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Palace, Mahé, Seychelles, Indian Ocean
May 17, 2012
most powerful woman in the history of the world was delivering a speech. She was born Marlene Schiller but had been addressed by her
title since her first marriage in 1980. Her
title then: Baroness. In 1992, her
first husband died; she soon remarried, this time to the multi-billionaire
erstwhile recluse who prospered as none had ever before.
Six sons and eighteen years later, she was a widow once more, and
democratically elected to succeed him as Helper.
That was in 2010, a very busy eight hundred days ago.
The world was anxiously listening to her every word, since there had been
no advance press release as to the subject matter.
began, as always, speaking congenially into the TV cameras, almost as if she
were talking to people in her midst, but security forbade outsiders.
Despite the warm and friendly tone, there was a regal quality to her that
would forever demonstrate that the blood of nine centuries of aristocratic
Bavarian forebears coursed through her veins.
was usual custom, her address was simultaneously translated into over 400
languages and dialects, so her words were immediately understandable to over
99.5% of the world's people.
bring you greetings from The Palace, where I'm wearing a pearl necklace given to
me by my late husband some years ago. I'm
going to discuss certain aspects of science and technology, as well as my own
religious convictions as they relate to that science.
In due course, I shall also announce another achievement, or rather the
countdown to another shining moment for mankind, one that will technically blast
off three years from today, the product of research and
development that we
have been working towards since 1994. It's
that sort of important technology that results when science is exploited and the
power of an idea is overwhelming."
paused and beamed a wide grin. She
was a very contented woman and proud to set forth her opinions on the topics
mentioned. "This necklace has
no beginning and no end. It is a
set of those relatively little spheres created by nature with man's assistance
known as cultured pearls. Each one
has a small hole drilled through it and a silk cord connects them. It reminds me
in a very special way of what our universe is like, according to certain
scientists of the cosmos, among them Einstein, Feynmann, Hawking and Tipler. Their science is relatively new, complex and not complete,
but it is enough for me and my staff to realize opportunities and see that we
avail ourselves of the best of mankind's possibilities."
I will outline the science and its theories.
Tomorrow night, I shall explore the general implications of this science,
both as to its promises and possible pitfalls.
Thereafter, for one night weekly for some weeks, I (or a designated
Palace staff member) shall explore various aspects of the science and relate
them to what possibilities they mean, the things we can and should do and what
we stand to achieve. In my final
address to you, I shall inform you of our decision and the very significant
events that have prompted the achievements – past, present and future – that
make up the announcement to which I first alluded.
one hand, I thank my God for scientists, as they unlock the secrets and unravel
the mysteries of our universe. I likewise thank my God for all the technicians,
those users of science that transform discovery and theory into those things
that sustain and enrich our existence.
Most of all, I sincerely pray and thank God each and every day for the
blessing of life itself, and I particularly thank God for the blessing of
true practice of religion is not merely a recitation of things said before or an
observance of traditional rites, conventions or ceremonies.
It is instead an inward-felt commingling of knowledge and piety, of
conviction and caring, of love of one's god or gods and service.
To me, God is always speaking, and I must carefully listen and try to
understand. Because I am human, I
will necessarily make mistakes and some events will be major catastrophes
despite my best efforts and those of all of us.
But if we listen, and if we use what is already known to know even more,
then we can forever seek to use that greater knowledge to sustain and enrich
ourselves to a greater degree. In
so doing, we can awake each day to a new dawning, one pregnant with hope and
glorious possibilities, certain that life is good and continuously getting
was the core conviction of my pledge to you in 2010 and the basis upon which you
elected me. As expressed by my late husband, in that adage he used to
illustrate so very much to me: 'Nothing, nothing is so powerful as an idea whose
time has come.'
that is one side of the equation, one aspect of assessing the future.
I also understand that possibilities and hopes are nice things to discuss
but the reality of existence for the majority of the men, women and children on
this planet is a life far from glamorous or even very good.
