The illusion of our physical reality

     The Greek philosopher Plato once compared us to prisoners that were chained together and forced to face the wall of a cave. Behind them was a fire and much activity, however because of their position they could see only the shadows of this activity on the cave wall in front of them.

     One day someone escaped the cave, saw the world of sunlight and returned to tell his friends the good news, of course they predictably assaulted him for talking heresy. Plato then poses the question, is it better to receive the applause and respect of your peers for spouting acceptable nonsense or is it better to stand by the truth (Socrates was killed for his 'heresies') ... Plato's puts it better than me -
Would he not say with Homer... Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner. (link: Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic).

     The modern analogy to the cave would be a computer display or TV screen, for they also display images, projections of reality. When we watch the night sky, essentially we are no different to animation characters on a computer display, for we see planets suspended in the apparent nothingness of space held together by mysterious forces like gravitational waves that science still can't detect... and made up from matter that science still doesn't understand, and so we might legitimately ask, could Plato in fact be correct? - my laptop has a 2-D + time (it has 2 space dimensions, 1280 pixels x 768 pixels and 1 60Hz time dimension) display ... so could our own 3-D space + time 'reality' also be a pixel 'cave-wall' image of reality?

     In this text I introduce the universe of the Ancient philosophers and show how, by using only a circle and a point, we can accurately solve problems in physics, such as the electron (mass = 9.109382323 e-31kg) ... and in the process we find ourselves in our own Plato's Cave for not even space and time are what they seem...

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Plato's Cave; the Alpha and the Omega
can our universe be constructed from circles of radius Omega?

read Part I; the organic universe

note: at present this website is still constructed around the 2013 edition, hopefully the 2014 edition revision will be online by mid-Feb and then I can update the rest of this site.


What are the dimensions of our universe?
We measure the universe around us using common units; the mass of an object using kgs or pounds, time using seconds, charge using amperes, length using meters or feet etc. These seem to us to be distinct units, for example we cannot say the mass of a car is 2000 seconds or the distance from LA to NY is 3000kgs. However although we may describe a coin using 2 different parameters - heads or tails, we acknowledge that these are simply different views of that physical coin. And so, are our dimensions, our world-view, our kilograms and meters and seconds..., like those heads and tails, also simply different viewpoints of a deeper reality?

Sacred geometry and Omega
Sacred geometry presumes that the universe was created by God according to a specific geometrical plan, in essence it is a search for the fingerprint of God in the make-up of the heavens. The belief that God created the universe thus has ancient origins, Plutarch attributed it to Plato. Conversely, according to Stephen Hawking, "string-theory is the only candidate for a complete theory of the universe". Nevertheless wiki notes; At present, there is yet no candidate theory able to calculate the fine structure constant alpha or the mass of the electron (

With all due respect to Hawking, I offer here that Plato deserves more consideration. Let us begin with the simplest of geometries; a point, a line and a circle. There are 2 formulas that we need, the area and circumference of a circle (see also the mathematics of the Yin-yang).
If the radius of a circle (radius = r) is the line from the middle of the circle to the edge, then the circumference or perimeter of the circle = 2 x pi x r (pi = 3.14159...) and the area of the circle = pi x r x r

For example, if r = 1m then circumference = 2 x 3.14159 x 1m = 6.28318m and area = 3.14159 x 1m x 1m = 3.14159m2

Our universe has mass, so we shall define our fundamental unit of mass M by a point, M = mass = 1. We measure time using clocks, 1 complete cycle of the second hand = 1 minute, 1 complete cycle of the minute hand = 1 hour... indeed the ancients even talked of circular time... and so we can assign 1 complete cycle of the 'universe' hand = 1 unit of our time T = 2pi. Computers work the same way, a 1.2GHz processor means that the computer speed is 1.2 billion clock cycles per second. Finally we need the fabric or construction material of the universe itself... it should be able to give us the mysterious worlds of electricity and magnetism as well as the solid earth upon which we stand. I offer a candidate; Q = Omega, the radius of our 'sacred' geometrical circle. It is somehow related to motion, physics would call it the square root of momentum.

We can now construct our universe using these 3 units M, T, Q (mass, time, motion);
M = 1, the unit of mass
T = 2pi = 2 x 3.14159... = 6.2831853..., time
Q = Ω (Omega Ω = 2.0071349...), the square root of momentum

From M, T, Q, we can make these geometrical shapes;
V = 2piΩ2 = velocity (the area of a circle, radius r = Omega),
L = 2pi2Ω2 = length (the surface of a torus, radii = Omega),
A = charge (the area of a cube, side length = 2*V/Q).

In other words, what we see as a straight line (the distance or length between 2 points), the universe sees as the surface area of a torus (a doughnut is shaped like a torus). If so, then this means that there is no empty space in the atom, and no empty space in the heavens, for what we consider to be length - whether the distance between the electron orbiting the proton within the atom or between planets in the vacuum of space, is actually constructed from physical doughnuts of motion (the sqrt of momentum). Distance is not what we think it is, distance is simply the 'pixel' word we use to describe what we think we see. Other pixel words used in science;

Alpha, Omega and the electron
Magnets always have a N and a S (north and south), if we cut a magnet in half we always get 2 smaller magnets. A magnetic monopole would be a magnet with 1 (mono) pole (either a N pole or a S pole) but not both N and S. Modern physics theories require that the universe has monopole magnets although they have never been found. However with our Omega circle we can construct a simple monopole using our V and L and A, and from this monopole we can actually construct an electron, the most fundamental structure in our universe...

We have used pi and Omega (via A, L, T) and a third number well known in physics called alpha, the fine structure constant. No-one knows what alpha does, in the words of the famous physicist Richard P. Feynman (1985)... It's one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. You might say the "hand of God" wrote that number, and "we don't know how He pushed his pencil."

And so we have constructed our electron from pi, Alpha and Omega according to this 'circular' geometry... Physics also has important numbers, not as points and circles but measured in kilograms and seconds and meters and amperes (charge) and Celsius (temperature) etc... and these science can measure quite accurately, the speed of light for example is 299792458 meters/s or 186282.397 miles/s ... and so we can put these values into our M, T and Q formulas... and we then find that we get precisely the same value for the electron... in this sense we have done with our circles what Stephen Hawking's cannot do with his string theories.

For those who are familiar with physics, I have put the above formulas, with an online calculator (as depicted below) to verify the precision of the solutions, on the website The number in the white box is the calculated answer from the above geometries, the number directly below it is the latest experimental value, known as CODATA 2010.    

A living universe
We live in a universe that appears to operate smoothly according to a set of laws which we do not fully understand. Furthermore we have 2 completely different and opposing sciences to describe this universe – the life sciences; biology, organic chemistry, and the physical sciences; inorganic chemistry, physics... Likewise we have a distinct separation between the spiritual and the scientific worlds although the spiritual realm is intrinsically linked to the life-sciences.

And so we may ask, is it not redundant to have 2 completely different sets of laws to govern a single universe, especially as biological systems clearly integrate seamlessly with physical systems.

We know there is a biological science, we ourselves are evidence of this, and so if there is only 1 set of laws that govern our universe, then these laws may be the laws of organic systems, in other words, the physical sciences may themselves be life sciences.

If our universe is somehow organic in structure then our universe is not simply expanding, it is physically growing, presumably according to a biological mathematics (the mathematics of biological systems). And as biological systems begin with a simple instruction set (the DNA) but quickly develop complexity, could it be that within the 2 mystery numbers, Alpha and Omega, is encoded the DNA of our universe?
Omega ~ 2.00713495...; {Ω2 ~ pi^e/e^(e-1)}
Alpha ~ 137.0599...

The mystery of our universe may even be the mystery of life itself.

Fine-tuning cosmology
Our universe seems to be a biosphere, ideally suited for life; water is a liquid, stars are stable... and physics doesn't know why. There are 2 main arguments;
1) God designed our universe,
2) Our universe is part of a multiverse, that there are an infinite number of universes, most of whom cannot support life but statistically we might expect that some can.

However if we can reduce our universe to the circle geometry of this Alpha and Omega then arguably our universe is because it could not be otherwise.

As noted on the website, I show how we can solve the constants of physics; G (gravitational constant), h (Planck constant), e (elementary charge), c, me (electron mass), μ0 (vacuum permeability), kB (Boltzmanns constant) ... as geometrical shapes using this theory. Then comparing our results with our physics handbook we find a nice agreement with up to 12 digits precision, - this would be equivalent to estimating the distance from the sun to the earth correctly to within 1 meter!

How significant is this? In an article in Scientific American, J Barrow et al remark; "Some things never change. Physicists call them the constants of nature. Such quantities as the velocity of light, c, Newton's constant of gravitation, G, and the mass of the electron, me ... form the scaffolding around which the theories of physics are erected, and they define the fabric of our universe. Physics has progressed by making ever more accurate measurements of their values.

And yet, remarkably, no one has ever successfully predicted or explained any of the constants. Physicists have no idea why they take the special numerical values that they do. In SI units, c is 299,792,458; G is 6.673 X 10-11; and me is 9.10938188 X 10-31 -- numbers that follow no discernible pattern... The only thread running through the values is that if many of them were even slightly different, complex atomic structures such as living beings would not be possible. The desire to explain the constants has been one of the driving forces behind efforts to develop a complete unified description of nature, or "theory of everything."

Physicists have hoped that such a theory would show that each of the constants of nature could have only one logically possible value. It would reveal an underlying order to the seeming arbitrariness of nature.

