When you see water flowing uphill

Eckhard Etzold

Are the laws of nature valid in all places and at all times, or does the principle also apply here, in the area of ​​exact measurement and testing, according to which, as is well known, exceptions confirm the rule? A stone falls to the ground. Water flows downhill. It cannot be otherwise, because gravity, gravity, is present everywhere on earth, and it exerts a force of attraction on everything that has mass. Galileo, Newton and Kepler recognized and formulated this. Without gravity, our world would not exist; it would dissolve into all of its components. As the fourth of the basic forces known to us in nature, it is the weakest and at the same time the most powerful, which extends the furthest into space. It is also the most constant of all basic forces. It cannot be influenced or canceled by other forces. And at the same time it is the most enigmatic of all natural forces. It is there, it can be felt. But to this day there is still no physical theory that they can explain, that can incorporate them into the mathematical interplay of all natural forces.

Should there be exceptions to this fundamental area where everything that is mass is pulled to the ground? What if the water suddenly flowed uphill instead of downhill alone, as it usually does? It should only a To give an exception, here in the most elementary area of ​​the forces by which the world is held together in its innermost being, then the foundations of the universe would be shaken.

At least the religious tradition knows such exceptions. As is well known, Jesus is said to have defied gravity and walked across the water: "Jesus urged the disciples to get into the ship and to reach the other side until he let the people go. And when he had let the people go, he climbed a mountain alone to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. But the ship was already many stadiums from shore, and it was beset by the waves, for the wind was opposite. But on the fourth At night, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were frightened, and they said that it was a ghost, and they cried out in fear. But immediately spoke Jesus to them and said: Have good courage, it is I, do not be afraid! " (Mt. 14: 22-27)

To escape the gravity of the earth once, to shake off everything as easily as a feather that pulls you to the ground, that has often been the ideal of religious imagination:

Of Joseph of Copertino, an Italian monk of the 17th century, it was said that he - similar to Philip in the Acts of the Apostles of Luke - could rise into the air at will, and not only that, he was also able to carry luggage and passengers. Once the monk even rose in the air in front of Duke Friedrich von Braunschweig-Lüneburg, and the suspicious Lutheran was forced to acknowledge the miracle. But not only people evade gravity, if the legends are to be believed, but - it gets even more curious - objects also seem to resist the urge to obey the gravity of the earth. In the 1 7th century the French doctor visited Jacques Poncet Bizan Monastery in Ethiopia and afterwards made an astonishing observation on record: "Very close to the epistle side of the altar, at the height of a grown man, hovered a four-foot-long, round and rather thick staff Being a game, I asked for and received from the abbot permission to convince myself of the truth of the unbelievable at my own discretion. I ran another stick above and below and around the wondrous staff with my hand and found: There was not the slightest doubt that the staff was really floating freely in the air. Since I was unable to discover any natural cause for such a miraculous appearance, I could hardly recover from my astonishment. "

This is reminiscent of a description of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, at which the physicist Nikola Tesla showed the astonished visitors a flying egg that hovered over a pillow and turned in the process. But that was really right, because the egg was held in the air by the magnetic forces of an electric rotating field.

Gravity reversal - yes or no?

The reports that have been presented here so far all have the disadvantage that their truthfulness can no longer be verified. Joseph von Copertino, the flying monk, is dead. And Bizan's flying staff has inexplicably disappeared after astonishing viewers for over two centuries. But reports of allegedly inexplicable gravity phenomena are still far from silent in the present. Today, such reports do not only concern individual persons or objects, but also entire landscape formations:

In a recent book by the journalist and non-fiction author Viktor Farkas Inexplicable phenomena beyond comprehension are reported: "As soon as one approaches the famous Oregon Whirlpool on the beach of Sardine Creek, one notices clearly that everything is not as it should be here. Horses begin to shy away, birds change abruptly Direction of flight, and trees show a strange angle of inclination. The vortex itself is an approximately round zone with a diameter of about 55 meters, which fluctuates slightly in a 90-day interval. Inside this circle lies an old wooden hut that was a hundred years ago The influence of the vortex was so disruptive, however, that it was abandoned in 1890. At that time it was still uphill, but over time it slipped inexorably into the maelstrom of the vortex along with part of the earth strange forces distorted and twisted. When you enter them, you find yourself "in a world where different laws of nature seem to apply. You feel drawn to earth as if gravity suddenly got stronger. You automatically assume an oblique posture towards the center of the vortex in order to compensate for the pull of gravity. If you lean in the opposite direction, you feel the tugging of invisible hands increase even more. Cigarette smoke begins to spiral in a spiral. Round objects roll - depending on where you place them - upwards or forwards on a flat surface, towards the center of the vortex. Scraps of paper thrown into the air spiral in the air like cigarette smoke. It's extremely scary and therefore obviously a tourist attraction. Nobody knows what else it is. "