Most of us inherit a legacy of toil and strife, limited means and more
limited horizons. There are so-called developed countries, home to something
less than one and one-half billion people, and other countries less fortunate,
home to the other five-plus billion. Yes,
there are rich people in poor countries and vice versa, but reality is the rich
countries getting richer and there is much grinding poverty for most of those
born and living elsewhere. This is
the ugly side of our situation, as we study Planet!
history is replete with examples of humans preying on and degrading other
humans. Without mentioning specific historic examples, we are aware
of individuals, groups and even whole nations working in unity for evil
purposes, in specific events and in long-term policy-driven modes of existence.
While every major religion and every ethical and moral code worthy of
those names decry criminality and human exploitation, every civilization has
necessarily established armed forces, for internal control and protection from
external threats. To a large measure, policemen and armies exist because of
society's fear of Evil's threats, individually and collectively, to its members.
all too easy to shrug off Evil and ugliness and say 'But that's the way it's
always been.' Change is inevitable,
either the change of conditions largely beyond our control and their effect on
us, or the changes we create because of what we do, for and to each other. The science of medicine has eradicated smallpox and polio and
made great inroads in the prevention and beneficial treatment of many other
diseases that once were considered normal and expected occurrences.
Agricultural sciences have allowed us to consistently grow more abundant
and healthier crops and livestock. The
success of the World Food Program established by my dear deceased husband John
has shown that necessary food and water are now available to every human in this
world and that none need to go without.
his greatest achievement was the implementation of that program, one he started
but never lived to see completed. Food
may not always be in abundance or the very best quality in every locale, but
basic dietary and nutritional needs have been met for everyone.
Starvation as such no longer haunts mankind. On a larger frame of reference, we don't have to be deprived
and suffer for want of basic needs if we as a people are willing to work
together with that as a main purpose of our collective efforts.
Our united efforts can use theory to make better realities.
it is time for you to know what the cleverest of scientists have theorized.
I am going to tell you how a pearl necklace is a representation of
several of their interrelated scientific thoughts. Tomorrow night, you will be presented an explanation as to
how these theories are in accord with my personal religious convictions and what
these theories may someday mean to you and me."
paused and took a breath. What she
had to get across wasn't easy, despite the best efforts of most listeners.
The reading material of scholars with the education and understanding of
the elite isn't the average person's daily fare. "In the beginning, or what most would call the
beginning, was the big bang. Everything
there was and had ever been was a very concentrated, relatively tiny ball.
It may have even been smaller than the tip of a needle, but its exact
size is irrelevant. No light
escaped the inward pull of its gravity, it was that dense and its mass was that
great. Like fissionable radioactive
material, it exceeded critical mass, and was so large that it spontaneously blew
apart, in a gigantic explosion, sending matter, energy and light in all
directions at virtually unimaginable speeds.
Every particle ejected was hurled outward and away from others, expanding
the occupied regions of space. Such
an expansion of the known limits of mass and energy continues today, but at an
ever-increasing rate of expansion, as it has for the approximately twelve
billion years that have elapsed since the big bang.
is science, not science fiction or folklore, and virtually all scientists have
accepted the validity of the Big Bang Theory, first espoused by Stephen Hawking. Instruments such as the Hubble Telescope have allowed other
scientists to determine the age of the universe at something around twelve
billion years. Even the Roman
Catholic Church has reconciled the Big Bang Theory into its principles of faith.
are three possibilities as to the future of our expanding universe:
It will forever continue to expand; or
It will reach an outer limits position and then shrink, in the exact
opposite fashion as its expansion, back into the singularity, the single
particle, that existed just before the big bang; or
will develop as something other than the universe of the first two theories,
such as an oscillating universe in size.
going into various laws of physics, much less quantum thermodynamics, I would
suggest that the second possibility, which has been called the big crunch
theory, is the most likely. It
is a theory that is subject to proof, and experimentation to that end continues
to this day. We have adopted
policies and initiated activities regardless of which outcome should obtain, but
the best outcome is achievable if we experience the big crunch.
the big crunch comes, when will it take place?
