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Inside of five minutes.  Barely even a breath in the span of a lifetime; but, in that amount of time, I experienced an epiphany indescribable.  I went from having a vague concept to a complete understanding almost instantaneously.  It was much more than a common epiphany; more like epiphany cubed to the umpteenth power squared times a hundred.
I love science, but I do think scientific discovery dilutes spiritually-based thought.  I’m in no way knocking science; in fact, science in and of itself by definition purports intelligent design.  The more we learn, the less we know, the more questions we have.  Voyager, the space craft sent off into the cosmos, has sent back images of some of the largest objects in our universe, which (coincidentally?) resemble, or are a spitting image of, microscopic neurons in the human brain.  Is this evidence for intelligent design?
I mentioned science.  Science has created many more questions than it has answered.  In fact, the more discoveries we make equals a self-fulfilling prophecy for more questions. Let’s talk light--a well-documented phenomenon, mentioned even in the Bible.  Examine this carefully.  What do we really know about light?  We know it is a form of energy.  We know in its visible form it is precise frequencies of electromagnetic energy on the electromagnetic spectrum.  Now, is it because of its frequency that our eyes are able to “see,” or is it because our brains interpret electrical signals generated by neurons that have been stimulated by light energy?  The answer is, of course, both.  So, with that in mind, and I’m asking you to please keep an open mind, is it possible that other frequencies of energy, aside from visible light, on the electromagnetic spectrum could stimulate sensory receptor neurons and generate electrical signals that in turn can be interpreted by our brains?  Wait, did I dream that?  And why is the electromagnetic spectrum always portrayed on a two-dimensional graph when electromagnetism is all-encompassing and omnipresent.  For nowhere in our universe does there exist any place where there is not at least a small amount of light, especially at the subatomic level.  There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.  (Think carbon cycle in the sun; that’s a lot of light.)  The only place ever to exist where there is absolute darkness is in the condemned hearts of men.
Another thing to consider concerning light and energy are interactions of these two phenomena at the subatomic (micro) level.  Per se, light and energy in these regards are one in the same.  On the macro scale, across the expanse of the universe, matter is nothing more than energy (light) congealed into mass.  Energy (light) emitted is measured as light, whereas energy absorbed (or congealed, frozen if you will) is measured in its various forms as weight, heat, motion, velocity, inertia, or spin of mass, gravity, repulsion, and potential, plus or minus, us.  Just as the carbon cycle supports the furnace of the sun and causes it to emit energy (light) and consume itself at a much slower than expected rate, so does a similar process cause matter to remain in a congealed state and retain its vast quantities of stored latent energy, seemingly indefinitely.
Energy is neither created nor destroyed, yet when released it creates quite a “light” show.  (Think atomic and hydrogen bombs.)  Einstein showed us how mass and energy equivalence can be arrived at mathematically.  Peter Higgs predicted the last piece of the Standard Model, also mathematically, and posited a fair conception of how to keep everything together.  Experimental physicists report having discovered Mr. Higgs’ little boson by observing what they didn’t see.  That just tells me they have found something that isn’t there.  Of course, at mankind’s rate of technological advancement can anyone really expect the Standard Model to even last for another 100 years?
Here’s an idea; let’s pump billions more dollars into superconducting dipole magnets and slam even more quadrillions of protons into each other at ever higher energies so we can once again “see” what was there but is not.  For our purpose, and as a human condition for a means to our ends, we must do this very thing.  Once we abandon aggressive research, we succumb to cessation of progression and stagnate in propensity.  Man is inclined by definition of spirit to evolve, adapt, and overcome, to explore, discover, and reinvent as new information becomes available.  However, just because we think we can know everything doesn’t mean we should.
Back in our subatomic domain, where everything consists of cozy empty space, electrical fractals of pent-up energy in lattice, flavor, color, spin, direction, and uncertainty, life goes on.  Sounds like Tuesday to me.  I always like my gluons sautéed, and, of course, a nice plum pudding for dessert.  Leptons and hadrons come for dinner and truly make the party pop, sometimes scaring Shcrodinger’s cat.  Electron positron pairs light the candles and everything is thus illuminated sufficiently.  But what have we really seen?  Countless bits of data recorded to be interpreted countless different ways, posing countless more questions on a self-perpetuating quest for more knowledge.  Alice through the looking glass.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t I feel safer under the Standard proton, neutron, electron administration?  Didn’t eat no welfare steaks; everybody pulled his weight.  Of one aspect I am positively certain--we have spent a lot of money smashing up a whole bunch of stuff that we can only “sense” on a scale proportionate to that which we are absolutely able to sense it.  I didn’t see what I thought wasn’t there so I did see what I sensed wasn’t there when I thought I saw what it wasn’t.  God bless us everyone.

