CSICON -- Murray's Law -- Eternal Exponential Expansion of Science: Rich Murray 1997.04.05, 2001.06.22, 2011.01.03
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Rich Murray 1997.04.05, 2001.06.22, 2011.01.03
Tuesday, January 3, 2011
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Rich Murray CSICON April 5 1997
Communion for the Subjective Investigation of Claims of the Normal
Room For All 1943 Otowi Road Santa Fe, NM 87505
April 5, 1997
Murray's Law -- Eternal Exponential Expansion of Science
Millenia of worldwide commonsense traditions have culminated in a
recent few centuries of exponential scientific work.
Since 1660, the number of scientists has grown from about 100 to about
Likewise, the volume of accumulated scientific literature, both
doubling unstopably every twenty years, rather like Mickey Mouse's
hordes of relentlessly marching brooms in Disney's "The Sorcerer's
This global orchestration of thought and practice has been firmly
founded on certain principles, rarely questioned, widely held to be
Experience, available only in the ever changing present moment of
personal subjective awareness, is held to be entirely based on and
derived from a basic reality, itself "external" to experience:
physical, or more abstractly, time-space-energy.
This base reality is universally assumed to be impersonal,
consistent, orderly, lawful, causal, uniform, single, measurable,
describable, communicable, continuous, contiguous, inherently simple,
and based on a small set of unchangeable (in themselves)
Therefore this reality can be modeled and predicted by the
self-qualifying global society of scientists, based solely on
communication with perceivable symbols via the external senses.
In short, the primary reality (along with its barely acknowledged
orphan, conscious experience) is absolutely normal.
The primary image of this paradigm is that of the machine, or the
modern embodiment, the computer:
well-defined elements interacting in three-dimensional space along a
single one-way track of causality to produce utterly normal results,
however marvelous, varied, valuable, or unpredictable they may be in practice.
This towering edifice of established normality paradoxically
both hides and makes even more significant any hints of "nonnormality"
-- the illicit paranormal, the lurking transcendentals, from ghosts
with the most to Lord of Hosts.
Hitherto, "anomalies", such as random variations in offspring, the
fogging of sealed photographic plates by uranium ore, or slight static
in sensitive radios, have become mere fodder for the assimilation
program of science, leading to vast extensions of the range of the
normal, including evolution, quantum mechanics, and the Big Bang.
"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated"-- the implacable
marching motto of the Borg juggarnaut.
Willem of Occam proclaimed, "Thou shalt not multiply entities
Indeed, hordes of angels, demons, ghosts, spirits, influences, and
innate qualities have been relegated to the dustbins of our race's
mythic heritage, from children's Saturday morning cartoons to
incessant massively multiplayer video games for tens of millions.
Mature minds, entranced by ever more lofty and subtle theoretical
visions, fed feasts of observation and experimentation on every level,
constrained by principles of parsimony, generality, and elegance, have
exuburantly, soberly created in a mere century:
at the ever tapering tail of the dragon, atoms that are .999999 empty space,
said empty space as a fully occupied negative energy sea of prodigious
density, with incessant particle pair production-annihilation within
that good old vacuum,
the equivalence of mass and energy,
the relativistic variation of observed time, with irreducible
randomness, fuzziness, discontinuity, and, feh!, nonlocality at the
very core of reality,
the weird phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity,
the ever fecund boson-fermion zoo of baryons, mesons, quarks, gluons,
neutrinos, WIMPs, gravitons, Higg's, magnetic monopoles, and their
antis, and their superpartners, all cascading into actuality as
infinitesimal loops or membranes vibrating within that most spacious
crystal of abstraction, E8XE8 Group (The Monster) Symmetry, while now
7 additional dimensions of space are parsimoniously mandated.
meanwhile, at the ever bigger end of said dragon, suddenly the
galaxy!, sprinkled with pulsars and quasars,
oh!, then an expanding universe of galaxies, salted with gamma-ray bursters,
all swimming in huge rivers and pools and dollops of dark matter, with
a ubiquitous profoundly mysterious dark energy inexorably increasing
cosmic acceleration in the recent five billion years,
oh!, that all sprang into being as a space-time bubble with zero total
energy as an infinitesimal quantum vacuum fluctuation in "something",
oh!, our bubble of galaxies extends 10E+25 further than the 13.7
billion light years presently observable (that's 10E+75 greater
oh!, might be untold zillions of universe bubbles, forever
disconnected, each with unique intrinsic properties, effervescing
cheerily within "something"...
just the facts, Mamm, heh, heh.
Funny what the principle of parsimony leads to...
gee whiz, I near forgot, black holes, them's weird nuff, huh? Lot of
'em, too, all sizes!
Oops, they evaporate!
Blow up too!
Gravitational radiation, anyone?
We can plain see gravitational lensing!
How about cosmic string and cosmic texture, frozen phase changes in
remember, if it ain't prohibited, it mandatory.
(Is anything really prohibited?)
I'm not complaining.
It's surely wonderful.
We taxpayers are getting our money's worth, and then some.
But do you see any sign of convergence?
In empirical fact, isn't what we see in a mere hundred years an
unstoppably exponential avalanche of proliferation of fantastic
Isn't the most obvious outcome for the next century a continuation of
this inexhaustibly creative weaving of this coat of many colors,
worlds within worlds, without end, without any possible end, not in a
hundred billion years of sentient evolution, not ever, forever?
Isn't this, ahem, trend, amen, the primary observational fact of the
last hundred years?
I say so.
I hereby dignify this empirical law by a suitable appellation:
In the overall exponential evolution of the scientific process, the
scale of reality available for consideration and the diversity and
subtlety of its entities and interactions all increase exponentially,
In 1660, the linear grid of Cartesian coordinates comprised the
primary paradigm for scientific reality.
On its empty black and white board Newton drew alike the falling
apple, the orbiting Moon -- simple balls coasting smoothly along
well-defined paths in perfect space.
Now the archetypal image is the Mandlebrot Set, full of brilliantly
and arbitrarily colored subtle details, forever inexhaustible in
timeless simultaneous single entire creative fractal hyperinfinity.
*Actually, according to AAAS, there were 5.8 million science and
engineering researchers in 2006. [ now marvelously interlinked via the
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