New gravity: There is no gravity! (as we know it) Focusing on the phenomena. The problem of modern science.



A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first test. First proposed back in 2010, the new hypothesis states that gravity might behave and arise very differently than Einstein predicted, and an independent study of more than 30,000 galaxies has now found the first evidence to back this up.

The hypothesis is referred to as ‘Verlinde’s hypothesis of gravity’ after the theoretical physicist who came up with it, Erik Verlinde from the University of Amsterdam. If it can stand up to further testing, it could completely overhaul over a century of physics – including getting rid of dark matter altogether.

“His suggestion is that gravity isn’t a fundamental force of nature at all, but rather an emergent phenomenon – just like temperature is an emergent phenomenon that arises from the movement of microscopic particles. In other words, gravity is a side effect, not the cause, of what’s happening in the Universe”.

A scientific team studied galaxies and compared their results to the predictions made by Einstein’s general theory of relativity and those made by Verlinde, and found that both fit. But they found that Verlinde’s predictions matched their observations without needing to use any free parameters – which are values that can be tweaked to make observations match a hypothesis. The presence of dark matter, on the other hand, required four free parameters. (1)

Gravity, electromagnetic fields, particles… Constructs of science to model the cosmos. But models change all the time. This is what science is. And science is dealing with the phenomena. This is not something new. New is our inability to connect science with philosophy. New is our obsession to focus only on the phenomena and believe that they are the actual causes of what we see in the cosmos. We are like kids who were just given a new toy. We look in the distorting mirror and we believe everything we see inside it.

But the toy is old. The toy is broken.

We just have to break the mirror. And see beyond.

We have left Kansas a long time ago.

All we need now is to find a way back now…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum! View all posts by skakos

One thought on “New gravity: There is no gravity! (as we know it) Focusing on the phenomena. The problem of modern science.”

  1. Sir,
    we could think things either like the idealists (Hegel) or the empiricists. To think i.e. about the origin of the universe through idealistic conceptsseems futile. As one philosopher put it succinctly: “…how could a finite being grasp the infinite…”
    Thus remains only the sensory perception of phenomena (by instruments).
    Und yes, unfortunately, there seem no heirs to the great philosophers in sight (for us, at least).

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