Sunday, April 22, 2007
WHAT PART OF FREEDOM INEXTRICABLY INTERWOVEN WITH EVOLUTION, SURVIVAL, WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING AND QUALITY OF LIFE, IS STILL NOT UNDERSTOOD ON THE ENERGY FRONT?
Another physicist speaks out
Physicist Brian O’Leary: a former astronaut, Cornell professor, physics faculty member at Princeton University and visiting faculty member in technology assessment at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Mo Udall's energy advisor and speechwriter during his 1975 Presidential campaign, author, AAAS Fellow, World Innovation Foundation Fellow, NASA group achievement award recipient, and founder of the New Energy Movement.
What does New Energy promise the future?
The restoration of balance to the Ecology. Humanity will no longer have to source its basic energy supplies from the limited deposits found in the body of Gaia. In turn, burning of fuel will no longer foul the atmosphere and the Greenhouse Effect may be steadily reversed. Local sustainability will become the cornerstone of economics, as opposed to global commerce. Preservation of natural systems can be given central focus in this new era, where ensuring quality of life is paramount. This ethic of sustainability will encourage cultivation of renewable and biodegradable resources for use in construction of homes, automobiles, and all other areas of industry. Where toxic waste has spoiled the environment, comprehensive bioremediation will be undertaken to restore its formerly pristine condition. Indeed, it is only once humanity has ceased the consumption of hydro-carbon and nuclear fuels to generate societal momentum that true planetary renewal may begin.
The freedom to pursue expansive economic development without marginalizing people or denuding culture. As regional economic independence is facilitated by de-centralized sources of New Energy, the insidious trend toward a globalized mono-culture will lose thrust. Simultaneously, the autonomy and self-determination that may arise in these areas will afford their populations a renewed sense of common purpose beyond mere industrialization. Creative endeavor, characterized by aesthetic and even philosophical advancement, may replace the society's former emphasis on economic gain through trading their natural resource base. A purely knowledge-oriented economy could emerge as the rebirth of business. This form of economic development would elevate human potential and guard against the exploitation of the labor force for the emancipation of the few. Just as the greatest wealth of biodiversity is preferable to a continued extinction of species, cultural diversity is an equally critical barometer of sustainability. New Energy promises to ensure a world of multifarious varieties and infinite shades of culture, rather than one homogenized by enforced slavery to artificial limitation.
Political stability and the hope of true world peace. Heretofore, most of the world's political strife has arisen from the perception of lack and the resulting competitive mindset that dominates human relations. With the advent of abundant, non-consumptive energy resources, sociological tensions will steadily dissipate as economies are thereby bolstered. Heralding unprecedented prosperity, a New Energy infrastructure promises a resurgence of egalitarian principles, humanitarian philanthropy, and the establishment of a holistic, wisdom-centered culture. The inevitable result this portends is surely a widespread, peaceful co-existence among all peoples. The re-direction of military assets and expenditures toward meeting the essential needs of every human person will symbolize the transition from a fear-based order to one of social uplift. What need is there for a policy of tyrannical violence when life can be equally enjoyed by all?
Radical clarification of theoretical physics leading to a new era of innovation and social advancement. Once the existence of space as the repository of all potential energy is embraced and this primordial reservoir is productively harnessed to the wheelwork of human endeavor, many prevailing scientific theories will have to be re-examined. Rather than disputing the relative merits of cosmological conceptualizations, the thrust of science may be turned to pure innovation. A stream of creative insights will be unleashed as effects formerly considered anomalies are integrated into an ever more simplified understanding of phenomena. Fundamental physical truths and natural philosophy will supplant the sophistry and intellectual debate of the past. And these will inform a paradigmatic shift in our approach to scientific research, igniting a revolution in the design and magnitude of technical developments. For, it is envisioned that a proper perception of space (primordial energy) contains the nascent seeds of every possibility ever conceived by science fiction: anti-gravity & directed force-fields, super-luminal space travel & communication, teleportation, time-travel, fusion & the creation of new materials. The radical reformulation of scientific knowledge that boundless, free energy brings us to contemplate is likely to involve dispensing with the classical laws of Thermodynamics. Yet, in the wake of this, perhaps the bizarre notion that the Universe is a slowly grinding to a halt (the result of its purported entropy) will be decidedly out of fashion.
Psychological and spiritual renaissance. The pre-occupation of humanity with ego-centric motives blinds us to our common birthright. With the popular acceptance of New Energy, what were the formerly unseen, numinal underpinnings of reality will have been manifestly revealed. The ready availability of life-affirming choices that proceed from this realization will rekindle the spirit of altruism necessary to dispel fear and greed. Suddenly, the collective consciousness shall have been initiated into the transpersonal desire to promote the common good above all relative moral concerns. Caring for the welfare of all our relations, down to the least dominant species and most infinitesimal element of Creation, honors the perfect symmetry of what is an implicitly unified whole. While the strict adherents of science may eschew such language as purely poetical and without practical significance to their chosen discipline, a rigorous social ethic is an inalienable concomitant of New Energy. One cannot be merely concerned with eliciting effects in pursuit of mechanistic ends. But, rather, devoting oneself to be of the greatest benefit to humanity must take overarching precedence. It is with this noble bearing that scientists might adopt a Hippocratic Oath, like their physician cousins. More importantly, the self-evident purpose for which life is geared, i.e. the awakening of cosmic consciousness, must be deeply integrated into the scientific mind. This is what has already begun to occur with the subtle melding of mysticism and the emerging consensus of Quantum Theory. May the perfection of our knowledge be occasioned by its convergence with the gnosis (direct perception) of the heart.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I suggest revisiting relativity, fundamentals and their totally interdependent relationships, recognizing common denominators, and the expanded role of the constant C. (StarSteps)
*The conversion factor between matter and energy is precisely equal to the quantity C, velocity of light.
