Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Let’s assume that the Ineffability (God) is the Universe (pantheism) or is the integral force, maybe the controlling force, within the Universe (panentheism).
This shouldn’t aggrieve physicists, especially those of an atheistic bent, nor should it irritate those who believe in God generally. It might, however, disturb those who have faith in a personal God, and His offspring, Jesus/Christ.
But all that aside, we conjecture that the Ineffability is real, tangible, the Totality of existence, and evidenced as the Universe.
Whether or not the Ineffability is conscious, in the way we understand consciousness, that is another matter (which we shall address again upcoming).
But what is the exact nature of the Ineffability, the essence, which transcends existence?
Dark Matter and Dark Energy are intrinsic elements in the nature of the
And it’s those elements we’ll deal with here for now, delineating the other aspects, the less dynamic aspects of the Ineffability later on.
Probing Dark Energy using Bayesian “evidence” (as some physicists suggest) or applying a new cosmological constant doesn’t tell anyone what the true nature of Dark Energy is.
The analogy might be a palm-reader providing “insights” to one’s fate and psyche when a psychoanalyst is really required.
Bouncing theories and mathematical equations off the reality of Dark Matter and/or Dark Energy does nothing but establish a veneer that is superficial in the extreme.
Yes, the façade of both Dark Matter and Dark Energy are addressed by cosmological meanderings but the actual nature of each mysterious structure – and they are structures, even though they appear amorphous to observation – is not discerned by mathematical wizardry.
Let’s use psychoanalytic constructs to make our point…
The Universe – the Ineffability – is made up of 4% visible matter and energy, Michio Kaku tells us, 23% Dark Matter, and 73% Dark Energy.
In psychoanalytic parlance the visible matter/energy would be the superego (4%), Dark Matter the ego (23%), and the Id (73%), which coincides with our “hypothesis” that God, the Ineffability, is pirmarily primitive, or Evil – using Evil in the theological sense as the absence of Good.
This would explain the crushing plights that afflict mankind: childhood disease and death, terminal illnesses for the mature, old age, and ultimately death, among others.
(Wars, genocide, murders and the like are not natural occurrences so one can’t blame God or nature for them.)
Now if Dark Energy is likened to the Id, one can approach its nature much as a psychoanalyst would conduct a session with a neurotic individual.
(Psychoanalysis can’t address psychosis, practitioners say, so if God – the Ineffability – is psychotic as Dawkins intuits, the metaphorical psychoanalytic quest would be futile; but let us proceed as if psychosis is not the underlying nature of the Universe, or God.)
The Id is uncontrollable said Freud, and Jung concurred pretty much. But both thought that it could be ameliorated, by various techniques, all of which wouldn’t work with the Universe obviously but do provide a template for understanding the inherent nature of the Universe.
Dark Energy, the Universe’s Id, can barely be avoided, but it can be, to some extent, by ignoring it, as Melville suggests in Moby Dick when the White Whale (Evil God) is innocuous until hunted down by Ahab.
Can the nature of the Universe’s Id be understood completely? We think so, if one applies the analogy we provide here: the Id is primitive, Evil, but for all practical purposes benign as far as humankind is concerned.
If Kaku’s (among others) hypothetical proposition that perhaps cultures trillion of years old, from other Universes – he posits many Universes existing in parallel with this one – mastered the way to intrude on our Universe (to escape the ultimate death of their Universe), then their must be an Ineffability (God) that is their Universe, or is an integral part of it, the controlling part.
(Mormon theolgy claims that each Latter Day Saint, if virtuous – or not – will become a God for some part of the Universe; not just symbolically but in total, tangible reality.)
So we’re dealing with the Ineffability (God) of this Universe to which we are tethered. And our Ineffability (God) has a major component that is Dark (or Evil), as the Gnostics believed, and as historical evidence seem to indicate also.
God is impotent perhaps in that He or It cannot thwart physical disasters that have plagued mankind since the beginning of creation.
Or God is malevolent and purposefully wrathful.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy either represent a malevolent force or a benign but perhaps ultimately dangerous force.
Searching for clues to the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy lies not in science but mythology, religious revelations, and historical occurrences which are not attributable to man (such as natural disasters).
However, science has made obvious the Dark Nature of the Universe (our Ineffability or God).
Thus, it now becomes necessary to address that Dark Nature, if possible, in such a way as to alter it or to find ways to avoid it, and its potentially disastrous denouement.
To do that we’ll have to go into the mystical realm. (Science and its incantations, mathematical gyrations, are mystical in their own way, just not useful for humankind, except in the abstract, which isn’t beneficial to physical life, on Earth, now.)
And that’s where we’ll go next….to the mystical realms, with help from some physicists who do not find mysticism anathema to science. Michio Kaku is one….