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The puzzle of 3D reality

By guest editor Richard Caldwell

Posted November 02, 2017
The puzzle of 3D reality
Dreams can come true: Inside Regboy's mind yesterday. © Ignatius Rake

As CERN scientists scratch their nuts over why the universe didn't blow up yonks ago, Richard Caldwell ponders whether it's all just a cheese dream anyway.



Highfalutin' scientists at CERN seem to be amusing themselves with new data confirming how not one of them can yet say why the universe did not destroy itself during the Big Bang.

Evidently the great mass of anti-matter and matter of all that might ever exist would just never have managed to share the backseat of the station wagon for the family road trip, being more likely to pull at each other's hair while saying cross things and licking the elephant animal crackers.

From the Independent article on the matter:

"The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn't destroy itself as soon as it came into existence. That's what science says should have happened – but it clearly hasn't, since you're here reading this, as far as we know.

At the beginning of the universe, according to the standard model, there [were] equal amounts of matter and anti-matter. The trouble with that is that they would each have annihilated each other, leaving none of the matter that surrounds us today."



MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
So it would appear that, much like the love affairs between avatars and proxies online, the universe should not exist.

Which of course is a prospect that most people would silently nod in agreement with, even should they vocally express otherwise to their restroom mirror every morning, struggling with remembering how to look hard for the newest day.

Of course, none of this should exist.

Yet here we are.


STAPP'S IRONICAL PARADOX
This actually takes us back to a thing known as Stapp's ironical paradox.

It was conceived by Colonel John Paul Stapp, a man who Wikipedia describes as "an American career US Air Force officer, flight surgeon, physician, biophysicist and pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans".

He was also "a colleague and contemporary of Chuck Yeager and became known as 'the fastest man on earth'".

This ironical paradox states that: "The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle."

That is to say, if the universe by design is self-defeating, and we mere mortal humans by all accounts are fundamentally self-defeating, then we and the universe are one, reality is universal and life is futile.


IS IT A DREAM?
Except that throughout both eastern and western philosophies is a trail of thought considered the dream argument.

The premise is that as dreams serve as mysterious-though-constant examples for how reality defined by the senses is not always real, then all the rest of reality must be weighed and determined as real or not as well.

Because it could all just be a dream.

An awful, no good, bad, bad dream.


Cheers, Richard. I had a dream once. Woke up in a puddle. Anyway, here's the Damned.




Personally, I hope it is all a dream. After all, dreaming is free. Ain't that right, Debbie?




See also US Navy games itself, posted 27/10/17.


Richard Caldwell
used to write for the now sadly defunct New Comics Day. Fortunately, his writings still abound elsewhere on the interweb, such as on his flippin' ace blog that you are strongly advised to check out here.


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