Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Physics of Cthulhu

This paper is a bit of a doozy. Dr. Benjamin Tippett, a physicist at the University of New Brunswick, examines the eyewitness and other descriptions given in accounts relating to Francis Wayland Thurston's correlated narrative "The Call of Cthulhu." He finds descriptions of gravitational lensing and other exotic phenomena, phenomena not identified until decades after Thurston's manuscript was written. This realization leads to an settling conclusion in a must read paper.

"Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific"


  1. Jeb,

    A fantastic post! What a gem - an intriguing crossover that in practice winds up as sort of implied archaeoastrophysics...

    Additionally, I've been meaning to reach out, as I recently found some old comments re: xenoarchaeology that you'd left on Robert Schaeffer's blog. (This is is Ben McGee, by-the-by, the geoscientist who stumbled into the "Chasing UFOs" TV series by way of my xenoarchaeology paper back in 2010 - and as an aside I wanted both to thank you for posting links to my "science of" NatGeo blog series and also to correct your attribution to me that I don't have a PhD... yet. So, for now it's just "Mr." McGee.)

    In any event, I sincerely appreciated your defense, in a way, of conceptual xenoarchaeology. -And, while you mentioned having no direct interest in personally working on xenoarch, (you were absolutely correct in considering its proximity to more conventional space archaeology - one could rightfully color it as space archaeology from a non-terrestrial perspective), I have been approaching this from the other (planetary science) side of the fence and have been looking for archaeological collaborators interested in exploring the waters. With this in mind and based on your work on hybrid culturalization, I was wondering if you might be interested in collaborating on some speculative work, perhaps considering consequences of "first contact" from a more grounded archaeological perspective - something I have yet to encounter - as a viewpoint article to the journal Space Policy?

    If interested in discussing further, please feel free to contact me at your convenience either via my blog (linked) or via the mail link on my website here:


  2. LOL. I must admit (sheepishly) that I hadn't realized until beginning to read more than the abstract of this paper (I thought Thurston sounded familiar) that this was a delightful blend of pop fiction sci-fi and legitimate astrophysics (not unlike those dabbling in describing the physics of superheroes). What fun.