Archive for the ‘Cosmology’ Category

The reality of what we cannot see

What is the true nature of the  universe in which we live? As we all try to make sense of the physical universe that is around us, we are limited by what we can actually see, or detect with instruments. We are also limited by what our brains and eyes are able to decode.

If you remember from previous posts, astronomers are looking further and further out in space with stronger and stronger optical and radio telescopes. They are trying to map the whole universe in 3d. That is, they are mapping what we can actually detect and see of our universe. (more…)

The Conscious universe

I came across this fascinating quote from Max Plank- the Nobel prize winner for physics. ( Via Bradley Nelson’s book  The Emotion Code)

It is so relevant to all that I have been talking about for so many years I felt I should share it.

” As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much; There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.

We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.

Food for thought, especially for those who believe that science is not compatible with  alternative cosmological  thinking!!!!!

Aspects of reality

Could every particle of the universe be conscious? Is it a designer God’s mind behind it all? Or could it even be ours?

 

 

 

Is our reality part of a gigantic universal code?

There is a  theory that the universe is nothing more than a vast integrated mathematical construct. There are, as ever, many variations on this topic.  But generally the theory holds that nothing is random in the universe. It can be perceived as nothing more than a gigantic interlocking mathematical model. All of creation, and our Earth in particular, are governed by mathematical rules. This can be referred to as the code. (more…)

The reality of the multiverse

When high science begins to explore the nature of reality, the theories sometimes appear stranger than even some of the most far fetched alternative theories would allow. For instance, recently I came across two interesting theories concerning the possible simultaneous existence of many other universes alongside ours. (more…)

The reality of strange dimensions

When looking at all the strange scientific theories about the reality of the universe, none are more fascinating than those concerning the physical possibilities of a multidimensional universe or universes. These theories give us possibilities of very strange realities indeed.

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The reality of multiple dimensions

Through many of the discussed reflections of reality, the possibility of the existence of other dimensions around that we just cannot see, has come up time and time again. To many people this may seem to sound like science fiction, but actually this possibility is a mainstream scientific belief.  It is a topic for ongoing research.

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The reality of what science does not know-Dark flow and dark matter

Reading my post title one would assume that I was anti science. On the contrary, science has always fascinated me. I have the greatest respect for those who make sense of all around us. What interests me is that, on the cosmological level, there seems to be more and more disagreement on the true nature of the universe and its origins.  At the higher levels, conventional science seems to be inadequate to answer some of  the fundamental questions. Contradictions abound. This may have implications for our understanding of reality. (more…)

The reality of what science does not know-Big Bang or not?

When looking at aspects of reality I always start with the science. It has been a wonderful tool for making sense of the world around us. Last week I added a post about the latest, high level cosmological thinking. Aspects of reality- before the big bang, based on a BBC Horizon programme that I had recently watched. The premise was that the big bang, the explosion of energy from nothing, which created our universe, probably did not happen. The high level physicists were proposing mind blowing alternatives. Imagine my surprise when I watched not one, but two, science programs this week that contradicted this. (more…)

Reality-before the big bang

Browsing my Sky TV planner recently, I came across an episode of BBC’s Horizon. This particular one was called “What happened before the Big Bang.” This is particularly interesting from the perspective of looking at the true nature, and possible origins, of our reality.

As you may remember, all the universe and everything in it,  are  supposed to have come into existence  from, the so called, Big Bang. This describes the moment that energy burst forth from a point, a singularity, and set in train the creation process. Its existence was “proven” by the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. By observation, he noted that stars were moving away from us at a faster and faster rate, the further out in space they were. He  plotted this on a graph. He then  deduced that, by following the graph backwards in time, in the past everything was closer and closer together. Logically then,  the universe could be traced back to a single point, the singularity. This has been the mainstream scientific cosmological model for a great number of years. The great problem with this model is that it does not explain where this energy comes from, or what could have happened pre- Big Bang.

Possible alternatives

There are many scientific institutions world wide that are actively researching this problem. The programme concentrated on the Canadian Perimeter Institute. This specializes in  fundamental physics research. Many of the scientists within the institute had different ideas. Many now question the existence of the Big Bang at all.

No bang theories

The ideas were strange and complex, very difficult to get your head around. The problem that science has is, that the whole of existence relies on the premise of cause and effect. With the Big Bang, there is effect but no cause. This does not sit happily with scientists. Ideas which do not involve a Big Bang  include;

  • There was no Big Bang, but a Big Bounce. If you combine Einstein’s law of gravity with quantum mechanics, a set of equations can be constructed. According to these equations, at a certain point, the gravity becomes negative. It becomes repulsive rather than attractive. This means that the universe will implode on itself then bounce back into existence. It becomes a cyclical bounce, rather than a  bang.
  • The theory used to be  that there was a bang, followed by something called inflation. Some think that there was no bang, but already existing inflation. Our universe is just formed from a patch of inflation in, a  Swiss cheese, like multi universe. I found this impossible to get my head around!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The universe reproduces itself. Black holes suck matter in, then spew matter out to form new universes.
  • We are existing on Branes or membranes. These are separated from each other by a strip of fourth dimension. They ripple, and when they touch, matter is pulled out and a new universe is formed.

Aspects of Reality

These seem very strange, and may or may not prove to be the correct answer. Interestingly enough, though, none of them address the fundamental question of where the initial energy/matter which formed the pre-Big Bang, or not Big Bang, creation came from. What ever the scientific answer, they have not addressed the why, or how of ultimate creation at all. It may in the end a case for faith, rather than science. Very interesting though!!!

Marian

 

 

Aspects of reality- New Scientist- something from nothing?

In my search for clues about aspects of reality, I always look to science first. I am very pleased and excited because the magazine, New Scientist,  produced a special existential issue on 23rd of July.  This covered a lot of the science and theories behind some of the issues of reality that I find most compelling. (more…)