How Darwin Helps Us Understand Dark Matter

Physicists ask themselves daunting questions, given how physics resides as the queen of the physical sciences, it has arrogated to itself an authority that isn’t quite earned.

Currently the great quests of contemporary physics is an attempt to unify two distinct world views:  quantum and gravity.  Both world views exist as indissoluble wholes.  Both are constitutive of reality itself.  But contemporary physical science is born from inside the house of philosophical positivism, meaning that physicists are comfortable treating the world as as undifferentiated morass, perfectly fit for Cartesian or Laplacian ardor.  The fact of the matter is easily stated:  if you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

This presents untold problems for physicists.  Just ask any postgraduate student the enmity procured in latching ones life to the verification of particles that cannot be measured.  Certainly the movement away from empirical verification is troubling.

Wait it gets worse.

The reconciliation of quantum to gravity is doomed to failure, because a neat symmetry cannot be found using calculated thought.  At least not as it continues to be tied to positivist methodologies.  How is this resolved for the purposes of clarity.

When Richard Feynman lectured “Their’s plenty of room at the bottom”, he was advocating two distinct approaches that are fundamental:  miniaturization and biology will change the direction of physics itself, for the standard model is an abstract extrapolation of Cartesian method alone.  With miniaturization and the application of insights into cellular life, something new happens, we discover a reality of scale.  A distinct relation that monolithic positivist drive ignored at its own peril.  It is the realty of hierarchies and components of scale that serve as distinct keys unlocking blind attempts to fuse a grand synthesis between quantum and gravity.

Enter dark matter.

Why provides symmetry to the realism of our experienced world, a world that, according to the determinist subatomic world of relativism, should not exist.  Why is there order in the world of gravity and realism and not complete total anarchy as evidenced in the subatomic world.  The apple falls once and lands solid.  So does a rock.  Why does it not behave in accordance to the iron laws of our subatomic world of relativism.  The answer is dark matter and the symmetry provided between both world views mentioned earlier.

Invisible stuff matters.

Cosmic micro-wave background radiation and neutrinos both serve as invisible exotica of the formation of the Universe.  The mechanics driving the formation of our universe aren’t visible.

So what is dark matter?

Dark matter is a force that interacts far more weaker than protons and neutrons, yet moving slowly enough so that it cannot escape gravity.  What we’re looking for is a particle  or wave that was born at the Big-Bang, a weak interacting elementary particle like a neutrino only much heavier.  This is why the Large Hadron Collider is needed.  Physicists are now working to find elementary particles that constitute our universe.

Make way for scale and the indeterminacy of Darwin.

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Reflections on sacrifice

Sometimes truth comes riding into history on the back of an error.”  Reinhold Niebuhr

From Aristotle we can learn how to unleash our wonderment upon life; to cherish all the understanding yet achieved by man. . .

From Voltaire we can learn how to restore the fiery furnaces even in old age; to rekindle the feeling of outrage at bigotry and injustice; to start the wheels of intellectual action rolling so fast they shock the conscience of a nation with clarity and power. . .

From Nietzche we can learn about the ironies of having your most eloquent phrases timely ripped from context and misused to further the very causes you spent your life fighting. . .

From Schopenhauer we can learn something of the courage required to face life when your inner machinery has been tangled and twisted, but you know you must continue to live, meaningfully, usefully and honestly as possible. . .

From Augustine of Taagaste & Kierkegaard we can learn how to accept the burning guilt of being human, all too human, to transform the pain of the human condition into service for others. . .

From Francis Bacon & Niccolo Machiavelli  we learn from the agony of life in exile, of being permanently severed from your life’s work, your friends, your livelihood, being challenged to cope creatively with years of solitude; of being forced to learn to live with yourself. . .

From Aquinas & Albertus Magnus we learn something of the superhuman discipline required to order vast stores of human knowledge; to record with great personal strength, all you know as a legacy to your faith. . .

From Plato & Einstein we can come to appreciate the adventures of the mind, the soaring flights into excitement that remain beyond immediate perception. . .

From Galileo we learn something about mustering the courage of our convictions against the pressures of conformity; and, with the knowledge that evidence remains on our side, win through to personal victory by means of your own courage and stubbornness. . .

From Wittgenstein we learn what it means to think our own thoughts, to press against entire formal institutions that reject your work. . .

From Spinoza we learn how to live with final and total rejection by those we hold dear, in the preservation of our own personal, hard fought independence and integrity; avoiding vindictiveness, yet witnessing those more formidable than us, ostracize you from your own hard won achievement. . .

Only a life the corresponds to the demands of our Creator is worthy of such sacrifice. . .

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