28 June 2009

The facts do not admit of any doubt

Do sunspots affect human creativity? The brain is, after all, a finely tuned, highly complex electro-chemical meatball, and sunspots are able to disrupt electrical systems of far simpler, less finely tuned nature.

It turns out I’m not the first person to ponder such a connection (which is a good thing, because I'm also too lazy to try and verify it). A professor named Suitbert Ertel exhaustively examined the historical record, and concluded bursts of cultural creativity, across the globe and throughout history, occurred 10 to 15 years after periods of low solar activity. Ertel has a lot of unusual ideas, but Hans Eysenck, for one, was impressed by Ertel‘s theory and evidence, concluding, "However difficult to explain, the facts do not admit of any doubt; there is a close coincidence in solar activity and human behaviour."

Presently sunspot activity is extremely low. If Ertel is correct, contrary to what we see all around us, our culture isn’t dead; in reality we are on the verge of a great artistic flourishing.

4 comments:

  1. Personally, I'm more interested in the correlation between the level of solar activity, its influence on Earth's weather, and the frequency with which opportunistic windbags such as Al Gore spout pseudo-scientific theories to explain the resulting climatic disruptions.

    Also, the unfortunate passing of Billy Mays will no doubt usher in a new era of even less creative, but even more annoying, advertising strategies.

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  2. Thank you! I have been waiting for this signal. I will proceed.

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  3. Just think, Non, if the Sham Wow guy had shown better judgment he would be King of the Pitchmen now.

    Just think, Lloyd, since things move quicker these days we probably aren't looking at a 10 year lag, more like one or two.

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  4. I think this is the signal for me to start publishing my books, one a month, alternating with volumes of poetry and novels. A year from now half of them will then be out, and full expectation will be developing for the rest. Two years from now, and I'll probably have to change my name!

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