Scientists are making large pushes and advances all over the world these days to bridge the gap between physics and metaphysics. Beijing, France, Switzerland, U.S.A. (South Dakota), all of them boast underground testing centers that defy popular imagination.
Deep underground, in a circular tunnel 16 miles long, is a stream of trillions of tiny particles. When the power is turned on they accelerate from zero to 60,000mph in a fraction of a second. Increase the power and the particles go faster and faster, until they’re whizzing around the tunnel 11,000 times a second, which is almost the speed of light. But just like the train, they never quite reach that ultimate speed. They can only get to 99.99 per cent of the limit. When that happens, they too start to travel in time. We know this because of some extremely short-lived particles, called pi-mesons. Ordinarily, they disintegrate after just 25 billionths of a second. But when they are accelerated to near-light speed they last 30 times longer.
At the Large Hadron Collider (CERN), scientists use physics to find answers for metaphysical questions. For example, “What is the fundamental form of matter (or also, antimatter) which holds our universe together, creating the physical grid upon which our universe is built?” This is called the “God-particle” affectionately but “Higgs boson” more accurately; and as of March 2013, scientists are certain they’ve found it.
In the processes employed at LHC to discover the Higgs boson, scientists also stumbled upon what they thought was a wrinkle in time. In 2011, neutrino particles appeared to travel faster than the speed of light; and, suddenly the scientific world was a buzz with questioning whether Einstein’s model of relativity were compromised. Moreover, some postulated that if these particles (which are essentially known to cross over the “time barrier” but not to come back) in fact did return to our “time” after having gone over, then inter-dimensional warp through space and time was no longer fringe theory but recorded science. But, that was a faulty wire, and so, a flawed experiment.
However, recently, neutrinos have come newly onto the scientific scene via a different discipline of science (astronomy) and a unique medium of testing–Ice Telescopes. Neutrinos (or, “Ghost particles”, see also dark matter for context) do not interact with ordinary physical matter in the way other particles do. They pass right through most matter without ever “slowing down” to the speed light travels, and they have come to us from as far away as outside our own solar system, say scientists. What is more, there are many types of these neutrinos and some differ in energy classifications. But, one thing does slow them down long enough to be “captured;” and that is ice. Where can one find almost limitless amounts of ice? Yes, the poles, the South Pole to be exact.
The importance of neutrinos must not be dismissed, according to Symmetry Magazine, which states, “They could help reveal undiscovered principles of nature,” and, “Scientists have proposed a number of experiments to learn more about the properties and behaviors of neutrinos. Those answers could lead to even deeper insights.”
“They may allow us to do astronomy that you cannot do with light,” Francis Halzen of the University of Wisconsin says in his interview with NPR. To the stimulated mind, this suggests not only measuring particles relative to our physical universe but also probing the realm “outside” of the dimension which we call “time and space.” When this is contemplated, it is not too hard to fathom exploration of other dimensions belonging to the existence we know. In the words of Stephen Hawking,
[Ours] is a universe where time runs at different rates in different places. Where tiny wormholes exist all around us. And where, ultimately, we might use our understanding of physics to become true voyagers through the fourth dimension.
Speaking of dimensions, and also in 2011, Huffington Post interviewed Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow, who asserts that quantum physics “long ago showed that the seemingly solid, convincing world of matter and energy actually derives from a highly uncertain, invisible realm that existed before time and space. Is this the domain of God?” Then, Mr. Mlodinow, in a grand stroke of mis-informed bias, dismisses that this God could be the God of Genesis, because the God of Genesis to his erroneous view of Hebrew/Christian theology is a “human-like figure sitting above the clouds.” Biblical Christianity would reply that the Scriptures revealed God’s dwelling in a realm parallel to our own but outside of time and space thousands of years ago (Isaiah 57:15).
My point of argument is not Mr. Mlodinow’s poor theology. Rather, I use his statement about an alternate realm as theoretical support in conjunction with the evidence listed above… in order to make the assertion that physicists are now experimenting to find practical answers to metaphysical questions. Since ‘other-dimensionality’ to our universe was known long ago by physicists, then perhaps now, scientists wish to access those other dimensions. Since Mr. Mlodinow crossed over into the metaphysical, I will continue his journey but with a little more refined thought.
In a previous Lamb’s Harbinger post, titled Try Thinking, the reader may explore what is known as the Greek Miracle. Those ancient masters of logical thought and reason used their Porphyrian tree to divide all things into classifications or notes, which became (among other things) the pattern for modern taxonomy. The Greeks saw no rational disjunction in tying the material (physical) to the immaterial (spiritual). Logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, religion, and natural sciences were not separate disciplines but rather were interdisciplinary tools for describing the world around them. Not everything in our world is material or even observable to the human eye, let alone otherwise physically sensed. That does not mean that realm and the possible inhabitants of it cannot be known. Only now do scientists of our day begin to assert and experiment with that truth.
“Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN (The Register, Nov. 6, 2009)
The Greeks considered mathematics to be not only the evidence of discoverable and absolute truth woven into the very fibers of the universe, but also to be that which serves as the key to unlocking “the bridge” between the material world and the immaterial. In fact, the Greeks did not view astronomy as the isolated study of stars and constellations which are light years apart from our own planet, but rather, the discovery of measurements intrinsically analogous and directly proportionate to exact locations and distances on earth… where they strategically built temples for the purpose of communications with a “timeless” realm. According to historical record, the Greeks recorded that communication was accomplished by use of psychotropic drugs and natural gasses escaping from fissures in the earth at those designated locations. [Please see The Book of the Ancient Greeks by Dorothy Mills]
This kind of “portal theory” is not unique to just the Greeks, but is present in Norse, Babylonian and Egyptian mythology and many other ancient cultures’ legends as well. For that reason, God instructed the Hebrew people to avoid learning and practicing the ways of the ancient civilizations contemporary to the establishment of their nation (c. B.C. 1400), including “sorcery” (or, the use of psychotropics to contact the spirit realm; Exodus 22:18, Lev. 19:31). Likewise, the Christian New Testament records accounts such as new believers in ancient Ephesus (Greece) who burned books and resources that promote “witchcraft,” etc. (Acts 17:11, 19:19). Moreover, a plethora of biblical passages deal with the subject, both Old Testament and New. (see Open Bible)
In conclusion, biblical Christianity holds that the Triune God not only created all things but holds all things together by the power of his might. In loosely scientific terms, God created the glue that bonds matter together. Which is greater: the chaos of antimatter, or the light and matter which imprison it? By Christ all things consist, live, move, and have their being; and the Bible provides a fully developed Divine revelation which tells the end from the beginning (Colossians 1:15-20). We do not oppose the advance of science. Yet, Christians do understand the dangers of mankind’s pursuit of knowledge “without God.” We know that not only does God inhabit eternity (the realm outside of time and space) but so do fallen angels (Job 1).
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