Will the world end on December 21, 2012? The Mayan calendar, the Higgs boson particle and fabric of reality
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor
Originally posted Sunday, October 18, 2009
A double article from a visionary that we should all take more seriously…
I DON’T CLAIM TO BE ABLE TO SEE the future through any sort of powers of premonition, but when it comes to December 21, 2012, I’ll offer an armchair prediction that deserves some discussion: The world will not end. But this doesn’t mean the Mayan prophecies about the end of time are wrong. I think they’re actually right about the ending of one era and the birth of a new one, but it seems far more likely that this transition will take place over a period of time rather than occurring on a single calendar day. (And it may have more to do with an explosion in human consciousness than natural disasters, by the way…)
With the movie 2012 coming out soon (http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com), an increasing number of people are concerned about the world coming to an end on December 21 of that year. A popular website (http://www.december212012.com) even touts itself as the “official” site of 12/21/2012. Sony Pictures is playing up concerns about the date in some edgy marketing for its 2012 film, hosting a website called the Institute for Human Continuity which asks visitors to vote on who should lead the world after the 2012 apocalypse. What’s disturbing about this is that people think this fictional movie marketing website is real, and they’re calling NASA to ask if the world will end. Somehow, they think that even though the world is about to end, Sony Pictures is still giving away PlayStations and Webbie cams on their website.
NASA has received so many phone calls at this point – about 1,000 – that they’ve issued a public statement proclaiming the world will not end in 2012. According to the story, “Dr David Morrison, a senior scientist at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, said he had received more than 1,000 inquiries from worried members of the public.” For real? Of course, it’s a can’t-lose bet to proclaim the world won’t end in 2012. If you’re right, it’s business as usual and you look brilliant. If you’re wrong, everybody’s dead and nobody’s left to point fingers at you. But it begs the bigger question: Could the movie be right?
Our world cannot continue on its current course. Clearly, our world is in trouble. Multiple disasters appear to be converging from every direction. I can think of fifteen critical problems facing sustainable life on Earth right now:
1) The death of food pollinators (colony collapse disorder)
2) Genetically modified crops
3) Loss of topsoils
4) Ocean acidification
5) End of the oil era
6) Climate change
7) Earth shifts
8) Deterioration of Earth’s magnetic field
9) The end of fossil water supplies
10) Massive chemical contamination of everything downstream
11) Global financial collapse
12) Threat of nuclear war
13) Pandemic outbreak
14) Global crop failures due to ecological disaster
15) Global loss of plant and animal diversity from environmental destruction
… and there are no doubt other huge threats to the continuation of life on Earth. Many of these threats seem to be converging in the next few years, potentially activating tipping points right around the end of 2012.
And many of them are strongly interconnected. For example, an end to cheap oil would disrupt the routine shipment of honey bees that pollinate food crops across North America, resulting in a disastrous collapse of the food supply leading to mass starvation which, in turn, would likely lead to a pandemic outbreak of infectious disease. (Did you know that honey bees pollinate roughly one-third of all the food you eat? Did you know that most of them are shipped around the country by beekeepers, and there are almost no wild pollinators left near the monoculture food farms?)
What did the Mayans know that we don’t?
Despite all this, I think it’s risky to place bets of such events occurring on a single day, or even a single year. Sure, I make my own trends predictions from time to time, and although many of them end up being correct eventually, it is extremely difficult to accurately predict the exact timing of such events. The world is highly complex, and disasters can often be delayed through temporary intervention (which is exactly the case with the global banking fiasco and the derivatives systems right now…)
Then again, I’m no expert on ancient Mayan civilization, and perhaps they had access to a lot more information than I do. Maybe they had premonition talents, or visits from advanced alien races, or maybe they were spiritually connected to the cycles of the universe in a way that modern humans can’t even begin to approach. Everything’s possible, I suppose. Nothing surprises me in our world anymore. Everyday events are so bizarre (balloon boy, anyone?) that now even bizarre events seem routine.
