Over the last few weeks I have been participating in an active NPR-based blogging forum known as 13.7 Cosmos and Culture. Very fun. Have not been sure where it would lead but enjoy having scientists to “talk” to.
Scientists willing to talk to me are in short supply. Dr. Dinsch is the exception of course, but he’s a research physician, which doesn’t count (jk… Roger’s the best!).
The posts on 13.7 – and it seems most of the comments too – are made by forward-thinking scientists. I have added comments here and there, but basically kept a low profile. At this point its readers, like most scientists, are unlikely to see my saga as anything but melodrama.
One post I have been following is Marcelo Gleiser’s “To Unify Or Not Unify: That Is (Not) The Question” (June 24, 2010). A comment posted Sunday really hit home. Steve O observed that “even if you can prove an inability to measure our way to a complete understanding, maybe some clever chap will make a lucky guess!”
That is exactly the way I see myself in relation to redefining physical theory. Cleverness, the most respected trait in Tibetan culture by the way, is one I have heard myself described as more than once. Chonyi said as much the first time I met him to discuss apprenticing in his restaurant.
And how lucky am I to have had access to perhaps the most distinct tools in all of history for making a lucky guess – 350-year-old carvings from an obscure group of Buddhist gnostics. Plus translated-into-English scripts from cosmologically-minded doctrine that preceded that by another 250 years (The Buddha from Dolpo, text and translations by Cyrus Stearns 1999). That plus having a brother who was immersed in physics and yet compelled to question its central tenants.
I have not presented my “lucky guess” formally here yet — I hope I have demonstrated some small bit of cleverness. Continued concentrated effort is needed to work out what appears to be the final piece of the puzzle: gravity. I have all of the edge pieces of the puzzle in place, have even filled in most of the picture, and what remains is a hole where gravity should be. Actually I know gravity manifests as part of the VEHICLE continuum, I just have not settled on what its complement (opposite end of the continuum) is and why.