Science and the Existence of Ether

By David Storoy

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The existence of an ether – an all-pervading medium composed of a subtler kind of matter – has been taught by mystic philosophers throughout the ages.

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur=life, Veda=Science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.

In Ayurvedic terms, Akasha (ether) or Space is the element that contains everything. Space, unlike the other elements does not change. It is the one constant in your body and your environment. Space in your body does not og out of balance. It is a consistent containment of your nature. It is your spirit.

The existence of subtler,etheric states of matter is a basic postulate of theosophy and Helena Blavatsky:»Wherever a world or system of worlds is evolving there the plan has been laid down in universal mind ,the original force comes from spirit,the basis is matter,which is in fact invisible. Life sustains all the forms requiring life, and Akasha is the connection link between matter on one side and spirit-mind on the other. «

Linga sarira is a Sanskrit term for the invisible double of the human body,the etheric body or etheric double(or astral body in some Theosophical concepts). It is one of the seven principles of the human being according to Theosophical philosophy.

Rudolf Steiner,the founder of Anthroposophy often referred to the etheric body (ätherlaib or Life Body) in association with the etheric formative forces and the evolution of man and the cosmos. According to him,it can be perceived by a person gifted with clairvoyance as being «peach-blossom color».
Steiner considers the etheric reality or life principle as quite distinct from the physical material reality, being intermediate between the physical world and the astral or soul world. The Etheric body can be characterized as the life force also present in the plant kingdom. It maintains the physical body until death. At that time, it separates from the physical body and the physical reverts to natural disintegration. It is an exact counterpart of our physical body, molecule for molecule, and organ for organ, but it is of the opposite polarity. It is slightly larger, extending about one and one-half inches beyond the periphery of the physical body.

On the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah,the vital body is often related to the sepirah Yesod.
Some Clairvoyants and occultists have produced drawings and paintings that recorded their perceptions of the etheric body (Member of Theosophical society Charles Leadbeater`s Man Visible and Invisible for one example).

In the 19th century, scientists generally accepted the existence of an ether, through which lightwaves propagated, forces were transmitted, and out of which matter was made. However, in the early part of the 20th century, the ether was officially abolished by science, and replaced with the fiction of ‘empty space’.
The ether, however, is far from dead. A series of ether-drift experiments have been carried out in the course of this century that are consistent with its existence, and a number of scientists continue to work on ether theories . Materialists regard matter as patterns of energy organized by fields. But whereas electric, magnetic, and gravitational fields used to be understood as currents of ether, the modern theory offers only a mathematical description, and has no satisfactory explanation of what they are or how they can act at a distance. Modern quantum physics predicts that the vacuum of space is teeming with normally undetectable ‘zero-point’ energy, in the form of electromagnetic radiation fields (the zero-point field) and short-lived ‘virtual’ particles (the ‘Dirac sea’). This ‘quantum vacuum’ is similar in some respects to the ether. The concept of a ‘quantum ether’ is also associated with the causal interpretation of quantum physics developed by David Bohm, Basil Hiley, Jean-Pierre Vigier, John Bell, and others.

‘EPR’ experiments – largely made possible by the theoretical groundwork of David Bohm and John Bell – have reportedly demonstrated that two quantum systems (e.g. polarized photons) that have previously interacted show ‘nonlocal’ correlations, i.e. correlations that cannot be explained in terms of signals travelling through physical spacetime at or slower than the speed of light. Amit Goswami states: ‘One way to resolve the EPR paradox is by postulating that there is an ether behind the space-time scene where faster-than-light (superluminal) signals are allowed. This resolution would also mean giving up locality and materialism and so is unacceptable to most physicists.’

Goswami rejects this explanation on the grounds that ‘superluminal signals would make possible time travel to the past’. Needless to say, there is no empirical evidence whatsoever for the theoretical dogma that anything that travels faster than light would travel backwards in time.
Goswami’s alternative explanation of EPR is derived from his interpretation of quantum physics .He writes:
«It is your observation that collapses the wave function of one of the two correlated photons in the experiment, forcing it to take on a certain polarization. The wave function of the correlated partner photon also collapses immediately. A consciousness that can collapse the wave function of a photon at a distance instantly must itself be nonlocal, or transcendent. Thus instead of nonlocality being a property mediated by superluminal signals, the idealist posits nonlocality to be an essential aspect of the collapse of the wave function of the correlated system – and so a trait of consciousness.

