Proton. Mass. Higgs. Phantoms of science.

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A proton’s mass is more just than the sum of its parts. And now scientists know just what accounts for the subatomic particle’s heft.

Protons are made up of even smaller particles called quarks, so you might expect that simply adding up the quarks’ masses should give you the proton’s mass. However, that sum is much too small to explain the proton’s bulk. And new, detailed calculations show that only 9 percent of the proton’s heft comes from the mass of constituent quarks. The rest of the proton’s mass comes from complicated effects occurring inside the particle, researchers report in the Nov. 23 Physical Review Letters.

Quarks get their masses from a process connected to the Higgs boson, an elementary particle first detected in 2012 (SN: 7/28/12, p. 5). But “the quark masses are tiny,” says study coauthor and theoretical physicist Keh-Fei Liu of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. So, for protons, the Higgs explanation falls short.

Instead, most of the proton’s 938 million electron volts of mass is due to complexities of quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, the theory which accounts for the churning of particles within the proton. (1)

Not the sum of its parts…

Can this be true in any way?

Everything is the sum of its parts. But some of the parts are invisible. And you need to know where to look for them. Why do we not see the QCD as part of the proton? Why don’t we see the soul as part of man? Why don’t we see man as part of the cosmos? Why don’t we see the cosmos as part of God?

Our ability to see the parts of things is intently related to our ability see just parts of those parts. For if we were able to see all the parts we would simply look at the whole…

It may sound weird, but only when we look at no parts at all will we be able to see them all at once…

How can anything be part of something?

To what else can everything be part of?

If not part of nothing?

See the proton.

There is no proton.

Can you see its parts now?

Comet 67P. Micro-organisms. Humility…

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation for its properties – micro-organisms that shape cometary activity. (1)

What seems big is shaped by things seemingly small…

Everything is made up of parts.

Parts so unimportant, so tiny, so petty.

And yet so important, so great, so significant.

A whole cosmos made of monads.

A whole cosmos made of voidness.

Be humble. You are God because you are made of nothing…

Small parts. Smaller parts. Even smaller parts. Everything!

As we research smaller and smaller units of matter, it has became clear to some that there is perhaps no final unit waiting to be discovered but a fundamental unity to everything. Physicist David Bohm, whose work is described in Michael Talbot’s the Holographic Universe, calls the fundamental unity at the end of all matter the implicate order. David Wilcock makes reference to the Source Field.

A popular metaphor for the universe in this new view is a hologram that projects what we experience as matter, light energy, etc. An important property of holograms is that information contained throughout is contained within any unit. For instance, if you cut a piece of holographic film with a picture of an apple in half, both halves of the film will still project the whole apple!

One phenomena in quantum physics that supports this view is known as “non locality”. It can be a bit mind boggling to think that somewhere particles are “speaking” to each other, where this is no location.

The non-local level of you and the universe is your consciousness. Something “non local” makes your consciousness transcend all existence. What we experience as separate things is actually an illusion. (1)

Find the smallest parts.
You will end up with nothing.
This nothing makes up everything.
And the only way to do that is to be… everything.

Rosetta, comets, parts, analysis…

Comet-chaser Rosetta has lucked out with a two-for-one deal. Pictures from the European Space Agency (ESA) probe suggest that its target comet, Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is actually two icy rocks stuck together in an arrangement known as a contact binary.

“This is the reason we organise these missions, to find surprises,” says Pedro Lacerda of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany, who has set up a team to analyse results from Rosetta.

Launched 10 years ago, Rosetta’s mission is to make the first-ever landing on a comet. This latest discovery could complicate the mission. (1)

What we see as one can be divided into parts.
Any part can be divided into other parts.
You can see parts everywhere.
As long as you really WANT to…

Like Rosetta chasing comets,
we are constantly changing atoms.
But there is nothing to find.
Because everything just Is.

We are just chasing shadows.
And when some light is shed upon us, these shadows become bigger…

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