Again, this isn’t in any way meant to discount the very useful information being discussed by those people who are concerned about 2012. Clearly, the end of one age on our planet is upon us. Life simply cannot continue the way it has been pursued here for the last several hundred years.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that burning up all the oil, pumping away all the fresh water, poisoning the land, playing God with the genetic code of our crops and drastically altering our ecosystem is bound to have dire consequences… consequences that will almost certainly result in a huge correction in population sooner or later. Right now, human civilization is dangling on the edge of a temporary wave of cheap fuel, cheap food and cheap water, all under the innocence of delayed reactions to our collective causative actions. Payback sucks, they say, and nowhere is it going to be more painful than when Mother Nature catches up to the destruction we’ve caused across our planet. When coral reefs are dying off around the globe, frogs are born as mutants and pollinators start to vanish, you’re in for some tough corrections ahead.
But don’t place your bets on that one day of December 21, 2012. Stuff could hit the fan well before that… or after. Wise people are getting prepared now and finding ways to live sustainably by reducing their dependence on complex technologies and increasing their own locally-grown food supplies. Lots of people I know are transitioning to sustainable lifestyles in Hawaii, California, Oregon and even places like Florida. No matter where you live, there are things you can do to be more prepared for whatever’s coming, regardless of whether it happens precisely on December 21, 2012.
Ancient Mayan technology
I’ve visited Mayan ruins in Mexico and pre-Inca ruins in Ecuador. I’ve been to Macchu Picchu in Peru and hiked through the Andes Mountains to check out ancient civilization sites. Clearly, the ancient people of Central and South America were extremely advanced in many ways that we are just barely beginning to understand today.
This is especially true when it comes to the topic of the movement of heavenly bodies. There is strong evidence, for example, to suggest that these ancient civilizations were able to measure the 26,000-year cyclical precession of our solar system against the backdrop of the Milky Way galaxy — a feat of observation that took place thousands of years before Galileo invented the telescope. Technically, such a feat should have been impossible without modern-day advanced instruments.
And yet somehow they figured it out. They recorded it in myth and architectural symbolism, wrote it into songs and stories… and although they didn’t have modern data storage techniques, they still managed to find ways to preserve their astute observations in other forms (read The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan).
Did they know something about December 21, 2012 that we don’t? Perhaps they did. But predicting some major catastrophic event with the accuracy of a single day — from thousands of years ago — seems extremely unlikely.
The biggest risk of things happening on December 21, 2012 probably comes from self-fulfilling prophecy. If people freak out on that day and start leaping off tall buildings or pressing all the wrong buttons in nuclear bunkers, we could very well end up with a disastrous day caused by human fear of what might happen on that day. It begs the question: Which came first, the fear of December 21, 2012, or the prediction of the results of that fear?
It’s a classic chicken-and-egg conundrum, especially if you believe in psychic premonition (i.e. seeing the future, as in the quatrains of Nostradamus).
God particles, physicists and the Large Hadron Collider
Interestingly, some modern physicists believe in precisely this kind of reverse-time causative event. Last year’s failure of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), for example, has been described by some physicists as the equivalent of “an act of God.”
The LHC machine, as you may know, was engineered to search for the “God particle” (the so-called Higgs boson particle). As Wikipedia explains: “The Higgs boson is a massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model in particle physics. At present there are no known fundamental scalar particles in nature.”
Of course, the Standard Model was totally wrong about the mass state of neutrinos, so it might be wrong about Higgs boson, too. But that’s what physicists are trying to figure out. To hear some scientists explain why the LHC machine broke last year, this God particle causes such a disturbance in the fabric of the universe that the mere possibility of this particle being born into existence from the machine caused a ripple in space-time that sent a wave of probability back in time to wreck the machine and prevent it from ever creating the God particle in the first place. (I swear I’m not making this up…) (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/arch…)
Or, maybe some lone LHC technician named Bob accidentally dropped a wrench into the cooling coils and made up this elaborate story to cover his tracks… “Uh yeah, a probability wave from the future made me do it!”
In other words, while NASA scientist are right now saying the world won’t end in 2012, some other physicists seem to believe that all depends on whether the LHC machine cranks out some God particles or not.
Heck, maybe the Mayans who predicted the end of our world were actually seeing a successful run of the LHC where a God particle gets created, tears a hole in the fabric of reality, and brings our present era to a whimpering close only to be reborn in a subsequent Big Bang Episode 2.
Or, for all we know, this whole birth / rebirth cycle has been repeating itself for eternity. Each new universe moves forward until the day that some sufficiently-advanced civilization cranks up its own collider machine and blasts the Higgs-boson into existence, wiping out the whole universe as a result. Theoretically, we might all exist in universe iteration number 3,571 (and counting).
