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DARK MATTER  

MIRROR MATTER

AFLOAT IN A COSMIC HALL OF MIRRORS

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

WEEK IN REVIEW

My Comments In This Color

By: George Johnson

Attached Picture of NGC 1999 a nebula in

the constellation Orion

Reaching beyond earth, air, fire and water,

Aristotle insisted that the heavenly spheres-the realm

of the stars and gods-must be composed of

something less mundane.

That word mundane means, commonplace, unremarkable,

nothing special . So Aristotle is saying that the universe

is more remarkable, more special.

 

 

This ethereal fifth essence, or quintessence was the very substance,

medieval theologians went on to propose,

of which the angels themselves were made.

The word ethereal means something that blongs to another world.

 

The fifth essence is the first one above the four earth essences of

earth, water, fire, air.

In other words it is the first essence of what we call spirit, heaven,

the other world.

 

The word Quintessence means the invisible essence. Dark Matter,

Dark Energy.

Interestingly the word Quintessence dictionary defined connects to

the word Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost came down and touched

the earth.

The whole point of modern astronomy is to banish such

mystical notions, proving that everything above consists

of no-nonsense matter, that we live in a material world.

This is the general consensus of the mass mind.

Everything is stuff without any particular reason behind it.

 

 

But as was clear from Dark Matter 2000, a conference held late

last month in Marina del Rey, Calif, the quest is only progressing

because of science's willingness to stretch the very

meaning of the word "matter".

This once simple stuff is coming to seem as ethereal as

anyone could have imagined.

What this says is that what science is finding is that the matter

in the universe, appears to be other worldly.

In other words , without saying it, science suggests a spiritual

or heavenly kind of connection. Or at least an intelligence of

some kind behind it all.

 

Despite hopes to the contrary, it now appears more certain

than ever that most of the universe is made from some kind

of unworldly "dark matter" that can pass right through

ordinary matter, leaving barely a trace.

Most of the universe. That means that what we think is such

a huge universe is just a small part of it because most of it

is invisible. Would that make aliens invisible too?

 

Scientists are also coming to believe that empty space is

pervaded by an equally mysterious "dark energy".

A kind of anti-gravitational umph that is accelerating the

cosmic expansion, the explosion set off by the big bang.

I suggest you read Nassim Haramein who states that it is the tetrahedron

that fills what we think is empty space. We think nothing is there but

really everything is there.

 

With a sense of irony, some physicists are calling this

hypothetical new force quintessence- a reminder that

Aristotle wasn't so far off in believing that the heavens

are more alien and wondrous than meets the earthly eye.

So there is that word quintessence again. The word that

connects to Pentecost which makes me wonder if Pentecost

was a creation of Aristotle.

 

"The actual universe is far more interesting than the universe

of science fiction", said Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss,

chairman of the physics department at Case Western Reserve

University in Cleveland.

How do you like that. A physicist with great gredentials who says

the actual universe is more interesting then all of the bizarre

things we read in science fiction.

 

"Nature comes up with possibilities that no science

fiction writer would dare suggest".

With a foot in both worlds, Dr. Krauss is the author of

"The Physics of Star Trek" and "Quintessence",

a newly updated book about dark matter and dark energy.

Can you conceive of that?Things that science fiction writers

would think go too far are what are found in the actual universe.

 

Dark Matter was concocted to get around a disturbing fact:

Galaxies spin so fast that they should have twirled apart

eons ago. Count the stars in the Milky Way and add up their heft.

 

The inescapable conclusion is that there isn't  nearly enough

gravity to hold the whole conglomeration together.

Astronomers originally hoped that something ordinary like

dim, burnt-out stars hiding in the galactic outskirts could account

for the missing gravity.

But attempts to find these machos, for "massive compact

halo objects", have yet to pay off.

Wow. So what could be holding this thing we call the universe

together?

 

Deepening the mystery, cosmologists have concluded that

the universe probably couldn't have evolved the way it has

unless most of the dark matter is not just dark but invisible-made

from exotic stuff that neither emits nor reflects light.

