Part Two The Universe
Quote from Walden by H. D. Thoreau (a part of which is given below):
'... If it were worth the while to settle in those parts near to the Pleiades or the Hyades, to Aldebaran or Altair, then I was really there, or at an equal remoteness from the life which I had left behind, dwindled and twinkling with as fine a ray to my nearest neighbor, and to be seen only in moonless nights by him.'
Chapter VII Looking To The Stars
The window's view changes from the woodland in light to the night's deep reach into the Universe around us. This chapter starts by asking: 'What is the origin of humanity's home? How did the cosmos begin?' The narrative at times takes a slightly whimsical, easy going, but factual look at a number of theoretical and physical topics to accentuate the fact life is the product of very special conditions. To start, the narrator explains the Universe has one of a number of possible forms. If matter and physics define one particularly special form, then the Universe is really too unique to be a chance event. The basic idea is science keeps exploring to the point of running into the Creator himself. And by the end of Part Two enough special conditions, along with definitions for a few biblical words, leaves science staring into the Creator's face. This chapter serves as an introduction for Part Two.
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Chapter VIII What Is A Quark?
The goal here is to get the reader from a physical, bodily, reality to think in terms of energy. You are really a manifestation of properties, based on energetics, which you perceive as physical. Atoms and quarks, plus other atomic particles, are described in general as part of a hierarchy of universal order. If the reader starts to think of him or herself as a being made of energyone who walks across a universal stage of space and timethen the mood is properly set for another key aspect to the window's view.
'Serendipity dancing at this window entices me to query every unusual aspect of an incredibly vast Universe. Perhaps by unconventional means, I understand the very large by first considering the very small. So, I've been thinking about quarks! How can they be defined?'
'In the context chosen here, a quark is also a starting point from which I begin a discussion of the Creation of the Universe. Quarks are at the root of our beinga substance worked like potter's clay molded into a shape, a presence, a vessel, a body, that is truly a special form fashioned and sustained by energy.'
The information presented here is part of an underlying theme preparing for universal transformations of earth and heavens.
Chapter IX From the Beginning
The Big Bangwith an easy to read description of particles, universal forces, and the physics of creationstarts a description from time zero to present time. Birth of stars and galaxies builds a cosmic timeline revealing an evolution of events forming the Universe.
Finally, the descriptions of particles and energy are presented without reference to their future application. However, a reference to this information does return at the end of Chapter XXIII, when the 'Lord on the White Throne' essentially collapses the known Universethe reader can visualize this in a practical way using the present informationand then 'everything is made new.' This takes us back to the very conditions initiating the Big Bang.
Chapter X Fundamentals At Work
Now that the Universe's structure, particles, and properties are described, the author takes a moment to have fun with the information covered thus far. A baseball game analogy is used to incorporate particles, universal forces, and energy into the everyday experience of life.
Chapter XI Very Special Conditions
Biologists often speak of Darwinian evolution, but this writing reminds us the Universe has a special evolution all its own. Even before one can consider life, one must entertain the special nature of circumstances and the exact setting of vital parameters that make the universe a place that supports life. This chapter looks at what must be the non-random aspect of conditions that first support the existence of this Universe and then the specific conditions that play a role in making life a reality. Overall, as the window's view incorporates more information, the structure and order of the Universe strongly suggests our existence is not simply by chance. The author observes:
'The extra-ordinary by our preoccupation or lack of wonder can only be ordinary. You are mostly nothing, entirely energy, and only cosmic forces maintain your identifiable proportionsyet this is ordinary? In the final analysis everything functions so wonderfully because the fundamentals are at work.'
Chapter XII To Life
A necessary topic discussed here concerns biological evolution. The presentation made in one chapter alone cannot encompass the larger debate that consumes those who argue their views on creation and Darwinian evolution. Points to consider include gaps in humanity's understanding of present evidence, a look at what evidence is there, where evolution works and when it does not, and how we educate our minds to follow potentially misleading biased views. However, enough logic, concerns, and enough evidence are offered here to suggest that the Creator has more than an ample opportunity to work within and between the debaters' points. The real issue concerns leaving enough room for the Creator to enter into the window view. This chapter closes with:
'Rather than to make assumptions and speculate on how to fill gaps in science, the window view offers us an opportunity to follow a perspective that is often overlooked or simply disbelieved. A logical storyline does continue from this point and this becomes obvious as other information continues to enter our field of view. The Creator's window is now opened that we might consider the possibility of his presence in this place.'
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Chapter XIII Symmetry and the Creator
At this point the reader takes a step from physics to Einstein's cosmic religiousness and to characterize the Creator. Asymmetry, a reality sustained within the Universe, is defined in terms of special conditions. Put another way, while we are all confined to three dimensions and time, our life experience occurs within an 'asymmetric Universe.' Themes presented in preceding chapters return to define this asymmetry and its special properties and furthermore to see that true symmetry exists in the presence of the Creator. Finally, a discussion of creation days in terms of science and biblical Hebrew prepares the reader to move on to biblical timeline topics recorded in Scripturewhich leads us to Part Three.
'But from his view, Einstein superimposed scientific and religious aspects of existence by saying:
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.'
And if there is in fact a God, then Einstein's statement is absolute truth. There is a bridge here linking two different disciplines.'
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