In my first letter, I stated that despite the fact that for the first time in history all of the information necessary to answer life’s great questions is available, I can’t find anyone that has put it all together and published it. Well, I’m not exactly sure why this is, but the reason certainly is not because the answers are overly complex. It may be however (in addition to the fact that people blind themselves with the argument between Science and Religion) that the answers are all together unbelievable.
This brings me to the final topic on truth that I will discuss prior to proceeding on with what I have discovered. The topic is belief. If you go through the trouble to discover and comprehend the truth, yet for one reason or another chose not to believe it, what good is it? However, this happens all of the time. Consider again the argument between Science and Religion. They are engaged in an argument that started long before there was enough information to intelligently have the argument with in the first place… yet; both sides dove in anyway and have become utterly determined to win. Where has it lead them? To self-imposed blindness for they won’t see the truth now that it finally has become available. They are trapped in the snare that occurs when you allow yourself to enter any argument… the goal quickly transforms from discovering the truth to winning the argument, rendering the would be truth seeker entirely disabled. Anyway, I won’t linger too long on this but I will warn the reader - if you are caught up in the argument on either side, you’ll likely find no comfort in what is to come in my letters. Let’s find out by testing the water.
In the previous letter we considered the classic question, “What is matter made of? The answer is, “We don’t know.” This is because whatever it is, it’s too small to observe in a manner that would allow for a definitive conclusion to be made. However, what we do know about matter is mind-boggling. For example, the Schwarzschild Radius of a black hole defines the size of the sphere surrounding the actual mass of the black hole where light cannot escape its gravitational pull and… the Schwarzschild Radius of the Earth is 8.9 mm or a diameter of 17.8 mm.
Does that blow anyone away? That means that if you take all of the matter that the Earth is made of and collapse it into a black hole, it would be smaller than a Ping-Pong ball and potentially, much smaller. The 17.8 mm sphere is not the size of the matter inside the black hole, but rather the size of the Schwarzschild Radius surrounding it. Science has discovered that the mass of a black hole is very likely consolidated within a single point in space that has no size (research black holes & infinite density if you want to make your head spin). In other words, discovery has revealed that you can take as much matter as you want (the Earth, Jupiter, the sun, a red giant, an entire galaxy, whatever) it can all likewise be collapsed into a single point in space smaller than an atom with the only variations being the resulting mass of the black hole and the corresponding size of its Schwarzschild Radius. But how can that be possible?
Let’s look at matter again on the atomic level. An atom is made from Electrons that occupy the space around the nucleus of the atom (made of Protons and Neutrons) in a manner that the entire space appears to be solid. An analogy that I once heard for this is that if a basketball represents a hydrogen atom’s nucleus, the Electron would be like a small marble moving randomly around the basketball at distances up to 20 miles, and moving so fast that it appears to completely fill the entire sphere – thus giving the illusion of a solid, 40 mile diameter object. In addition, this principle is true for the Proton and the Neutron that make up the atom’s nucleus. The Quarks that these particles are comprised of also move at near the speed of light, making the Protons and Neutrons appear solid when they are not.
Well, this principle could go on and on, could it not? As technology allows us to zoom in on smaller and smaller particles - is it not possible that we continue to find the same principle to be true for each new particle that we find? And using logic together with what we know from black holes, isn’t it logical to assume that such is the case? If not, how could it be possible to take varying amounts of matter and collapse them all the same into points in space that have no size?
Can you begin to comprehend what all of this means with respect to you and the world and universe around you? Discovery on these topics is fun and fascinating, but comprehension is scary which in turn makes belief difficult, but the writing is on the wall… we are not made of anything, at least not in the tangible kind of way that our senses would lead us to believe? In essence, although it is not a 100% accurate comparison, we are hologram-like beings living in a holodeck-like universe. Kind of hard to swallow isn’t it, but such is where the evidence points.
So, what do we do with this knowledge? What is to be comprehended from it? Well, as I stated earlier, comprehension requires connecting a given truth with the other truths that surround it in order to see a bigger picture. In my next letter, I will dive into the next connecting truth.