The instability of Peratt’s column?

axis mundi Anthony Peratt columnAnthony Peratt's work on plasma instabilities and the special type of rock carvings known as petroglyphs - similar crazy psychedelic images chipped into rock around the world at the same time - has been used by the EU theory as potential evidence and explanation to help work out what might have happened in our past.

One of Tony Peratt's conclusions seems to be that there was one large plasma instability column observed in the southern hemisphere by most ancient peoples around the world. As shown by the rock art of the petroglyphs in both the north and south. Peratt linked it to the Axis Mundi (Tree of Life, Jacobs Ladder etc) mentioned and drawn in ancient civilisations mythology around the world.
axis mundi intense-auroral column
Jno Cook (John Cook) has used Tony's work in his reconstruction of our solar system, which gives an idea of what it may have looked like.

Few Electric Universe investigators have been able to question in depth Peratt's work and conclusions. After all Peratt is one of the foremost plasma instability experts and has certain plasma instability phenomena named after him.

All theories must be tested and retested, especially the Electric Universe theory and its plasma mythology, as more research and thinking about it happens over time.

Axes Mundi to grind

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Rens van der Sluijs, who carried out field work mapping of petroglyphs around the world with Anthony Peratt, has written an article for the SIS (The Society for Interdisciplinary Studies) magazine Chronology & Catastrophism Review (2016:2).

In the article A Geomagnetic Approach to Traditions of Axis Mundi, Part 1 van der Sluijs with the help of Robert J Johnson dissect Peratt's theories and suggest that all his workings and interpretations may not be correct.

Especially on the important detail of a solitary but immense Peratt Instability (plasma column) located near the south pole area.

In a simple summary of part of it Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs simple suggests that Peratt’s Column, the Intense-Auroral Column, could not have been observed by people in both hemispheres who carved the various rock drawings of them in different stages of the plasma instability.
Peratt Instability plasma column
They may have also reflected them in the design of their megalithic and other structures such as Stonehenge.

The column would have been too wide to to be large enough to be seen by both parts of the planet and most places petroglyphs seem to show the bottom of the plasma tube (if they are a plasma instability).

Using logic and his expertise in comparative mythology Rens goes into much more detail in the article about possible errors in Tony's interpretations. Rens basically suggests that the Axis Mundi was not a single stationary column and their may have been numerous plasma phenomena witnessed in the skies at the same time or over a period of time.

In 2012, Robert J. Johnson and I revisited the geometrical aspects of Peratt’s hypothesis. Despite the remarkable similarities between an intense-auroral column above a magnetic or rotational pole and what is known about the mythological axis mundi, we concluded that Peratt’s specific concept of a single plasma tube perceived at practically all inhabited latitudes and longitudes dissolves upon closer inspection. Simple geometrical considerations preclude the possibility that any stationary column above the earth that is straight and narrow in appearance could be discerned at once from both hemispheres. Likewise, for reasons of perspective no such column could meet the requirements imposed by petroglyphs if images of concentric circles are to be interpreted as direct bottom-up views inside and along the axis of the plasma tube: concentric petroglyphs occur at any latitude between c. 59º N and c. 43º S and could therefore not all have been carved in response to a single prototype that was fixed at one particular location and viewed at or close to the zenith. In addition, a bent column might seem to be vertical from some places, but would almost certainly appear as a band stretched out in the sky overhead to observers elsewhere. If it was ‘stationary’ in space while the Earth rotated underneath it, as Peratt presumed, it would certainly be seen to pass along the horizon in the course of a day, which violates the descriptions given of the axis mundi in traditional cosmologies.

If the base of the column was depicted as circular, the size of the auroral ovals forms an obstacle in itself. Peratt does not seem to have indicated a size estimate for the narrowest diameter of the column, but one of his diagrams suggests a diameter similar to that of the current auroral ovals. Today’s auroral ovals are too large or too close to the surface to be viewed in their entirety from any position on Earth. Accordingly, the eye never perceives them as complete circles, but they appear as arcs or bands, even when viewed from directly underneath. This compromises Peratt’s solution of an intense-auroral column. Perhaps visibility of the plasma sheaths lining the funnels above the auroral ovals may occasionally allow higher cross-sections of the column to be observed entirely, but for the base of the column to appear as a complete circle the auroral oval must either be situated considerably higher above the earth or have a much smaller diameter than it does at present. Considerations drawn from comparative mythology point to the same conclusion.

A Geomagnetic Approach to Traditions of Axis Mundi, Part 1 | Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs