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Alexander Esih Muvrin -- Grand Unified MU27 Theory of the Universe
"The geometry of our Grand Unified MU-27 Theory connects us to here and there and now and then. It is a transeunt four plus seven-dimensional map of our rationally comprehended objective reality, where the concept of extended matter is fully integrated with the concept of space-time - eliminating the existence of a space composed of points. As such, it allows us to intuit, imagine, discover, observe, predict and study things and events that are possible - to visually, empirically and rationally explore their essence and existence."
...from page 249 of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle by John Barrow and Frank Tipler:

"In a randomly infinite Universe, any event occurring here and now with finite probability must be occurring simultaneously at an infinite number of other sites in the Universe. It is hard to evaluate this idea any further, but one thing is certain: if it is true then it is certainly not original!"

Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics by Victor Mansfield provides a synthesis to trance-end dogmatism, and leads us to a very comfortable pragmatism that is beyond belief.
"In particular, there is a growing interest among the scientific community in Buddhist philosophical thought. I am optimistic that over the next few decades there will be a great change in our worldview both from the material and the spiritual perspectives."
Dalai Lama
How Cosmic Forces Shape Our Destinies is a remarkable essay by Nicholas Tesla that demonstrates his polymathic spirit-uality; and his retrospective age.
"Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. There is no constellation or nebula, no sun or planet, in all the depths of limitless space, no passing wanderer of the starry heaven, that does not exercise some control over its destiny -- not in the vague and delusive sense of astrology, but in the rigid and positive meaning of physical science."
What is life? is a metalingual trap.

Life and Leadership: A Systems Approach concisely conveys Fritjov Capra's seminal message - lessons well heeded are we to breach the Wall.
"In summary, the new understanding of life implies the following four lessons for the management of human organizations."
John G. Cramer clearly states the nature of a fundamental dichotomy in Velocity Reversal and the Arrows of Time.
"The "arrow of time problem" concerns the origins of the macroscopic asymmetry and the general absence of a similar microscopic asymmetry."
Trevor W. Marshall writes convincingly that Quantum Mechanics is not a Science; and offers an aside of poetry. This is just the tip of an iceberg of serious research, and attending this conceptual koan has certainly raised my level of amazement yet another notch.
"Physical science, or Natural Philosophy as it used to be called, is also poetry. It sets the backcloth to Life and the more profound topics pertaining thereto."
Everything Forever, Learning to See and Model the Infinite Universe
"This website describes the land of forever. It journeys beyond our present place in time to study the shape of the motionless timeless world that existed before our time began and will be after our time ends. It discovers the world of moments from which we borrow each moment of now."
A metaphysical enquiry of the highest, deepest order is contained within the 60k words of Quantum Physics and Enlightenment; an ode to resolution by James Higgo.
"Quantum Physics and Enlightenment takes the reader from no knowledge of physics or Buddhism to an understanding of how the two are equivalent, and the enormity of this fact."
Singularity Shuttle a la Vernor Vinge
"The measure of the Shuttle's progress will be the magnitude of the numbered points outside your window."
Aug. 15, 2000--The world's most advanced quantum computer has been developed at IBM's Almaden Research Center. Scientists then used it to show that such devices can solve problems that are impossibly hard for conventional computers. Neil Gershenfeld and Isaac L. Chuang wrote a SciAm article way back in '98 describing their research that provides a great backgrounder to this momentous achievement. Quantum Computing with Molecules
"All along, ordinary molecules have known how to do a remarkable kind of computation. People were just not asking them the right questions."
Gauge theory is now recognized as one of the most revolutionary discoveries in physics since the development of quantum mechanics. The study of the physics of consciousness, and Topological Geometrodynamics (TGD), provoke rather exciting speculations about the possibility of 'collective consciousness'.

Here's another mind-bending postulation by Max Tegmark. In this paper, it is suggested that most of this (the universe's) information is merely apparent, as seen from our subjective viewpoints, and that the algorithmic information content of the universe as a whole is close to zero. Does The Universe Contain Almost No Information?