These are the experiences that every visitor can still gain there today. Are there any physical explanations for this? Apparently not. There is no mineralogical rock structure, however heavy, that could cause such a disturbance of the terrestrial gravitational field. The presence of special mass concentrations would be conceivable, the self-attraction of which is able to influence the earth's gravitational field, similar to how the moon's gravitational field is responsible on a much larger scale for the strange phenomenon of tides on the coasts of the world's oceans. According to the latest physical theories about the origin of the universe, would such mass concentrations be conceivable, even if it were an invisible form of super-heavy matter?

In any case, there, at the Oregon whirlpool, research was carried out into the causes of this gravity phenomenon. Farkas writes: "Science had to capitulate, but not without a fight. One measured, registered, spectroscoped, examined and experimented. Result: zero. Electromagnetic fields were somehow involved, but that did not explain the influence on each Matter. What power for that '. Responsible is that golf clubs, brooms, sticks, etc. are in equilibrium at an angle of inclination of 10 degrees, that a 15 kilo steel ball on its chain aslant hung down and could only be pulled with difficulty from the direction of the center of the vortex, as well as the question of why light meters and compasses are going crazy within the vortex. Even today it is beyond imagination. What is certain is that the laws of nature are a little different in this strange place. The Oregon Whirlpool has a little brother forty-five miles away in Camp Burch, Colorado. Strange gravitational forces are also at work there, but not as pronounced as in Oregon. And in New Brunswick, Canada, the 'Magnetic Hill' is known, where motorists idle uphill and accelerate downhill. Such leaps in nature are bizarre, occasionally also scary, but not really terrifying. "

That must pull the rug out from under your feet if all of this is to be true. So they do seem to exist after all, the famous exceptions to the rule, abnormal deviations from the normal. But to anticipate it right away: In the end it should be shown that everything was right here too. But there was still a long way to go in terms of research. I was able to find out more about the gravity anomaly of Magnetic Hill in Canada, only briefly mentioned here, in another book. Andrew Tomas writes: "One of the most spectacular examples is Magnetic Hill near Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, where cars go uphill with no engine power. Gravity reverses its law at the bottom of the hill and as soon as drivers turn off the ignition and take your foot off the brakes, your carriages will be pulled uphill by an invisible force. "

Here too, as reported, the conventional explanations of physics fail: "In general, it is assumed that a concentration of magnetic iron at great depths is responsible for this phenomenon of gravity. However, a magnet or a strongly magnetic magnetite allegedly only attracts metal. But Magnetic Hill's magnet does not only affect metallic objects, it also affects other things - a wooden stick or a rubber ball, for example. Under certain conditions, water can even flow uphill in some places! This force also affects people, and there are many Witnesses confirming its unusual influence. 'There is something in the ground there. You can feel it in your bones. You shiver. It almost makes you dizzy,' writes a tourist. " A similar phenomenon to the Oregon whirlpool, but not as spatially limited as there. If there is to be a physical explanation for these phenomena, an unknown form of matter would have to be responsible.

Eyewitnesses and eye deception

Just as I had gotten this far in my deliberations, I was made aware of a television program that was also supposed to deal with gravitational anomalies: At the beginning of November 1992, a series of private television programs was featured Rainer Holbe a film about esotericism was broadcast from Italy. About 30 km southeast of Rome on Via dei Laghi, near the town of Rocca di Papa, there is a stretch of road where the laws of gravity are upside down. The film showed how water flows uphill, cars and bicycles roll uphill by themselves. A spirit level placed on the street indicated a slope where a slope would be expected.

A qualified geologist interviewed about this phenomenon, Dr. Johannes Fiebag, explained in the film: 'If the spirit level shows that we have an uphill instead of a downhill slope back there, then it could be an optical illusion. Or we are actually dealing with an unexplained gravitational phenomenon, which of course then also falsifies the spirit level. Ultimately, that is difficult to decide at the moment, and at the moment we are faced with a mystery. "

