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1. Quantum Cosmology Theoretic Unity

Prescod-Weinstein, Chanda. Enter the Axion. American Scientist. May-June, 2021. The author is a University of New Hampshire professor of physics and of women’s gender studies. The accessible, illustrated article is the most comprehensive I have seen all about this evanescent particle which theoretically appears to be involved with cold dark matter. See also ‘Axion’ Particle Solves Three Mysteries of the Universe in Science Daily for March 10, 2021, and search herein for Matthew Kleban.

Primack, Joel. Precision Cosmology. New Astronomy Reviews. 49/2, 2005. A summary update as astronomical theories and models become increasingly confirmed.

Pylkkanen, Paavo. Mind, Matter, and the Implicate Order. Berlin: Springer, 2007. Jim Baggott has written that if David Bohm had preceded Niels Bohr in the 20th century, physics could have just as easily taken a Bohmian mold. A philosopher at the University of Skovde, Sweden here argues that Bohm’s independent “implicate order” from which arises “explicate” material reality can resolve many current problems of quantum theory. Akin to prior versions such as Leibniz’s harmonious monads, this adoption would affirm an “undivided wholeness of the universe” whereof each parcel enfolds this one source, thus solving the nonlocality issue. While rife with abstract terms, the work once more entertains a perennial sense of doubleness, whose “holomovement” toward collective consciousness, one may add, could be translated as genotype and phenotype.

Reiss, Adam and Mario Livio. The Puzzle of Dark Energy. Scientific American. March, 2016. Adam Reiss, Johns Hopkins University, shared a 2011 Nobel Prize for the discovery of an increasingly accelerating universe. Mario Livio was a founding astrophysicist for the Hubble Space Telescope, and a popular science author. The article surveys the leading edge of cosmological conjecture as it tries to comprehend an apparent fantastic multiverse just being realized by theory and experiment. With regard to the title, three options, cited belowc are Cosmological Constant, Quintessence, and No Dark Energy. But the presence of our collaborative human sapiensphere which is able to explore and fathom such reaches is never considered or factored in, we are along for the ride. The most quintessential energy, mind, being, and becoming, if we might think to ask, could be an intended humanVerse significance to achieve such a self-discovery.

Cosmological Constant If the vacuum of empty space has an inherent energy, it may push the universe to expand. Quintessence If dark energy comes from a field that fills the cosmos, its strength could change over time. No Dark Energy Dark energy may not exist at all, and the acceleration the universe’s expansion may instead indicate that gravity operates differently than we think on extremely large scales. (41)

Rickles, Dean, et al, eds. The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Philosophical physicists discuss what if anything is real. From the time of Newton and Leibniz, is space-time composed of monadic things, or do interrelations possess equal primacy. Are phenomena ‘background dependent,’ as string theory would have it, or is a preferred ‘background independence’ the case. Lee Smolin, John Stachel, and colleagues advance a ‘relational’ phase of quantum physics that converges on an obvious complementarity of part and field, node and link.

Now if such deliberations could finally cohere the polar opposites that have vied through history, individual vs. group in the Cold War or the war of the sexes, can become mutually reciprocal in kind, so as to gain salutary verification in cosmic nature. A theory of everywhere would then express their creative manifestation via common self-organizing networks from galaxies to Gaia. For example, compare Li-Hsiang Rosenlee’s Confucianism and Women which deals in similar terms with this ancient dichotomy which ever begs balance and harmony.

There is a common core to the views expressed in these papers, which can be characterized as the stance that relational structures are of equal or more fundamental ontological status that objects. (Preface) A ‘stronger’ form of structuralism might urge a more radical reconceptualization of objects, such that they come to be understood as mere ‘nodes’ or ’intersections’ in the structure. More generally, objects might be understood as being secondary to the structure; the relations are then to be regarded as having ontological primacy over the objects. Alternatively, one might eschew talk of ’primacy’ and adopt a view that is committed to both categories but privileges neither over the other. (26)

Robles-Perez, Salvador. Quantum Cosmology in the Light of Quantum Mechanics. Galaxies. 7/2, 2019. In this MDPI journal, a Spanish mathematician (search) continues his studies which are a good example of how human collective sapience can readily cast imaginative quantifications across any breadth and depth of this awesome presence. Again we beg to ask whoever are we infinitesimal peoples to be able to envision, describe and take forth this grand vista?

There is a formal analogy between the evolution of the universe, when it is seen as a trajectory in the minisuperspace, and the worldline followed by a test particle in a curved spacetime. The analogy can be extended to the quantum realm, where the trajectories are transformed into wave packets that give us the probability of finding the universe or the particle in a given point of their respective spaces: spacetime in the case of the particle and minisuperspace for the universe. The wave function of the spacetime and the matter fields altogether can then be seen as a super-field that propagates in the minisuperspace. The super-field can thus be interpreted as made up of universes propagating, i.e., evolving, in the minisuperspace. (Abstract excerpt)

Samuel, Eugene. What Lies Beneath. New Scientist. February 9, 2002. A report on the work of Nobel prize physicist Robert Laughlin who contends that the search for bottom level particles and laws is misconceived because they are not really there. Rather the universe is a spontaneous emergence which springs from quantum criticality.

