July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
This is a short article that pretty closely says what I have been trying to articulate for so long. I would appreciate any of comments, insight, and re-tweets.
“most of the comprehensive theories universe are no more than stories that fail to take into account one crucial factor: we are creating them. It is the biological creature that makes observations, names what it observes, and creates stories. Science has not succeeded in confronting the element of existence that is at once most familiar and most mysterious—conscious experience.” Please read full article»
July 26, 2010 § 3 Comments
* The diagram below outlines the major Eras of the Universe according to the Big Bang Theory. Click the picture for many more details and a larger image. The one line in the article that caught my attention the most was at the end.
“One important point is that since everything that we learn about the Universe comes from light (photons), if there are no photons there is no information. Thus, before the end of the era of nuclei, we have no information since the photons were trapped. We will never see this era of the Universe with photons, but maybe gravity waves (?).”
That is a point that has been bothering me. Since we can’t “see” most of the Universe why do some (not all) scientists cling so tightly to one theory to the exclusion of all others? Isn’t it possible the standard model is wrong? Or, Isn’t is possible string theory is wrong? or M-theory? or even the Big Bang Theory? People use to think the theory of a geocentric universe was true. We agreed to get over that. Well, most of us did. I am just saying Science is about keeping an open mind about the facts. And the facts are, at the moment, most of the Universe is still invisible.
July 23, 2010 § 1 Comment
“Scientists trying to explain the universe’s accelerating expansion usually point to dark energy, which seems to be pushing everything apart.
But an Indiana University professor has a new theory, reports New Scientist: We’re inside a black hole that exists in another universe. Specifically, a black hole that rebounded, somewhat like a spring.
Some fairly mind-blowing physics is involved here, but the gist is that Nikodem Poplawski of IU-Bloomington used a modified version of Einstein’s general relativity equation set that takes particle spin into account.” Read Full Story
July 19, 2010 § 8 Comments
I am a little obsessed with bubbles. As you may have read on this blog, I had an awakening a couple of years back. It was brought on by many factors including physical and mental trauma. Not the least of which were a couple of mini-strokes that happened while I was “dead” or being revived. The point being that my brain seems to have rewired itself in some strange and wonderful ways. Before this enlightenment, I had almost no knowledge of quantum physics, astrophysics, particle physics, etc. So, When I had this eye-opening experience and all these pieces started falling into place, my mind started racing out of control. It was almost too much to handle. I have never been a very disciplined person. I said “Shit, I need to learn to meditate.” Once I calmed myself down, I started reading as much as I could online and watching every documentary I could find on the evolution of well… everything. I had a picture in my head that I could not articulate because I did not have the language. First, the language center of my brain is a little messed up. Second, I don’t have the education. I took one physics and one trigonometry class in high school. I think I took one advanced algebra class in college but that is it. Of course I knew of the Big Bang theory but could not discuss it in detail. My knowledge of string theory didn’t go beyond my love for the series Quantum Leap.
I knew that what I put together in my mind was important. It was something the world should know. But who the hell was I to tell anyone anything. I felt an urgency to find some word, some image, just someplace to start looking for someone to tell what was in my head. I knew it was that important. Then I saw a documentary on M-Theory. I turned to my husband and said “Everything’s OK now. They’re already working on it.” All the anxiety and urgency melted away. The thirst for knowledge did not. I still read every thing I can. (it takes a long time) And watch every documentary.
Yes I am quite aware of how utterly nuts this all sounds. I am myself a skeptic. If I read this on someones blog I would cry “bullshit”. But I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I am not trying to sell anything. I don’t care if you believe me or not. For a long time I was convinced I was alone in this experience. Upon further research, it is quite common.
Now for the obsession with bubbles. BUBBLES! Forgive me. Yes, it does have to do with bubble universe theory. It is also a very sweet inside joke with my husband having to do the movie Finding Nemo and of course the character Bubbles. We are now the type of happy couple I use to make fun of back when I was a cynical person.
Parallel Universes is a 2001 documentary produced by the BBC’s Horizon series. The documentary has to do with parallel universes, string theory, M theory, supergravity, and other theoretical physics concepts. Participants include Michio Kaku, Paul Steinhardt, Neil Turok, Burt Ovrut, Alan Guth and other physicists. It is not the documentary I was watching that day, but it is one of our favorites. If you have not seen it please take the time. Even if you have no interest in physics. It will rock your world. If you have seen it. It is worth another viewing. We have watched it several times.
