Everything in the universe—including us—is in motion. But why? Why do we grow? Why do the tides swing and the planets spin? SPOILER ALERT: I won’t accept an answer that assigns causality to the material world, i.e. physical bodies. If matter is emergent, physical reality is A) Not what it appears to be, and B) Not responsible for causality. Here, watch this brilliant video by Donald Hoffman, a cognitive scientist at UC Irvine.
Don’t have time to watch the full 38 minutes? Start at 16:06 and watch just three minutes. Don’t have time for that? No problem, just read this quote (at 18:22):
“Spacetime is doomed. There is no such thing as spacetime fundamentally in the actual underlying description of the laws of physics. That’s very startling, because what physics is supposed to be about is describing things as they happen in space and time. So if there’s no spacetime, it’s not clear what physics is about.” — Nima Arkani-Hamed, Cornell Messenger Lecture 2016
These ideas are not fringe. Stephen Hawking’s Holographic Principle (you can’t store information inside a volume of space, only on its surface area); Donald Hoffman’s Interface Theory (explained elegantly and compellingly in the above video); Emergence Theory as it is applied to physics (Raphael Bousso, Gerard ’t Hooft, Klee Irwin, Fotini Markopoulou, Herman Verlinde, and many others): these are some of our best and brightest minds, leaders in their fields, who have been bent over their desks for decades. What the current science is irrefutably telling us is that the globe is a fiction. But instead of sparking an explosion of new ideas, there seems to be slack in the line. Why?
Well, to be perfectly candid, for one thing, it’s just so shocking. We’ve been viewing ourselves and our world through the materialist lens for hundreds of thousands of years. If you come along and tell me you have scientific proof (Donald Hoffman) that materialism is dead, it’s going to take me a minute to process that information.
[Takes minute. Walks around for a day muttering “There is no spoon” while wiggling her fingers in front of her own face. Comes back to computer.]
But it’s more than that, isn’t it; it’s because we’re only halfway there. We know—Donald Hoffman has the maths to prove—that reality is not what we think it is. There truly is no spoon. What are perceiving is more like a hallucination than anything else. But if matter isn’t ‘real’, then what is? We haven’t really filled the vacuum with a new paradigm.
And maybe we don’t have to come up with a new paradigm. Perhaps we could use an old one. In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God.
Don’t like the word God? No problem. Let’s use the word Consciousness instead. The great I AM.
But Consciousness is still pretty abstract. Let’s get back to the original question. What’s going on in this world of ours? Why is everything perpetually in motion?—because I, for one, am getting a little tired. And if space and time aren’t fundamental to the universe, what is?
Here’s an idea. The Big Bang reversed the centrifugal and centripetal forces, and now they are slowly righting themselves. (Slowly being a term of art, of course, because time is a fiction, i.e. is not fundamental to the universe, and our perception of it is relative.) Ever since the Big Bang, what is on the inside wants to be on the outside; and what is on the outside wants to be on the inside. At the Big Bang, out of light, something new was born: energy and matter. But the energy and matter, as they perceived themselves, were in the wrong place, so something else was born: spin. (To be clear, I’m not saying light is the most fundamental layer of being; that, I believe, is Consciousness. But light is closer to Consciousness than matter or energy is. And Consciousness (see Klee Irwin’s brilliant work) is structured like a language. When I read: “God said, ‘Let there be light’,” I hear: God became light.)
The Big Bang reversed things. It made matter hot (sun), and energy cold (moon). At the moment of the Big Bang, matter and energy traded places, and they’ve been trading back ever since. Energy was compressed to the density of matter, and matter was expanded to the speed of energy. Everything in the visible world is invisibly twinned. Inside the cell’s nucleus is energy—dark energy—pressing out. And outside the electron cloud is matter—dark matter—pressing in. When we’re on the inside, we see what’s outside. And when we’re on the outside, we see what’s inside.
So, to return to our original question, why is everything the world in motion, including the world itself? Because energy that has been compressed to the density of matter (dark energy) wants to fly outward; and matter that has been expanded to the speed of energy (dark matter) wants to fly inward.
The dynamic created at the Big Bang—where what’s inside wants to go out, and what’s outside wants to go in—is a reversal of the natural order. Look at a whirlpool. The center doesn’t explode; it collapses. The Big Bang could have been called something else: The Great Reversal, or The Fall. But we cannot vilify The Fall of Man. There’s a hidden Zen to Christianity that we have not yet fully appreciated. Nothing that exists is to be vilified. It is the tension created by the Big Bang that holds the material world together (and apart).
Perhaps we are not inside a vacuum. We are surrounded by light—information—to be precise, by dark energy that is exploding (to our left), and dark matter that is imploding (to our right). Dark energy is energy that has been condensed to the density of matter. Dark matter is matter that has been expanded to the speed of energy.
In other words, we are inside the Big Bang. Inside time. Time is a slow-motion explosion, and it has layers, like an onion. Each one is a paired equilibrium between the centripetal and centrifugal forces. If you’re too far outward in time, your body’s experience of the centripetal force will be too high (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). If you’re too far inward in time, your body’s experience of the centrifugal force will be too high (Parkinson’s disease). It’s Big Bangs all the way down.
And then, when we get to the ‘end of time’, it’s Big Bangs all the way up. Time oscillates between the twin poles of the Big Bang—Alpha and Omega—and is eternal. The world never ends; it only changes. Right now, we are at a tipping point.
To be in a state of optimum health, our own oscillation rate must match time’s rate of oscillation. When we have Parkinson’s, we oscillate too quickly, i.e. have too much dark energy. When we have ALS, we oscillate too slowly, i.e. have too much dark matter. Dark energy is intracellular sodium. Dark matter is extracellular potassium. When we push sodium inside the cell, we move forward in time (expand). When we pull potassium out, we move backward in time (contract). More on Parkinson’s and ALS in my next post. Bear in mind that in this blog, as in life as we know it at the moment, time runs backward.
Time “runs backward”? What on earth does that mean? It means it slows down to zero—like pressing your foot on the brake. When time runs forward, it speeds up to zero—like releasing your foot from the brake.
We don’t see the layers of time inside which we reside. But time-lapse photography can offer us a glimpse of them.