Chapter 9

Growth, Gravity & God

 

Beware!  The law of inertia is not the simple ideal proposition you would like to make of it.  It is a vast complexity.  Gravitation is not one elemental uncouth force.  It is a strange, infinitely complex, subtle aggregate of forces.  And yet however much it may waggle, a stone does fall to earth if you drop it. (D.H. Lawrence)

 

There is an inherent trepidation involved in tampering with the mystery of gravity. It is hallowed ground. After all, it has already captured the attention of some pretty lofty personalities:  Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein—to name but the most famous.  And it takes a third of one's lifetime to learn the many complexities involved just to contemplate its effects.  In fact, the advanced concepts of gravitational research have become so complex as to go beyond the abilities of all but a handful of the most dedicated mathematical specialists in the field.  Therefore, most of us mortals, including many other scientists, leave such thoughts to those who must know what they're talking about.

But the fact remains:  The cause of gravity and/or weight has not yet been disclosed!  The mystery endures and the cosmic joke continues.  Save existence itself, the phenomenon of weight has produced the single-most enduring physical mystery in the entire history of human thought.  And the reason this is so is at least two-fold.  First, no one has developed a successful mechanism to explain it.  Despite the unsurpassed genius of both Newton and Einstein, neither produced a physical model explaining how orbital gravitation and weight must necessarily come about.

The second reason this mystery endures is that all along, we've been looking in the wrong direction.  Modern man's unspoken assumption that knowledge is a function of the forward direction of time; that knowledge can only be extracted from new and more complex ideas is ipso-facto faulty.  There is no reason whatsoever to assume that many haven't intuited the cause of gravity already, and that it just may be incredibly simple. Poe certainly thought it was:

It is, therefore, with no unwarranted fear of being taken for a madman at the outset...that I here declare the modus operandi of the Law of Gravity to be an exceedingly simple and perfectly explicable thing.1

The complexities involved in describing the effects of gravity are due to science's inability, once again, to provide—or even desire—an explanation. This inability manifests itself as both a reluctance to admit its own ignorance, and its official residence in the non-existent world of the third dimension. And they will continue this stubborn behavior until all the sacred cows have been eliminated.

Question almost any scientist on the meaning of gravity and he will at once pull a long face, like a country parson asked to explain the doctrine of the trinity, and murmur something about its being the most mysterious force in the universe. Do not be deceived by his vagueness. Behind it lies the implacable determination to defend the sacred cow.2

But eventually one finds that science is forced to admit it doesn't know much about the source of this mysterious action "No one knows why specimens of matter attract one another. The best that can be done...is to associate the attractive force with some property of matter."3

But even an attractive force is a double barreled-assumption, if not a contradiction. In the first place, an attractive force would be unlike anything else in our dualistic environment. All other forces are bi-polar, with positive or negative aspects.  Everything in existence has some dualistic or alternating, cyclical character. And in the second place, Einstein has already shown the way out of this problem by his assertion that gravitation is not a force at all, but an effect. And through his genius we are able to view this effect as two separate types of behavior: the resistance to acceleration and the curvature of space and time. The former concerns how space and time effect mass. The latter concerns how mass effects space and time.  All that we think of as gravity is the product of these two sources of energy.

The significance of this fact has been ignored for decades and has only recently dawned on a few researchers. For, to behold the two faces of gravity is to cast a colossal impertinence and thus contradict the primary assertion of Sir Isaac Newton. And this lack of understanding is the main reason why our schools still teach that both forms of gravitation, universal and terrestrial, are exactly what they are not: a mysterious, 'occult', one-way force of attraction.


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