“The myriad things return to the one: what does the one return to?”

October 4, 2013 § 3 Comments

Virtual Particles3

In the vastness of the universe there arises everywhere what are called “virtual” particles, particles that appear out of the nothingness of space and immediately return to it in such a way that they are not considered to be “real”.

The distinction between real particles and virtual particles is not clear.  Virtual particles that last long enough would be called real. Conversely, if a real particle had a very short life span it would actually be called virtual.  Whether a particle is considered real or not depends on that indefinable something called time.

The Big Bang

Time and space arose together in the creation of the universe called the Big Bang.  The Big Bang is often described as an expansion from an initially small point to the present size of the universe today.  What’s often ignored in this description is the absurdity of postulating a beginning point as “small” when space itself had not yet been created.

As the universe is not expanding “in” anything its expansion must be considered as apparent, or relative only to itself.  That means the question of size is relevant only to an observer in the universe comparing present conditions to past ones.  From a non-relative, or absolute point of view the size of the universe has not changed at all just, so to speak, it’s content.

Put another way, the universe reflected in a dewdrop would be seen to be as vast to any intelligent microbe living in it as our real universe appears to us.  But, unlike the microbe, we have no “outside” for comparison.  And without an outside, there is no distinction between big or small.

The four forces

The forces that govern the interactions of all matter in the universe – gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force all owe their appearance to the present temperature, or low energy state, of the universe.

At higher states, electromagnetism and the weak force have been found to be just two different aspects of the same force, the electroweak force.  At temperatures even higher, like those just after the Big Bang, it is expected that all four forces will be found to arise from one common, as yet unnamed, force.

Beyond this one ultimate force science can go no further, for science only deals with relationships and once all four forces have been unified all relationships cease to be.  This upper limit on science, and the question of the whether the universe is getting larger or just undergoing state changes in place, or whether particles are real or not, are questions for philosophy, not science.  Questions that ultimately only the mystic can answer, hence she asks,

“The myriad things return to the one: what does the one return to?”

Science has no answer to this question but if it did, it would necessarily have to postulate some “indefinable” from which energy, matter and the “four forces made one” arise.

Being indefinable one wonders why the scientist is reluctant to allow for the possibility that this ultimate reality is Consciousness.  And why, as a result, they would deny their own consciousness as part of that greater Reality.

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