Recent astronomical observations (since 2014) are showing “strange” synchronized galaxies movements and “abnormal” alignments of supermassive black holes at the core of quasars. This discovery indicates that large-scale structures in the universe are influencing the dynamics of galaxies and supermassive black holes, even when they are separated by billion light years. It looks as if they are connected by a vast unseen force. There is currently no scientific explanation and this observed behavior may jeopardize the current basic assumption about the physical universe model (the cosmological principle). More observations are required before drawing any conclusion.
Here is an interview of Edward Witten, the physicist who proposed, back in 1995, the M-Theory as a Theory of Everything (TOE), a mathematical model describing the physical universe as a combination of strings and gravity in seven-dimensional space. As of today, string and super-string theories, including the M-theory, have not had any experimental confirmation. It is a theory which cannot be falsified (proved wrong), and some physicists are starting exploring other theories and models who could also describe the physical world. At the end of the interview, to the question : “Do you have any ideas about the meaning of existence ?”, Edward Witten answered : “No.” . . .
Source : Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research
Date : 2017
Universal Consciousness became a subject for scientific researches. In 2011, David Chalmer introduced the concept of panexperientialism, derived from panpsychism. Panpsychism is the doctrine where everything in the universe has a mind. For example, fundamental physical types like a quark or a photon are endowed with consciousness in this theory. From this concept, Prof. Gregory Matloff, a physicist specialized in interstellar travel, is proposing to put this theory to test in order to verify – or not – the existence of a universal consciousness. His approach is based on the existence of a Universal Proto-Consciousness field which, through the pressure of the vacuum fluctuations ( Casimir effect ), gives birth to atomic matter. Current astronomical observations reveal that some young stars are abnormally altering their galactic trajectory (Parenago’s Discontinuity). The author of the paper is suggesting that this is the result of a deliberated action from a minded star. Satellite’s observations (Gaia) are in progress to verify the volitional star hypothesis.
Fossil hunters have been digging up remains of extinct species on Earth for centuries. Now the work is about to begin on Mars. Using hyper-spectral imaging spectroscopy from the surface of a Mars crater (Jezero crater) where a paleolake has been identified, a team of scientists reached the conclusion that the carbonate signal they detected may indicate the presence of microscopic bio-signatures like the ones from stromatolites (fossils of cyanobacteria, single cell microbe). This finding may confirm the possibility for some primitive life activity on Mars four billion years ago. The next space mission to Mars (Mars Rover 2020) will land in this crater to confirm (or not) this detection in February 2021.
Analysis of ejected material from Enceladus, one of Saturn’s Moon, has identified nitrogen and oxygen-bearing compounds. These components are identical with the ones which produces amino-acids, through chemical reactions. Amino-acids are considered as building blocks of life on Earth.
A new theory of cosmology of the universe was published, which main feature is the cyclic aspect – expansion-contraction. Compared to previous identical theories, the characteristics of this new one matches with current observations. The cyclic evolution is dominantly classical; it does not require quantum domination period, therefore eliminating the multiverse hypothesis, well-known for its impossibility to be demonstrated (10 to the power 500 possible universes…). At the end of the contraction phase, dimensions never cross the Planck scale limits, therefore eliminating also the singularity of the current General relativity model.
One of the latest theory on Gravitation (Quantum Gravity) is displaying a deep connection with Taoist Cosmology. A paper published by Steven M. Rosen proposes a comparison between some of the key concepts of both theories. Emphasis is put on similarities between Symmetry Breaking in Modern Physics (Strings Theory) and the Yin-Yang mechanism in Taoism. The proposed model includes the evolution of elementary particles through cycles of expansion and contraction of a spiraling universe.
Measurements of the universe expansion rate are giving conflicting results. Since the discovery of the expansion of the universe (Edwin Hubble – 1920’s), the measure of the expansion rate has been improved to a good level of accuracy . . . until a new evaluation method delivered a value with a significant departure from the estimated one. This could invalidate the current standard theory of cosmology (^CDM), which includes dark matter and dark energy.
