Immense Force Changing Cosmos—Baffled Scientists Rethink Current Paradigm
Immense Force Changing Cosmos—Baffled Scientists Rethink Current Paradigm

In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities. Share your thoughts with us on these sometimes controversial topics in the comments section below.

Scientists know the universe is expanding at an increasing rate. They say “dark energy” is the force behind this expansion. They don’t know what “dark energy” is. Ancient wisdom steps in.

Some theorists have revived the “quintessence” or “ether” discussed by Greek philosophers. In antiquity, ether was seen as a constant, pure, and heavenly element different than the other four, more worldly elements.

“But, if quintessence is the answer, we still don’t know what it is like, what it interacts with, or why it exists. So the mystery continues,” states a NASA article. 

The modern theory of quintessence envisions an energy that can vary from place to place and moment to moment, an energy of space itself. Albert Einstein also discussed an energy of space, an energy not generated in ways we are used to observing.

Upon studying the universe’s expansion, respected scientists have considered that Einstein’s theory of gravity may need revising. Gravity as it is currently understood may not accurately describe the pull between objects. 

A Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics article written for NASA states: “Scientists are hesitant to modify the known ‘laws’ of physics–especially something like Einstein’s theory of gravity… [But] several leading scientists are now investigating the possibility that the most cherished laws of physics may need to be modified.” 

Whatever dark energy is, it makes up an estimated 68 percent of the known universe. Another mysterious substance, dark matter, makes up 27 percent—leaving us a slim 5 percent to explore, and leaving us many questions. That’s only a description of the known universe, which could be as small as a grain of sand on a sprawling beach. 

  • takawalk

    Our understanding of science is a constantly changing thing. I doubt there are very many things that we understand as well as we think we do. But even if we don’t understand gravity, we do know standing under a apple tree might result in getting hit in the head with a apple.

    • VincentTPackhorse

      A small semantic quibble: I think we understand science and the scientific method. It is our understanding of the cosmos which undergoes constant revision.

    • Lindstr7

      Lets face it. We don’t know sh**.

      • takawalk


      • Enri

        Neither does Congress, actually.

    • HeyJude

      Yes, definitely. I think that when we are talking about space, we can’t assume that our “laws” and understanding of physics pertinent to our own world and universe neccessarily hold up “out there.” It can be completely different.

  • herefornow

    Rethinking Einstein’s theory of gravity? What’s next?!!!

    • HeyJude

      Floating from place to place, I hope!! :-) They never did get us all those personal jet packs we were promised in elementary school in the 60’s.

      • herefornow

        Yeah, the Jetson’s had it made.

  • rg9rts

    They are called theories for a reason. The best current explanation till something better comes along to be the new Theory.

  • likeIsaid

    One thing we really don’t know is just how much there is that we don’t know. [Do I win a prize for finding a way to incorporate Donald Rumsfeld into a scientific discussion?!]. We have come a long way since the early days of particle physics and cosmology. However, as each new piece of the puzzle is slotted into place it seems to reveal an entirely new jigsaw that we didn’t previously know was there. I went to a lecture a few months ago by Dr Sean Paling, who directs the experiments searching for evidence of dark matter at Boulby mine. It was a fascinating presentation that really underlined the difficulty of searching for evidence of something that we aren’t even sure exists at all.

  • Lindstr7
  • Giovanni Pizzarotti

    Maxwell, founder of electromagnetism, talked about ether, and described its characteristics with a set of 21 equations. Then Heaviside came, and reduced them to the 4 equations, that are what we know as Maxwell equations. Heaviside did so because they were to complex, and he thought also they were regarding something theoretical and that was not really existing. Maybe he was wrong..

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