April 5.2018 E: Experimental Space (WHAT IS vs WHAT IS BEHIND WHAT IS)
We know our expanding droplet in two dimensions may be analogous to how the universe expands. Starting with random sine wave perturbations on a perfectly circular expanding universe/droplet (a buckling of the relationship boundary, so it is no longer circular, wave crests and wave troughs abounding). Understanding how this droplet expands may bring us closer to understanding tension (both gravitational and interfacial, or the analog between the two) that arises on the relationship boundary of the universe (possibly the source of what astrophysicists call dark matter or dark energy).
In taking in all of the things mentioned so far about our experiment and how it points us in the direction of learning more about our universe, we must stop and understand the term I coined in my journal article: Experimental Space.
For us humans, believe it or not, for us, Experimental Space is all that exists. We live in a virtual reality of the mind, and so anything we conceive, like experiments (especially experimental setups (tools we use to collect data so we can see what’s going on) educates our WHAT IS (a term coined by the philosopher/psychologist J. Krishnamurti which refers to the explicit or explained). What we really want to know is WHAT IS BEHIND WHAT IS. Sadly, whether we like it or not, we may never know what lurks there (that is what J. Krishnamurti’s friend physicist David Bohm calls the Implicit Order (the implied or potential existence).
As scientists, all the experiments we perform are on explanations we’ve already conceived of (great approximations to how our universe works (mostly mathematical), but not the whole picture). As experimenters, we may never know the whole picture. But we can manipulate experimental space and deduce models of the universe which may be useful and work for a time.
So, all we know about space and time involves the probability that we can forecast how the universe behaves, most of the time.
The universe is thought to expand, because we see a redshift as we (in our part of the universe) expand away from stars as they appeared in the past. The expansion of space most probably is the reason for the gravitational tension between places expanding and places of inertia (black holes, stars, planets) that resist being pushed outward.
The importance of understanding Experimental Space is that thermodynamically, we can study the universe not just from the viewpoint of humans, but from the viewpoints of other objects/systems/relationship-boundaries. What is so important about other viewpoints or perspectives on the universe is similar to the importance of having two eyes. With two eyes we have a clearer perspective on our environment (We can judge distances better. We get closer to what works most of the time).
So what about reality? Is there one absolute reality that we can see and understand as we look around our environment? There exists in perspective (depending on who’s perspective it is) a spectrum from real to virtual. Near The Big Bang, the supposed beginning of the universe, there were very direct changes on the first relational boundary formed (maybe subjectively through temperature-change/energy-flow) and so, objects/systems/boundaries might experience something closer to real (but unfortunately the experiences are short lived). In order for intelligence/conscious-experience to survive and grow, the relationship boundary needed to isolate and create its own model of reality (virtuality).
[Note: The relationship boundary that we have already described is not an outer boundary. There may not be an outer boundary of the universe, because our relationship boundary that brings all things into existence is subjective and quickly differentiates into potential virtual outcomes (experiences across the boundaries). Relationship boundaries and universal boundaries in our Experimental Space can be thought of as mathematical sets or probabilities of existence depending on who’s looking (the perspective/experience of the observed object/system/relational-boundary). Philosopher Deleuze’s definition of virtuality suggests that what is virtual is also real. But that depends on who’s looking. So, virtual reality only seems real to the object/system/boundary that’s observing its world.]
So anything we describe or explain is part of our virtual reality, our Experimental Space. In that way, when we say the universe is expanding, do we know whether there is a real expansion at play, or does our data indicate an expansion in Experimental Space (an expansion of the subjective relational boundaries of the systems studied)? Could the acceleration of universal expansion (the ever-changing and increasing length of the relationship boundary) be due to the increase of inward boundaries in systems like intelligent brains? Only unstable inwardly buckled boundaries can eventually change to store information.
Because all we know is Experimental Space (WHAT IS), we will never know to 100% accuracy WHAT IS BEHIND WHAT IS. Through experiment and observation, we can only create models of what things look like and how they behave.
Agreed, there are limits to what we can know is real. The difference between complete reality and unreality will always be subjective because of the limitations of our human brain to comprehend the difference.