Clarity Through Dark Matter, A Centrist Voice of Reason
GravitySailor is a forum to discuss society’s major challenges and current events, while striving to be a consistent source of thoughtful, intelligent, and respectful opinion. Most importantly, GravitySailor is a forum where reasoning and facts support the thoughts presented. Humanity’s place in the universe, our long-term survival, and our social conduct inspire GravitySailor analysis.
Further below I discuss my motivations for writing, but I have included some of my favorite videos to provide further insight—I hope you enjoy them all.
Motivation For GravitySailor BLOG
Why is there anything anywhere? The Universe, life, time, matter, energy, etc., we have only theories why they are. Yes, we believe the Big Bang created the Universe about 13.8 billion years ago; (age of the universe) and yes, we believe the Universe is expanding at an increasing rate. Scientific observation supports both these facts. We are also pretty sure that our Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, and it orbits the Sun at around 93 million miles.
However, we have no scientific evidence of the cause of the spawning of life. We do understand DNA (the blueprints of life) and Evolution (via mutation and Natural Selection), but again; we don’t know what created those first two cells, and more importantly; how those first two cells merged, began to multiply, and created a functioning organism. Was it simply random good fortune? Perhaps a Supernatural being from another dimension created our Universe and everything in it—all from a point of Singularity?
Imagine the mass required in that Singularity an instant before the Big Bang? A little hard to comprehend. So despite how much we know, and how far modern humans have progressed since the last Ice Age (approx. 10,000 years ago) you could say that essentially; we are all simply stuck to a large rock floating in the middle of space, circling the Sun within our Solar System, which revolves around a huge Black Hole in the center of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy, which is one of at least a billion galaxies, each containing at least a billion stars. From this perspective our planet is as insignificant as a single grain of sand among thousands of entire beaches of sand.
Moreover, if you didn’t notice, all of our movement—either on the earth or as a result of the earth’s movements through space—are all governed by Gravity. As I understand it, Gravity is not a force per se, but more a bending or curvature of the Space-Time Continuum (the fabric of the Universe) and it is something we know frighteningly little about.
Things We Can Do With Gravity
- Witness gravity’s effect (the perceived movements in Space of distant stars observed near the Penumbra during a solar eclipse),
- Measure gravity’s effect (the gradient physical directional stress on a fighter pilot—know as G-force),
- Plan for and use gravity’s effect (to “sling shot” our satellites around moons and planets to navigate within the solar system),
- Experience Zero gravity (astronauts or those fortunate enough, or not, to experience a free fall from a sky dive, diving plane, or insane amusement ride–or those simply willing to jump can for a brief instant experience weightlessness).
Things We Cannot Do With Gravity
- Directly Create (not yet)
- Directly Control/Manipulate (not yet)
- See gravity (we only see its effects)
- Touch gravity
- Smell gravity
We can feel gravity’s effect on us, but it might as well be pure magic. Just what is this invisible, flexible, stretchable, twistable, measurable Space-Time fabric made of? If only Einstein could have answered this one too!
Imagine what we could do with that awesome “tractor beam” in Star Trek! (You know, the laser like beam that behaves as a steel bar once connected to its target object?) Imagine the Megaliths (giant rocks) we could move, the size of the monuments we could build?
Therefore, with our current technology, we benefit from Gravity on Earth (it keeps our feet on the ground) while we are also restricted by Gravity in every physical movement we make, here within our earthly realm, or in Space. If we could control Gravity, we could have floating cars and perhaps Warp-drive spaceships, which NASA is working on (NASA Funds Warp-Speed Research).
I envision future space exploration as somewhat analogous to the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), where great sailing ships navigated the entire world’s oceans by harnessing the wind with their sails. Of course, if oceans were galaxies, the oceans would be much larger as space, and there would be a few billion more of them.
Perhaps we can look to the past to learn how to navigate the galactic oceans of our future, and maybe somehow harness the gravity that is everywhere in space. After all, if space-time is fabric and can bend, then it is more than nothing.
Imagine a Gravity Sail that could be deployed to propel a space ship to the speed of light or beyond? We could use this Gravity Sail to explore our Galaxy and perhaps someday even make it to another galaxy. Perhaps we will eventually learn to control and manipulate gravity for our benefit, but until then all we can do is plan for gravity’s effects—and take care of our rock—and each other!
The second reason for GravitySailor? While some of us dream to sail the gravity waves of space, reality dictates that we make the best of our current situation stuck to this floating rock we call home—the Earth. Until we learn how to harness Gravity, or develop some new technology or understanding, we will remain restricted to Earth.
At 7 billion people and growing rapidly, with pollution ruining our oceans, and global warming raising sea levels (perhaps much quicker and greater than we thought) we may not have as much time as we thought to find additional living space. The United Nations predicts we could be at 10 billion people or more by 2100. There remains plenty of room, although not as much resources, and there will come a time—probably not that far out—when the family is simply too big for the house.
So while we’re stuck on this rock, we might as well all get along. There is so much noise generated from all segments of today’s instant media, it is often difficult to sift through the propaganda and agendas. A large contingent of mainstream media is bought and paid for to support a particular position or ideology, and their financial backers correctly realize that the first, loudest, and most repeated position has a huge effect throughout our somewhat ignorant but extremely viral society.
We are at a cross roads in history, where a post Cold War United States is witnessing the rest of the world catch up, and a large segment of U.S. society—including the economy—is having difficulty adjusting. With 311 million people, or about 4.5% of the planet’s total, the U.S. currently consumes nearly 30% of the Earth’s resources. This is simply not realistic going forward, not to mention unfair; so the U.S. must accept that we are sharing this rock and it is not ours alone to wreck or rule.
Near the end of 2012, the United States Congress is approaching total dysfunction,the European Union (EU) is hanging together by a thread, BRIC countries are drowning in corruption, and the Arab Spring is roiling much of the Muslim world across North Africa and the Middle East; not to mention the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan. It is more important than ever for a voice of reason and common sense to rise above the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, who most definitely do not represent the majority of Americans. It’s time for the reasonable Independents, Conservatives, Liberals, and Centrists to speak out.
Money has always been the weapon of choice in the political arena, and the emergence of SuperPACs in 2010 has changed the U.S. political process forever. Special Interests are now stronger than ever, and they often successfully mislead voters through creative misrepresentation of facts and events. We don’t always know exactly who they are, or whom they represent, but we do know who they are not—they are not us, the majority voting block, the Independent Centrists!
Mark G Capolupo