Our world is complicated. But at the same time really very simple. It depends which view you choose to accept for yourself.
To illustrate how simple it can be I point to a famous children’s book written by Dr. Suess, Horton Hears a Who. (Random House, 1954.)
In this book Horton heard a faint cry and discovered to his amazement that there was another world, perhaps even another universe, very similar to his own, but miniature in size and in fact totally existing in such a minute thing as a dust particle in Horton’s world. Imagine something as grand as our universe existing inside of something as small as that! But what of the dust particles in the Who’s world? Might their dust particles be carrying even tinier worlds? And on and on?
The smallest thing in existence that we know about is the atom. That’s tricky, though. Nobody has ever seen an atom. Not even with the most powerful microscope. But we theorize that atoms exist because we can prove mathematically how they interact with each other. We certainly believe they are comprised of a nucleus and small bodies orbiting around that nucleus. And we believe the outermost orbiting bodies of one atom can or can not interact with the outer orbiting bodies of another atom depending on how many orbiting bodies are in each outer orbit. Sounds like a tongue twister if you read that out loud.
That’s confusing to read. Here’s an easier way to look at an atom. Our solar system has a nucleus, the Sun, and it has orbiting bodies that float around the center (the planets. -I believe more planets than we are aware of, but that’s another story.) So the atom is like a solar system, with a great powerful center and little bodies floating around it. And that is all an atom is. Exactly like a solar system.
Let’s say our outermost planet, Neptune, stays in orbit around the sun because of gravity. But suppose we have a neighboring solar system that also has a nucleus star at it’s center and that Neptune will be “gravitationally” attracted to that star also – at least as it passes through that part of the other star’s orbit. And that explains how two atoms form bonds together to form molecules. Molecules are just 2 or more atoms that are bonded together through those orbiting bodies.
But wait! We glossed over one very important fact! The atom is exactly the same structure as our solar system! Can you hear angels singing right now? And molecules are exactly the same structure as our galaxies…. And if that doesn’t ring a bell then think of Horton and Whoville. Inside this huge expansive universe and solar system is our very own little Whoville, miniaturized into the smallest thing we know of – the Atom. Of course we suspect there are smaller things in existence, like protons and neutrons that make up the atom’s nucleus and electrons that are the orbiting bodies of the atom. And to further the breakdown each proton, neutron, and electron are thought to be comprised of two or more smaller things called quarks. But for now the smallest thing we for certain know exists is the atom.
So when I say the world is simple – that is what I mean. From the very smallest structure – the atom – to the very largest -solar systems and the universe – it carries the same exact structure. And it may not seem important at the moment but someday when we come to realize this similarity we, as humans, will conquer the universe. By studying smaller things in which we have great abundance we will better be able to understand things so far away that we could never reach them in a hundred lifetimes. In fact, intergalactic travel itself will become possible through a better understanding of this very simple orbiting structure.
How do you see the world? Complicated, or simple? If you believe everything about science that you’ve ever been told – then you have a complicated view because it examines every little piece of the world separately. If you question everything and suspect it might be different than what the consensus believes, then you have a simple view like me. Everything, everything, everything is relative to everything.
I went through all of that to drop this bombshell:
Gravity does not exist. By that I mean gravity does not exist as its own isolated science, though many people are convinced it does. They sometimes actually get angry when you tell them it doesn’t.
What do we normally attribute to gravity? The apple falls from the tree to the ground. The earth “gravitates” in orbit around the sun. A distant star will be at the same location at a precise time given by mathematical equations of gravity. We can actually predict, quite reliably in fact, the exact path or orbit of a passing meteor by using what we have found about gravity. So I understand why people have become so attached, or should I say “attracted” to the idea of gravity.
The word “gravity” is really just a place-card-holder for a phenomenon that we can witness in action. A very long time ago someone described this phenomenon and gave it the moniker “gravity.” Newton perfected it and to date no one has been able to dispute his findings mathematically. (Not entirely true as rules are gravity are broken by some things, like Einstein’s Theory of relativity or other galaxies that are expanding- but that is a way different story.) For the most part the rules of gravity apply to everything we know around us.
The entire theory of gravity though is as exactly hypothetical as the atom, because we have never seen it. What we do kn0w about gravity is that somehow one object is magically drawn to another object. The apple is drawn to the ground. Why? We understand the mechanics of the attraction. We know how fast the apple will fall per second. We can calculate how long it would take for the apple to fall a mile. We can calculate the “attraction” of one body mass to another body mass such as planets or solar systems. But that defines what gravity does. It doesn’t define what it is or what causes it. So people who hold onto the idea of “Gravity” are holding onto to something we truly can not even define. Even the most intelligent scientists are coming up with theories that involve fictitious moving particles called “gravitons” that have a pulling attraction and can travel through just about anything, gas, liquid, or solid. Let it go guys.
Can anyone tell me please me why we as a people are willing to hold onto something at all cost’s to avoid seeing the obvious? Do you know of any particles or waves that can travel from the center of the earth and then through the earth, atmosphere and space, and as far out as the moon to attract it enough to hold it in orbit? Magnetic waves, maybe? There is no known substance that magnetic waves can not travel through. It cannot be blocked by iron. It can not be blocked by steel. And guess what? We can see magnets. We know they exist. They’re not just a theory.
We really need to set aside the abc’s of gravity that we learned in grade school. And you know what? George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. Gravity is nothing more than a place-card holder for a group of magnetic phenomenon that we observed. Future scientists are going to think we are idiots for not recognizing that notion just as we think that our flat-earth ancestors were probably mouth-breathers too.
Gravity is not a force of its own. It is merely observations of magnetism….. You heard it here first.