Friday, November 25, 2005

Cosmic Conundrum

The universe is like a Zen Koan or perhaps a Taoist joke. It goes like this; what is the 'space' the universe fills as it expands?

What is the nothingness that the universe comes from, orginates in and fills? Einstein a hundred years ago fudged his figures to prove the universe was constant in its expansion.
Scientists in Toronto have found that dark matter/ energy which is the doppelganger of the universe is that constant.

Hmm dark matter, fudge, the universe is Willy Wonka's Choclate factory. Once again the monist idea of the universe, dialectics by any other name, is proven by science. That there is A and Not A means they are the same. Or as Lao Tzu would say it is all part of the great Tao the way, that is not the way. The yin and yang are one not two.

Was Einstein's 'biggest blunder' a stellar success?

New study links physicist’s cosmological constant to mysterious dark energy

Nov 22/05
by Nicolle Wahl

The genius of Albert Einstein, who added a “cosmological constant” to his equation for the expansion of the universe but later retracted it, may be vindicated by new research.

The enigmatic dark energy that drives the accelerating expansion of the universe behaves just like Einstein's famed cosmological constant, according to the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS), an international team of researchers in France and Canada that collaborated with large telescope observers at Oxford, Caltech and Berkeley. Their observations reveal that the dark energy behaves like Einstein’s cosmological constant to a precision of 10 per cent.

“The significance is huge,” said Professor Ray Carlberg of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at U of T. “Our observation is at odds with a number of theoretical ideas about the nature of dark energy that predict that it should change as the universe expands, and as far as we can see, it doesn’t.” The results will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Dark Matter And Dark Energy May Be Different Aspects Of A Single Unknown Force

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.

Overcoming our limitations

Book Briefs, by Drollene Brown

Most of us are limited by certain conventions of thought. Some of these limitations are as simple as the oft-used phrase: "I can't help it. It's the way I was raised."

Another such phrase said only half in jest: "It's against my religion."

Religion has the capacity to raise us to the heights, but it can also constrain us to keep us on the ground. It can help us be the best we can be, and it can cause us to take beliefs to such an extreme that we commit unspeakable crimes.

A Christian who abhors abortion and kills people who work at abortion clinics is an example of religion gone wrong.

A Muslim who believes the world should be run according to the tenets of Islam and so plants a bomb to rid his corner of the world of infidels is not merely constricted by his religion, he is twisted by it.

Wait! Don't stop reading. You have no idea what is coming next. The book review this week is not for a Muslim book; it is not for a Christian book. It is for all religions and no religion. It is a roadmap for taking one's own religion, whatever it may be, and going beyond the ordinary perceptions of what it teaches.

Expanding the Boundaries of Self: Beyond the limit of traditional thought, discovering the magic within ((c) 2005, Global, 201 pages), by Oliver H. Jobson, will show you what your limitations are. Then it will guide you to overcome them.

Such a book would expose many, for the first time, to the concepts he uses to describe-in his words-a synergy of being that fuses mankind, nature, and the entire universe into a unifying power of One, called monism.

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