Not that it matters, of course. If the universe ends on December 21, 2012 for whatever reason, you probably won’t be reading about it on some blog on December 22. Blogs don’t work from inside an infinitely compressed mass of all-that-is.
My suggestion is that if you believe the Mayan predictions are right, then on December 20, 2012, you should just party like it’s 1999 and hope for the best. And if some small guy named Higgs shows up at your party, you’d better pray he doesn’t bring a buddy named “Boson.”
The Higgs Boson Particle Isn’t a Particle – Why the Search for Subatomic Particles is an Illusion
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor
Originally posted Friday, January 30, 2009
PHYSICISTS ARE A GREAT BUNCH OF BLOKES. They’re bright and imaginative, but just like professionals in any other field of science, when educated under the same organized system of beliefs they have the ability to cluster together and share some rather remarkable delusions. The latest delusion is the search for the so-called Higgs Boson Particle. It’s a multi-billion dollar effort that has taken decades to pursue in the U.S. using the Fermilab particle accelerator. Soon, the search for the “Higgs,” as it’s known, will be largely taken over by the new Large Hadron Collider powering up in Switzerland in the summer of 2009. Sounds cool, huh? But there’s a problem with all this: Higgs Boson isn’t a particle!
Outdated Newtonian thinking still dominates modern physics
Far too many western physicists remain steadfastly dedicated to the Newtonian idea that the world is made of ever-smaller spheres of matter that bounce off each other like balls in a pinball machine. The atom, in fact, was once thought to be the smallest unit of matter (that’s what “atomic” means, of course). But before long, physicists began wondering “What are atoms made of?” So they invented a comical model of particle physics that they use to explain how atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons.
Here’s a typical explanation of this model of matter from the world of conventional physics:
Matter is made of molecules; molecules of atoms; atoms of a cloud of electrons about one-hundred-millionth of a centimeter and a nucleus about one-hundred-thousandth the size of the electron cloud. The nucleus is made of protons and neutrons. Each proton (or neutron) has about two thousand times the mass of an electron.
That’s a handy explanation for kindergarteners and the scientifically illiterate, but it has a fatal flaw: There are no such things as physical electron particles, either!
Huh? Did I just say there’s no such “thing” as an electron? Yep, I did. What I mean by that remark is that there’s no such thing as a single, isolated, self-contained electron spinning around the nucleus like a tiny marble. As is well noted in the field of quantum physics a so-called “electron” is really just a cloud of probabilities in which the illusory appearance of an electron-like particle might be teased out of the fabric of reality under the right experimental circumstances, but no such discrete object can be said to truly “exist” in the physical world.
Still, many western scientists cling to the particle theory on practically everything: Subatomic physics, biochemistry and even water. In the world of water, for example, while we’re told by scientists that water molecules are self-contained units of H2O, the truth is that water molecules are constantly transforming, releasing and creating new bonds in a sort of wet molecular square dancing jamboree. Thus, if you look at a cup of water, you’re not simply observing a very large number of discrete water molecules that keep to their own business; you’re watching the constant exchange and reconfiguration of molecules that openly share not just elemental particles but also information at many levels.
The self-contained H2O molecule explanation is simpler for everybody to grasp, though, which is why it’s still taught everywhere today. The universe is simpler if you think it’s entirely made up of tiny particles rather than intertwined fields of possibility that span multiple dimensions and propagate information encoded in mysterious energy fields.
Introducing the “God particle”
Most physicists are sticking to their Higgs Boson particle delusion, though. This mysterious “particle” is what gives mass to electrons, they say, and it works in such mysterious ways that they’ve actually named it the “God particle.”
For the non-scientists reading this, that’s the way western scientists fudge their theories to try to fit the observation numbers they’ve come up with. First, they create a mathematical theory that attempts to explain all the matter in the universe (most of which they can’t even detect, but the stuff they can detect is believed to be made up of ever-smaller discrete particles). Then, when experimental observation doesn’t fit their equations, they magically invent a mystical “God particle” that takes care of all the corrections, instantly proving their theories to be correct!
