The room is dark except for a laser that shines on a glass box. In it, thousands of micro-sparks alternate each other. Together they shape a self-molding rainbow coloured cloud. This cloud is disturbed by fluorescent lines shooting through as were they falling stars in the distance. The consensus among the people in this room is that these lines are particles, radiated by distant galaxies. I’m not convinced, so I look for the expert.
The day has been nice so far. Together with two friends, my girlfriend Zuzana and I were at a conference about durable materials in Rotterdam. Did you know that humans have invented concrete that heals itself when it breaks? It’s a fusion of dead matter and bacteria. And did you know that by blending shrimps with bio-based oils we are now able to create a material very comparable to insect skin? Super strong, but light as a feather. It’s funny: even though we humans can think, nature does so many things so much better than we do, that all we can really do is imitate her. I think it has to do with her patience.
Whenever I am in a conversation with fellow researchers, I realise how fundamentally differently I think. I strongly believe that our attention is an energy. So if we point our attention somewhere, we create energy wrinkles. Twirls. Such wrinkles in the energy make it impossible to study anything objectively unless we keep our minds unmoved. Patient. Mind control is a prerequisite for any science, I’d say. But scarce among scientists, especially in times where all of us have been familiarized with the phrase “publish or perish”.
But more essentially, we differ in opinions about the meaning of the word fundamental science. For me, the fundament of existance is not a bunch of invisible particles powered by some uncomprehensible force. Those are just human’s mental projections. For me, the fundament of existance is our relationship to our surroundings. This relationship is the base on which phyisicists (and all others) create their picture of the universe. They understand the universe in the way in which they understand themselves.
As separate particles.