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A brief physical on the meta-physical... Consider the big bang Genesis, if you will That seminal plop in the pond Sending a ripple/wave of matter and energy Out across the universe (the pond) Except there was no universe (no pond) There was nothing at all That ripple was/is the very universe itself The galaxies and […] Read More

Small Stone – A Physical of the Metaphysical

A brief physical on the meta-physical…

Consider the big bang
Genesis, if you will
That seminal plop in the pond
Sending a ripple/wave of matter and energy
Out across the universe (the pond)
Except there was no universe (no pond)
There was nothing at all
That ripple was/is the very universe itself

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The galaxies and everything else
That we see, and cannot see but may infer
All rushing ever further apart
Red-shift
Are expanding out, not into the universe
They ARE the (our) universe expanding out …
But out into … what?

We have no word for that

Moreover
We imagine a plop in a pond sends out
Not just a single ripple
But a series of them
Some larger, some smaller
Some faster, some slower
They reflect and refract around the (what-we-have-no-name-for)
Bouncing its edge
And whatever else it might contain

And as ripple-waves pass over and through each other…
They do so in simple summation – adding or subtracting
Without fuss or bother to each other
As waves of primary and secondary ocean swells
Pass over and through each other
Creating great reinforcements or quiet cancellations

At the ocean’s edge
Sometimes you see breakers, rollers
Or even those odd standing waves
Where water flows yet the structure stays

In a mountain stream you see swirls, eddies, vortices, falls

That is the nature of fluid flow
So … back to the big bang

Each ripple/wave sent out
By the primordial plop

Is an entire universe
Ours being only one of the set
This particular set of waves
From this particular plop
This particular big bang

Can you see the greater picture here?
The what-we-have-no-name-for
May simply be a dripping faucet
Each leaky drip
Another plop/big-bang
Another set of ripples/waves/universes

Our supra-cosmic set of ripple/waves/universes
Of which our universe is only one
Expands, reflects, refracts, swirls, eddies
Around the what-we-have-no-name-for

Sometimes parts of our universe…
Pass through parts of other universes
From our plop/big-bang
Or, perhaps even previous or subsequent plops

If part of our plop
Then those passing-through universes
May be slightly ahead
May be slightly behind
May resemble our universe
May differ slightly
But probably with similar laws of physics
Familiar forms
Perhaps even familiar entities

If part of other plops
Then perhaps completely alien
Totally unrecognisable
Perhaps we may not even be capable of seeing them
Not even able to be aware

But those cousin universes
From our own ripple/wave set
Our own plop
May be like peas of the same pod
Children of the same family
Just ahead – like an older sibling
Just behind – like a younger one
Or just abreast – like a twin
Our current concept of parallel universes

When we brush through them
When our ripples coalesce

We may feel our sibling selves
Our kindred spirits
Who may have died earlier
Or who are yet to live
We may perceive flashes
Of the fleetingly familiar
Puzzling, tantalizing, intriguing
Perhaps frightening, disturbing

Would we not call them ghosts?

And in feeling that which we cannot touch
That, for which we have no name …
Perhaps we might call this
The metaphysical
The spirit world

And so we can sense that all there is
Would be much more than what we know

And that is a very healthy state of mind

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I wrote this comment in response to a Facebook forum called "Science and Religion - it doesn't work together".  I find these types of forum sometimes descend into scorn and ridicule. The post thread was here.  My comment was here. Whenever someone like Seth Spain has the guts to speak up in a forum like […] Read More

The Cause of Science Needs to Be Respectful and Inclusive

I wrote this comment in response to a Facebook forum called “Science and Religion – it doesn’t work together”.  I find these types of forum sometimes descend into scorn and ridicule.

The post thread was here.  My comment was here.

Whenever someone like Seth Spain has the guts to speak up in a forum like this we need to be reaching out towards them with respect and an inclusive attitude.  Why? Because science is losing the battle.

The most useful response might be, relativity shows that the notion of time and space depends on your point-of-view.  Imagine if Einstein had espoused this but had not possessed the mathematical skills to formulate an analytical proof.  The idea would have wafted around, probably scorned, till someone could do so.  Yet the idea would have been no less correct.

To call ourselves scientists, yes we must be skeptical in the sense of meticulously seeking evidence and proof of proposed hypotheses.  However we must not be skeptical in the sense of outright scorn and out-of-hand disrespect when those perhaps less technically educated use pseudo-scientific words in grasping to describe what they believe – often with great earnest.

That alienates the very people we are trying to enlighten.  The cause of science is to understand and educate.

Seth Spain is a good example of someone who at least is open to learning.  The people drawn to viewing that video are simply seeking to understand – our potential audience.  In contrast the people compiling the video (and similar) are trying to harness that yearning for their own purpose which is simply to gain followers to their own cause – our malevolent foes.

The makers of these kinds of videos are using cherry-picked scientific demonstrations, impressive-sounding quotes, and dramatic background music to add credibility to their “teachings”.  These people should not be underestimated in their capacity for charismatic persuasiveness.  They are frighteningly effective and successful in gathering into their fold the very audience which is yearning for understanding and leadership.  Evidence for their success includes the American bible belt.

We scientists need to be equally persuasive in doing so.  Feymnan and Sumner Miller were examples of scientists who made science accessible to all.  Kruszelnicki and Spencer are taking up that mantle now.  As we should all be.

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