The same thing goes on in western medicine, of course, when researchers decide before the clinical trial that a candidate pharmaceutical is really, really effective at treating some disease. When the experiment turns up numbers they don’t like, they simply invent “God numbers” and throw them into the data set to massage out whatever result they want. Convenient, isn’t it? It even has the ring of high-brow science, but underneath all the academia, it’s still just a bunch of people fudging the equations to get the results they want. It does make for a lot of entertaining science papers published in the physics journals, though, none of which are willing to entertain new ideas that don’t fit their established (delusionary) models of the subatomic world.
Where is Richard Feynman when you really need the guy, anyway? Feynman was one physicist who wasn’t afraid to go after the establishment. Does Yoda know more about physics than the physicists?
I’m sure I’ll receive plenty of flak about this story from atomic physicists who will say I should stick to health and stop commenting about physics. I’m not a physicist, after all, but I am made of the stuff these people are trying to describe, and physicists don’t have a monopoly on conjecture about the nature of reality we all share, after all.
I’m also an experienced observer of the arrogance of western scientists and their cult-like dedication to particle explanations for the natural world. What western scientists don’t like, I’ve learned, is mysterious energetic interactions among their delicate particles. They detest the idea of energy fields (beyond the fundamental four, of course), and instantly cringe at the mention of homeopathy, acupuncture, precognition, or mind-over-matter theories. In their quest to eradicate these mysterious energy fields from their theories, they desperately try to explain the entire universe as a series of tiny particles that operate independently, where atoms are actually microscopic perpetual motion pinball machines that somehow keep orbiting forever… or at least as long as it takes to fire a physics professor who has tenure.
I have news for these folks: All these particles are merely the visible echoes of the energy fields that make up the fabric of reality. In much the same way that a tumor is NOT cancer (it’s merely the physical manifestation of a cellular communication problem in the body), all these gluons, muons, quarks and other particles are just momentary ripples of matter that spill over into our observable universe and then are gone in a flash.
The really courageous, high-level physicists already get this. They’re the ones talking about superstring theory in eleven dimensions and all that. They know the Higgs Boson particle, when it’s found, will actually turn out to be a multi-dimensional field of some sort and not a particle at all.
By the way, Yoda already found the Higgs Boson particle. His explanation of “The Force” is a near-perfect description of Higgs Boson. As Yoda says in The Empire Strikes Back:
“My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life breeds it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you, here between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes, even between land and ship.”
Did I just quote a muppet as an authority on subatomic physics? Sure did. That’s because with all their high-flying scientific superiority, too many of today’s particle-hunting physicists still don’t know as much about the nature of the universe as a character from a fictional fantasy film.
The dead universe vs. the living universe
Why am I so harsh on these folks? The difference in view on this is a very big deal. The conventional physics point of view, you see, pretends that all units of matter in the universe are isolated and self-contained. Interactions between discrete objects are limited to a few basic field “forces” they admit to, but don’t even understand: The strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, electromagnetism and gravity, none of which are truly understood by anybody.
Describing something with formulas doesn’t mean you “understand” it; it just means you can roughly model its behavior with numbers, and even then, most of those numbers don’t hold up in the real world. I’ve never even met a scientist who can describe where the energy comes from that powers a common magnet. They literally have no answer for it other than circular logic and physics babble. A magnet is magnetic because it’s magnetic, essentially. And in that total lack of understanding, physics looks a whole lot like a mathematical branch of superstition.
On the other side of the fence (where I sit), everything in the universe is connected. The nature of reality is holographic, where the whole of reality is reflected in each and every piece of it. Energy fields are ubiquitous, and they permeate our bodies and our minds. Consciousness is sacred, and free will exists. Our own thoughts and intentions are broadcast into the universe where they have a real and measurable effect on events.
Sound bizarre? It’s no less strange than a refrigerator magnet, which summons a mysterious force from the ether and uses it to cling to a slippery surface, day after day, year after year, using an unexplained force that persists, even without any apparent cause.
These are the two camps of modern physics: The particle-worshippers in search of the Higgs Boson particle who believe all things in the universe are isolated from each other, and the energy-field embracers who believe all things are connected and particles are just the fleeting shadows of underlying energies.
The particle-worshippers are largely athiests and determinists who do not believe in free will or the existence of a human soul. To them, death is a finality. Their religion is founded in make-believe particles, which is why they named Higgs Boson their “God particle.” To them, finding the God particle is akin to meeting their Maker.
