"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Lawful Composition of the Universe

Day in and day out we hear it being professed that entropic randomness is the underlying physical reality of all that exists. And indeed, if one were to marshal evidence to the contrary to a peer reviewed scientific publication it would be rejected. A variation of this theme is so called chaos theory whereby there is an "emergent" order somehow spontaneously generated out of the prevailing chaos.

I have fought continuously in these pages to maintain the opposite and to point to the psychology of the ruling conventional worldview. Whether or not anyone adhering to such an axiomatic schema for adjudging reality is aware of it, their worldview or Weltanshauung is equivalent to the arbitrary rule of the pagan pantheon. The gods are immortal and yet arbitrarily irrational in their ungovernable earthly passions. They demand human sacrifice in the worse case scenarios. A society cannot but crumble eventually that is held in thrall to such ghastly "principles." Entropy!

In fact, thank goodness, the reality is quite the opposite. As the great genius and founding father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, wrote -- the reason for scientific inquiry and government is to Do the Good for the benefit of future generations. That is the essence of "the American dream." This worldview mandates that science have a long term mission orientation. In current terms, this means developing the means for alleviating poverty and disease, providing necessary infrastructure, fresh water and energy systems. The areas of investigation that cohere with this orientation are many. At their pinnacle however is the unifying mission for the human colonization of space. This is not optional; it is necessity.

Yesterday I came across a rather profound observation in my daily perusal of scientific literature:

"Recently, the pressure distribution in the proton was extracted for the first time from deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS) experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) by Burkert, Elhouadrhiri and Girod [1] (henceforth referred to as BEG) over a limited kinematic range. The result is remarkable; it indicates that the internal pressure in a proton is approximately 1035 Pa, exceeding the estimated pressure in the interior of a neutron star."

This neatly illustrates the lawful ordering principle to which I refer. As Nicholas of Cusa and Leibniz developed in their dialogues, the Macrocosm and Microcosm are intimately and lawfully connected by the ongoing harmonious composition of this best of all possible worlds.





MIT physicists have calculated the pressure distribution inside a proton for the first time. They found the proton’s high-pressure core pushes out, while the surrounding region pushes inward.

Courtesy of the researchers

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