Now it's time to play, so lets go downstairs and try Bending Spacetime in the Basement. No, this is not an entheogenic phantasy.

the experiment can be done using only materials Archimedes might have 

A *Very* Brief History of Time begins sluggishly but quickly brings us to the cosmogonic loop wherein what's gone around never really left.
"The idea that the universe created itself brings a whole new meaning to bidirectional time, and thus to the idea that cognition may play a role in the creation of reality."
Christopher Michael, author of the above essay, is a member of the Mega Society, with whom he has had some differences. By Way of Explanation explores factionalism within this high-IQ group, and defends the Cognition-Theoretic Model of the Universe.
What is it that I actually claim for the CTMU? Only that it provides a correct cosmological framework, and that it is unique in doing so."
Theoretical elan is appreciated by physicists, but there seems to be an "interdisciplinary aesthetic dissonance". What's Wrong with This Elegance?
"Quantum computation raises the question of whether feasibility is or is not an essential ingredient in determining the elegance of a proposed technology."
Theories of the Aether, or more descriptively Articles relating to the Emergence of Scientific Theories of the Cosmic Aether, is a collation on a truly grand, utterly fundamental scale. From Aethro-Kinematics to the Michaelson-Morley Misinterpretation, these dissident views may embody truth.
"I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i.e., on continuous structures. In that case, nothing remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics."
Einstein, to his dear friend M. Besso, in 1954
The Farce of Physics is an e-book by Bryan G. Wallace inspired by Capra's Tao of Physics that explores inconsistencies in current physical understanding.
"Mathematics forms the foundation of the technical jargon that the average physicist uses to confuse the issues and enhance his status by over publishing his work."
An examination of the relationship between two giants of physics, Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein (and Bohr), is ably presented by Gerald Holton.
"In that last talk, Heisenberg, two years before his death, had his final encounter with the person whom he had once called his Vorbild, his model; the person who for good and ill had unknowingly been the cause both of deep insights and of fierce insults throughout Heisenberg's scientific and personal life; and whose acceptance Heisenberg had sought again and again, always in vain."
On the Physics and Phenomenology of Time is Ben Goertzel's take on the (trans)temporal realm.

A graphical depiction of the forwards and backwards movement of time. Space is collapsed
onto a single vertical axis, for illustrative purposes
"The numerous paradoxes of quantum reality all disappear when one drops the assumption that events occur at particular points in time."
Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics by Victor Mansfield provides a synthesis to trance-end dogmatism, and leads us to a very comfortable pragmatism that is beyond belief.
"In particular, there is a growing interest among the scientific community in Buddhist philosophical thought. I am optimistic that over the next few decades there will be a great change in our worldview both from the material and the spiritual perspectives."
Dalai Lama
John G. Cramer clearly states the nature of a fundamental dichotomy in Velocity Reversal and the Arrows of Time.
"The "arrow of time problem" concerns the origins of the macroscopic asymmetry and the general absence of a similar microscopic asymmetry."
Tony Smith's incredible mind wraps things up nicely with the Many-Worlds Quantum Theory.
"...because the open universe is also a totally Many-Branched universe, in the sense that any future world-line from any chosen point will eventually encounter a "new universe" branching off from the chosen universe."
There's been considerable talk lately about the unlimited potential of zero-point energy. Philip Yam is not so certain, in his analysis Exploiting Zero-Point Energy. A haiku, I think:
"Energy fills empty space,
but is there a lot to be tapped, as some propound?
Probably not."
The Sir Roger Penrose Society has as it's motto: "science and fun cannot be separated". Here we can find Sir Roger as A Mathematician at Play in the Fields of Space-Time.
"If the experiment comes out the way I hope, it will tell us we need a major revolution in quantum mechanics."
Ian brings Cosmic Matters into focus by means of thought experiments, conjecture, and damn fine logic. His conclusion at once inspires every concievable emotion; and allows it.
"In terms of our own time and space all of these other universes could be everywhere, simultaneously, at all times and places, for all the sense we can make of them.
Today it feels like spring is just a theory! M-theory, the theory formerly known as Strings is a very witty expose(eh) of who is tying the knot; and whatnot.

More than forty years ago Richard Feynman gave a lecture titled There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom in which he described nanotechnology; and offered prizes!
"In the year 2000, when they look back at this age, they will wonder why it was not until the year 1960 that anybody began seriously to move in this direction."
John G. Cramer gives Asimov and Sagan a run for the money in being able to take leading-edge subject matter and make it understandable for lay people. Quantum Telephones to Other Universes, to Times Past is a great summary of current thinking in quantum mechanics.

For a complete summation of John G. Cramer's own Transactional Theory of Quantum Mechanics, this is straight from the angel's mouth.

