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Oct 10, 2012 - 3:36:41 PM



Science and Spirituality - Decoding Nothingness

By Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media
Oct 10, 2012 - 3:33:23 PM

 

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This article in selective ways goes to the heart of my research.
When you venture beyond the known and comfortable paradigms of scientific models (charts, graphs, formulas, templates, hypothesis) - then be prepared for a backlash of criticism. Actually, this is not a bad thing. If a self-policing model such as peer-review did not exist, unsubstantiated gobbledygook would clutter the journey to discovery.

This is why I have very carefully walked the narrow path between science and metaphysics. I, like most of you believe in both. In fact, this IS the heart of my research. I believe most of you who are reading this can at least "feel" the connection between what we are learning, this very day, in the world of science - is step by step verifying what has been passed down by our ancient ancestors for thousands of years.

This article asks you to dig deep as you contemplate what is being said. It is cemented in hard science, and asks you to reach just a bit further beyond our known paradigms. What I believe you will see is a gentle unmasking of my research announcing the connection is now being made by many of today's leading scientists.

One more thing - did I mention this article was published in the highest esteemed scientific journal "Nature"...

 

I suggest what is defined as "nothingness" is in fact "somethingness" - and that somethingness takes the form of "Charged Particles". Scientifically defined as electrons and protons. Metaphysically defined as (life source, spirit, chi, ki, prana, and 'ether').

Nothingness' is one of the most enigmatic spiritual concepts challenging the logical human mind. According to the scriptures, nothingness forms the chassis of 'somethingness' in its most subtle form. They say nothingness is not only the source of reactants but also the ultimate solvent into which somethingness finally dissolves.

Considering that nothingness has been given such great importance in classic religious texts, it would be prudent to investigate this concept from the logical and scientific perspective and see if there are any spiritual correlates.

Defining nothingness

Literally speaking when there isn't anything, it's nothing. However, the meaning of the expression "isn't anything" depends upon one's perception. For example, absolutely still air may appear 'nothing'. However, a gentle breeze that caresses the skin proves that air has 'something'. Thus we might infer that nothingness does not equal emptiness.

The question is: does absolute emptiness exist? If yes, how can we distinguish it from nothingness? What is nothingness composed of? How does the transformation from 'nothingness to somethingness' happen? Can we create something from nothing in the lab?

 

The content of the Universe

The Universe is believed to be composed of 72-73% gravitationally repulsive dark energy, 20% gravitationally attractive dark matter and 4-5% of atoms1. Dark energy is the name given to the mysterious energy-fluid that causes cosmic expansion in the old universe. Dark matter is believed to be made up of exotic particles like axions or WIMPS (weakly interacting massive particles). The rest ~5% is made of everything that we know as planets, stars, living and non living matter.

 

This lends further support to the fact that nothingness is not equal to emptiness. Based on available scientific evidence, some more generalizations have been made: 1) Empty space contains 'virtual' particles that continually form and disappear. 2) The so-called empty space possesses its own energy. This energy does not get diluted with expansion of space as it is the property of space itself.

 

Unanswered questions

Given that nothing is far more abundant than something (24:1), it is interesting to ask: why was something formed in the first place? What determines this ratio? Is this ratio constant? What would happen if the universe was completely nothing? Is that theoretically possible? What are the dynamics of the forward and reverse reactions i.e., converting nothing into something and back? Can we capture the transformation mathematically?

Also given that universe is believed to have been seeded by quantum fluctuations, is the spontaneous formation of real particles and their final dissolution into virtual particles the very nature of creation itself? What is the substrate for soul synthesis? Is it dark energy or something else? Are there more forms of energy yet to be discovered?

With the rapid development of high throughout data-gathering technologies and novel ways of studying data, the field of cosmology is undergoing a major shift. What was considered strictly spiritual has now entered the domain of 'physics'.

A fresh look at E=mc2

Nearly a century ago, Einstein proposed the theory of relativity and the classical energy-mass equation E=mc2.

If we swap the terms of this equation, we get m = E/c2. This is an important but unappreciated variation which means if we "slow down energy by the square of speed of light, we get mass"!

Was this another way of saying how something is created from nothing? Further, if this equation is complete and accurate, the grand challenge is to find a technology to slow down energy by a huge factor and artificially transform energy into mass.

Under extreme conditions, virtual particles in vacuum can be converted into real particles. Though in theory one can make light out of nothingness, it is unclear how to custom-make a matter of choice from nothingness?

In 1948, Hedrik Casimir and Dirk Polder proposed the existence of a force in vacuum that operates at the quantum level resulting in the attraction of two mirrors placed very close to each other. The alteration of force in vacuum is popularly known as Casimir effect. The force acts over extremely small distances. On a submicron scale it becomes the dominating force between two uncharged conducting surfaces. This provides scientific evidence of force existing in vacuum. The vacuum of space is believed to be an unlimited source of energy called 'zero point energy'.

 

From spirituality to science and back

The identification of nothingness and questions about its composition and dynamics interested humans thousands of years back. Instead of outside, they looked for the 'stem cell of nothingness' within. From the scientific perspective, the justification for finding nothingness within comes from the fact that atoms are 99.99% space. The rest of the atom is not understood very clearly!

Turning outwardly-bound senses in the reverse direction, the science of breathing and the science of mantras were invented. People discovered that the cosmos that existed outside the body was the same that existed within. In contrast to the partial knowledge from sky surveys, the whole 'within-cosmos' study seemed to generate more knowledge.

Irrespective of individual perceptions, both saints and scientists agree that the universe has no beginning and no end. The universe is infinite, enigmatic and based on laws, many of which we do not understand.

In future, the sharp boundaries between science and spirituality will blur. The grand challenge is to understand the origin and evolution of nothingness and the laws that operate in the quantum space of dark matter.

Dr. Pawan Dhar is the Professor and Director of Centre for Biodesign at Symbiosis International University, Pune and Hon. Director of the Centre of Systems and Syntheic Biology, University of Kerala. Prior to this he held senior scientific positions at RIKEN Genomics Sciences Centre, Japan, Bioinformatics Institute, Singapore and the E-Cell group, Keio University in Japan and Manipal University. His work on artificially making proteins from non-coding DNA is evolving into, what he would like to call, combinatorial genomics. Dr.Dhar is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Springer's System and Synthetic Biology journal. He serves on the external board of referees for European Science Foundation and is on the Advisory Panel of US-European consortium of Synthetic Biology. Dr. Dhar heads active research programs on synthetic proteins, virtual microbial cell, bioCAD platform and biosensor technologies.


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