"And what has this got to do with our intercontinental bridge?" Heather interjected.
Ross nodded. "It is fundamental to it," he said to the Heather. "It is easy for the Universe to form simple atoms, like hydrogen, that has only one electron. Its electron 'lives' at the ground level and requires little energy to live there. In order to build more complex atoms, the Universe requires more energetic electrons. It seems to make them as required according to the requirement of the specific rooms. We don't know how the process works. We only know that it does work that way. We also know that the Universe has created amazingly large atomic structures with over 90 electrons occupying its house. Uranium has 92 electrons occupying a seven-level house, which correspond to seven distinctly higher energy levels. The whole thing is all neatly built around a nucleus of 92 protons and 146 neutrons."
"And what has this got to do with our intercontinental bridge?" Heather repeated.
"It is fundamental to it," Ross repeated. "This model is the model of the Universe as a whole. It is reflected in many different ways. We are a part of this model too. The simplest form of civilization requires only a low-level form of humanist energy for it to exist. Its structure is primitive. But as soon as a higher-order civilization begins to form, the structure becomes more complex and the energy-intensity that is required for it to operate, increases. The observed model of the Universe seems to tell us that the shape of our civilization is primarily limited by the humanist-energy intensity that we bring into it and the 'intensity' of our understanding of its structure."
I turned to Tony. "The intercontinental bridge is physically possible with the current technologies that we have already developed, and you are right that it won't be built at the currently prevailing humanist energy-intensity in the world. You seem to suggest that we still live at the ground-floor level in terms of humanist energy that we put into the structures of our living, if indeed we haven't dropped below that into the sewer, so that our living is now disintegrating. The sewer is the most unnatural place for human living, for which no actual equivalent exists in the structure of the Universe as a model for the sewer. By playing games of empire we end up functionally dead so that nothing of substance is accomplished anymore. We are not totally dead yet, but we are fast dying. However, we cannot use this fast-dying world as a measure with which to gage our future. What we would get out of such an irrational process would be total nonsense. Unfortunately, society is determined to get to that. Our future cannot be measured that way. It needs to be measured dynamically within the model of the Universe that we are a part of. The model tells us that if we make specific efforts to raise the humanist energy to higher levels of intensity, a whole new horizon opens up, and that if we raise it up some more, the horizon expands beyond what we can yet imagine. Then, when this point is reached, the building of the intercontinental bridge will appear as but a small thing, which it actually is in physical terms. Likewise, the creating of large scale indoor agriculture to supply five to ten billion people in an ice age environment, will appear as but a small thing again, which it too is in physical terms."
"None of this will happen," Tony interjected again. "None of this can be done without going nuclear; so it won't happen, because people abhor nuclear power. The hate it like the plague. Ask anyone. The answer is always the same, No, No, NO!"
Ross just smiled. "Is this really true what you are saying?" he said to Tony. "You came here by car, right. What powered your car? You will say, gasoline. But is this true? The fact is: it isn't true. The car you came is powered by nuclear power. Every car, truck, airplane, motor cycle, anywhere in the world, is nuclear powered. You wouldn't exist if we didn't have nuclear power, because we wouldn't have a civilization. You light a candle. It's light is nuclear powered. This house is heated with nuclear power. The fireplace flames are heated by nuclear power. You attribute the heat to chemical reactions, but the heat is really the direct result of physical changes at the atomic level by which a portion of the atomic energy profile becomes freed up and dissipates as heat."
"It comes from the energy levels that I told you about," I interjected. "The different shells surrounding an atom that are inhabited by electrons are not narrowly delineated but may be seen as energy fields that extend outwards for some distance beyond the narrow band in which the electrons are found. I also told you that these bands that forms shell-like structures around an atom have rooms for only a certain number of electrons. What I omitted to say, is that the Universe designed the atoms in such a manner that they like to have all their rooms filled. In fact they like it so much that they tend to fuse together with other atoms at the level of their outer shells where the open rooms exist. To get the fusing started they have to be pushed close enough. At this point the fused shells share each others electrons and thereby fill the empty rooms in each other's shells. Of course, when the atoms become locked to each other in this manner, their surrounding energy space overlaps to some extend, which becomes extraneous from this point on and dissipates, whereby it becomes converted to heat."
"That's not a fairy tale," Ross said to Tony who had a look on his face as if he didn't know what to believe. "This really works," said Ross. "Take hydrogen as a fuel. It has one electron at the ground level that has room for two. It burns with oxygen that has six electrons at the second level. So what happens in the heat of day when the two are bought together. The hydrogen and the oxygen share one of their electrons with each other, which makes everybody happy. The hydrogen effectively gains an electron, by which its rooms are filled. The oxygen is happy too when it can latch onto another hydrogen, gaining two electrons in total, that fills its outer shell that has room for eight. And the overlapped energy from the energy field dissipates in a flame of fire that gives you a hydrogen torch with a temperature exceeding 2,000 degrees. The torch literally burns with nuclear energy. The same sort of thing happens with carbon. Carbon has four in its other shell. It needs four more for a full house. It can get those if it latches onto two oxygen atoms, which have six in their shell and need two more each. In this sharing arrangement the carbon gets the for electrons it needs to fill its house, and the two oxygen atoms, each, get the two they need. Everybody is happy. The whole lot muddles together and form a carbon dioxide molecule. Snuggled together their energy fields overlap. The redundant energy becomes dissipated, by which the gasoline/air mixture explodes and powers your car. The bottom line is, mankind has been living on nuclear power since civilization began. So, whose afraid of it?"
"You know what I meant," said Tony. "I meant the fission reactor. I meant Chernobyl. The Chernobyl nuclear accident was a disaster on a scale that's almost impossible to imagine. It was the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history."
Ross laughed. "The initial explosion killed two people. Sixty died from radiation exposure. Over 300,000 people were evacuated and relocated. It is believed that the general cancer rate among the 600,000 affected by the fallout increased by about 4000. Nor was the disaster the result of normal operation. It was the result of a test of a safety devise gone wrong. The bottom line is, this was an accident. Now compare the figures to Vietnam where the horrors were intentional, were three million were killed over essentially nothing."
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