About this site
As the name suggests, this site deals with matters relating to space; the space ‘out there’, between the stars and galaxies.
In addition to ‘matters’ as issues, we also use the word ‘matter’ to mean that substantial stuff we call ‘matter’ in the question: Is matter space?
To start you thinking, look closely at the Hubble Deep Field image on the left, click the image to link to Wikipedia to see the full size image. While you are looking, try to decide if the immense space represented in the image—the great distances between the galaxies—is space that is a result of the galaxies being there, the relationist view, or if the space would exist even without the galaxies. If you think it is the latter, ask yourself what that pre-existing space might be and whether it is something different from the matter which it contains.
Being interested in space-matters, you will know that ideas about the nature of space and its relation to matter are presently in a great state of flux. Just a few of the discoveries that have raised profound questions about the nature of space and its relation to matter are: the discovery in 1998 that the rate of expansion of space appears to be increasing, which resulted in the positing of “dark energy”. When it was discovered that extra gravity is needed to hold galaxies together “dark matter” was proposed; and the discovery in 2007 of what appears to be a gigantic a “hole” in space has raised serious questions about the homogeneity of space.
Yet again, these discoveries raise the age-old questions: What is the nature of space? What is the nature of matter? Is matter made of space? Why does matter behave the way in which it does?
As I indicated on the opening page, this site offers my hypothesis for the answers to these questions:
Space is real and substantial and is changing incessantly. Things are patterns of space which retain their identity because the patterns persist. That is, the world has an event ontology in which everything is made of space and is constantly changing. It is dynamic.The world we perceive is dynamic patterns of space.
The answers that I offer here are for the serious consideration of readers. I am not saying that they are the correct answers, just that they could be. If anyone has a site that relates to the questions and my ideas or offers a viable alternative to them or to current thinking, please email me your link to: gonolan-at-gmail.com. Whether or not I agree with what you say, if I think it is a worthwhile attempt to formulate an alternative idea, I will link to it from the side navigation panel.
The short version
To give you a quick, overall picture of the development of the hypothesis that the world is dynamic patterns of space, a short version is provided here.
Following a perusal of the short version, you should be able to get a reasonably clear idea of what this site is about by reading straight through the pages without clicking on any links. Following that, to make it as easy as possible for you to understand the unfolding story in your own way and to whatever depth you choose, the site is a sort of modified Wikipedia format in that it has many links which you can choose to follow or not. Some of the links take you deeper into this site for more detailed explanations of that particular aspect of the subject, other links take you to sites that have a great deal more information about a particular word, phrase or subject.
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SUMMARY OF THE KEY IDEAS PRESENTED IN THIS SITE
- Existence is the natural state of the universe, therefore there is something.
- At the smallest scale, the energy intensity of space fluctuates incessantly in event cells.
- These event cells have a toroidal topology, giving the impression of matter and anti-matter particles.
- The ratio between the rate of expansion and the rate of contraction of each event cell determines the amount and direction of curvature of the contiguous space.
- This ratio is elemental to the principle according to which space is organised, the ontological principle.
- According to this principle the intrinsic event cells are organised into dynamic patterns intrinsic to space.
- It is the nodes in these intrinsic patterns, and the modes of these nodes that we perceive as objects.
- Gravity, motion, force, mass, inertia and momentum are all manifestations of the interactions of the dynamic patterns with the curvature of space.
- Intensifications of event cells produce energy sources and gradients for the transmission of energy.