The energy-field embracers believe in free will, human consciousness and typically some form of life after death (reincarnation or otherwise). They believe that intention is a powerful force in the universe and that thought can travel faster than the speed of light. Interestingly, recent research in the field of quantum mechanics has already confirmed the ability of the universe to move information from one point to another faster than the speed of light (a phenomenon that conventional physicists insist is impossible).
Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter, says Yoda. But modern-day particle physicists are still hunting for crude matter. They’re looking for the wrong thing, and that’s why all the supercolliders in the world will never reveal the answers they’re looking for!
The nature of the universe is far more holistic and enlightened than most modern-day scientists can even dare to imagine. They can document the particle decay tracks of every collision of every proton from now to eternity and still not understand the simple truths about the true nature of our universe.
A practicing Buddhist monk knows more about the nature of reality than a conventional subatomic physicist, and he didn’t have to spend ten billion dollars in order to catch a glimpse of enlightenment. Remember this quote from Confucius: “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
If you really want to realize just how ignorant modern-day physicists are about the natural of the universe, just realize that even according to their own research, they can’t even detect 96% of the stuff the universe is made of! That’s because 96% of the universe is made of so-called “dark matter” or “dark energy,” which are really just terms that mean “we have no freaking idea what’s out there!”
Why we should support more funding for the sciences
It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be looking, of course. If we’re 96% ignorant about the stuff in the universe right now, the only way to map new territory is to keep exploring. And with that thought, I want to be really clear that I strongly support increases in funding for science research in America, and I strongly disagree with the Bush Administration’s cuts of science funding. Under the Bush Administration, America invested in war, not science, and we’ve lost our footing on the science front. The age of America leading the sciences is now history, and that’s shameful.
Basic education in mathematics and the sciences has plummeted to an all-time low in America, and in public schools, those interested in science at all are considered unpopular geeks. In the 1950’s, science was cool; today it’s considered nerdy. That’s a shame, too, because science really is cool, and we live in a strange society, indeed, when being socially popular in school requires you to act like a dumbsh!t in front of your peers.
But as much as I support increases in science funding, I simultaneously believe scientists have got to get past their Newtonian mindset and start expanding the areas of politically-correct investigation. Too many realms of possible scientific investigation are censored these days, including the study of medicinal herbs, alternative cancer cures or even scientists who dare mention the phrase “intelligent design” in questioning Darwinian evolution as a valid explanation for the origin of the species. That’s a whole different article, of course, and I’m not saying natural selection doesn’t work – clearly it does – but for scientists to proclaim that Darwinian evolution explains the ORIGIN of all life is stunningly obtuse.
When it comes to the origin of life in our universe, conventional scientists are just as clueless about it as they are about magnets: Nobody really knows. The best-noted scientists like Dawkins actually say that aliens may have brought us to life!
It’s actually a plausible theory, by the way. But then who brought the aliens to life? I’ll cover this in another article about evolution vs. intelligent design, but I just wanted to point this out to show you that when it comes to offering real answers for the way things work in the universe, conventional physicists are as clueless as anybody – they just have cooler formulas for describing all the things they still don’t really understand. If you want to see an example of this, read up on the Casimir Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_effect).
I like physicists. I’ve known several, and they’re cool people. The really good ones are asking great questions way beyond anything I’ve touched on in this article. They’re investigating the nature of consciousness, the holographic nature of the universe, quantum tunneling effects, the multiverse, superstring theories and all kinds of other wickedly cool areas of adventure. But sadly, they are up against a stubborn cabal of conventional, old school physicists who cling to their particle theories and their “dead” universe models that exclude the existence of anything worth living for.
You see, advanced physicists are battling against conventional physicists in the same way that naturopaths are fighting against Big Pharma and the FDA: NEW ideas are always a threat to OLD ideas (and the snobs who cling to them). Like many areas of scientific inquiry, physics only advances as quickly as the tenured guardians of the status quo retire or die. It is a strange branch of inquiry indeed when advances in understanding are dependent upon the deaths of its most notable individuals.
Humans are stubborn folk, of course. We tend to believe the stories we tell ourselves, and the older most people get, the more difficult it is for them to listen to different stories. But as stubborn as people are, the universe is more stubborn still. And its secrets, I dare say, are beyond the capacity of any single human being to fully grasp; especially if they remain limited by the soulless language of mathematics.
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