Astronomers have gazed out at the universe for centuries,
asking why it is the way it is. But a growing number of them are now dreaming of
universes that never were and asking why not. Why, they ask, do we live in three
dimensions of space and not two, 10 or 25? Why is a light ray so fast and a
whisper so slow? AFP photo...
The Infinite Potential, the awakening consciousness, the
everlasting God and the coming transformation of the world society
Scientist are just now beginning to understand that there is no limit to the
universe. They are just beginning to ask that if our universe is in fact
expanding, what is it expanding into?
One can never understand the totality of this reality unless one understands
that an intangible reality permeates this tangible reality. What we are
able to see and measure in the heavens is only one facet of the Infinite
The Infinite Potential is the oneness of all things. It is that from
which all things manifest and back into which all things disintegrate. The
only constant in this reality is that of change. All things change as they
are born, evolve and die. Not a single thing in the physical reality
escapes eventual disintegration.
The Infinite Potential is also holistic. In other words, each part
contains the whole. In every atom, the entire universe exists.
The great mystery is that in the intangible reality nothing dies because
nothing was born. All things always were. Everything is and always
was and always will be.
The Infinite Potential can be considered God. There is no place one can
go and not be in God's presence because from God all things manifest.
The problem with life on earth is a lack of understanding that the world
society is only one minute dynamic facet of all that is, of all that we are.
Each of us have the capability of awakening our conscious reality to an infinite
awareness and yet few of us do so. We are so overwhelmed with life, we are
so confused in the manifestations of the physical universe that we cannot see
the everlasting God within which we reside.
The eternal God is your resting place and underneath are the everlasting
As we reach out to the stars, as we unravel the human DNA, as allow our minds
to escape the bindings that religious bureaucracies have imposed on us, as we
understand that God and religion are not the same thing and as we come to
understand that we are all at one with God, we will begin to relax and embrace
the idea that regardless of our station in human society we are none-the-less
all children of the same God.
When we take a moment and acknowledge the infinite immortal soul which
resides within us, we will begin to see that the real challenge in this time and
place is to emphasize and honor that immortal soul which resides within each and
every human being.
That being said, we must understand that even though we are all children of
God there are still rules which society places on each person for the purpose of
maintaining peace. There are in fact human beings who are so confused in
the manifestations of this reality that they harm other human beings and create
chaos and pain whereever they go. And so while we recognizing the God part
of those human beings, some must still be locked away until such time as they can
live peacefully in society.
At the same time, we should reach out to the entire world, to all races,
religions, and nations in peace and in an effort to provide each human being with
the dignity that we all deserve. We should never stop working to end
hunger, strife and wars. And most importantly we should reach out in an
effort to peacefully integrate each other into a just society and not view
others outside our race, religion or nation as a target to be manipulated for our
own self aggrandizement. We must stop the exploitation of others. We
must stop the economic enslavement of others and we must stop destroying
the environment upon which we all draw our sustenance.
We have a long way to go but no doubt the world is becoming a more sane and
peaceful place. We have now past the point where any one nation, race or
religion can ignore the fact that they are just a part of the whole of society and that the
only real hope for humanity is an inclusive global philosophy of peace and
justice and not an exclusive ego centric philosophy of exclusiveness.
There is nothing more tragic than the exploitation of other societies for our
own personal gain. There is nothing more contrary to WorldPeace than
living in the ignorance that we can justify the killing of others. The
murdering of others because of their race, religion or nationality is
counterproductive and the rules that apply in our local society should be
applied globally such that murder is murder in all facets of the world society
and sociopathic leaders that promote war and disharmony should be prosecuted
like any other criminal.
Positions of power in society should be positions of honor awarded to those
who have demonstrated their ability to promote the common good and those
positions should be denied to those rebel rousers whose only goal is their own
self aggrandizement at the expense of other human beings.
The world is rapidly awakening to a new consciousness. And that
consciousness will increase the level of peace and WorldPeace in society.
There will never be a perfect peace because the nature of the universe is change
and change always brings a certain level of chaos and conflict. But
never-the-less we can increase the level of peace that currently exists and more
and more of us are awakening to that understanding as each day goes by.
In the end, WorldPeace.
November 1, 2002
universe: Is ours only of many?
