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The Great ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider


From a cavern 100 metres below a small Swiss village, the 7000-tonne ATLAS detector is probing for fundamental particles

ATLAS(link is external) is one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It investigates a wide range of physics, from the search for the Higgs boson to extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter. Although it has the same scientific goals as the CMS experiment, it uses different technical solutions and a different magnet system design.

Beams of particles from the LHC collide at the center of the ATLAS detector making collision debris in the form of new particles, which fly out from the collision point in all directions. Six different detecting subsystems arranged in layers around the collision point record the paths, momentum, and energy of the particles, allowing them to be individually identified. A huge magnet system bends the paths of charged particles so that their momenta can be measured.

The interactions in the ATLAS detectors create an enormous flow of data. To digest the data, ATLAS uses an advanced “trigger” system to tell the detector which events to record and which to ignore. Complex data acquisition and computing systems are then used to analyze the collision events recorded. At 46 m long, 25 m high and 25 m wide, the 7000-tonne ATLAS detector is the largest volume particle detector ever constructed. It sits in a cavern 100 m below ground near the main CERN site, close to the village of Meyrin in Switzerland.

More than 3000 scientists from 174 institutes in 38 countries work on the ATLAS experiment (February 2012).



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Philosophers of Knowledge, Your Time Has Come

Philosophers of knowledge, your time has come

Philosophers may be reluctant to enter the public square

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A COMMON refrain heard around New Scientist‘s offices in recent weeks has been “episte… what?!” Even among educated and well-informed people, epistemology – the study of knowledge – is neither a familiar word nor a well-known field of inquiry. But it has never been more important.

Much has been written about the post-truth world in which facts have ceased to exist, or at least to matter. All kinds of forces have been blamed, but one that goes unremarked is that sorting truth from falsehoods is actually very difficult. In an increasingly complex world, it is largely an exercise in taking somebody else’s word for it (see “Knowledge: What separates fact from belief“).

One obvious example is climate change. The majority of climate scientists say that the world is warming and that human activity is to blame. How do they know? Should we agree with them?

One person might say that we should: the scientific method is a reliable guide to reality, and climate scientists are trustworthy. But another might argue that science sometimes gets things wrong, pointing to occasions in the past when scientists have fallen prey to groupthink or have been caught hiding data. The line of argument that seems most plausible to someone depends more on their cultural and political affiliation than on knowledge. Rigorous epistemological analysis tends not to come into it.

And herein lies a problem. In the current crisis over truth, epistemology is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we rely on intuition and common sense – what might be called “folk epistemology”. The argument thus resembles a debate about medical ethics to which nobody remembered to invite a bioethicist.

Philosophers may be reluctant to enter the public square, afraid of being derided by the post-truthers as yet more “fake news” or tarred with that pejorative term “expert”. But epistemology has become one the most relevant and urgent philosophical problems facing humanity. Philosophers really need to come out – or be coaxed out – of the shadows.

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Ontological Mysticism

I’m gonna try talking about something that is very risky.

What? You may ask?

Ontological Mysticism

I wrote a book with that title which is available from Amazon if you’re interested.

The basic premise is that the primary substance of the universe is consciousness. And all that appears to be something other than consciousness is actually vortex of thought within consciousness. All the atoms, molecules, organisms, people, stars, rocks, stars and galaxies, all are made of specific vortices of thought in consciousness.

The next premise is that consciousness is actually whole, perfect, complete, absolute and infinite.

So why then do we often see stuff that is far less that perfection: illness, war, hatred, pain, suffering, death and so on?

Well, the reason is that we hold beliefs that are contrary to the Truth about what consciousness (the sole substance of the universe) actually is.

All the imperfection ever perceived by anyone is an out-picturing of their beliefs.

To correct this problem there is a process called Translation (taught by The Prosperos, where there are many Mentors who teach Translation), whereby one shines the light of absolute truth on our beliefs about the world in such a way that the errors in our beliefs melt away, leaving the beautiful Truth that those erroneous beliefs were hiding.

Whole, perfect, complete, absolute, infinite consciousness is actually all there is and all there can be, all else being the manifestation of our beliefs in something less than or other than that.

So, relax, all is well, always, no matter how much it may appear otherwise. Relaxing in that Truth will gradually melt away those appearances and leave your life more and more in alignment and harmony with Truth.


M-Theory, String Theory, and Parallel Worlds, by Dr. Michio Kaku

Originally Published on Mar 13, 2017

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Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves to Another Universe After Death

“Lanza points to the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for life, implying intelligence existed prior to matter. He also claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding. Lanza says that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” meaning that when the shell comes off (space and time), we still exist.

The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies. But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.”

~ Science and Nonduality Conference


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