Dates: 2002-05-13 – 2002-05-17

Where: San Luis Obispo, CA, United States Venue:


The Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) is devoted mainly to broad-ranging, fully open-minded criticism, at the most fundamental levels , of the often irrational and unrealistic doctrines of modern physics and cosmology; and to the ultimate replacement of these doctrines by much sounder ideas developed with full respect for evidence, logic, and objectivity. Such reforms have long been urgently needed; and yet there is no area of scholarship more stubbornly censorial, and more reluctant to reform itself.

Conference Authors & Papers


A Modified Sagnac Experiment: First Order Interferometric Experiment with Light Paths in Uniform Translational Motion
Ruyong Wang
A Refutation of Special Relativity
Joseph F. Cuny
A System to Measure the Effects of Special Relativity in Our Galaxy
John Stettler
Cause of the Characteristics of Quasars
Charles E. Weber
This is a hypothesis which attempts to explain the characteristics of QSOs (quasi stellar objects) as an optical illusion created by gravitational lensing of the photons from the opposite jet emanating from a huge [Gaskill] mass at the center of an active galaxy the axis of which is oriented toward [Berthel] the earth, by the magnified emission of atoms and reflection of ultraviolet and X-rays from a dense plate of ions on the surface of an accretion disk, and by infrared rays emitted from dust and gas further out, the last not magnified as greatly. BL Lac objects (BL Lac objects are extragalactic, highly variable, polarized sources with significant emission from radio to X-ray wavelengths) are perceived as QSOs from which primarily rays emitted or reflected by the ions on the accretion disk are seen. BAL QSOs and infrared QSOs are perceived as active galaxies viewed from 90 degrees to the side of the axis.
Clock Behavior and the Search for an Underlying Mechanism for Relativistic Phenomena
Ronald R. Hatch
Proceedings of the ION 58th Annual Meeting & CIGTF Guidance Test Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, June 24-26, 2002, pp 70-81.The Special Relativity Theory (SRT) and the General Relativity Theory (GRT) sometimes exhibit clock effects of equal magnitude which cancel and sometimes exhibit clock effects of equal magnitude which are additive. This cannot be coincidence, yet there is nothing within the two disjoint relativity theories to suggest an underlying mechanism. The effects appear to be related to energy, but the SRT treats energy as relative and the GRT treats an orbiting body as following a force-free trajectory. Thus an alternative to the Einstein theories seems to be required. I have proposed what I call a Modified Lorentz Ether Theory (MLET) which extends the Lorentz ether concepts to cover gravitational phenomena. Following a brief review of MLET concepts, it is contrasted with SRT concepts. Current data available from a number of modern experiments are evaluated with regard to both MLET and SRT. In general, MLET provides a more coherent and consistent explanation of the data. In the principal section of the paper it is shown that in the earth-centered inertial (ECI) frame Global Positioning System (GPS) clocks must not be adjusted for the gradient of the sun’s gravitational potential. MLET shows that the differential effect of the sun’s gravitational potential is absorbed into the clock bias which converts the Selleri transformation into an apparent Lorentz transformation. By contrast, there is no valid explanation for this phenomenon which is consistent with SRT/GRT and they are thereby refuted. This is very strong evidence that some form of Lorentz ether theory is valid and that Einstein’s relativity theories are invalid.
Contemporary Physics’ Conceptual Predicaments
Evert Jan Post
Critical Flaws in Special Relativity and Its Possible Replacement by Doppler Concepts
Neil E. Munch
Electromagnetic Radiation Due to the De-Excitation of an Electron, Bound to a Positively Charged Nucleus, Explained Using Only the Classical Coulomb Model of Electric Interaction
Jan Olof Jonson
Experimental Xenophysics
Jerry Shifman
The author demonstrates an experimental device.
Extended Lifetimes and Electromagnetics
Sidney Bertram
Is Quantum Nonlocality for Real?
S. Richard Hazelett
On the Experimental Falsification of Einstein’s and Lorentz’s Special Relativity Theories
Francisco J. Müller
Origins and Evolution of Planetary Systems: Bringing the Copernican Revolution Full Circle
Alexander A. Scarborough
Special Relativity and the Improved Kennedy-Thorndyke Experiment
Philip J. Mann
Stanley Jaki’s Critique of Heisenberg’s Interpretation of the Uncertainty Principle
Alan McCone
Superluminal Signals Imply Absolute Simultaneity
Franco Selleri
The “Missing Link Neutron Wrapper” in Nature’s Methods of Manufacturing Its Particles
Martin Müller
The Basic Logical Flaw in Special Relativity
John E. Chappell
The Big Wave Model of the Universe
Roger A. Rydin
The Doctrine of Original Spin
Bernard L. Feldman
In an ether-less world the doctrine of original spin prevails. The perpetual motions of the astronomical bodies are determined at birth and are preserved intact forever even as the bodies are transformed by gravity. Thus, the Sun rotates counterclockwise, the planets move counterclockwise about the Sun and rotate in a counterclockwise direction. These are the motions that are attributed to the doctrine of original spin. Any ether model needs to explain these planetary motions for the solar system. The author reviews his previously presented ?Discontinuous Ether Model? paper(Journal of Theoretics, Feb/March,2000, Vol. 2 no.1) and offers an explanation of the planetary motions on the basis of an ideal-gas-type ether composed of ethertrons originating in the Sun’s core and pervading the total solar environment.Four ethertron interactions with matter are considered:

  1. Boiling in the star’s core as a consequence of nuclear reactions.
  2. Elastic impact
  3. Ethertron absorption
  4. Ethertron emission
The Gradual Decrease in the Mass of the Electron and its Role in the Evolution of the Universe
James Carter
The Interpretation of the Sagnac Experiment
Domina Eberle Spencer
The Photon and Its Aether
Joseph F. Cuny
Faraday’s concept of force lines is used to find the elusive aether of the late 1800’s. Force lines were then used to develop the structure of the photon and its means of propagation. Finally a few cases of photon activity are described. It is seen that the photon travels as a ‘wave’ and is detected as a particle. It is also seen that its speed is dependent on the state of local matter and is not the absolute limitation postulated by Einstein.
The Recycling Universe
William C. Mitchell
The State of Experimental Evidence for Length Contraction
Jack Redver Harris
The idea that physical objects become shorter as they move is now well established in physical theory. Both the classical theories of Lorentz, Larmor, Fitzgerald and Poincare and the more radical special theory of relativity of Einstein incorporate a physical length contraction into their worldview. However, no direct measurement of length contraction has ever been done. One experiment that tried to observe the effect of a length contraction was done by Sherwin, who found no evidence of a length contraction. This paper will analyze the assumptions underlying Sherwin’s experiment to show that Sherwin’s experiment is in fact equivocal concerning the existence of a length contraction. This paper will also make mention of another important recent observation that has relevance to the issue of the existence of physical length contraction.