*The quantity C is the pivotal point about which the natural laws become manifest
*An energy differential equal to C between two reference points suspends the natural laws,
*An energy differential in excess of C between two reference points, the laws appear to operate in reverse.
The natural laws are Relative: that is, the value of one can be altered between any two reference points by altering the value or relationship of the other.
TIME: Many of the difficulties which we encounter in our attempt to understand the operation of the natural laws arise because of our severely restricted concept of the nature of time. Time follows the same curve of natural law which is apparent in the operation of all the basic factors of nature, and again the radius of that curvature is measured by the quantity C. Follow the example in StarSteps which puts us in a unique position from which we can, from a single point in time, observe ourselves occupying three rather widely separated positions in space.
SPACE: The degree of separation which exists between any two bodies is determined by the degree of curvature of the natural laws which exist between them. In making these observations, of course, we must remember that, since the natural laws are relative, the mass of the body itself influences the degree of curvature
How Did the Universe Survive the Big Bang?
In This Experiment, Clues Remain Elusive
By KENNETH CHANG
An experiment that some hoped would reveal a new class of subatomic particles, and perhaps even point to clues about why the universe exists at all, has instead produced a first round of results that are mysteriously inconclusive.
“It’s intellectually interesting what we got,” said Janet M. Conrad, professor of physics at Columbia University and a spokeswoman for a collaboration that involves 77 scientists at 17 institutions. “We have to figure out what it is.”
Dr. Conrad and William C. Louis, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, presented their initial findings in a talk yesterday at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, outside Chicago, where the experiment is being performed.
The goal was to confirm or refute observations made in the 1990s in a Los Alamos experiment that observed transformations in the evanescent but bountiful particles known as neutrinos. Neutrinos have no electrical charge and almost no mass, but there are so many of them that they could collectively outweigh all the stars in the universe.
Although many physicists remain skeptical about the Los Alamos findings, the new experiment has attracted wide interest. The Fermilab auditorium was filled with about 800 people, and talks were given at the 16 additional institutions by other collaborating scientists. That reflected in part the hope of finding cracks in the Standard Model, which encapsulates physicists’ current knowledge about fundamental particles and forces.
The Standard Model has proved remarkably effective and accurate, but it cannot answer some fundamental questions, like why the universe did not completely annihilate itself an instant after the Big Bang.
The birth of the universe 13.7 billion years ago created equal amounts of matter and antimatter. Since matter and antimatter annihilate each other when they come in contact, that would have left nothing to coalesce into stars and galaxies. There must be some imbalance in the laws of physics that led to a slight preponderance of matter over antimatter, and that extra bit of matter formed everything in the visible universe.
The imbalance, some physicists believe, may be hiding in the dynamics of neutrinos.
Neutrinos come in three known types, or flavors. And they can change flavor as they travel, a process that can occur only because of the smidgen of mass they carry. But the neutrino transformations reported in the Los Alamos data do not fit the three-flavor model, suggesting four flavors of neutrinos, if not more. Other data, from experiments elsewhere, have said the additional neutrinos would have to be “sterile” — completely oblivious to the rest of the universe except for gravity.
The new experiment is called MiniBooNE. (BooNE, pronounced boon, is a contraction of Booster Neutrino Experiment. “Booster” refers to a Fermilab booster ring that accelerates protons, and “mini” was added because of plans for a second, larger stage to the research.)
MiniBooNE sought to count the number of times one flavor of neutrino, called a muon, turned into another flavor, an electron neutrino. The experiment slams a beam of protons into a piece of beryllium, and the cascade of particles from the subatomic wreckage includes muon neutrinos that fly about 1,650 feet to a detection chamber, a tank 40 feet in diameter that contains 250,000 gallons of mineral oil.
Most of the neutrinos fly through unscathed, but occasionally a neutrino crashes into a carbon atom in the mineral oil. That sets off another cascade of particles, which is detected by 1,280 light detectors mounted on the inside of the tank.
From the pattern of the cascades, the physicists could distinguish whether the incoming neutrino was of muon flavor or electron. To minimize the chances of fooling themselves, they deliberately did not look at any of the electron neutrino events until they felt they had adequately understood the much more common muon neutrino events. They finally “opened the box” on their electron neutrino data on March 26 and began the analysis leading to their announcement yesterday.
For most of the neutrino energy range they looked at, they did not see any more electron neutrinos than would be predicted by the Standard Model. That ruled out the simplest ways of interpreting the Los Alamos neutrino data, Dr. Conrad and Dr. Louis said.
But at the lower energies, the scientists did see more electron neutrinos than predicted: 369, rather than the predicted 273. That may simply mean that some calculations are off. Or it could point to a subtler interplay of particles, known and unknown.
“It’s tantalizing,” said Boris Kayser, a Fermilab physicist not on the MiniBooNE project. “It could be real. But this remains to be established.”
Dr. Louis said he was surprised by the results. “I was sort of expecting a clear excess or no excess,” he said. “In a sense, we got both.”