Sharing Scientific progress

It’s an exciting time.

I’m into this stuff, so I can’t help but spill about it: this last week or so, physicists have been beside themselves with a possible epic discovery.  There’s a lot physics explains well, but there is a time that it doesn’t understand, which happened some 13 billion years ago.  Most of that 13 billion years it covers pretty well, way back into an early age before our periodic table, when the first elements were being forged.  But the current model of physics gets confused about one second before that story started… if you look it up, you’ll hear lots of stories about high temperatures, singularities, quantum gravity, and eternity, but the main message is one of confusion (and possibility!).  Well, last week, a discovery was made: a faint pattern within a faint glow in the sky was detected, and it seems to be a relic of quantum gravity waves.  That would make it a picture of the universe a billion billion times closer to that mysterious point of confusion, answering a lot of questions, and raising more.   Wanna see it?  It won’t mean much without a lot more context, but here it is:

BICEP2 B-modes

The Christian Science Monitor has a couple good articles if you want to hear more.  Or ask questions in the comments below!

An immense discovery like this sparks a huge scientific debate over its veracity, its implications, its mysteries.  As it should — that’s how science works.  It’s part of the famous “scientific method”:

scientific method

A dear friend of mine recently shared how he sees the scientific method as most relevant to his life:

“1. Purpose – Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
2. Research – Get to know God and your neighbors by spending time with them.
3. Hypothesis – ‘God is Love’ (I John 4:16)
4. Experiment: Take actions throughout your day that show what Love looks like.
5. Analysis – Record these actions and ask whether they made you feel love and others feel loved.
6. Conclusion: Ask yourself, ‘Did the choices I made today show that my God is Love?’ 

Regardless of the answer, give thanks, adjust accordingly, and get ready to do it again!!!”

Like cosmology, this application of the scientific method can teach us a lot about where we’ve come from and what the nature of the universe is.  Unlike cosmology, it’s practical!  (Don’t tell any of my cosmologist friends I said that! 😉 )

One feature a high-school version of the scientific method usually omits is the social component of science: the collaboration, debate, discussion, sharing, helping that is integral to advancement of understanding.  Just as the cosmologists are currently debating their new discovery, a lot of us are engaged in this Scientific endeavor to apply Jesus’ teachings to live more lovingly and experience radical healing, and we regularly share our discoveries, progress, challenges, and successes with each other, both formally and informally.  One form this takes is our weekly meeting on Wednesday evenings.  We’re having one tomorrow (Wednesday) evening: won’t you join us?  7:35 (EDT) @ 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, MA, or via 1.605.475.4000 x636128.  See you there!

Towards Truth,

Grant and jpchurch

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  1. So, just as an update: Readers may have noticed the hedged language in this writeup — and, indeed, this signal turned out to be a misinterpretation. After another experiment weighed in and the original experiment had more data and more analysis, the signal doesn’t appear to be there. Read the details here:

    But this is how science marches on. We always test further, we reevaluate, and we admit when we’re wrong. The only standard is the truth. The same applies just as much to Science.

    Love you all.

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