; and suggests an alternative explanation for the redshift.


  • Neoetherics: Visualizing Gravity (1985) [Updated 3 years ago]
    by Jerry Shifman   read the paper:

    Gravity just bugs the hell out of me. It is not the equations; they are easy enough to work with. The problem is trying to visualize what is going on. What process is at work here? What is the mechanism? I have never been able to see it. And as far as I can tell, no one else can either.

    Therefore, with innocence and arrogance, I set out to develop some way of looking at gravity that would be more intuitively satisfying.

    The outcome has been very curious. I found that I could, indeed, work out a hypothetical underlying mechanism that is fairly easy to visualize and which seems consistent with observed gravitational phenomena. But then one day something unexpected happened. While puzzling over the implications of the model, I suddenly saw, completely and with transparent clarity, the identity between gravity and acceleration. Understand: I am not saying that I saw why gravity and acceleration have equivalent equations. I saw that they are a single phenomenon.

    That experience was both exhilarating and unsettling. I had not planned on this. Up until that moment I had regarded these speculations as a form of intellectual game. Now I was not sure what to think. I had gone all the way through engineering school, which included many semesters of physics, and had never really grasped this point. Of course, it was clear enough that the equations relating to gravity and acceleration worked the same. But any feel for why this should be so eluded me. Now, this "game" of mine had provided me with an utterly compelling mental image. Click. Now I saw it. I was shaken. What was going on? Had I stumbled upon something that had some true inner validity? Damned unlikely. I have had only a rather routine education in physics - this is not my area of expertise. Any idea that I might be able to make an original contribution in physics was immediately followed by the suspicion that I might be losing my marbles.

    But it got worse. Much worse...