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Jay and Psi were traveling again. “I wish our trips could last longer. We seem to just get started and we’re here already!” thought Jay. Of course they weren’t together. Particles such as they could never be together while they were moving. It would violate a rule of micro-physics. In the macro-universe moving meant separation. Only when their momentum was zero did their matter coalesce.

Psi reflected, “Don’t complain. In some universes entire groups of particles would take thousand of millions of years to move between galaxies.”

“What do you think it would be like to actually sense motion?” questioned Jay. “Instantaneous travel is not all it’s cracked up to be. Those particle groups, humans I think they are called, are so lucky. They get to feel gravity, see matter move and actually can interact with its mass.”

Psi contradicted, “Do you know how isolated that must feel? How could they ever know the real beauty of the universe? Sure they could see the universe though manipulation of photons but it would be so out-dated. What they saw would be so far in the past it would be useless.”

Jay argued,” Sure but what a puzzle it would be to solve. Once they realized that their photons were only the interaction our universe’s matter particles in their space, something clicked. “Could you imagine the ‘aha’ moment that would create in their thought matter?”

Psi agreed, “What did they call us– dark matter? And that other thing they couldn’t figure out – dark energy. Why wasn’t it clear to them that dark energy was only the momentum of our space continuing through the white hole that began their universe?”

Jay added, “And the time it created was not uniform.”

Could life exist in a micro-cosmos? And for that matter; a macro-cosmos. Add all the cosmoses in between and we’d have the multiverse. That’s what was on Clas’s mind that morning. “Once we get the 3D ILC on line later this month and start to analyze the data, maybe we can finally prove it. “Why do we humans think that life only exists on our level of size?” he asked Lars. Even here on Earth life exists from the very small to the largest of animals. Why should the cosmos be any different?”

Lars said,”OK. Prove it. You need to show that matter can organize itself and willfully congregate during a consistent time-frame. Once that matter does work and reverses entropy, I might jump on the band wagon.”

Clas recounted, “When we were at the LHC and proved the Higgs field defined space and that gravity and time were symmetric, it opened to door to our new research. All we need to do now is to show some type of organization at the smallest level over a known period of time. Who would doubt the connection?”  Little did they know of what always occurs in a universe so far, and yet still, so close.  And its human repercussions.

Jay and Psi were together again. They and their partners were soon back to life; interactions as they knew it. Those interactions were practically infinite.

Psi commented, “Infinity – that’s another concept our companion universe never picked up on. Didn’t their mathematically-oriented particle groups ever consider that nothing could go on forever?”

Jay added,” It was such a romantic concept. I think they liked the notion. I like the true “reality”. All the particles in our universe and theirs have a common heritage. I think they started to get it when they began down the path of symmetry. They just couldn’t take it far enough. How could they? No amount of energy in their particle accelerators could create particles in ours. The best they could see were our interactions.”

Psi took over, “They were so close though. They knew that visualizing our white matter interacting in their universe was, in essence, looking back in time. Too bad they didn’t take symmetry to the next logical conclusion. It finally took their new accelerators and some cleaver math to realize what humans were looking at.” When ILC initiated a massive particle collision simultaneously on all three axis’s, the two particles were traveling again. When next together, a new partnership would begin.  

Lars and Clas were close. The data was becoming clear.  The analysis of the trimensional Higgs field was showing an unexpected and strange shape. That empty space was not empty had been known for decades. But an organization to the “emptiness” was a surprise.  As they had been delving further and further down in size, something was stacking “up”. As if there was direction in up-ness. It took the other two dimensions to become apparent.

“What does this mean to you?” asked Clas.

Lars added, “I think a better question is “where” does it mean? It certainly points us a different way.”

Clas butted in, “Hell, I want to know “what” it implies. There seems to be a similar orientation following all of the collisions we’re seeing.”

Years later they found their implication. Plotting Earth’s rotation around the sun, correlating the movement of the Milky Way through the vast number of clusters, the direction of our destination seemed to be defined.  Then the strangest discovery in the history of humanity was found. The giant  tri-axial space collider had discovered direction not only in Earth’s path but in every particle’s three dimensional structure. Were the Great Attractor and the Lorenz Attractor related? It suggested we are blazing a trail into deterministic chaos? Analyzing time variations and temperature gradients might we assemble information to predict our future?

Jay and Psi where shocked to sense the macro-message. Were the particle groups trying to communicate with us? Being asked to travel billions of years the in past to unravel some very old relics of an evolving species?  Didn’t they know? Time was the connection. Jay and Psi knew all beings eventually become “each other.” History always repeated itself so even particle groups better “do unto others…”.

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