How could mortal men ever hope to match the infinite majesty of the sky?
How many of you have ever taken the time to look up in wonder at the velvety blanket that envelops us when the sun takes its leave? Filled with little pinpricks of light pouring in from whatever plane lies beyond. Can you taste the energy of the old world in those words? And yet, do they not seem foolish in the ‘knowledge’ we now all share?
Also, Before you go any further, I have to warn you I’m going to challenge some deep-seated ideas so if you are not ready for that, then I would suggest you go no further. . You have been warned. For all the knowledge we have in this proud century, we have become out of touch with reality. We sit in air-conditioned rooms in 40 degree heat, sleep through thunderstorms, and let people study the world for us instead of examining it ourselves. theories get built on assumptions, upon even older assumptions, and the whole thing departs into a world totally disconnected from reality.
So, How many of us have taken the time to look with our own eyes at the night sky? Rekindle that sense of blind wonder and come sit with me for a bit. It’ll be fun! Leave behind Galaxies, black holes, comets, nebula, and come on a journey with me. One born of disillusionment, and a growing passion for the mysteries of life. Do you remember science class, and sitting down and being that stars were big burning balls of gas millions upon millions of miles away? I know I do. But is it true? It’s not like we’ve ever gone and visited any of them. But as an impressionable teenager, I just believed every word I was told. Even if at the back of my mind something twitched in response. “That seems kinda weird. How can they know that?” There were other occasions, as well. But I will leave those for another time. But it was only a whisper.
lets move on. I’m pretty sure most people have the story of Galileo Galilei? From memory it went something like this:
Everyone believed the earth was the center of the universe. (How Silly, Right?) And so did the church at the time. And Their Word Was Law. Nobody would dare challenge them. After all, Do you know what happened to those people? They Burned. Now, Galileo didn’t get burned at the stake. He didn’t even challenge them directly. He merely implied heliocentrism in something he wrote. But it did get him charged with heresy and locked up for the rest of his days. Or so the story goes. History is a very, very fragile thing. If you want a better explanation, Look no further than this link.
He wasn’t the first to come up with the theory of heliocentrism, either (that was copernicus). But, as the link in question mentions, He hadn’t proven anything! if anything, he was the one working on faith rather than reason. His quarrel was with the scientists of the day, not the church. Who don’t seem as unreasonably dogmatic as they have been described in popular culture. They link in question seems to think that stellar aberration and stellar paradox prove the theory correct. Honestly, I have no idea. I get the impression it boils down to the fact that stars change their positions in the sky therefore the earth is moving. But the older models had the stars shifting instead of the earth, so I’m confused.
It’s true that the Pletomatic system was flawed, and the copernican system matched reality more closely, But so does the Tychonic system! (also, for those aware of the flat earth craze, this is where the money’s at. not over there. It’s a stupid way of ruining people’s reputations)
Why do I bring this up? Well, I’m discussing cosmology at it’s most fundamental levels. And this particular point is important, because we believe space in incomprehensibly vast and it requires scientific notation to even write the distances down properly!
See, if the earth really is the center of the universe then pictures like this cease to have any meaning. I don’t how to explain my train of thought here, but judging distance in a telescope is not really possible. Okay, here’s my best shot at explaining it: In order to detirmine the size of something at a distace you need an object at a similar distance for comparison. Otherwise size and distance cannot be discerned from one another. Actually, here a clip from the simpsons that might explain what I mean.
I think they caculate distance by redshift and blueshift or some such thing. but one can only figure out relative distance, unless you have a ‘yardstick’ (object with known velocity and distance) to use as reference you cannot make objective values on the distance and speed, not to mention the size of the objects in question! For all we know, those “superclusters” could be tiny and only a few thousand kilometers away! And that facinates me to no end.
So, I was going to get to stars. And here we are. See, if the earth really is the king of the solar system, then the ‘big bang’ concepts ceases to make sense on a number of levels. The theory for the formation of stars is like this:
there was big clouds of space dust, and over the eons it drew itself together and started… doing things when it reached critical mass? okay, I’ll admit it, it sounds really… lazy as a theory?
Stars start out being mostly hydrogen, and they are fusion reactors. eventually helium forms, and iron, and then heavier elements are made in this great crucible. I must admit, it sound intruging.
But how on earth do we know any of that? Ah, see that’s just it! We Don’t! None of that is based on a scrap of evidence. What made people think if was a fusion reactor? Why is gravity a theory so ingrained in people that they can’t see past it? Or the theoretical speed limit of light and other things I can only describe as utter nonsense! People have taken up newton and einstiens theories and forgotten those of the likes of nikola tesla and Maxwell.
Say, have you ever heard of the electric universe? If not, head on over to The Electric Universeor the thunderbolts project. So I’m going to assume (or hope!?) that you’ve had a look at those. I find it facinating. See, If I say that gravity is nonsense, and that stars being fusion reactors is rubbish as well, do I have a better idea? That’s what science is supposed be be all about. People have taken up newton and einstiens theories and forgotten those of the likes of Nikola Tesla and James Maxwell. Maybe it’s time to take another look? We don’t understand the world we live in just yet. And that should be rather liberating. And if you so choose, the next time you are out at night, you can look up at the sky in wonder instead of boredom.