Bohm's Gnosis: The Implicate Order is Beatrix Murrell musing on David Bohm's insight into the quantum world.
"Bohm's overall vision of human destiny is short and straightforward: "The consciousness of mankind is one and not truly divisible." Each person has a responsibility to achieve this and nothing else. "There is no other way out. That is absolutely what has to be done and nothing else can work."
Welcome to the Quantum Future, in which Arkadiusz Jadczyk outlines why quantum theory is still Ptolemeian due to its reliance on one-Hilbert-space geometry.
"It started as a dream, then this dream was converted into mathematical equations, which were converted into numbers. These numbers can be crunched by computers to simulate pointer readings of measuring devices. In this respect the theory works. But does it free us from the Ptolemeian thinking? I believe not. Not yet. It is the first step - to stop denying that things "happen." But how many other steps must be made until Copernicus and then Kepler, and then Newton will put an end to the `quantum controlled schizophrenia?'"
I don't know how I missed Quantum Vibe at Salon. Ah, it was summertime and the livin' was easy. Anyway, here in all it's news-to-me glory is a report of the meeting of 384 theoretical physicists all in one place. We're all still here so they must have been below critical mass.

David Bohm was one of the seminal thinkers of our time, and the explication of his insight is implicate in those engaged in fundamental investigation. The Shavano Institute has the Lifework of David Bohm - River of Truth among its collection of fine articles. Ideas on Implicate Order provides a quick overview of this dynamic work.
"But, according to Bohm, the Implicate Order does not apply to quantum physics alone but is also an appropriate way to view the processes of consciousness. The neuroscientist, Karl Pribram, for example, has used the holographic analogy in his model of the way memory is distributed in a delocalised manner across the brain."
Something to keep for the ages is this english translation, fully footnoted, of A. Einstein's On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.
"So we see that we cannot attach any absolute signification to the concept of simultaneity, but that two events which, viewed from a system of co-ordinates, are simultaneous, can no longer be looked upon as simultaneous events when envisaged from a system which is in motion relatively to that system."
We all have a feel for Newtonian physics, especially when it's our mass accelerating toward the full stop. This review by Doug Renselle of Irving Stein's The Concept of Object as the Foundation of Physics examines his attempt at an ontology for quantum science; a realm hard to even imagine.

Peering into this rigorous self-examination of a dynamic scientific enquiry, and especially being a fly on the wall at the Laughing Seafoods restaurant while these essential discussions take place, is a wonderful introduction to gravitational wave sociology. Once you're done with the scientists, there's the science of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

An experiment has shown that while atomic and subatomic matter can be in two states at the same time, Shrodinger's cat cannot.
"In effect, the NIST researchers have step-by-step crossed the bridge between quantum mechanics (the study of matter at atomic and subatomic levels) and the real world - what we see in daily life."
Einstein showed that thought experiments and visualization can lead to the most remarkable views. Turning those conceptions into perceptions we can all admire, the people at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications have a go at Distributing Space-Time.

"The model of a plasma generator which can convert physical-vacuum energy into electricity has been developed..." Do we ever really know what the Russians are up to? Yup, about the same stuff as AmeriCanadians. What are we up to anyway?

Alan Shapiro looks at The Star Trekking of Physics and warns that we may lose our humanity in the process.
"There may be fusion with simulated others, but there is no recognition of others, no real others at all, and therefore no real own self. Later on, the end of life occurs, but does not matter."
Einstein had it right from the start, but couldn't believe it. Evidence suggests that the Lambda force is indeed accelerating galaxies farther apart. Robert Matthews writes Of Life and Lambda.

The Joyce of Science: New Physics in Finnegans Wake
Quantum Physics in Finnegans Wake is a good example of how scientific insight is transmuted to literal gold. As in Einstein's work, he discovered in quantum mechanics a number of concepts which paralleled his own metaphysics and his methods of work.

In June '97 Dr. Nicolas Gisin performed a twin photon experiment which seemed to violate both quatum theory and relativity theory. "Albert Einstein sneered at the very possibility of such a thing, calling it "spooky action at a distance." Scientists still (somewhat shamefacedly) speak of the "magic" of "quantum weirdness." And yet all experiments in recent years have shown that Einstein was wrong and that action at a distance is real."

The High Resolution Fly's Eye studies those particles that hit the earth's atmosphere with incredible speed; aproaching that of light! John Walker writes a wonderfully descriptive essay about one of these high energy objects, and draws some comparisons with the starship Enterprise.

Space may have five dimensions and be infinite. "What's so amazing is that the theory mimics familiar four-dimensional gravity so well that it would be very difficult to tell that there is an extra dimension," says Randall. This view sees our universe as analogous to a flat sheet of paper in our three dimensional reality.