Invisible, exotic stuff. We have to chew on that one.

Spooky stuff has got us in its grip.

 

What is this barely existing substance ?

Aristotle needed a hypothetical essence with just the right

properties to form the luminous heavenly spheres.

This means that Aristotle came up with this as an idea. In

other words he was thinking out loud. Maybe this stuff is

this or that.

 

The theorists needed to come up with particles that were

massive enough to balance the scales of nature and yet

interacted only very weakly with ordinary matter.

Otherwise it would be hard to explain why the stuff hadn't

already been found.

Massive, but very weak. What could that be?

 

Tailor - made for this purpose is the "weakly interacting

massive particle" or Wimp-the paradoxically powerful

rival to the Macho.

This is great. The wimp has overwhelmed the macho.

Is God a wimp?  Dare I say that? I just did.

 

To separate itself from theology, science must find evidence

that it's creations are real.

Yes, we don't want this to be something we have to have

faith in.

 

At the recent conference in Marina Del Rey-the full title was

Fourth International Symposium on Sources and Detection of

Dark Matter in the Universe-astronomers from the

University of Rome defended a dramatic claim they had

posted on the internet earlier in the month:

that they had detected a wind of Wimps blowing

through the earth as it moves across the sky.

A wind of wimps blowing through the earth.

A wind of wimps couldn't be the male with feminine traits

could it?  No. But that would explain a lot about what's going on.

Holy cow, is God gay?

 

Detecting a particle that was designed to be almost

undetectable is obviously quite a feat.

 

Other researchers immediately disputed the claim,

and a California team that has been diligently seeking Wimps

declared that it had found none at all.

And so the question of what accounts for the dark matter

remains appropriately up in the air.

Ok, so we have to keep looking?

 

 

Experimenters are also looking for other candidates,

like the axion , a lightweight, weakly interacting particle

(ghostlier than the famously ghostly neutrino) that was

originally devised for an entirely different purpose:

A ghostlier ghost, that oughta do it.

Unless there were axions, physicists realized, an important

theory in particle physics would contain a glaring

mathematical inconsistency.

Named after a popular laundry detergent, the axion would

blot out the stain.

All I can tell you about axion is that it is a hypothetical sub

atom particle. In other words. scientists think they might

exist.  They might.  As far as the laundry detergent, no

comment.

 

Even farther out into the speculative realm is a very heavy

version of the Wimp called the Wimpzilla.

And farthest out of all is the so-called mirror matter.

Wimpzilla. That sounds like something Disney made up.

But I like that mirror matter.

1 Corinthians 13:12. For now we see through a glass, darkly;

 

While Wimps would react very reluctantly with ordinary

 matter, the mirror matter would be even more aloof ,

apparent only through its gravitational pull.

Some physicists speculate that the mirror matter is just regular

matter trapped in another dimension.

Another dimension means an alien world.

This is getting good.

 

While its light is stuck inside what amounts to a parallel universe,

its gravity comes shining through, bedeviling the

astronomer's calculations.

Yes indeed, parallel universes exist and you visit one every night

when you think your dreaming.

 

This nether realm might also be home to the dark energy-the

quintessence needed to give a boost to the cosmic expansion,

explaining why its speeding up instead of slowing down.

The nether realm is definied as a realm beyond what we know

exists. Some call it the world of the dead. It is considered the world

beyond this world.

It is interesting that this is where quintessence (pentecost)  is

supposedly located and we read in the Bible.

 

Most scientists would rather find answers to the cosmic

mysteries without leaving their own universe.

But if this is not possible, there may be some consolation.

 

Our shining stars would look like dark matter to observers in

the mirror world. If some kind of cosmic justice prevails,

astronomers on both side of the looking glass are sharing

the same deep sense of confusion.

 

THE MIRROR WORLD?

 1 Corinthians 13:12. For now we see through a glass,

darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;

but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 


 

 

                                                

    

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