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Non elementalism and wars: alternative cause and effect.

Alfred Korzybski pointed out the error of singling out elements to study without taking the larger system of which they are a part of into account. He called this "elementalism."

Wars are a perfect example. Most people assume wars are due to human (animalistic) behavior based on greed, racial, religious, skin color, or other tribal differences. In the seventies', Buckminster Fuller coined the term "spaceship Earth." This was an elementalistic mistake in language. It incorrectly implies that Earth's problems are solely due to factors and forces on the Earth, as if Earth were alone in space.

In astronomical fact, Earth is one often planets orbiting the Sun. Taken together, this is called the solar system. It is a system. In some way unrecognized by us, for we are inside it.


Warring behavior is apparently triggered by solar activity. Raymond Wheeler, late historian at the University of Kansas, discovered that international battles increased and decreased in nearly regular cycles. His cycles extended back 2,500 years. (Dewey 1970)

I found, as he suspected, that these cycles were in phase with sunspot cycles. A portion of his cycle is reproduced in Figure 1. and sunspot cycles are reproduced in Figure 2.



After some years of observations using a model of the solar system, 1 found sunspot numbers were associated with heliocentric alignments of two or more planets. Few solar astronomers have noticed this because they have the viewpoint that sunspots are only related to internal processes within the sun. Further analyses uncovered research showing that the physical mechanism triggering warring behavior was geomagnetic changes (produced by the emanations from the sun) which affected brain waves and hormone balance of some sensitive humans. I also found that water is subtly altered by planetary emanations, and since the human body is over 65% water, this could be important. (Friedman and Becker, 1963)

In one study by Robert Becker (Payne, 1983, and author of The Body Electric) and a colleague of his, it was found that psychiatric hospital admissions increased during geomagnetic storms. In other words, some marginally psychotic people flip out. Wars do deserve the label "Psychotic behavior." More men than woman seem affected. I call it "MMS" or "Male Macho Syndrome" in parallel with PMS, often related to the phase of the Moon in women.

Furthermore, I have since observed that international battles usually start as the solar activity is ascending or descending, never at the peaks of solar activity. When the rate of change is greatest, humans are more likely to be disturbed. Figure 3. illustrates this.


Further analysis has shown that the proximity of Earth to the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars is more likely to be a time within the solar cycle, when wars may start, (diagrams and predictions are on web site.) The interested reader may make his own studies with The Dynamic System software program, which depicts the solar system at any time of interest.


That the sun has an influence on weather has been known for some time. Yet it is commonly assumed that global warming has been 100% caused by human activities. Recently, some astronomers have observed evidence that all the planets in the solar system are getting warmer. We must ask to what percent is Earth's global warming due to solar activity, and what percent is due to human activities?

On a smaller scale, I have found that when either Jupiter or Pluto are heliocentrically aligned with earth, they strongly influence global weather. The nearby presence of Jupiter is associated with hot days and of Pluto, cold and stormy periods. The Moon, if it is also aligned or at 120[degrees] increases this effect. (Payne 1990) It is hard to understand how Pluto, a billion miles away, can do this, but I have about 30 years of data. These are global effects, although local effects are relative to the normal climate and season.

When the planet Saturn was in line with Pluto the weather was noticeably worse. Since Saturn orbits the Sun about every 28 years, severe weather will again occur in 28 years plus the time it takes to catch up to Pluto's position. That is, another 11 years or so. Expect the winter of 2019 to be unusually cold and stormy. The Moon's position will also modulate this, as well as the positions of other planets.

Someday, we will probably discover that the solar system is in turn, affected by events in the galaxy, especially those on or within the Galactic Center.

At the other end, I have discovered by experiment, not theory, that apparently the Sun's activity can be influenced by human meditations, as predicted by Edgar Cayee decades ago. (Dewey 1970)


(1.) Dewey, E. R. Evidence of cyclic patterns in an index of International War Battles. 600 B.C.-A.D. 1957, CYCLES, 21(6): 121-158. 1970.

(2.) Friedman, H. and Becker, R. 0. Geomagnetic Parameters and Psychiatric Hospital Admissions. Nature, 200: 626-628. 1963.

(3.) Payne, B. Detecting Emanations in Water. Journal of Borderland Science. November/December. 1990.

(4.) Payne, B. Power of thought to Influence the Sun. Journal of Borderland Research (no longer in service). Available at

(5.) Payne, B. Prediction of Storms Based on Planetary Positions and Geomagnetic Field Disturbances. Geocosmic News, 9 (2): 12-16. 1983.

Other aspects are discussed in the book, "The Spin Force--A Collection of Articles & Experiments". Found at


Buryl Payne is educated as a physicist and psychologist. Some of his many works are described on his website, He can be e-mailed at Visit the website for more information.
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