In Roland Emmerich’s film 2012, “mutant neutrinos” were responsible for destabilizing the planet. Initially I found such a plot device hilarious, but as it turns out, such a mechanism may be grounded in truth. Consider the following news items:
Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012
The Huffington Post – January 22, 2011.
Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time.
[…] But doomsday sayers should be careful about speculation on this one. If the star does go super-nova, Earth will be showered with harmless particles [neutrinos], according to Carter. “They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99 per cent of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever,” he told news.com.au.
Carter suggests Betelgeuse could go supernova at any moment (true), and when it does, 99% of its energy will be released as neutrinos that will irradiate our solar system (true). But he says there’s nothing to worry about since they are harmless (false).
The strange case of solar flares and radioactive elements
Stanford Report, August 23, 2010
[…] It’s a mystery that presented itself unexpectedly: The radioactive decay of some elements sitting quietly in laboratories on Earth seemed to be influenced by activities inside the sun, 93 million miles away.
[…]The story begins, in a sense, in classrooms around the world, where students are taught that the rate of decay of a specific radioactive material is a constant. This concept is relied upon, for example, when anthropologists use carbon-14 to date ancient artifacts and when doctors determine the proper dose of radioactivity to treat a cancer patient.
[…] On Dec 13, 2006, the sun itself provided a crucial clue, when a solar flare sent a stream of particles and radiation toward Earth. Purdue nuclear engineer Jere Jenkins, while measuring the decay rate of manganese-54, a short-lived isotope used in medical diagnostics, noticed that the rate dropped slightly during the flare, a decrease that started about a day and a half before the flare.
[…] Their findings strengthened the argument that the strange swings in decay rates were caused by neutrinos from the sun. The swings seemed to be in synch with the Earth’s elliptical orbit, with the decay rates oscillating as the Earth came closer to the sun (where it would be exposed to more neutrinos) and then moving away.
Going back to take another look at the decay data from the Brookhaven lab, the researchers found a recurring pattern of 33 days. It was a bit of a surprise, given that most solar observations show a pattern of about 28 days – the rotation rate of the surface of the sun.
The explanation? The core of the sun – where nuclear reactions produce neutrinos – apparently spins more slowly than the surface we see. “It may seem counter-intuitive, but it looks as if the core rotates more slowly than the rest of the sun,” Sturrock said.
All of the evidence points toward a conclusion that the sun is “communicating” with radioactive isotopes on Earth, said Fischbach.
There we see a possible link between neutrinos and radioactive decay on earth. Radioactive decay is a purely quantum mechanical thing, it’s not caused by any physical factor. Therefore neutrinos affect quantum processes, such as decay rates. Note that biological and neural activity are also based on quantum processes.
Why is this important? Next item:
The geothermal gradient is the rate at which the Earth’s temperature increases with depth, indicating heat flowing from the Earth’s warm interior to its cooler surface. Away from tectonic plate boundaries, it is 25-30°C per km of depth in most of the world. Strictly speaking, geo-thermal necessarily refers to the Earth but the concept may be applied to other planets. The Earth’s internal heat comes from a combination of residual heat from planetary accretion (about 20%) and heat produced through radioactive decay (80%).
So 80% of earth’s core and mantle heat comes from radioactive decay. Radioactive decay rates are affected by neutrinos. Supernovas release 99% of their energy as neutrinos. Taken to its logical conclusion, this implies that if Betelgeuse goes supernova and becomes bright enough to appear like a second sun, Earth will be irradiated by those neutrinos, decay rates will be altered, and there could be enough of a change in core-mantle temperatures to upset the convective processes and disturb the tectonic plates, hence global earthquakes and volcanoes.
It need not be Betelgeuse nor 2012 specifically; I’m only referencing that dying star since it provides a good excuse to discuss the neutrino-seismic link. Deterministic probability says that, since the star could blow anytime within the window of several thousand years, its chances of reaching us within the next couple years are almost negligible. But low probability has never deterred the scriptwriters of reality, therefore Betelgeuse is a wild card that could be played if convenient.
There are many other neutrino-shower sources that could produce similar effects, for instance the galactic core explosions detailed in LaViolette’s Galactic Superwave Theory.
1) Dating via Carbon-14 and other isotopes may be thrown way off by solar or interstellar neutrino radiation, since it assumes a constant decay rate, which in actuality may be arrested or suddenly accelerated by sporadic high intensity neutrino showers.
2) Wilhelm Reich discovered that orgone energy (crude form of etheric energy) affects radioactive decay rates, even neutralizing certain radioactive materials. If neutrinos also have this effect, perhaps orgone and neutrinos are closely related. If so, maybe supernovas and solar flares release bursts of etheric energy.
3) As is known in occult and contactee writings, changes in etheric energy affect human perception and consciousness. For instance, if Earth were to enter a dense region of etheric energy, people would automatically shift into a state of consciousness similar to that of clairvoyant trance or the kind of psychic activation experienced in the presence of powerful shamans or alien entities. In the terminology of Carlos Castaneda, this would involve a radical shift in the assemblage point. If this were to happen concurrently with global seismic upheavals, that would make for an extremely entertaining ending to the World as We Know It.
I reference the above news articles not to predict doom, but to explore a single physico-etheric mechanism that could account for a broad range of end-time prophecies.