Creation myths

June 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

The Large Hadron ColliderATLAS at CERN Cerchiato

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Creation myths are based on what people saw – their observations. Many creation myths begin with the theme of birth. This may be because birth represent new life and the beginning of life on earth may have been imagined as being similar to the beginning of a child’s life. This is closely related to the idea of a mother and father existing in the creation of the world.

In some creation myths actual creation doesn’t occur until generations after the first god came into being. A supreme being appears in almost every myth. He or she is what triggers a chain of events that create the world. Sometimes there are two beings, often a passive and active creator.

Not all cultures imagine life starting on earth

Some believe it originated either above or below where we live now. And other myths claim the earth was once covered with water and the earth was brought to the surface. According to some myths humans and animals lived together peacefully, and then the innocence of humans is taken away by a god.

We keep wondering. We continue to make theories on how earth was created, based on our observations. And our observations have “expanded”, just like our “universe” has. Like the Microwave Anisotropy Probe of NASA and The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN.

With these we seem to recreate new creation myths

We base our ideas on scientific evidence and experiments, just like the ancients did, on observations.

For decades, the Standard Model of particle physics has served physicists well as a means of understanding the fundamental laws of Nature, but it does not tell the whole story. Only experimental data using the higher energies reached by the LHC can push knowledge forward, challenging those who seek confirmation of established knowledge, and those who dare to dream beyond the old paradigms.

What “worries” me somewhat is the “Only …” in that quote. That’s usually a sure sign of political spellcasting.

What doesn’t worry me

Physicists hope that the LHC will enhance their ability to answer the following questions:

Is the Higgs mechanism for generating elementary particle masses in the Standard Model indeed realised in nature? If so, how many Higgs bosons are there, and what are their masses?

Are electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force just different manifestations of a single unified force, as predicted by various Grand Unification Theories?

Why is gravity so many orders of magnitude weaker than the other three fundamental forces?

Is Supersymmetry realised in nature, implying that the known Standard Model particles have supersymmetric partners?

Will the more precise measurements of the masses and decays of the quarks continue to be mutually consistent within the Standard Model?

Why are there apparent violations of the symmetry between matter and antimatter?

What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?

Are there extra dimensions , as predicted by various models inspired by string theory, and can we detect them?

My 2 cents

Perhaps if science is given more to see, they will change all spiritual theory in the future, as many are beginning to sense a relation between science and our current views of spirituality blending into a new perspective of understandings.

Consciousness can be a cheat, and the more we know, the less we know …


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