The Quantum World

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Source of All Information ~ Its Not at CERN

It is interesting to me as a sociologist the social imagination that is imagining what is beyond this socially imagined reality. You see, as I have said before, there is no other reality than what is socially imagined. In saying that, I stress that its application or orchestration is through information like data shared and projected outwardly. This data has a source and it seems that we seek to know it. The beginning of that knowing (if possible) begins with imagining. What is problematic is that all imagining is social. There is no one who is an island of information; we are composite programs; one is not without other information that causes it to be the one it thinks it is and visa versa.

Particle physics are searching for the source of all information. At CERN, experiments are being conducted to learn what holds information together, also what is the source and where does it come from. What they have agreed upon, this is what substantiates our social imagination, is that there is particle decay occurring when elementary particles spontaneously transform into other elementary particles.

In the Large Hadron Collider experiments, protons collided at high energy to create 1 trillion particles known as neutral B mesons, some of which then decayed into pairs of oppositely charged muons — heavier "cousins" of electrons. The decay of one type of B mesons, known as "strange" mesons, occurred at the same frequency predicted by the Standard Model (about four in 1 billion), with a confidence level high enough to qualify as a discovery. The decay of non-strange B mesons also aligned with Standard Model predictions (about one in 10 billion), albeit at a lower confidence level (99.7 percent).

The Standard Model of particle physics explains how the universe's fundamental particles interact through strong, electromagnetic, and weak forces — but it doesn't explain everything. Although previous experiments have supported the model with increased precision, the Standard Model still fails to account for gravity, and cannot explain the dark matter that holds galaxies together. Physicists have proposed many theories to account for these shortcomings, including supersymmetry, which posits the existence of high-mass "superparticles" that could account for dark matter. Neutral B meson decays, which are rare, may help account for where superparticles and other unobserved "new physics" phenomena come into play. CERN's researchers hope their latest findings will provide more precise limitations to help refine non-Standard Model theories.

"It can help people doing these theories to better understand which parts are correct and which parts are not," says Marc-Olivier Bettler, a CERN research fellow and one of the paper's authors. "We are constraining these theories, we are not saying they are wrong. We are just telling them that they cannot cover all the space that they were covering before."

Sociologist Cornelius Castoriadis suggested that we are limited by the information of this world of socially imagined information. He supposed it took something radical to get new information; yet he also recognized that that might be impossible. 

We think that we are imagining something new but we are only reconfiguring it. Does that mean we live in a strange loop? It might. There is more proof that we are not actually imagining outside the box of given information? Is CERN trying to figure out a radical way out? Is that possible? We like others who came before us, we seeking to know what holds this universe of social information together and what for? Do we think that what we have imagined has never been imagined before? 

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers of rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together." COL 1: 15-18

What is CERN Doing? 

“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar, and settled there. They said to each other, “Come let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used bricks instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis 11: 1-7

We should socially imagine why opening up a blackhole/wormhole could be bad.  Well, we just might imagine finding that we are on the other side and just as locked in as ever, and worse... deeper in the corrupted information of this fallen 'decaying' world than we should go or want to go. 

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