About All That “Math”

First of all, there aren’t really any mathematics that you have to do. Yeah, there are a few equations in the first chapter, but they’re elementary—high school level—and I’ve solved them all for you. There isn’t any test, pop quiz or turning in your papers. Yes, there are a few numbers, but they’re no more difficult than remembering your height or age.

Math-Anxiety

So what’s the real problem?

As near as I can figure, plenty of people had a hard time with math in grade school, junior high and high school, and they’re carrying that forward to the present day, even decades later. Maybe it was a peer pressure thing back in seventh grade. Maybe the teacher was motivationally incompetent, or unsympathetic to questions about any relevance to the life of a twelve year old. Maybe, as a result, a film or veil developed between your mind and triangles, equations, and that most dreaded topic of all: word problems.

But now we’re adults. We can realize that there’s nothing to fear from π, the number 27 or anything that starts “x =”, at least in this book. I admit that in the first chapter, there are a lot of numbers. But nearly all of them are riffs on 27.32, 366, and 18.6. Just three numbers that appear in different guises. So, for example, we find 27.3 days, 273 days, and 27.3%. There are 18.6 miles per second (Earth’s orbital speed around the Sun), 186,000 miles per second (the speed of light), and 186,000,000 miles (the diameter of Earth’s orbit). I don’t ask you to derive any of these numbers from first principles (an impossible job, even for the Einsteins out there), but just to note the patterns they form so we can all think about where these patterns came from.

I thought about revising the book. Make it simpler. Sort of a lowest common denominator thing. I rejected this idea. All the “math”—really just some numbers and a few simple equations—are dead simple. Easy-peasy. Nothing you didn’t see early in high school. So try to transcend all your K-12 angst, read calmly in a quiet setting, and all will be well.

On to the astronomy and physics

Okay, there’s a little physics, and some of it’s pretty advanced. Again, I thought about dumbing it down, making it easier somehow, or just omitting the really offensive parts that insulted a few virgin eyes and ears.

Nope. Ain’t gonna do it. None of it’s really hard to understand.

I will have more to say on this topic later, but for now I’ll say this. As I allude to in the book, the scientific establishment is in great disarray at the present time, although you have to search pretty hard to uncover this fact. There is great dispute over some of the topics I mention, so I thought I’d just sum up a few of them here, because had the scientific community been more honest with us—and I’m specifically calling out the science writers here—we would all understand things a lot better, and the war between science and religion would have eased off tremendously. So here they are:

  • The Big Bang never happened. It is a mathematical fiction, a mere theory. What’s worse, and what scientists should have told us, is that the theory is untestable and unfalsifiable, hence it’s unscientific. But how many popular science writers, and History Channel program producers present it instead as established fact?
  • Black holes don’t exist. They are theoretical, just as the Big Bang is, so ditto everything from the first point. In addition, a recently discovered error in Einstein’s original mathematics in his General Theory of Relativity (where the possibility of black holes started) has actually shown that they can’t exist. It’s just another fiction, but gosh, it’s a swell one! Gigantic black holes to swallow us up. Looky there, a black hole’s coming to swaller us up! LOL.
  • The universe isn’t expanding. Nor is there even the slightest shred of evidence for Dark Matter or Dark Energy—although we’re pretty certain Dark Chocolate exists. I certainly have direct knowledge of this last, but that’s precisely the problem with the others. There is no direct evidence for either of them; they’re speculation, born from a mere theory. An opinion that lots of people repeat. In The Static Universe: Exploding the Myth of Cosmic Expansion Hilton Ratcliffe calls this Ideological Momentum: the repetition of bad ideas.
  • The prized theory of evolution, snatched from Darwin and remodeled for modern times by the likes of Dawkins and Dennett, has more holes than Swiss cheese targets at a rifle range. The fact is, there’s just no unequivocal evidence for the evolution of one species into another.
  • Nobody understands gravity.
  • Nobody understands mass. Or electricity, time, energy or light.

But being a scientist is a paid position, so they’ve got to say something besides just, “Gee, we really don’t know.”

“Where’s the beef?”

The “meat” of any scientific theory is the meaning it brings to our lives. (Which may explain a lot about how people feel about math: no relevance, no ‘rithemetic.) Do you believe in science’s cold, impersonal universe? Fuggedaboudit. Which opens to door to the fundamentalist crazies, armed to the teeth with their own opinions, drinking mugs of distilled ignorance, and covering their ears lest they let in anything contradictory. “Don’t confuse us with the facts, Bub, we’ve already made up our minds.”

There’s no more room here to describe the debate between the impersonal God of Science and the all-too-personal God of the Fundamentalists, other than to point out that there are many other possibilities besides these two. Again, we (especially we here in the U.S.A.) have been dumbed down to two, mutually exclusive choices. The Universe Is Fake takes this up in Chapter 3, so I encourage you to read about it and let me know what you think.

But don’t put it off because of the “math.” The real evolution of our consciousness and our future is at stake.

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