Back in April, you may recall our story exploring some ideas related to the God particle and the possibility of time travel, as well as their possible connections to the development of many organized religions from certain mysteries of Christianity to Paganism. Earlier this month, physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have made some discoveries that could rattle the world of physics as we know it.
During an experiment, scientists fired a beam of subatomic particles called neutrinos from the particle accelerator near Geneva to a detector 450 miles away with astonishing results.
Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is founded on the idea that nothing in the universe travels faster than the speed of light. It is upon this foundation that most of modern physics is built, and this has stood the test of time for decades. At the particle accelerator, where it is theorized the God Particle will reveal itself, scientists were dumbfounded when the detector clocked the neutrino stream at 60-billionths of a second faster than it would take light to cover the same distance! Though this difference in speed seems tiny, the implications could be huge.
Einstein's tested theory of Special Relativity states that when objects speed up, time actually slows down. Time stops altogether upon the object reaching 299,792,458 meters per second, at which light slips through a vacuum. If you go any faster, you would be moving backwards in time.
Robert Plunkett, who works with the Fermilab Neutrino Program , was quoted in regards to this experiment as saying that "the devil is in the details." To what extent is this more than a turn of phrase? In our last examination of the God Particle, we asked our ordained ministers what connection this glimpse behind the veil of reality has with the spiritual realm. Plunkett posited that perhaps these neutrinos are in fact taking a sort of short cut out of our dimension, traveling through a space between spaces to reappear at their destination with unimaginable speed. This inquiry into the fundamental nature of reality, the structure of all that is, even the parts beyond what is apparent to us, is the pursuit of Metaphysical truth. Indeed several ULC Monastery ministers seek to study and preach on this very topic.
Einstein himself submitted that even a small deviation in his supposition of light setting the universal speed limit could open up the possibility of time travel, and tear asunder longstanding notions of cause and effect. If you can send a message faster than light, "you could send a telegram to the past."
"If [this] is true," says Alvaro de Rujula, a theorist at CERN, "then we truly haven't understood anything about anything." We believe this is a healthy outlook to have, even if all our experiments are going according to expectations. The Monastery preaches of the wondrous and truly awesome nature of the universe of which we all are children. As quantum physics is revealing, there is far more than meets the eye. The math for this brand of science proclaims the existence of at least a fifth dimension, if not eleven in total [explained in layman's terms here . If we really don't know anything, as this discovery is leading some of our top minds to consider, we must admit that at most, each of us has a mere glimpse at the truth. From this humble position of ignorance, we can find common ground despite seeming discrepancies in both empirical and religious revelation . We only fail when we close our hearts and minds and do not use our diversity, our tool for piecing together the great puzzle, for better understanding.