The Higgs Boson, which is the particle associated with the Higgs Field that is said to give “mass to matter” by means of its gluey properties, has been “discovered” at last.
Much flowing of champers at CERN, near Geneva, and torrents of geeky boffins bouncing all over our screens with silly grins on their faces. No wonder, their grants are secure for another 20 years or so as they try to work out what we are going to do with a little dot on a graph called Higgs.
But what if it’s not all that it seems?
Consider the nature of our world: a vast unified field we know as the universe, in which everything is connected to everything else. That much is agreed by almost everyone.
The field is characterised by a vast emptiness — if we ignore the elusive “dark matter” and “dark energy” presupposed by scientists to fill in the gaps. The scientific mind abhors a vacuum.
That there is no sign of this stuff is par for the course. The same happened with the Higgs, which astoundingly appeared from nowhere, at the very last minute, “exactly where Peter Higgs said it would be”. A religious miracle for our times.
What is happening here is that theories are being accepted for the truth, albeit unconsciously, and the highly imaginative human mind is creating epiphenomena to bring the idea down to earth.
Remember the double helix of Francis Crick? I was once told by a scientist who knew him that he was fond of taking LSD, the drug of choice for producing epiphenomena.
An epiphenomenon is a secondary effect or by-product which arises from, but which does not causally influence a process.
It’s the way human minds fill in the gaps of our knowledge to make sense of the world. Look around and you will spot thousands of them, many as fanciful as you can get. That chap in the sky with a white beard passes for God more often that we’d care to admit.
The problem for science is that it’s stuck with a particulate, granular idea of what constitutes reality. So a particle creates a field which “gives mass to matter”. Mathematics says so!
But maths is just a language to describe epiphenomena. If the phenomenon is factually wrong, so is the mathematics. Scientists are playing silly games with nature, which is beyond the reach of any machine ever invented.
The alternative explanation goes right to the heart of reality. Mysticism eschews vast colliders, banks of computers, and a search for ever-smaller granules to explain what they think they are seeing.
The mystical view is based on a simple apprehension of the cosmos as a “unity of Being”.
At first glance it’s not very different from science: Pauli’s Exclusion Principle, for example, demonstrates that “everything in the universe is connected to everything else”. Pauli was clearly aware of Indra’s Net, a very ancient version of the same principle.
The difference is that Quantum science does not accept the full implications of Indra’s Net, that it is just a human picture to make sense of the apparently lumpy nature of the world. Whereas “everything is connected” means that everything derives from the same “substance”: Consciousness, or to give it its earlier title, Spirit.
This is the view of the Rig Veda and of the Upanishads of ancient India, and all mystical literature ever since. It is confirmed by mystical and spiritual experiences described many times on this site.
Does it matter? Why shouldn’t we just play around with this playful universe like dolphins in a vast sea?
Because people are not like porpoises. In our latest incarnation we are essentially killing machines, with massive inferiority complexes, prone to waging evermore destructive wars. Science itself is responsible for all of the non-natural human slaughters in history.
Over a few centuries, national disputes have gone from knightly jousting and bows and arrows to the concept of mutually-assured destruction with nuclear bombs designed to kill tens of millions and poison the land, sea and air for a hundred years.
That’s the result of the principal delusion of science: that it is possible to have deadly enemies and eliminate them. One Adolf Hitler can virtually destroy a continent.
The mystical Unity of Being shows that to kill others is to kill part of oneself. Science’s particulate model slices up reality and sets one against another. It is a false dichotomy.
At the deepest level of understanding there is only one all-encompassing Being. Let’s call it God.
… who is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers.
A Mystic in the Modern World is coming soon.
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