About the Author: 
I am 50 years old and have a thirst for knowledge in many different areas. God has blessed me with gifts of writing and drawing, which have been a vital part of my life. I’m compassionate and caring and have had many challenges affecting my life choices.

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Quantum Theories

H is for ... Hawking Radiation

In 1975, Stephen Hawking showed that the principles of quantum mechanics would mean that a black hole emits a slow stream of particles and would eventually evaporate.

H is for ... Hidden Variables

One school of thought says that the strangeness of quantum theory can be put down to a lack of information; if we could find the “hidden variables” the mysteries would all go away.

W is for ... Wave-particle duality

It is possible to describe an atom, an electron, or a photon as either a wave or a particle. In reality, they are both: a wave and a particle.

D is for ... Dice

Albert Einstein decided quantum theory couldn’t be right because its reliance on probability means everything is a result of chance. “God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he said.

X is for ... X-ray

In 1923 Arthur Compton shone X-rays onto a block of graphite and found that they bounced off with their energy reduced exactly as would be expected if they were composed of particles colliding with electrons in the graphite. This was the first indication of radiation’s particle-like nature.

D is for ... Decoherence

Unless it is carefully isolated, a quantum system will “leak” information into its surroundings. This can destroy delicate states such as superposition and entanglement.

A is for ... Alice and Bob

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T is for ... Tunnelling

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I is for ... Information

Many researchers working in quantum theory believe that information is the most fundamental building block of reality.

J is for ... Josephson Junction

This is a narrow constriction in a ring of superconductor. Current can only move around the ring because of quantum laws; the apparatus provides a neat way to investigate the properties of quantum mechanics.

N is for ... Nonlocality

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W is for ... Wavefunction

The mathematics of quantum theory associates each quantum object with a wavefunction that appears in the Schrödinger equation and gives the probability of finding it in any given state.

U is for ... Uncertainty Principle

One of the most famous ideas in science, this declares that it is impossible to know all the physical attributes of a quantum particle or system simultaneously.

K is for ... Kaon

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C is for ... Computing

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Q is for ... Qubit

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R is for ... Radioactivity

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O is for ... Objective reality

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P is for ... Probability

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Q is for ... Quantum biology

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T is for ... Teleportation

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L is for ... Light

We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle!

B is for ... Bell's Theorem

In 1964, John Bell came up with a way of testing whether quantum theory was a true reflection of reality. In 1982, the results came in – and the world has never been the same since!

A is for ... Act of observation

Some people believe this changes everything in the quantum world, even bringing things into existence.

I is for ... Interferometer

Some of the strangest characteristics of quantum theory can be demonstrated by firing a photon into an interferometer: the device’s output is a pattern that can only be explained by the photon passing simultaneously through two widely-separated slits.

B is for ... Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)

At extremely low temperatures, quantum rules mean that atoms can come together and behave as if they are one giant super-atom.

Y is for ... Young's Double Slit Experiment

In 1801, Thomas Young proved light was a wave, and overthrew Newton’s idea that light was a “corpuscle”.

R is for ... Reality

Since the predictions of quantum theory have been right in every experiment ever done, many researchers think it is the best guide we have to the nature of reality. Unfortunately, that still leaves room for plenty of ideas about what reality really is!

Z is for ... Zero-point energy

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M is for ... Many Worlds Theory

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G is for ... Gravity

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S is for ... Superposition

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R is for ... Randomness

Unpredictability lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. It bothered Einstein, but it also bothers the Dalai Lama.

F is for ... Free Will

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S is for ... Schrödinger’s Cat

A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look.

G is for ... Gluon

These elementary particles hold together the quarks that lie at the heart of matter.

C is for ... Cryptography

People have been hiding information in messages for millennia, but the quantum world provides a whole new way to do it.

M is for ... Multiverse

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L is for ... Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

At CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, this machine is smashing apart particles in order to discover their constituent parts and the quantum laws that govern their behaviour.

P is for ... Planck's Constant

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A is for ... Atom

This is the basic building block of matter that creates the world of chemical elements – although it is made up of more fundamental particles.

U is for ... Universe

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E is for ... Entanglement

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V is for ... Virtual particles

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S is for ... Schrödinger Equation

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