Re: A Valid Application of Fractal Theory? What do you think??
Hello Don and Madhudvisa dasa
I read the post "When the Universe was Dark" dated 24 May 02:00gmt.
It is very unusual to find such high quality arguments put forward
by a religious person and I enjoyed the discussion. Rather than
complicate the responses in the usenet groups I am sending this by
email, but feel free to reply by email or include it in your usenet
discussion. The earlier part of the discussion was not seen by me.
This same message is being posted to both Donl (sorry that is as much
of your name as I have) and Madhudvisa dasa .
In discussing the big bang and evolution, my view is that the big bang
is not consistent with very many observations and is therefore not to
be taken as anything like scientific fact, while evolution is very
firmly established as at least a major factor in the behaviour of
Of the idea that the universe is fractal and therefore there should
be little bangs also... Yes, it is true that the universe is to a
large extent fractal but not perfectly so. The degree to which this
is true goes beyond anything in accepted knowledge. I have found
that there are processes which cause extremely similar repetitions
on scales which differ by a ratio of 34560 to 1. This ratio is found
to correctly predict the relative spatial seperations of the sequence...
universe, galaxy, star, giant planet, moon, x, y, z, atom, baryon.
The scales labelled x, y, z are less obvious in their appearance but
do seem to have some discreteness. eg z is a scale of about a micron
which is the typical scale of cells and certain other lesser known
phenomena. There is also some similarity on certain other scale
ratios, such as 12 to 1 and 2880 to 1 but not enough to fool anyone.
There are also differences at all of the above scales. It is likely
that even greater similarities exist at scale differences of the
order of 10^40, but we cannot observe these. I have done much
research in this area and made many successful predictions which
cannot be explained by existing "accepted" theories such as the big
bang. More information is available by email.
One of the things about fractal similarities at different scales is
the question of how different aspects of the function change with
scale. In the universe when the distance factor changes by the scale
factor 34560, the time factor for oscillations changes by 37557.7
which is a slightly different amount due to the fact that the
presence of more concentrated energy leads to space stretching
slightly. However although most processes happen more rapidly
at smaller scales, the process of creation does not. It happens at
exactly the same rate, which is the Hubble rate. What do I mean by
this?... By creation I mean that every scale in the universe that
I mentioned above causes the creation of the next smaller scale
(although all larger scales influence it). eg stars form as a
subprocess of galaxies etc, so that atoms form baryons. I am
unsure whether there are at present much smaller scales than the
baryon. This may be the level at which creation is occurring in
our part of the universe. Anyway, although I do not believe in
the big bang theory, there is a partial sense in which it is true.
In the same sense it is true that creation continues on all scales
within the universe, but at a very slow rate (the Hubble rate)
of 10^-18 per second roughly. I have arrived at this idea that
creation still continues on many scales myself, and note that Fred
Hoyle has arrived at a similar idea, probably from very different
methods. Therefore, I suggest, little bangs do occur, but extremely
While I do not believe that there is inherently anything about life
which does not obey the laws of physics I do accept that this in an
act of faith. Certainly, presently accepted physics does not, and I
would maintain cannot, explain how life works. This is a shortcoming
of present physics rather than the scientific method. It must be
accepted that life is extremely complex in its variety of structure
and even if a very simple law (which I believe does exist) is behind
everything, the calculations can still be exceeding difficult and
therefore may be beyond our reach for a very long time to come.
So far I have managed to avoid the metaphysics side of your discussion.
Maybe I should have kept it that way, but here goes anyway...
On science vs absolute science there is a sense in which I wish to
agree with you both. We cannot build any structure of belief without
a foundation or axioms. Water is wet would be axiomatic in the sense
of being part of the definition of wet. The best science is that which
contains the fewest axioms and ones which just feel right. They do
become articles of faith. Euclid showed the structure very clearly.
You may argue that Euclid is maths not science, but for the greeks
I believe that Euclid was intended to be applied to the "real world"
just as Einstein's relativity is intended to be. Einstein also was
fairly clear on his axioms, but they are not quite as absolute in
that many people want to ask "why is the speed of light constant
in all reference frames?" Other areas of physics such as quantum
physics are much more messy with their axioms and as a result suffer
from problems of interpretation.
Having said all that, history shows that beliefs held as acts of faith
will almost always come to be seen as silly later on. This applies
to science and religion. In my view science is just a religion (or
several of them if you like). It is the nearest one to my own beliefs.
Therefore, although we must have foundations to our beliefs, which we
may call faith or "absolutes", there will from time to time be some
question about these. If well chosen, then the times will be far
apart, but this only makes the change more difficult. There has been
much written about paradigms in science recently, and I agree that a
paradigm shift is imminent. Interesting times.
The same goes for religion in my view. You can say that Krishna said
something and so it doesn't have to be checked or tested, but how do
you know that he did, or that you should listen to Krishna rather than
one of thousands of other religious leaders? Is the test of the
pudding in the eating? Is it inconceivable that at some future time
the teachings of Krishna may prove inadequate? What if someone else
claims to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead; do you listen to
them? There are many others who do claim this. Surely you must accept
that you are in the same boat as the scientist in always being wise to
consider that you may have made a mistake?
Thank you. Hare Krishna!
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!