Top Ten Reasons to give up those little worldviews
for a much bigger and more inclusive UniverseView.
T h e B i g B o a r d – little universe P r o j e c t
First draft: 19 December 2015 Comments are most welcomed and encouraged.
“Number 10.” Continuity contains everything, everywhere, for all time, then goes beyond.
The first principle of The Big Board-little universe Project is that the infinite is defined by three basic concepts: (1) continuity that is order, (2) symmetries that are relations and (3) harmonies that are dynamics and that the finite is defined by space and time. And, here our entire universe gets blanketed with simple equations and numbers.
Explanation: Help to drag the largest continuity equation out of the closet. It starts at the smallest possible measurements of a unit of length and time. That is the Planck Length and Planck Time; and, it goes out to the Observable Universe and the Age of the Universe respectively. It is most simple math and logic. These two continuity equations, created by multiplying by 2 (base-2 exponential notation) have just over 201 notations or doublings. It is all quite approachable and it goes right to the heart of our commonsense logic which is the legacy of Sir Isaac Newton’s infinite sense of space and time. Within this project, space and time are discrete, quantized, derivative-yet-dynamic; each has a start and a current state. And, that changes everything.
Please note: Links within each paragraph go to Wikipedia pages and most often open a new tab or window. Links from “More” at the end of each item, go to some of our earlier discussions within the project.
“Number 9!” Symmetries structure everything, both the seen and the unseen.
Also a first principle of the Big Board-little universe, there are deep and abiding geometries that bind everything, everywhere, for all time, within those 201+ notations.
Explanation: Help to uncover the deepest and most-compelling symmetries throughout the universe by working with just our first continuity equation, from the Planck Length to the Observable Universe. In the first notation we doubled the Planck Length. Still so small, it is thought by most to be meaningless. Yet, when we follow scaling laws and dimensional analysis and assume the Planck Length is a vertex, we multiply by 8 so the numbers of vertices increase, 1, 8, 64, 512, 4096, and so on. Complexification could occur rather quickly. By the 20th notation, there could be over a quintillion vertices with which to work. There are at least 40 more doublings (or notations or groups or sets) before there is an expression of physicality within measurable space and time. A point-free geometry (Whitehead) is assumed (hypothesized, hypostatized and/or instantiated) to give structure and definition to those first 60+ notations. The only evidence of such structure is given within the homogenity and isotropy throughout our little universe (and within the supersymmetries of particle physics). Thereafter, manifestations of symmetry are actually seen throughout the universe.
“Number 8.” Harmony creates a fleeting moment of perfection that inspires us and guides us.
Harmony is also a first principle of the Big Board-little universe. All those symmetries that bind everything, now begin their movements across all time (within just over 201 notations) from the structure of the first moment to the structure of the current time.
Explanation: Empower symmetries to interact with other symmetries within each notation and across notations. The old concepts related to the harmony of the spheres take on new meaning. By adding the continuity equations defined by Planck Time, symmetries have more than a form; they have a function that moves within a notation and throughout the notations, creating a momentary perfection or perfected state within space-time. Also, we begin to understand the very natural antithesis, chaos and indeterminacy, especially by looking at the most basic structures with the first 60 or so notations…
More... More to come... (pages about harmony being developed)
“Number 7.” You can re-engage all those mysteries in Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) and start to understand it all.
Every aspect of education is touched. Our goal is to use the Big Board-little universe as a STEM resource, first within 10 high schools, then a pilot of 100, then 1000 schools…
Explanation: Everything everywhere starts simply. This new order of things where space and time are derivative of continuities and symmetries (and occasional harmonies) will empower deeper insights into fabric and applications of STEM. One of the initial aims of our attempted Kickstarter program was to engage no less than 100 high schools to use the Big Board-little universe model to re-ignite a love for science and mathematics and all their derivatives. We can see and feel a burst of creativity that begins to address the old questions and opens up a huge boat of new questions.
More to come... (STEM work for schools is being tightened up now)
“Number 6.” Calm your soul within a Quiet Expansion of the universe.
