Science in Transition

Hubble’s discovery of the galactic red shift marked the beginning of a step-change in science, for from it followed the conclusion that we live in an expanding universe, and once that is accepted as an axiom, physical science changes shape fundamentally. It becomes both a historical and a futuristic discipline and enters into the territory of philosophy and theology, for it now constitutes a new creation story, albeit one that remains to be worked out. It is significant that the opening words of both the Old Testament and John’s Gospel in the New Testament are “In the beginning”. It looks as though some new and up to date testament is waiting to be written.

Playing the mental film of cosmic expansion backwards, we become aware that we live in a world that may now be millions of light years in extent but there was once a time when all the energy in the universe was compressed into a space a few kilometres wide, and before that a few millimeters. It is hardly possible to imagine such energy density, but there is no reason to stop the imaginary film until it goes right back to the beginning, to a so-called naked singularity, and that is a mathematical point, a point of no dimensions. 

This places science in a dilemma, for science is by definition a mode of knowledge that comes through measurement, observation and experiment, and since a dimensionless point is neither measurable, observable or subject to experiment, the logic of an expanding cosmos appears to take us out of science and will ultimately force us into a new kind of science, the outlines and principles of which are at present very unclear. The challenge now facing us calls for recognition and an identifying name, and this is what justifies inventing the term neoscience.

I have been working for a good many years on defining the principles and methods of neoscience, have spoken on the topic on several occasions to gatherings of scientists and written in books and futuristic journals. So far my publications have fallen, to use David Hume’s famous phrase, “dead born from the press.” This is only to be expected, for if neoscience is genuinely a new paradigm, those who have been brought up in the now crumbling paradigm will perceive it as a foreign body and an attack on all they have been taught. Paradoxically, few scientists are actually interested in science itself, only in the narrow field in which they have become specialists and authorities.

A defining book in progress, probably my swan song and last hurrah, will be entitled The Physics of Ultimate Reality. The Introduction will doubtless be rewritten but can be downloaded here. Of the other two pieces, “Before the Big Bang” was published in Edge Science, the journal of the Society for Scientific Exploration in 2015 and “Towards a Science of Energy” is unpublished.

The Physics of Ultimate Reality (PDF)

Before the Big Bang (PDF)

Towards a Science of Energy (PDF)

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