22nd May 2011
The more science advances, the less we know
Now things are starting to get really interesting.
From a state of total confidence (even arrogance) in our "knowledge" about the universe (cf. religious scriptures and their cosmological theories of the universe) we are now entering the zone of great ignorance.
As man progresses, the LESS he knows, or rather, the more he knows about what he doesn't know.
First, we don't know what is "inside" matter – in particular how energy "lives" inside a small atomic 'ball' (as a quark, for instance) in a consistent "shape", with mass. I had speculated that severe bending of space might have occurred as energy was propelled at speeds potentially faster than the current speed of light in the first few fractional instants of the Big Bang. Of course my knowledge of these things is very limited, having left off the study of physics after my BSc, and if major scientists haven't yet found the answer, I don't claim to have found it at all! The constitution of matter (and mass) remains a major puzzle.
But second, we now have evidence that even if we understood the physics of all of 'visible' energy and matter, we'd only have understood about 4 per cent of the constituents of the universe. The rest of it comprises dark energy (74 per cent) and dark matter (22 per cent). Of these we know NOTHING.
The most basic PHYSICAL questions about the universe remain unresolved. What chance do metaphysical ones have of getting resolved?