A new study suggests the sunspots peak cycle may be the resultant of other planets – Venus, Earth, Jupiter – gravitational fields affecting the magnetic field of the Sun. The physical effect , known as the Tayler instability, is capable of altering the behavior of conductive liquids or a plasma. The 11.07 years cycle matches with the periodic alignment of the three planets, generating the greatest gravitational pull.
New measurements below the surface of Mars revealed layers of ice buried a mile beneath the North pole. The quantity of this newly discovered polar ice would be equivalent to a global layer of water around Mars at least 1.5 meters deep. Researchers said it could help the assessment of climate conditions to see if they could have been favorable for life.
Helium hybrid, a compound of hydrogen and helium, thought to be the very first molecule synthesized after the Big Bang, has been finally observed in distant universe. It was hypothesized and recreated in laboratory in 1925. It is thought to be the prototype of the Hydrogen molecule which is the basic component of most of the visible universe.
The Theosophist, Vol. IV, N° 12, 1883, pp.295-310 : “Each atom or molecule of ordinary scientific hypothesis is not a particle of something, animated by a psychic something, destined to blossom as a man after eons. But it is a concrete manifestation of the Universal Energy which itself has not yet become individualized: a sequential manifestation of the one Universal Monas (of the Peripatetics).”
What are the basic constituents of our universe, our world, our body, . . . From where came the building blocks of our “material” world, the elementary particles ? How Science classified them ? This paper recapitulates decades of interdisciplinary research in astronomy, chemistry, and nuclear physics to determinate from where came the elements.
Our moon isn’t alone: Astronomers confirm Earth has two extra, hidden satellites. Hungarian astronomers and physicists say they have finally confirmed the existence of two Earth-orbiting “moons” entirely made of dust.
This is an interesting piece of news that may be related to something HPB taught to her Inner Group. She said:
“A new Moon will appear during the 7th Round, and our Moon will finally disintegrate and disappear. There is now a planet, the “mystery Planet”, behind the Moon, and it is gradually dying. Finally, the time will come for it to send its principles to a new laya centre, and there a new planet will form, to belong to another solar system, the present “mystery Planet” there functioning as Moon to that new globe. This Moon will have nothing to do with our Earth, although it will come within the range of vision.”
The two first man-made object to leave the heliosphere of the Solar System, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, are still in communication with Earth, and they are sending data from 11 billion miles. The first one, Voyager 1 left the Solar System mid-2012, and Voyager 2 is nearing the border.
Mme Blavatsky explained (Blavatsky Lodge discussions – April 11, 1889) that :
” Between two planets, there is a regular gradation of density and purity in the etheric atmosphere which lies between the two. It commences on a planet with the densely material air, which is the rûpa, or body of ether, and is as opaque to the light of its higher principle as the body of man is to the light of the Divine Spirit. From that material darkness of the etheric atmosphere shades off gradually, till it reaches a point of – say, the perfect brightness or luminosity. This is the Laya point, or line on our plane, of the atmosphere between two planets… Therefore, in occult science, it is impossible for anything in the shape of a material body to pass from one planet to another.”
Those statements about the impossibility to pass from one planet to the other may be puzzling . Looking further at what HPB said, maybe she was considering something like a spaceship (which of course didn’t exist at the time). Maybe she was saying that no material from a planet can naturally escape it, and also that a human being could not nakedly cross from one planet to the next. At this time, science did knew about the lack of oxygen in outer space and the escape velocity from Earth (or other planets). Maybe this was Blavatsky’s point.
” Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, announced plans to launch an “artificial moon” in 2020. According to Chunfeng, the illumination satellite will be eight times as bright as the actual moon. But he also emphasized that it has been designed to “complement the moon at night.” On Earth, its presence will appear as a “dusk-like glow” that can light an area with a diameter of close to 50 miles. The main driver of this project appears to be cash. “