Could the Big Bang theory be deflated by the Big Board-little universe’s Quiet Expansion (QE)? Could a QE become a source of order and inspiration within education… for the general public?
Explanation: We will build upon an article that was written in September 2014; we were thinking about the Big Bang theory while working with the chart of just the Planck Length. It seems that one could easily impute those first 60 doublings to be the foundation of pervasive, unseen structural geometries that finally give rise to the physicality of particle physics. It seemed that the first 67 notations would have been a rather quiet expansion of creation.
#5. You are the center of it all.
Humanity and so many facets of our human population has been marginalized by science, religious beliefs and arrogance. Within this emerging model of the universe, people are key.
Explanation: Within the 201+ notations at 100 is the human sperm cell and at 103 is the human egg. In the middle of the Planck Length doublings is the vibrancy that gives us modestly intelligent life. A molecule of water, the source of continuity within life, is just 280 picometers, within the 80th notation, has a special symmetry with so many other chemical and biological processes within the next 20 notations. If you are the center of it all, we say, “Sit up, and be sure to drink a lot of water.”
More... (new tab or window; a tour of the Planck Length chart)
#4. Your Mind is actually on the grid after all.
The brain-mind debate is centuries old. The mind has had no place to be… no place to rest. Unwelcomed and questioned, here we hypostatize its place on the grid between notations 50 and 60.
Explanation: Nothing can be measured by an instrument that fits into the first 60 notations or doublings of the Planck Length, so by engaging systems philosophy, we begin to construct an ideal (the same challenge that faced Lawrence Krauss with his book, A Universe from Nothing) starting with Plato’s forms. The doublings quickly become complexity. From Forms, to Structures, to Substances, to Relations, and finally to Systems, this is an idealized structure where the Mind seems to naturally reside within Systems.
#3. You are in three places at the same time.
We get our most basic definition within the Human-Scale Universe, yet we live and have our being within the 201st notation where we find the current time. And, just perhaps, our minds exist within a Systems construct of the universe between notation 50 and 60. Surely our sleep, which we say is “resting in the arms of God”, is within the small-scale universe, 1-67.
Obviously there are huge intellectual challenges ahead!
Explanation: Each of the three major divisions of the Universe — the Small Scale, the Human Scale, and the Large Scale — has about 67 notations. As we study our many charts of the five Planck base units, we can see ourselves in at least three places at the same time. We now need to determine how all three scales work coterminously to create personal identity. As a result, we hypostatize new functionalities for space-time junctions, historically called wormholes, for the mind and the archetypal definition of human throughout the Human Scale Universe. Hopefully, along the way we may even begin to grasp the very nature of a blackhole. To that end we now return to Hawkings’s 1975 paper, Particle Creation by Black Holes.
More... (goes to our first chart based on the Planck Length)
#2. You can get your act together.
We have been constrained by worldviews that ignore the larger universe and our role within it. We have been constrained by a science that has difficulty penetrating those notations below the 67th.
Explanation: An Integrated Universe View changes everything. Simplicity is the starting point. Continuity takes its place at the centerfold. Symmetries within it capture our eye and imagination. There appears to be goodness in the universe and the place of asymmetries, indeterminacy, questions and openness, and the very nature of the self begins to thrive as a creative nexus! If only my Mom were still alive, she might just understand what motivated her to say so often to me, “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’.”
#1. Religion & Science can get together again.
Our worldviews can no longer ignore the constants and universals that define and give structure to the universe and our role within it.
Explanation: Our very-young and often naïve UniverseView is a call to all religions of every flavor. We all need a touch of humility to engage the openness of those constants and universals so we can see how each is used within the sciences and how these create bridges with the metaphors and analogies within religious history. My father was an Episcopalian turned Unitarian Universalist. As we were growing up, he would often say, “You can’t legislate morality.” He was right. It is much deeper than legislation and rules. Religion is part of the very fabric of ethics, universals, and constants. Their metaphors can be richer and more robustly textured. The Universe is so simple, so marvelous, so intricate, and extraordinarily complex all at the same time, we all should celebrate every hour of every waking moment.