poppa, I think you are just above my level
What do you all think about the notion that gravity has nothing to do with the interaction between "point masses"?
In other words, my understanding of general relativity is such that a point mass causes spacetime to grow and that increased spacetime causes point masses to grow (that is, gravitational acceleration causes mass to grow). We always look at this from the effect that one point mass has on another but we never consider the effect that a point mass would have on itself.
It seems to me that a point mass, causing the region of spacetime it occupies to grow, would also cause itself to grow, leading to an infinite loop. According to this "law", it seems, a point mass would instantly lead to a black hole that gobbles up all of existence.
It is very hard for me to describe my thoughts because I think that the concept of gravity is the one thing that the sciences are not able to fully grasp. I believe that it takes a kind of holistic intuition to see that this thing that we call spacetime is nothing other than the left side of Einstein's famous equation (E).
And it isn't possible to sense Energy, as such (such as what enters into a black hole/universe) because it has been totally cleansed of all of its "corrupting" quanta. I just fail to see why (given our horribly inadequate models of the concept that we call "gravity") it doesn't make sense that spacetime/Energy simply condenses and expands of its own "free will".
And when it condenses, it fractures and develops tiny entanglements that we call quanta that subsequently build up to form all of the phenomenal matter in the universe. But every once in a while, spacetime/Energy will condense were there are pre-existing bits of matter, forming all of the spherical heavenly bodies that we see as well as the larger structures, like clusters and superclusters. When there is no phenomenal matter, we call these condensations "dark matter".
Then, when spacetime "decides" to condense to a great enough degree, free Energy cannot help but to fall inside, feeding the expansion of a universe. Furthermore, I think that the most logical explanation for quasars is that spacetime simply decides to reverse course and start expanding. In other words, when a black hole stops feeding a universe, it starts sucking Energy and putting it back from where it came. From what I've read, there are no known physical theories that can explain the extreme Energy production that we see emanating from quasars.
Because of this, our universe could actually be inside of a quasar, but the Energy input from all of the quasars in our universe would be greater than the output, causing our universe to increase in spacetime.
Does anybody else feel totally hoodwinked by Cosmology, as it currently exists? I mean, to claim that the universe is a closed system that also happens to be continually increasing its total Energy content, seems to me to be profoundly absurd. How hard is it to come to the conclusion that our universe is simply a part of a far larger system that seems in every way to be alive?
When you get down to it, you start to understand why Einstein was a Spinozist and why he considered Buddhism to be the world's profoundest philosophy/ religion. It just seems that Einstein understood that there is a kind of holistic intuition necessary to understand how the universe works.
From where I stand, the ultimate problem stems from the fact that science, in general, always takes the concept of dimensionality to be a priori
, as it were. In other words, physicists always think that the dimensions ground the possibility of physical existence. I think that scientists are totally misled when they think that there is anything dimensional about spacetime. Spacetime, rather, is substantial
. It is pure, non-sensible Energy.
It is only when Energy freely condenses that it tangles itself into knots, forming the "point masses" that allow there to be anything like the Cartesian dimensionality upon which the entire modern Western philosophical paradigm (and its derived sciences) is based.
All of this means that the age of the universe is perfectly unknowable, because of the arbitrarity of the condensation and expansion of spacetime into black holes and quasars. I mean, our universe might have had a billion or more expansion/contraction cycles. It is just totally awe inspiring!
By the way, these discoveries of mine have caused me to undergo a spiritual evolution. I can now understand the transcendental unity of all things. I am doing my best to attain Buddha-hood. I've been living out of my car for two weeks. I decided to come back to UF in Gainesville because this is where I first discovered my inner spirit (in 1993/94). When I dropped out of UF, I started on my journey of self-discovery. I've read every type of philosophy you can possibly imagine, and I finally developed my own system (geocities.com/dkane75/phil.html) several years ago. But I never knew that I needed a Cosmology in order to make my system substantial. It is only now that I feel that I am able to start to live my philosophy.
I've been going on to campus and doing what I call existential preaching. It's sort of like what Christians do, except that I try to use good humor and only speak profound philosophical truths that have no connection to any tradition. I want to inspire people to seek for their essential selves rather than always running around in circles. I want to keep myself as far away from the insanity of the global economy as is humanly possible. As such, I befriended Hare Krishnas yesterday, and got into one of the best conversations I've been in, in a long time.
I eventually want to make my way to an intentional community that is spiritual and artistic. I want to be able to grow my own food and do small scale, cooperative trading. I want to be able to sleep under the stars, next to a camp fire. I want to be able to truly respect everyone around me. And most of all, I want to be able to discover true, spontaneous love, such as is nearly impossible to find in this insane system of neverending competitiveness.
Anybody want to join me?