On the 22nd of September there was a tentative announcement to the world’s media that an experiment conducted in Italy had show that particles called ‘Neutrinos’ had traveled faster then the speed of light. The results, which have been checked and re-checked over months are now being examined by the whole scientific community, essentially in a desperate effort to prove they are wrong. If they cannot be proven wrong, then the very foundation of modern science has been blasted out from under our feet and our linear measurement and conception of what we consider ‘Reality’ is only real in it’s appearance.
Essentially the experiment is a breaking of the universal speed limit; the speed of light. This experiment cannot of ignored as easily as others, we’re not going to get away with a speeding ticket here. It destroys a fundamental principle of reality; Cause and Effect. As, Subir Sakar, Head of Particle Theory at Oxford University put it:
“Cause cannot come after effect and that is absolutely fundamental to our construction of the physical universe. If we do not have causality we are buggered.”
I’m not a scientist and there are plenty of other places on the net where you’ll find more more information about the experiment and it’s scientific implications if it’s proven. Isn’t it interesting that Sakar states that it is absolutely fundamental to “our” construction of the physical universe and that if this construction falls asunder then we’re “buggered” as he so eloquently puts it. However, if our construction of reality was always only apparently real, what would change? Would it be the case that maybe the linear and limited perception of reality as separate objects relating would fall away and life would be seen as it is, boundless and complete?
Everything is already boundless, whole and complete, the only change would be our perception. The ultimate shift in perception is out of the contracted centre that forms an artificial ‘me’, with subsequent ‘you’, ‘us’ ‘our’. Life is only knowable when there is someone separate to it to know it. As Tony Parsons puts it, ‘we live in our own knowing of ourselves’ (this may not be an exact quote and could also be attributed to others, although in actuality there is no owner of any quote). So the fear of our perception of reality being wrong is nothing other then a fear of our absence. If that reality was never real, then us as separate individual selves may not be either. So the scramble to hold onto the speed of light thesis will continue in the same way a man holds his position in an argument at the bar, to be proven wrong would be the end of him!
The speed of light isn’t the universes unwavering constant, there is nothing constant or permanent only aliveness itself. What you search for has never left you, what you search has never been anything other then this, life, not what appears to be happening in it. No future, no past, no now, no birth, no death, just this. Then it’s new, as it always was.