The film was very convincing at first. But a movie on television is only broadcast two-dimensionally, and where a three-dimensional image is reduced to two dimensions in the image, a slope looks just like a slope. Do we really live in a world in which stones can not only roll downhill but also uphill? In which water flows uphill on one side of the mountain and then downhill on the other side, or maybe uphill, or simply disappears - what can you still rely on in this world, if you, too the most stable, the most reliable, the heaviness of the earth, is no longer reliable? Two months later, at a conference, I met a pastor from a mining town in the Harz Mountains who, on a trip to Naples and Florence in the summer of 1992, stopped at the stretch of Via dei Laghi where the water flowed uphill: "The bus driver stopped at the foot of the hill on and put it into neutral. At first slowly, then gradually the coach started rolling and rolled uphill again with over 30 people. There was a policeman and an engineer there who could confirm that. There was no trick. " The first eyewitness to testify to the reality of the phenomenon. Now there was no stopping my interest. I wanted to see for myself what I had only known from hearsay until now. But before I wanted to go on my way, I decided to write to all the experts who could give me information about possible explanations. I wrote to two geophysical institutes in Italy, two institutes on the American west coast, and two institutes in Canada. I have received four responses so far. When I asked about Magnetic Hill, I received from the »Geological Survey of Canada"In Ottawa, the answer:" Magnetic Hill near Moncton is a very effective optical illusion, a major tourist attraction. I have not seen any serious treatises claiming otherwise. I believe there is a similar phenomenon in Ayrshire, Scotland , also an optical illusion R. A. Gibb, Director. "

The same applies to the gravitational anomaly shown on television at Rocca di Papa in Italy. Two Italian geophysicists from Rome and Milan confirmed this to me. And the Geological Survey of the US Department of the Interior responded to my inquiry as to whether there are natural explanations for the phenomena observed at the Oregon vortex: "Most respected scientists believe that this tourist attraction comes about through a surprising perceptual illusion that attracts and fascinates tourists When the walls of a building are not vertical and the floor is not straight, even though the visitors are believeThat the building is correctly constructed the public is more inclined to believe that the force of gravity is abnormal at this point than to think that the building is tilted. There are no unusual gravity anomalies due to the geology of the area or similar tourist attractions based on the same psychological perception. Tourists are still fascinated by such experiences. The landslide there may be partly responsible for the unusual inclination of the old coin inspection office and the trees in this place. Thank you for your interest in US geophysical research, Yours faithfully, Mark Bonito. "The apparent gravitational anomalies were psychological rather than physical. That was the answer to the puzzle. People see water flowing uphill because they believe it is uphill It is this belief, nourished by landscape and objective illusions, that leads people astray. This shows what perceptual psychology has long known, that people are much more inclined to close their eyes trust than his sense of balance. All my speculations were owed to the same perception illusion that optically led people astray and here led me mentally astray. The gravity of the earth determined my thinking again, and this was accompanied by an imperceptible feeling of relief: gravity , that weakest and at the same time most constant of all natural forces, has always n Also proven to be reliable. Reality itself only leads us by the nose if we distrust the basic forces on which it is based.

If exceptions were conceivable here, it would be conceivable to no longer obey heaviness, then it would also be conceivable to escape from it, to escape from everything that depresses and pulls you down. And no longer through great effort and work and only for limited moments, but with ease and at will for an entire eternity.

Yes, in the final analysis it would be conceivable to push her, mother earth, completely away from us - she who produced us and keeps us with her, she who, through our reluctance to any ecological integration into the interplay of created life, brings us to life increasingly denied livelihoods - to push them away from us and leave them behind like a squeezed lemon.

Gravity chains us to the earth, and it confronts us with our ecological misconduct: whether CFC or carbon dioxide, acid rain or ozone on sunny days, what we put into the air to get rid of, the gravity pulls it back down again. The strength that gives us stability and gives our life a down-to-earth basis threatens to suffocate us if we live at the expense of our environment. If gravity could be broken, we wouldn't need to change. We could push the planet we have been exploiting aside and easily create those new worlds in space that are already real in science fiction films. Fortunately, that's just my imagination. The earth will continue to hold on to us persistently, even if we no longer want to hold on to it.

© Eckhard Etzold, 1994

Post Scriptum: Anti-gravity, the abolition of gravity, is now (1998) apparently seriously (?) Researched. See: BREAKTHROUGH AS SCIENTISTS BEAT GRAVITY and
Photos from Magnetic Hill and the Oregon Whirlpool.


Viktor Farkas: Inexplicable phenomena beyond comprehension, Frankfurt am Main 1988.

Robert Charroux: Fantastic past. The unknown history of mankind for a hundred thousand years, Frankfurt am Main 1970.

Andrew Tomas: We are not the first, Bonn 1971.

James Trefil: Five reasons why the world cannot exist. The astrophysics of dark matter, Reinbek 1990.

The text is also available in: "Materialdienst der EZW 11/94, pp. 320-325Evangelical Central Office for World Views, Auguststrasse 80, 10117 Berlin Internet: http://www.ekd.de/ezw

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