Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dark Matter Discovery - Paranormal Broth?



In an earlier post, I discussed whether neutrinos (particles that can go through things) were part of the paranormal “broth” that helps to facilitate ghostly activity and psychic abilities. In my SciFi novel I’ve been writing, my concept was that dark matter was the “broth” that carried psychic information.

Interestingly, an exciting new article just came out discussing how some dark matter might have been detected in…(get this) a defunct mine! Sound like theories are linking together here? The question for me has always been geology in relation to ghostly activity, but also mines.

From the article: In a series of coordinated announcements at several US laboratories, researchers said they believed they had captured dark matter in a defunct iron ore mine (Minnesta) half a mile underground. The claim, if confirmed next year, will rank as one the most spectacular discoveries in physics in the past century.

Dark matter is what created the structure of the universe and is essentially what holds it together. When ordinary matter falls into lumps of dark matter it turns into galaxies, stars, planets and people. Without it, we wouldn't be here.
Some dark matter particles could explain why ordinary matter is not radioactive, while others may help scientists understand why time – so far as we know – always runs forward.

Dark matter particles are peculiar because they pass through objects as if they were not there. Their aloof nature has led scientists to name them weakly interacting massive particles, or Wimps. Vast amounts of these are thought to be constantly moving through the Earth and everything on it, us included, as the solar system spins around our galaxy.


What this actually means for the world of the paranormal, it’s not certain and probably won’t be for a long time, as certainly the bigger questions of dark matter’s importance will be explored first. I’m hopeful, however, that we might have found the linking substance.

7 comments:

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  2. Thanks so much for the nice comment on my blog. I appreciate it. I really enjoyed your article btw. :) Have a great Christmas.

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  3. very interesting. i'll have to come and read the article. i'm feeling the effects of my cough medicine and i think i'll go off to take a little nap. it sucks being sick.

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  4. Sandra;
    You poor lambie. You take care of yourself. Hope you're feeling all happy and perky for the holidays. :-)

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  5. It would be interesting to see what they find. Frankly, I'm not sure I understand how they would confirm they found dark matter particles if they do find them. It doesn't sound like the kind of thing you put in a museum case and say, "Look, here it is!" How are they going to really prove it? Would they have a way of manipulating it to make it observable to anyone?

    I noticed at the bottom of the article there was a question regarding whether or not "everyone" believes in dark matter. It answers by saying a minority of scientists dismiss the dark matter hypothesis. At this point, I think I might have to agree with that minority about dark matter. I'm not convinced it really exists either, but I'd still be curious to see whether or not they find something of interest.

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  6. Hey Jeff;
    Yeah, it's one of those controversial things, like big bang-which still causes a great deal of questioning. I think we have absolutely no idea how tiny matter can get. When we saw germs on a microscope slide, we thought that was as small as it gets. Then, we found atoms. I think there is surely something universally found everywhere that ties it all together. What it is...well, spiritualists might say it's the great creator, physicists might say it's dark matter, others might believe that each part of the universe has its own types of matter and it's not necessarily found everywhere. We assume because we have oxygen and CO2 on earth that other planets must contain these to have life, but perhaps they can live with methane. The dark matter question is a great one and I hope to see it through to some kind of "proof" that's convincing. In my gut, there is something that holds it all together. It's an exciting time for discoveries.

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