Scientists are working on that. If
it takes place, it appears that the size of the universe's matter will be at its
greatest in approximately 8-22 billion further years.
We don't have information more precise.
If it occurs, the big crunch event will occur in approximately 28 to 56
billion years. It's a very long
time, since our own sun will change so drastically that our own world will be
uninhabitable in less than one billion years.
only natural to ask, so I'll anticipate your questions and ask myself: 'What
came before the big bang and what comes after the big crunch?'
The answer is what I alluded to when I talked of a resemblance to a pearl
necklace. Immediately after each
big crunch, there is another big bang; and before each big bang there was
another big crunch. It's like the
age-old question: Did the chicken or its egg come first?
There is no answer readily deducible.
We can think of a point of time and mass-energy, and then an explosion,
and some time later a contraction. Everything
in the big bang explodes outward, creating a larger pearl, then back to just a
point. Over the course of eons, a
set of matched pearls, each the same age and size, if we consider their maximum
limits and further regard each bang-crunch cycle as a separate moment in time.
And like my pearls, there is no beginning or end, just a set that looks the
same, forward or backward.
course, what happens in between the big bang and the big crunch isn't exactly
the same every time and no one will ever see or be involved in more than one
pearl. Theories first propounded by
Albert Einstein explain the relationship of mass and energy, of time and mass
and the speed of light in such circumstances as the big bang, big crunch and in
between. Cosmologists like Richard
Feynmann have theorized how the chaos in the beginning became the elements of
the universe today in a process that has been given the name of quantum
thermodynamics. Hawking developed
the concept of the black hole and the big bang and astronomers have confirmed
they are facts and not just theory. Likewise,
astronomers and other scientists have confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Were it not for the work of Frank Tipler, all of this would be just so much
theory and speculation, something of interest mostly to scientists.
He was the cosmologist who introduced the concepts of computer-created
virtual reality and human interaction and intervention at the cosmic level.
You may be aware that computer games simulate many activities, like auto
racing and exploring ancient civilizations.
In fact, computer graphic creations are often very lifelike in appearance
and movement. Theoretically,
computerized images could be indistinguishable from the real thing, so much so
that "we" human beings could only be computer-created virtual selves
and be unable to distinguish ourselves, others and everything around us even as
we all "lived" together inside a gigantic computer.
His mathematics show that computers are indeed capable of reproducing
whole universes, complete with all mankind, so complete in every detail that
such virtual reality couldn't be sensed as taking place or different in any way
from the reality we sense we now experience.
notions represent philosophy, science, mathematics and imagination working
together at highly abstract creative levels, so don't be ashamed if all of this
sounds impossible or even just sounds so strange that you can't dream of such
things. My late husband John was
always dreaming and he taught me to forever seek to dream more complex and
loftier dreams. So I've had almost
twenty years of study and dreaming and imagining and thinking about such
fantastic concepts as these, ones that you may be inclined to call crazy.
we think of them at all, we expect time and space to go on forever and so we
don't normally think of the shape of the universe's occupied space, like these
theories develop. We think of our
senses as denoting reality, even if our senses sometimes fool us, as when a
magician makes a rabbit disappear and reemerge from a top hat.
know I've probably startled you, perhaps frightened you, as I discuss such
strange and apparently improbable matters.
You would naturally believe that these are things that can't and don't
affect you and I understand completely. However,
I shall end my speech tonight with perhaps the most surprising statement: These ideas quite likely involve the most fundamental and important
matters in our lives.
you. May your Gods go with you,
bless you and give you strength and peace."
cameraman was also an astrophysicist, and he just nodded his head, but the TV,
Internet and radio audience was dazed. Starting
the next day, newspapers, magazines and all the other media were buzzing with
explanations and theories. It was a
cram course in the science of the creation of the universe, the one called
cosmology, and now the general population and not just a few academicians were
got the time, so we'd better review some previous events. Don't worry if they don't seem related. They'll all connect in due course, to themselves, that speech
and the ones to follow. But first,
I'd better explain myself, and I guess I should start when my life took its
fateful turn in direction, with the story of Oscareyo.