Ideas that add up #101

Ninety-seven-and-a-half per cent of the universe is invisible….everything science has been looking at over the past 350 years is no more than a minor contaminant of the universe, like the frosting of snow on a mountaintop

Marcus Chown, New Humanist Summer 2014

Ordinary matter accounts for only around five per cent of the mass of the universe. About half of that five per cent can be seen in the form of stars and galaxies while the other half cannot be seen, most likely being a dark gas of atoms thinly spread among the galaxies.

The remaining 95% of total mass, also invisible, is hypothesized to be made up partly of dark matter (black holes or hitherto un-encountered subatomic particles) and largely of dark energy — about which nothing is known other than that it is invisible, that it is everywhere, and that it pushes mass apart. Yer actual anti-gravity.

Dark energy might explain why the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate, but there’s no telling since scientists can’t bottle it, weigh it, fiddle with it or doing anything remotely experimental to get a handle on what it might be.

Someone with a spiritual bent could interpret this as recognition, from within the discourse of material science, that not everything is reducible to “material”. That almost nothing is reducible to material. That material science maps mostly the surface of things. That while we operate on a 2-D plane, in a reality made of mass and matter, much of life carries on in our third and fourth dimensions.

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