Research that has truly profound implications seldom makes the popular media. Brain-like computers and transpacetime states are just the tip of this iceberg of intrigue. "Having in mind that an EM field is only one of the four manifestations of the unified physical field - it might be that the very unified field is a nonlocal internal collective conscious display for various physical processes at different structural levels, from microscopic to macroscopic ones."
The bibliography of this work is also an astounding read, as is the assistance of Eldon Byrd of the Naval Office of Surface Weaponry in its preparation.

It is good to know that our earthship is not going to be devoured by a black hole or a voracious strangelet when the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider is unleashed.

Gauge theory is now recognized as one of the most revolutionary discoveries in physics since the development of quantum mechanics. The study of the physics of consciousness, and Topological Geometrodynamics (TGD), provoke rather exciting speculations about the possibility of 'collective consciousness'.

Crackpot Index - A simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics. This is not in the least facetious.
"10 points for pointing out that you have gone to school, as if this were evidence of sanity."
The Motion Mountain Textbook, Hiking beyond space and time along the concepts of modern physics, ...guarantees something challenging and surprising on every page; even in its table of contents. Must-know stuff here, folks, such as: The dangers of buying a can of beans (page 480).

Russell K. Standish, high performance communicator, explores the complex subject of simple theoretic beauty; and asks Why Occam's Razor?
"This does not preclude the fact that other more complex universes (by our own perspective) may be the simplest such universe according to the self-aware inhabitants of that universe."
The short term pressure for corporeal productivity, to fulfill the corporate need, is changing the nature of scientific research. The direction this is taking will lead to a decreased capacity for original thought and creativity. Over the last ten or fifteen years, basic research groups at, for example, AT&T, IBM, and the petroleum companies have mostly been dismantled to be replaced by more applied and directed efforts.

Alexander Esih Muvrin gives the ultimate Chrispness gift - everything. GUT MU-27 (Grand Unified Theory of the Universe, MU27) is an amazing, brain bending read where I had to get my mind around threesmalize. The geometry of our theory connects us to here and there and now and then.

Alta Vista, which also asked me to "Comparison shop for grand unified theory", led me back to a site I reported on some months ago. The design and playing of variants on Hesse's Glass Bead Game is a project analogous to the quantum physicists' search for a Grand Unified Theory.

Can the speed of light be the ultimate speed limit and yet not? This anonymous article titled Quantum Magick explores the area where mainstream science meets magick. "What we are coming to understand however is that quantum state is a form of information, and is not so limited. It is everywhere, at once."

How is it possible that massive protons and neutrons can be built up out of strictly massless quarks and gluons? Frank Wilczek takes a massive subject replete with weighty opinion and lightens the burden of understanding.

Is mathematics essentially about seeing "differences in similarity, similarity in difference"? How about "mathematics makes the invisible visible"? Do you feel a virus coming on? Just "Cut the Knot".

Al Seckel's Richard Feynman is a look at the more human side of a world reknowned physicist in this collection of anecdotes.

" It is possible therefore to imagine that the central core of a future air vehicle might be a linear accelerator which would create a local weightless state by use of electrostatic energy and turn heat into energy without chemical processes for propulsion." This is from a 1956(!) classified USAF document showing that research into anti-gravity was (and surely is) of prime military concern.

If a valid grand unified field theory were to be posted on the web, would the melody of sense be discernable from the cacophony of non-sense?

The RetroPsychoKinesis Project, exploring what is otherwise known as "backwards time causality" or retrocausality, says that information can be transfered from the future to the past. Rupert Sheldrake comments: I think that many of the problems we have come from a too narrow scientific paradigm or model of reality which creates a split between the mind of educated people and their feelings and experience.

Which begs the question "why did the tachyon cross the road?" answer

Max Tegmark asks Is "the theory of everything'' merely the ultimate ensemble theory? Whereupon he blows my mind with his vision...going to take more than one reading to grok this.

Nature seems to have a penchant for arranging numbers so that the proportion beginning with the digit D is equal to log10 of 1 + (1/D). Benford's Law is a kind of ultimate distribution, the "Distribution of Distributions"

There is an anecdote about two eminent philosophers, one of whom was vacillating over whether to accept a job at a rival university. His comrade advised him to do what he always wrote about - optimize his choice by using every bit of potentially useful information to weigh the pluses and minuses of the new position. The first philosopher responded acidly, "Come on, this is serious."

While some may take exception to the name "Many Worlds", 71% of cosmologists and quantum field theorists see the theory as fundamentally valid.

Ons , a theory of truly elementary particles, explaining the emergence of structure from void in physics and psychology
"In order to address the emergence of structure from void, I will propose a particle of being called an on. ons are not particles in spacetime, they exist prior to space and time; they are not really mental forms either, as they exist prior to the structures that define mind."
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