July 6, 2010 § 13 Comments
A couple of days ago I was reminded that there was another big question to be answered. The first big question is scattered throughout this blog. It boils down to a theory of everything. I am leaning towards M-Theory. This of course is not based on any scientific or mathematic knowledge of mine. It is based solely (o.k. stick with me here skeptics. This is where it gets a little crazy.) on a whole bunch of images and ideas in my head that all came together all at once. I have described this before as an enlightenment or an epiphany. Anyway after learning how to meditate, I calmed my mind down enough to know I needed more information. So I studied until I found out that closest match to what was going on in my head was M-Theory. I think. Quantum Mechanics is heady stuff.
At the moment of writing this I pretty sure I believe in the theory of bubble universes, 11 dimensions, and The Cyclic Universe. It took me about two years of reading, watching documentaries and internet research to figure it all out. To be clear, all I figured out was what the crap in my head meant. I just matched it up with what real scientist had actually done. I have the most patient husband in the world. He knew he married a partially blind woman with Bi-polar disorder, and a bad heart. But he didn’t know he was in for someone who was going to have debates with the television about the nature of black holes.
Since my quest for understanding the universe is on hold until LHC finds or doesn’t new particles, it is time to look at the other part of this mystery. Obviously I am not psychic. I am intelligent but not enough to learn quantum physics overnight. All this information had to be stored in my memory somewhere. My mind was simply open to seeing it at that moment. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I did not start meditating until after this awakening. However, now that I look back at what led up to I guess I had been doing a type of meditation.
At the time of my enlightenment, I was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. My Mother had died a couple of years before. My Father had died a few months before. A business venture my new husband and I had entered into with my brother had gone terribly bad and we had lost all of the money my parents had left me. (Never do business with family.) I was still recovering from… well dying. Less than a year earlier a blood clot got stuck on my mechanical heart valve causing my lungs to fill with blood. I thought I had pneumonia so I put off going to the doctor till it was almost to late. I died in the E.R. Short version.. Flight for life. Unprecedented surgery. Dead for 40 minutes. Doctors and nurses all shocked to see me live. I spent three weeks in the hospital. My kidneys failed. I had two mini strokes which caused my partial blindness and some weakness on my left side.
With all that going on, PTSD was inevitable. But of course I have an HMO so it went untreated. I cried myself to sleep every single night for at least six months. I cried every time I took a shower. Any time I was alone in a quiet place where I could hear my own thoughts I would end up crying. It was torture. Slowly I began to force myself to focus on things that made me happy like my husband. And asked myself questions like “How did we manage to find each other?”. Then I would trace all the decisions I made in my life (good and bad) that led me to him. Then I traced all the decisions he made. I kept doing this. Night after night, with my parents, with his parents, it just kept branching. Soon I could sleep at night without crying. I could get through most showers without crying or an angry rant. It wasn’t too long after that while riding home from Costco, BAM everything changed.
Now I would like to know WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? Yes I know the Buddhists call it sudden enlightenment. I have seen the Science Daily post about Neural evidence for sudden insight but that is for a single task or behavior, not what happened to me. Not even close. I searched the internet for information on about consciousness. I was very quickly disappointed by the lack of scientific research. That prompted me to post this blog “Human Consciousness Taboo?”. I am so glad I did. One wonderful person posted a comment. Please read their comment and visit their blog when you get a chance. They led me to Dr. Susan Blackmore. I have spent the three days researching everything I can about her work I have much more to go. So far, I Think she is my new hero. I looks like she might be my best chance at finding out what happened to my brain.
I will be sharing many posts as I learn more, however this video on “The Grand Illusion of Consciousness” is wonderful.
July 4, 2010 § 1 Comment
This is one of my favorite TED talks by Richard Dawkins. It is a very beautiful way of explaining the way we evolved to look at the world.
June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
ScienceDaily (2010-06-28) — An Australian-led team has developed the most efficient quantum memory for light in the world, taking us closer to a future of super-fast computers and communication secured by the laws of physics. So there is your capitalists/consumers/war mongers benefit for funding research into quantum physics.