One of the 'guilty pleasures' is the "I Didn't Know That" podcast distributed by Reasons To Believe, an Old Earth Creationism organization. I follow it because they do report the astronomy and geology issues with good accuracy, even if I find some of their interpretations questionable. I also find it useful as they field questions from listeners and it's good to hear the kinds of questions being asked. Some years ago, I attended one of their gatherings in my area.
In a recent podcast, Episode #269 (see Do we live in an electric universe?;...), they received a question from a listener about the Electric Universe (EU). The questioner was apparently intrigued by the idea (I believe they did say they were an engineer) and described EU as "New Age" (Wikipedia). I was rather surprised that the 'resident scholars' as they are called on the program, were apparently unaware of Electric Universe astronomy claims. I found it even more surprising when one considers what a large fraction of EU supporters are Young Earth creationists, basically backing anything anti-Big Bang Cosmology (see Is Big Bang Cosmology a 'Creationist' Model?) and supported by people who claim to have some technological background, primarily electrical engineering.
I'll summarize a few links below as an "Essential Electric Universe Introduction" for those Old Earth Creationists who've not heard of the Electric Universe and their claims.
- A summary of many Electric Universe claims, and the problems with them (Challenges for Electric Universe 'Theorists').
- A subset of the knowledge astronomy has about electric fields in the cosmos (The REAL Electric Universe, 365 Days of Astronomy: The Electric Universe).
- The problems with splitting science from technology ("Real" Science vs. "Cosmological" and "Origins" Science).
Yet Another Delay...
I am still battling a number of real-life interrruptions at home and work (travel, car problems, household repairs, violent weather), and polishing up some posts which should start going online NEXT week (he says hopefully)...