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Quintessence

In the beginning (although since "beginning" is a temporal concept and time does not yet exist, it has no real meaning here) —

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the heaven was Aether, of the Protogenoi, the first-born elemental gods, son of Erebus and Nyx.  And Aether was the Bright, Glowing, Upper Air, the soul of the world from which all life emanates, the fifth element, the Quintessence.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the aethereal deep.  And the four fundamental forces — electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, the strong nuclear force, and gravitation — were equal in strength, and unified into one fundamental force.  And this fundamental force, the Spirit of God, moved upon the face of the waters of aether.

And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  At the instant of this Big Bang, the universe was infinitely dense and unimaginably hot.  All forms of matter and energy, as well as space and time itself, were formed at this instant.

For the first fraction of a second (up to 10 -43 seconds after the Big Bang), only energy existed.  God saw the light, and saw that it was good.  As the universe expanded and cooled, God divided the light from the darkness and the four fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces) became distinct. Quarks, then atomic particles and their antimatter partners, appeared.  As matter and antimatter met, they annihilated each other.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  The young universe did not have a perfectly even distribution of energy and particles. These irregularities allowed forces to start to collect and concentrate matter. Accumulations started to develop ever more complicated structures. Concentrations of matter formed into clouds, then condensed into stars and the collections of stars we call galaxies.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and gravity acted on individual particles to form collections that attracted still more particles.  And these collections overcame the disruptive forces of heat and turbulence to create spheres of gas that were hot enough and dense enough at their centers so that hydrogen could fuse into helium — creating a star. 

And the firmament was organized into 9 crystal spheres; and each sphere was a multidimensional membrane, or brane, usually called a P-brane, with P referring to the number of dimensions in which it exists. The value of 'P' could range from zero to nine, thus giving branes dimensions from zero (0-brane = point particle) to 9.  Earth existed in a 4-brane with 3 dimensions of space and 1 dimension of time.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, which He placed in the Fourth Sphere; and the lesser light in the First Sphere of the Moon to rule the night: he made the stars also and set them in the Eighth Sphere which is the sphere of the Church Triumphant. The second and third spheres held Mercury and Venus, and beyond the sun lay the Fifth Sphere of Mars, whose souls formed an enormous cross, and the Sphere of Jupiter whose souls eternally spell out, in Latin "Love justice, ye that judge the earth," and then arrange themselves into the shape of an imperial eagle.  The sphere of Saturn is that of the contemplatives, who embody temperance, and is the Seventh of the celestial spheres.

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: And beyond the 8th Sphere of fixed stars lies the Primum Mobile, the 9th crystal sphere and the abode of angels.

And God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

And the difference between the maximum and minimum angular speeds of a planet in its crystalline orbit approximated a harmonic proportion. For instance, the maximum angular speed of the Earth as measured from the Sun varies by a semitone (a ratio of 16:15), from mi to fa, between aphelion and perihelion. Venus only varies by a tiny 25:24 interval (called a diesis in musical terms.)  At very rare intervals all of the planets would sing together in 'perfect concord' though this may have happened only once in history, at the time of creation.

And the Crystal Spheres and the Earth itself all seemed to be made of one-dimensional "strings" — infinitely small building-blocks that have only the dimension of length, but not height or width; and just as the Earth plus the 9 spheres create 10 cosmological realms, so the strings appear to reside in one of 10 dimensions.  But the eyes of the angels in the Primum Mobile could see that the strings were in fact 1-dimensional slices of the 2-dimensional membranes of the Spheres, and vibrating in 11-dimensional space — for beyond the Earth, outside the 9th sphere of the angels, lies the Empyrean: the realm of God; where the aether, the Quintessence, fills the Universe beyond Earth.  The aether is neither hot nor cold, wet nor dry, and by its nature moves in circles.  This form of dark energy was the fifth contribution to the overall mass-energy content of the Universe: the other four being baryonic matter, radiation (which may be considered hot dark matter), cold dark matter and gravitational self-energy due to spatial curvature.

And so the membranes of the world sang the Music of the Spheres, the music of membranes and strings vibrating in 11 dimensions.  And depending on how they vibrated they might be seen in 3-dimensional space as matter, light, or gravity. For behold, it is the vibration of the string which determines whether it appears to be matter or energy, and every form of matter or energy is the result of the vibration of strings.

And God saw the strings, and saw that it was good.

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  1. Apr 17, 2009

    A poem of ending from Sharon Olds.

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    To See My Mother

    It was like witnessing the earth being formed,
    to see my mother die, like seeing
    the dry lands be separated
    from the oceans, and all the mists bear up
    on one side, and all the solids
    be borne down, on the other, until
    the body was all there, all bronze and
    petrified redwood opal, and the soul all
    gone. If she hadn't looked so exalted, so
    beast-exalted and refreshed and suddenly
    hopeful, more than hopeful—beyond
    hope, relieved—if she had not been suffering so
    much, since I had met her, I do not
    know how I would have stood it, without
    fighting someone, though no one was there
    to fight, death was not there except
    as her, my task was to hold her tiny
    crown in one cupped hand, and her near
    birdbone shoulder. Lakes, clouds,
    nests. Winds, stems, tongues.
    Embryo, zygote, blastocele, atom,
    my mother's dying was like an end
    of life on earth, some end of water
    and moisture salt and sweet, and vapor,
    till only that still, ocher moon
    shone, in the room, mouth open, no song.