Are Gravitational Waves Red Herrings?

The mystery of how objects — such as the planets — move was solved when Galileo and Newton discovered the laws of motion and the mathematical law of gravity. The mystery of how fire heats up objects and how it drives engines was solved by the discovery of the laws of thermodynamics. Science also proved that there is no need for a Zeus or an Indra (riding on a white elephant) to create lightning, because it showed that lightning was nothing but an electrical discharge between clouds and earth. Scientists disproved the eighteenth century pseudoscientists — who attributed magical power to magnets — by showing that magnetism is just a manifestation of electric currents. Later they also discovered that, under special circumstances, magnetism could produce electricity.

It appeared that electricity and magnetism were but different incarnations of one entity. However, this “unification” did not occur until 1865 when Maxwell mathematically showed that there was only one electromagnetism. He also showed that there ought to be electromagnetic waves (EMWs). These waves were artificially produced and detected for the first time in 1887.

Enter the professional great-great-grandfathers of Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas C. Kafatos, PhD, and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D:

Science has every right to boast of its achievements, but in many ways electromagnetic waves are irrelevant to the larger situation that present science finds itself in. They serve as a distraction from the unsolved mysteries that could actually shift the paradigm regarding how we see reality.

First, the confirmation of electromagnetic waves wasn’t a surprise or breakthrough in terms of understanding the universe. They fulfilled a prediction that was more than two decades old, and most physicists fully expected them to exist. The cosmos didn’t gain a new phenomenon.

Second, electromagnetic waves don’t imply anything for the atoms of chemistry. Science has been trying without success to join atomic theory, which very accurately describes the behavior of chemical reactions, with electromagnetism and mechanics, which accurately describe the bigger things around us. It’s remarkable that chemistry can explain chemical reactions and physics can explain everyday world of people and objects like trees, clouds, and mountains. The problem is that they don’t mesh. The two sciences are incompatible.

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