Scientists Discover Spirituality ~ BitterSweetLife

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Scientists Discover Spirituality

From Cranach, the blog of Gene Edward Veith:

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Scientists have proven the existence of dark matter. Get this description:
The researchers said yesterday that visible and detectible matter -- the atoms in everything from gases to elephants and stars -- makes up only 5 percent of the matter in the universe. Another estimated 20 percent is subatomic dark matter, which has no discernible qualities except the ability to create gravitational fields and pass through any object without leaving a trace. The rest, they said, is the even more mysterious dark energy, which fills empty space with a force that appears to negate gravity and push the universe to expand ever faster.

So 95% of the universe is some kind of reality that can not be seen, can pass through perceivable matter, and has great power. Could this be better called "spiritual matter"?

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I always think it's cool when science finds a way to accomodate a universally suspected reality.



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3 comments:

tim said...

I read some articles on that as well, but was struck by something different--the fact that the primary proof for black matter is that the universe cannot be explained with out it (I have some major issue with that sort of reasoning). I've been working on a critique of the Scientific Method which may appear on my blog soon.

Ariel said...

"the primary proof for black matter is that the universe cannot be explained with out it"

In an ironic way, it makes perfect sense that this is the only way that the "supernatural" could make an appearance in the lab. "Well, to make this equation work, Bob, we'll need an invisible property that can appear and disappear without a trace."

I'm not saying it's good science, just that there's a touch of poetic justice. in scientists "arrriving at" spirituality this way.

likelyto said...

It reminds me of the time that I was listening to the professor of my Aboriginal Culture and History class in university. He was recalling a time in his student days when his physics prof was excitedly relating a new understanding of the fundamental interconnectedness of all matter. My prof was twisting in his seat, trying to will this man to spit it out as clearly as he had heard from his elders all his life, "Pimatisiwin": "We are all related".

 

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