Birth of Our Universe Part 1


In the old days, both the Sun and the Moon went around the Earth. When they went down in the evening, they had to cross the underworld. Demons and monsters lived there. The situations challenging those ancient folks, were over there, outside of their control. Their lives seemed like a ship, tossed upon a tumultuous sea. They were pushed along by unpredictable winds. If they went far enough, in any direction, they would meet folks who’d say, “Our gods are better and more powerful than your gods.”

The Membrane

The Membrane

In those days, when they’d look up, and the sky was blue, things were usually okay. Rain was good, if there wasn’t too much of it, and there wasn’t a flood. At night things became more wooly. Evil crept out in the darkness. There was only the glow of a fire to keep the terror away. On a cloudless night, the sky was covered with tiny sparkling lights. On almost every cloudless night, they could witness one or more of those little lights, fall from the sky.

Volcanic soil was rich and productive. The flood planes of rivers held rich soil too. Good crops meant prosperity, a good life and the possibility of lucrative trade. Sometimes boats and trade, along the coasts, opened up wonderfully rewarding possibilities. Deserts and mountains usually meant that trade had to either go across, or around them. So many cities sprang up along the coasts. The people often chose to live in locations that weren’t really all that safe. That was a far different world than the world we live in. It might have been dangerous and shallow, but they were the center of it, the most important thing in all of the universe. There was no galaxy made up of billions of stars. Millions of years didn’t exist. Six thousand years, was a stretch. The world was smaller then. Things were expressed in terms, which were more tangible to human experiences.

Death could leap out of the night. Volcanoes erupted and floods swept people and houses away. They prayed to get some control of those mysterious forces. Change can be hard. Giving up your place as the most important thing in the entire universe may seem severe. But, once they understood what they were actually a part of, they became integral, to the world around them. They took up full membership in the cosmos. Our stage may be a small blue planet, but with our knowledge, we have the imagination to travel far beyond.

This magic goes deeper than wishful thinking, exaggeration, or slight of hand. You are a part of a real miracle. Air and water may seem clear. It may appear as though nothing is there, but a strong wind or a current in water, tells you otherwise. With the recent realization of interstellar medium, the Higgs Field helps focus the marvel of which we are a part.

I kept puzzling over dark mater, dark energy, entropy, and anti-mater. I liked the idea of a Big Bang. Explosions slow down once their initial energy has been spent. But, if our Universe is expanding, at an ever increasing rate, an explosion makes no sense. The idea of the Higgs field got me thinking. So, I’ve come up with a slightly different concept than the standard scientific theory. I don’t claim to be right, it just feels more elegant.

With this theory, there is no need for dark matter, no need for dark energy, and probably no need for antimatter, nor the concept of entropy. With this theory, we’re prably going to want to slightly redefine the concept of the cosmos. The “cosmos” becomes much more vast. It’s the stuff that holds massive bubbles in which innumerable universes exist. How many of these bubbles, are present in the cosmos? Make up a number. Your guess is as good as mine.

It may be more reasonable to ask: How big is the interstellar medium? What is its shape?

In the days of author, H.G.Wells, space was viewed as “the ether.” Then, for a while, it was called the “Plasma of Outer Space.” They were all good terms for the stuff we were floating in. Then some academic came up with the strange idea that it was “a vacuum.” I learned that. All that stuff out there, was floating around in a vacuum. The academics had forgotten about wind and currents. They had to invent dark matter to explain how a spiral galaxy could maintain its shape in a vacuum. The stars and interstellar dust alone, didn’t account for enough of the gravity, needed to maintain a spiral galaxies shape. The spiraling galaxy would simply fling itself to pieces. Some additional material had to be there, providing enough gravity to hold it all together, hence dark matter. Then a thoughtful young physicist named Peter Higgs, came up with the notion of an “interstellar medium.” Since then, some physicists have come to believe that our universe is part of a membrane. They want to call it brane, an unfortunate choice of terms, easily confused with brain. When two membranes collide, the result is a new universe. In my perspective, that’s the nut of it. And then we get back to my two questions.

I suggest that the membrane, of which we are a part, actually describes an immense globular bubble shape and that it’s made up of energy. (Figure 1) The Higgs field is an intense mass of subatomic waves, which forms the fabric of the membrane. Although, these very small charges seem to create very little mass, they offer the resistance which defines not only galaxies, but everything from nebulas to our solar system. They make up the stuff that stellar winds actually act in. Like the limit at the surface of water or the edge of our atmosphere, there is a defining boundary between the material and the rest of space, a surface tension. This surface tension causes the fabric to roll back on itself, forming an enormous bubble, which also holds the patch we call our Universe and probably many more.