How Einstein met Tagore and what came out of it

He saw God behind his equations
By Marta Figura

In 1930 near Berlin, two Nobel Prize winners met: German physicist, Albert Einstein and Indian poet and thinker, Rabindranath Tagore. The issue they touched upon then is being discussed again in the science of today – we witness the encounter of natural sciences, philosophy and religion as the memorable discussion continues. This is continued, as one could see, in the lecture of Russian physicist, Gennady Shipov, which took place in the building of Physics Department of Warsaw Technical University in May this year.

It may be said that once again Einstein meets Tagore. Albert Einstein, sixty nine years ago, was convincing Tagore that matter and consciousness are independent from each other. While Tagore was of the opinion that consciousness creates matter. It has appeared that when treating the conclusion of Einstein as a point of departure and making a step forward Tagore’s opinion can be confirmed – that consciousness is primary in relation to matter and that it is consciousness which gives rise to matter. Continue reading

Dark energy, science’s biggest mystery

Dark energy, science’s biggest mystery

CNN

New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) — On Tuesday, three U.S.-trained scientists won the Nobel prize in physics, for finding definitive evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.
Their discovery did not fit any existing theory, so it had mind-blowing implications for our understanding of the physical world. At the same time, it’s relatively easy to explain to nonspecialists. So fasten your seat belts for a quick tour of this frontier of knowledge: What was the actual discovery, why is it important, and what does it mean for our world?

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Signals carrying information travel faster than the speed of light?

By Dr. Michael Brandt

According to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity (1905), the speed of light in the vacuum of space (186,000 miles per second) is the ultimate and absolute speed limit of the universe – no object or signal can travel faster than this – or can it?  If anything is accurately measured to do so (and so far it hasn’t), a major building block of physics would crumble and a brand new physics theory would need to replace the Special Theory.  The importance and “gravity” of such a find cannot be overstated.

On the other hand there are theoretical particles called tachyons (so far unobserved), whose lower speed limit is the speed of light, which do not violate Einstein’s Special Theory, but whose existence remains questionable by physicists.  Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity does provide for superluminal travel as for example if/when traversing through a so-called wormhole in a warped area of spacetime (we do not recommend trying this at home, at least not without a parachute – maybe watch an episode of Star Trek or Star Wars instead ;-)). Continue reading

‘Self-compassion’ can help divorced people heal

‘Self-compassion’ can help divorced people heal

USA Today

Self-compassion can help the newly divorced get through one of the most difficult periods of their lives, researchers suggest.

They explained that self-compassion — a combination of kindness toward oneself, recognition of common humanity, and the ability to let painful emotions pass — “can promote resilience and positive outcomes in the face of divorce.”

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