Goswami is saying that our consciousness brings about an event at one place, and that simultaneously a correlated event occurs elsewhere without any causal influences travelling between them; the two correlated events are ‘synchronicities’, or meaningful, acausal coincidences. But saying that an event at one place ‘just happens’ to be correlated with an event elsewhere in a meaningful way hardly constitutes an explanation. For Goswami, then, ‘nonlocality’ means ‘signal-less, instantaneous action at a distance’, whereas theosophically it would involve superluminal signalling through the ether. ‘Superluminal’ does not mean absolutely instantaneous (i.e. infinitely fast), as no quantities can become infinite (a mathematical abstraction) in the real world.

Ervin Laszlo is a Hungarian philosopher of science,system theorist,integral theorist and orginally a classical pianist. He wrote a book in 2004 called,Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything posits a field of information as the substance of the cosmos. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for «space»,Akasha he calls this information field the Akashic field or A-field. He posits that the quantum vacuum is the fundamental energy and information carrying that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively the Metaverse).

Laszlo describes how such an informational field can explain why our universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form galaxies and conscious lifeforms; and why evolution is an informed,not random process. He believes that the hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially non locality and quantum entanglement.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2004 was awarded jointly to David J. Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczek “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction”.
Frank Wilczek says in his book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces:

“Our understanding of nature’s deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it “The Lightness of Being.” Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic Grid—a modern ether— and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus.
The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of “empty space.” In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.”

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1998 to 2008. Its aim is to allow physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics and particularly prove or disprove the existence of theorized Higgs particle and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetric theories. The Higgs particle was confirmed by data from the LHC in 2013.

The LHC was built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientist and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories. It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres in circumference, as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.
As of 2014 the LHC remains one of the largest and most complex experimental facilities ever built.

LHC experiments seek to give substance to the calculations of unified field theory, the quest to combine harmoniously the four fundamental interactions—gravity, electromagnetism, weak force, strong force. The LHC is the logical successor, extending the capability of the human eye, to Leeuwenhoek’s 17th century optical microscope and Rosalind Franklin’s 1952 x"ray images of DNA. As “an ultrastroboscopic nanomicroscope,” it advances seeing to new extremes of scale and resolution (temporally and spatially).

Through a virtual recreation of Big Bang conditions in a tunnel of 27 kilometers circumference, investigators endeavor to understand the nature of innermost spaceas Frank Wilczek terms it, “the deep structure of reality.” He intends no paradox in saying that the LHC will take pictures of “what appears to our senses as nothingness.” He emphasizes that the LHC is grand not only in concrete size but also “in every aspect of engineering and concept,” touting its distributed computing facilities at 100 sites around the globe as “the Internet on steroids.”

As a theoretical scientist, Wilczek hopes highly energized, accelerated protons will collide to reveal new subatomic particles, bolster the unification of forces, and confirm his postulate of supersymmetry. As a curious human, he embraces this massive effort with profound wonder and gratitude. In closing, he offers that “If you’re willing to make the investment to expand your mind, it’s an exciting time to be a thinking being!”

LHC is a ultrastroboscopic nanomicroscope, the world’s most powerful microscope.
LHC, in Frank’s opinion (paraphrased) is our civilization response to pyramids. LHC was not built out of vanity but as a monument to human curiosity. It is a symbolic expression of what human race is and what can be done through collaboration.

Thousand of circular magnets were mounted with high precision and cooled at 2 absolute degree(Kelvin) to accelerate and guide the elementary particles beam towards their dooming destruction in the benefit of science.
LHC pushes the technological limits of advanced electronics and information processing. The electronics will sense the results of human induced small big bangs and the information processing infrastructure will analysze the huge amount of data generated. The LHC computing grid is an Interne t on steroids with thousands of networked computers providing
a tremendous data processing power.

Frank Wilczek asks a simple question: what LHC does? And the intriguing answer comes: to look at “empty” space. Empty is quoted since the nature at its deepest level looks empty but this emptiness has it all, it is a lava lamp kind of quantum fluctuations.

SUSY is a triple identity character, in my opinion. LHC is one of its identity. It is the experimental tool that will validate the contenders’ beautiful theories since a beautiful theory doesn’t mean it is valid. LHC is the reason for a new golden age in physics.

Could we see more subtler, liquid and transparent technology in the future that can show us that ether exist? I think so.

First published in July of 2014

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