History has shown that the most significant scientific breakthroughs were not deduced from the existing theoretical framework, but rather arose as marked departures from conventional thinking. Generally such new views challenged long-cherished assumptions espoused by the established paradigm and were therefore actively resisted by the old guard.

The peer review process, which normally is relied on to determine which ideas out of the many should become funded, is often subject to this bias. As a result, new ideas that could potentially produce scientific breakthroughs are generally refused funding. Thus most work carried out in today's research institutions tends to be traditional, rather than innovative.

The Starburst Foundation was formed to circumvent this problem. It serves as a vehicle through which donors may fund high-quality leading-edge research that otherwise would have great difficulty finding financial support. By greasing the wheels of change, the Starburst Foundation helps to create new concepts and tools necessary to mankind's survival in the new age that is now upon us.

Starburst relies on donations and bequests from the general public, charitable institutions, and the business community. Every contribution helps. Donations are tax-deductible since the Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

The Starburst Foundation is a nonprofit research institute based in Schenectady, New York.  It was incorporated in the state of Oregon in January of 1984 for the purpose of carrying out scientific research and public education directed to the betterment of humanity and the planet.  The Foundation's research activities are carried out with the intention of:

(1) preserving and protecting the ecosystem of our planet from natural or man-made disturbances,

(2) promoting technologies that would improve our everyday life, and

(3) improving our understanding of ourselves as human beings and our comprehension of the universe of which we are an integral part.

Starburst serves as a vehicle through which donors may support high-quality leading-edge research necessary to mankind's survival in this new age.

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The Present Need For funds

Starburst needs funds to support ongoing scientific research activities in areas such as astronomy, cosmology, physics, and geology. Money is also needed to finance: participation in scientific conferences, information networking with government and research organizations around the world, public lectures, and video documentary production.  



Starburst: A Catalyst For Change

Would Galileo be able to pursue his hypothesis today? History has shown that many of man's greatest discoveries came about because someone dared to challenge the assumed knowledge of the time. The path which such visionaries followed was by no means easy since members of the old guard fought them at every turn. Were it not for the generous support private wealthy patrons gave to these innovators, timely scientific breakthroughs would have been lost.

Since Galileo's days, modern society unfortunately has made little progress in facilitating the funding of new ideas. Today's institutionalized funding process consistently rewards conventional thinkers and works against the maverick whose research starts from a different hypothesis. Even the most rigorous standards and most carefully wrought data cannot overcome the resistance built into the peer review system. Consequently most work carried out in today's research institutions tends to be traditional, rather than innovative. The Starburst Foundation was formed to circumvent this problem.



Galactic Superwaves

One key area of Starburst research is concerned with the investigation of Galactic superwaves, intense cosmic ray particle barrages that travel to us from the center of our Galaxy and that last for periods of up to a few thousand years. Astronomical and geological evidence indicates that the last major superwave impacted our solar system around 12,000 to 16,000 years ago and produced abrupt changes of the Earth's climate. The land animal extinction episode which occurred during this interval was the worst in several million years. It is estimated that approximately one or two superwaves strong enough to trigger an ice age are presently on their way to us from their birth place 23,000 light years away. There is a finite chance that one such event could arrive within the next few decades.

Less intense superwaves, which recur with considerable frequency, could also pose a threat.  There is evidence that the Galactic Center has erupted as many as ten times in the past two millennia, the most recent event occurring about 700 years ago.  While these low intensity events could have passed unnoticed in earlier centuries, today they could be extremely hazardous.  The electromagnetic radiation pulse accompanying such a superwave would be far more intense than any gamma ray pulse we have experienced in modern times.  It could knock out electrical power grids and communication networks on a global scale and possibly even inadvertently trigger nuclear missile launchings. Consequently, study of this phenomenon deserves a very high priority.

Starburst researcher Dr. Paul LaViolette began alerting the scientific community to the existence of superwaves in 1983 through his published papers and scientific conference presentations. He also raised the public awareness about the superwave phenomenon through his book Earth Under Fire as well as through various magazine articles.  

Many aspects of Dr. LaViolette's superwave theory have since been verified by recent observations; see the following list of predictions and their subsequent verification.


The VLA radio telescope near Soccoro, NM used in a 1988 Starburst study to search for evidence of a superwave impacting supernova remnant CTB 80.



Chemical waves like those above appearing in the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction (above) can provide valuable insights into how matter and energy quanta arose from the ether.  Image courtesy of A. Winfree.

Subquantum Kinetics

Starburst is also working on subquantum kinetics, a new microphysics methodology that has successfully solved many of the problems that presently confront physics and astronomy.  Its approach was inspired from general system theory and from concepts that were originally developed to explain the formation of chemical wave patterns in certain nonlinear chemical reaction systems.  Subquantum kinetics applies these wave-order generating concepts to give an entirely new approach to understanding physical phenomena.  It expands the scope of physics with the awareness that our material universe of subatomic particles, fields, and energy waves is a part of a vastly larger whole that remains inaccessible to direct sense perception. Subquantum kinetics rigorously quantifies an aspect of that whole by means of a system of equations to arrive at a more complete unified description of the physical.  It provides us a unified picture of the cosmos, healing the schism traditionally separating physics from the life sciences and bringing science together with ancient spiritual teachings.  Details about this new physics are presented in Dr. LaViolette's books Subquantum Kinetics (technical) and Genesis of the Cosmos (general readership).  

Subquantum kinetics predictions and their verification.


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