For example, in some magnetic solids individual spins become so highly correlated that the behavior of one affects them all, and the collective wavefunction of the material lacks any sense of scale….And to Laughlin, this is a highly desirable property, because scale invariance is also a fundamental property of space-time. (26)

Sanchez, Norma. New Quantum Phase of the Universe before Inflation and its Cosmological and Dark Energy Implications. arXiv:1912.06655. A Sorbonne University, CNRS Observatory of Paris, astrophysicist posts a mathematical treatise with sections such as Classical-Quantum Duality through the Planck Scale and Total de Sitter Universe and its Dual Symmetry. These theories as displayed in a Fig. 1 become The Universe Completed by Quantum Physics in Terms of Gravity History (second quote). So by a natural philoSophia view, human women and men seem to be innately capable, whoever and wherever possible, of achieving cosmic quantifications across any depth and reach. By a further stretch, all spatial and temporal creation seems trying pass to and through our sapient acumen. See also New Quantum Structure of the Space Time by NS in Gravitation and Cosmology (25/2, 2019) and Predictive Physics of Inflation and Grand Unification at arXiv:2001.04795.

The physical history of the Universe is completed by including the quantum planckian and trans-planckian phase before Inflation in the Standard Model of the Universe in agreement with observations. A new quantum precursor phase appears beyond the Planck scale. We extend de Sitter universe to the quantum domain: classical-quantum de Sitter duality. As a result, the classical and quantum dual de Sitter temperatures and entropies are naturally included, and the de Sitter regimes characterized in a precise and unifying way. Relevant cosmological phenomena then allow us to describe Quantum spectra and their CMB observables, including the classical Inflation spectra. A unifying picture for the Universe epochs and their quantum precursors emerges with the cosmological constant as the vacuum energy, entropy and temperature. (Abridged Abstract)

The Whole History. An Unifying Picture: We see that going back in time along the Universe evolution from the present era to the early stages where the Universe becames more and more quantum, the classical temperature TΛ decreases, as it must be, the quantum temperature TQ becomes higher and the values of the Classical and Quantum temperatures TΛ and TQ become closer of each other, the difference disappearing at the Planck scale, which is the crossing scale between the classical/semiclassical and quantum gravity regimes or eras. (40)

Scharf, Caleb. Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos. New York: Scientific American Books, 2012. The Columbia University astrobiologist explains how such cosmic phenomena (Black holes are massive objects or regions of space with a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape), such as one at the center of the Milky Way, actually foster the conditions for the evolution of lively creatures who might wonder at it all. An excerpt “The Benevolence of Black Holes” appears in Scientific American, for August 2012. But as the quote conveys, cosmological speculations remain caught in a perplexing dichotomy. Paraphrasing Columbia physicist Brian Greene (search), it is concluded that we valiant humans are yet lost in a vast, forbidding, insensate reality. But it is alluded, left ajar, that some celestial phenomena might seem made for our observer presence.

Scharf and Greene have company. A similar dissonance occurs in physicist Lawrence Krauss’ NY Times note for July 8th about the Higgs Boson. Our earthly occasion is “a precarious accident from nothing,” but this discovery is then said to reveal “the very elements that allow for our existence.” (search physicist Neil Turok for a rebuttal) Another instance is a Discovery Channel series upon Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design, aired in June 2012. A segment “The Meaning of Life,” narrated by Hawking through his computer, states that because “philosophy is dead” our only recourse is "fundamental physics," as he and colleagues see fit. Our recourse, he advises, is to try to concoct and make up our own realities.

Our existence in the place, this microscopic corner of the cosmos, is fleeting. With utter disregard for our wants and needs, nature plays out its grand acts on scales of space and time that are truly hard to grasp. Perhaps all that we can look to for real solace is our endless capacity to ask questions and seek answers about the place we find ourselves in. One of the questions we are now asking is how deeply our specific circumstances are connected to this majestic universal scheme of stars, galaxies and black holes. (Scharf)

Scoville, Nick., et al. The Cosmic Evolution Survey Overview. Astrophysical Journal. Supplement 172/1, 2007. A special issue devoted to a compilation of results, with over a hundred authors, from space telescopes and probes, on the spatial and temporal galactic universe. Surely an example of humankind, or rightly earthkind altogether, or more widely the very cosmos, engaged in a concerted project to describe and discover itself. But how can this realization dawn in time?

Siegfried, Tom. A ‘Landscape” Too Far? Science. 313/750, 2006. A news report on the June 2006 Conference on Supersymmetry and the Unification of Fundamental Interactions where a revival of the anthropic principle, seemingly merited by string theories, was acrimoniously hashed out. The article notes a growing upheaval in quantum physics and consequent multiverse cosmology to move beyond a two decade hiatus due to the string mindset, whose mathematics can take on a life of its own. And it makes me wonder why this totally male field so abhors any thought that human beings might be cosmically worthwhile.

Simcoe, Robert. The Cosmic Web. American Scientist. January-February, 2004. Its subtitle reads: “Observations and simulations of the intergalactic medium reveal the largest structures in the universe.” A collaborative project of humankind achieves graphic visualization of filamentary webs of stars and galaxies.

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