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Quest for the
Ultimate Reality
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Reflections on Mathematics as a foundation for Reality
Revised 2/23/10

Sociologist Pitiram Sorokin sees “systems of truth” as a socially agreed upon construct. In his four volume classic Social and Cultural Dynamics, he postulates a cyclic alternation between two cultural values: ideational, which professes that truth lies beyond the material world (and is thus not in the domain of science or scientists), and sensate, which asserts that truth is in the senses; observable matter (and therefore via Einstein, energy) alone is real. (and thus is in the domain of science and scientists) Ideational and sensate values can be traced back at least to classical Greek civilization, with the ideational philosophy of Plato on the one hand, and the sensate philosophy of Aristotle on the other.
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Quest for the Ultimate Reality
[Excellent Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_space_and_time ]
Philosophy of Time and Space

[PSN Notes ]
On the Amazing Coincidences of Existance - Professor Richard Wolfson is a mainstream physicist, with the title of Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, Vermont. Ervin Laszlo is an internationally known philosopher of science and founder of the Club of Budapest, and advocates the quantum vacuum, which he calls the Akashic Field, as the source of the universe. Hugh Ross has a doctorate in astronomy, and advocates Christian Creationism through arguments of intelligent design.
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[PSN Essay: Posted June 4 2009 ]
Scientists and Spirituality [html] - A study conducted from 2005 to 2006, and published in 2007 by Elaine Howard Ecklund, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Buffalo, examined the religious and spiritual beliefs of academics in the natural and social sciences at twenty-one major universities in the US.
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[Based on reading a number of works on Quantum Mechanics ]
Some Notes on Quantum Mechanics - The original theory of quantum mechanics was formulated in 1925 and was found to better describe the behavior of small particles than Newton's Laws. From the Uncertainty Principle, QM showed that the Universe was indeterminate. For this reason, Einstein rejected it saying "God does not play dice with the Universe" QM showed that there was no such thing as a pure particle or pure wave; the smaller it is, the more it exhibits the characteristics of both particle and wave.
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[from internet sources on Kuluza-Klein Theory ]
Some Notes from internet sources on Kuluza-Klein Theory - The Modern Kaluza-Klein Theory unifies Maxwell's Theory of Electromagnetic and Einstein's Theory of General Relativity & Gravity. The theory provides the scientific and technical basis for modeling galaxies, solar systems, and spacecraft for traveling to the stars.
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[Notes based on Michael Talbot's book The Holographic Universe]
A Holographic Universe? - University of London physicist David Bohm, has suggested that Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about holograms.
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[ http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/holographic-universe-may-herald-new-era-fundamental-physics-18469.html ]
Holographic universe may herald new era in fundamental physics - Craig Hogan, a physicist at Fermilab Centre for Particle Astrophysics in Illinois is convinced that he has found proof in the data of the gravitational wave detector GEO600 of a holographic Universe – and that his ideas could explain mysterious noise in the detector data that has not been explained so far.
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Links:

The Zero Point energy field

[Abstracted from The Field: a book by Lynn McTaggart ]
The Zero Point Field in Physical Reality - "Hal was eventually to demonstrate in a paper published by Physical Review, one of the world's most prestigeous physics journals, that the stable state of matter depends for its very existance on a dynamic interchange of subatomic particles with the sustaining zero-point energy field." The Field pg 24
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[Abstracted from The Field: a book by Lynn McTaggart ]
Additional Observations - Since the line of thought of Timothy Boyer and Hal Puthoff did not need Bohr's quantization, which led to quantum Mechanics, the implicaton is that QM is not a fundamental reality, but a way for us to organize our perception of reality.
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Links:

Bernie Haisch:
Brilliant Disguise: Light, Matter and the Zero-Point Field


Famous 20th Century Physicists

Einstein with Nernst, Planck, Millikan, von Laue, Berlin 1928 From
A Picture Gallery of Famous Physicists

Quantum Mechanics

As a theory, Quantum Mechanics was born out of an attempt to explain anomalous interaction between energy (waves) and matter (particles):

  • The Photo-electric Effect
    in which light causes a current(electrons) to flow
  • The Compton Effect
    in which a wave hitting matter knocks out a particle

    Some Notes on Quantum Mechanics -

    Image from www.relisoft.com/Science/ Physics/MicroAnt4.html
    Feynman Diagrams


  • Very Special Relativity

  • Very Special Relativity Abstract http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0601236

    New Scientist 20 January 2007

  • Spinning Einstein by Amanda Gefter http://physics.bu.edu/documents/ns.pdf

  • Access thru New Scientist
    (subscription required)

  • Summary of Spinning Einstein

  • Physics Forums discussion of VSR http://www.physicsforums.com/

  • Wikipedia on VSR

  • Very Special Relativity and TGD (PDF) http://tgd.wippiespace.com

  • Goldmine Links
    SR, GR, sym
    PPT, PDF, DOC

  • http://www.osun.org/VSR-ppt.html

    Samples from this site:

    New Scientist 20 January 2007

  • Spinning Einstein by Amanda Gefter

    Roberts PPT 27 April 2006

  • Special Relativity, the Lumeniferous Aether, and Experiments

  • Notes on Roberts PPT

    Georgia State University

  • A short course in relativity


    Review
  • Very Special Relativity: An Illustrated Guide by Saunder Bais October 2007
    (not to be confused with VSR)

    Simple Summaries:
    space-time, relativity, q theory:

  • http://www.ws5.com/spacetime/

    concise definitions:
    mathematics and physics

  • http://home.att.net/~numericana/answer