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AFLOAT IN A COSMIC HALL OF MIRRORS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
WEEK IN REVIEWMy 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,
Interestingly the word Quintessence dictionary defined connects to
the word Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost came down and touched
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
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
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
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
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
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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