Thursday, October 31, 2002
Cosmologists reimagine the galaxies
YORK Astronomers have
gazed out at the universe for centuries, asking why it is the way it is. But a
growing number of them are now dreaming of universes that never were and
asking why not. Why, they ask, do we live in three dimensions of space and not
two, 10 or 25? Why is a light ray so fast and a whisper so slow? Why are atoms
so tiny and stars so big? Why is the universe so old and so vast?
Once upon a time (only a century ago), a few billion stars and
gas clouds smeared along the Milky Way were thought to encompass all of
existence, and the notion of understanding it was daunting - and hubristic -
enough. Now astronomers know that galaxies are scattered like dust across the
cosmos. And understanding them might require recourse to an even broader
canvas, what they sometimes call a "multiverse."
For some cosmologists, that means universes sprouting from one
another in an endless geometric progression, like mushrooms upon mushrooms
upon mushrooms, or baby universes hatched inside black holes. Others imagine
island universes floating and even colliding in a fifth dimension.
For example, Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the University of
Pennsylvania, has posited at least four different levels of universes, ranging
from the familiar (impossibly distant zones of our own universe) to the
strange (space-times in which the fundamental laws of physics are different
from our own).
Martin Rees, a University of Cambridge cosmologist and the
astronomer royal, said contemplating these alternate universes could help
scientists distinguish which features of our own universe are fundamental and
necessary and which are accidents of cosmic history. "It's all science,
but science for the 21st century, to seek the answers to these
questions," Rees said, adding that he is often accused of believing in
other universes. "I don't believe," he said, "but I think it's
part of science to find out."
Some cosmologists now say the realm we call the observable
universe - roughly 14 billion light-years deep of galaxies and stars - could
be only a small patch of a vast bubble or "pocket" in a much vaster
ensemble bred endlessly in a chain of big bangs. The idea, they say, is a
natural extension of the theory of inflation, introduced in 1980 by Alan Guth,
now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That theory asserts that
when the universe was less than a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old
it underwent a brief hyperexplosive growth spurt fueled by an
anti-gravitational force embedded in space itself, a possibility suggested by
theories of modern particle physics.
Because inflation can grow a whole universe from about an ounce
of primordial stuff, Guth likes to refer to the universe as "the ultimate
free lunch." But Guth and various other theorists - including Andrei
Linde of Stanford, Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts and Paul Steinhardt of
Princeton - have suggested that it may be an endless one as well. Once
inflation starts anywhere, it will keep happening over and over again, they
say, spawning a chain of universes, bubbles within bubbles, in a scheme that
Linde called "eternal inflation."
Craig Hogan, a cosmologist at the University of Washington,
asked: "Once you've discovered it's easy to make a universe out of an
ounce of vacuum, why not make a bunch of them?"
In fact, Guth said, "Inflation pretty much forces the idea
of multiple universes upon us."
Moreover, there is no reason to expect that these universes
will be identical. Even within our own bubble, tiny random nonuniformities in
the primordial raw material would cause the cosmos to look different from
place to place. If the universe is big enough, Tegmark and others said,
everything that can happen will happen, so that if we could look out far
enough we would eventually discover an exact replica of ourselves.
Moreover, cosmologists say, the laws of physics themselves, as
experienced by creatures like ourselves, confined to four dimensions and the
energy scales of ordinary life, could evolve differently in different bubble
universes. "Geography is a now a much more interesting subject than you
thought," said John Barrow, a physicist at the University of Cambridge.
Inflation has gained much credit with cosmologists, despite its
strangeness, Guth said, because it plays a vital role in calculations of the
Big Bang that have been vindicated by the detection of the radio waves it
produced. The prediction of other universes must therefore be taken seriously,
The prospect of this plethora of universes has brought new
attention to a philosophical debate that has lurked on the edges of science
for the last few decades, a debate over the role of life in the universe and
whether its physical laws are unique - or, as Einstein once put it,
"whether God had any choice." Sprinkled through the Standard Model,
the suite of equations that describe all natural phenomena, are various
mysterious constants, like the speed of light or the masses of the elementary
particles, whose value is not specified by any theory now known.
In effect, the knobs on nature's console have been set to these
numbers. Scientists can imagine twiddling them, but it turns out that nature
is surprisingly finicky, they say, and only a narrow range of settings is
suitable for the evolution of complexity or Life as We Know It.
Hogan said that multiple universes would have to be taken
seriously if they came out of equations that science had faith in. "You
have to be open-minded," he said. "You can't impose
He added: "It's the most scientific attitude."
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