The Universe that Isn't
The classic 1975 bestseller "Tao of Physics" by Dr. Fritjof Capra was an attempt to link the writings of the ancient philosophers and teachers (Pythagoras, Plato, Buddha, Tao etc) with modern physics. However it, as with other contemporary attempts, was limited to an analysis of parallels, that the ancient view-point may somehow provide insights to quantum physics, and so was unable to reach any significant conclusion.

In this text I begin with axioms that resemble the ancient universe (the Ancient Mysteries); in particular the 5 element theory of the universe (earth, water, fire, air, quintessence), the Matrix (all is number), the Harmony of the Spheres (Pythagoras), the Buddhist notion of Emptiness or Nothingness, the Taoist Yin-Yang, Og the Caveman's double spiral and so forth... and show how these may actually be used to re-interpret observations in modern physics.

However as noted above the picture of the Ancient Universe that emerges is not the same as the universe described in our science textbooks, instead we find a universe that is simply the geometry of movement; circles of motion whose radius = Omega. There is nothing that could be described as physical or material, there is not even an esoteric energy. Our tangible solid universe is apparently no more real than the universe we construct in our dreams... read Part I; the organic universe


The 5th element

A 5 element theory and the fundamental constants of physics
We are not sure where the 5 element theory of the universe originated, but by 500BC it had spread from Japan, China, Tibet, India to Europe. It included the 4 terrestrial elements (earth, water, fire, air) and a 5th celestial element, the fabric of the universe itself. Curiously physics also uses 4 elements, known as the mksA SI units (kg, m, s, A), and if we extrapolate from these we can propose a 5th celestial SI unit -Q, the square root of Planck momentum...

Plato Cave fifth 5th element


The mystery of the Yin-yang

The Yin-yang and the wave-particle duality dilemma
The present-day philosophical Yin-yang symbolizes a dualism, the original Taoist Yin-yang was a graph of a cyclic event over time, presumably the first Yin-yang mapped the ratio of sun and moon over the course of 1 year, it was therefore a 365 day clock. Here I break the Yin-yang into 2 halves; a white circle and a black circle. The white circle has a radius r = +Omega, the black circle has a radius r = -Omega. When we re-combine both circles the area of our Yin-yang becomes 2piOmega2 (2πΩ2), a single unit of Planck momentum - possibly the dark matter of physics and the fabric of our universe.... read more...


Circular time and the Yin-yang universe

From a black-hole universe with a white-hole twin
If we suppose our universe to be an expanding black-hole universe with a contracting white-hole universe twin, then we find a rationale for time, the arrow of time, relativity, dark-matter, dark-energy, mass, space etc where the complexity of our universe, as with all organic systems, arises because of time... read more...


The Matrix

The Mystery of the Mathematical Universe
In the film The Matrix, the central theme was that our universe is not real, it is just a series of numbers...

Matrix Mathematical Universe Hypothesis

The film was inspired by Pythagoras and Plato. In physics it is called a Mathematical Universe Hypothesis or MUH and relates to the origin of mathematics... is mathematics a human invention or do we discover it just as Columbus 'discovered' America (for example)... does the formula for a triangle exist in the same sense as an apple exists, could that solid chair upon which I sit be just a mathematical formula and so on...

The answer may be quite simple, I propose that the universe uses a well-known technique called modulation ... read more...


Gravity & the Harmony of the Spheres

In which Pythagoras suggests an alternative
In a theory known as the Harmony of the Spheres (or Music of the Spheres), Pythagoras proposed that the Sun, Moon and planets each emit their own unique 'hum' based on their orbital revolution.

When we follow this line of reasoning to its logical conclusion and do the mathematics, we find a solution for gravity that can also be applied to the nucleus, the atom and to molecules. The GUT Grand Unified Theory of physics then becomes a Greek Unified Theory. Pythagorean gravity suggests that the moon is not orbiting the earth, Newton's apple didn't fall ...

gravitational waves demo


Śūnyatā (emptiness or nothingness)

In which we build a universe from zero
From the Buddhist and Hindu concepts of Śūnyatā (emptiness or nothingness) came the mathematical concept of zero. We show how from zero we can construct atoms. In fact it seems that we can build an entire universe from this mathematical zero. So then, what is zero? ... read more...


Cosmological constant and the double spiral

Fibonacci's golden ratio and the double or twin spiral
The logarithmic spiral, the most famous being the Fibonacci spiral (the golden spiral or golden mean) is the classic example of a mathematical rule that applies to both living organisms and physical systems. According to a University of Manchester study; "The largest ever research project into mathematical patterns in flowers has proved a link between number sequences and nature, Manchester scientists said..."

The first 'attempt' at a Planck unit theory of nature was by an unknown Cro-Magnon ‘physicist’ 24,000 years ago who engraved onto a mammoth tooth a spiral made up with rows of dots. If we change 'dot' for Planck 'micro black-hole' then... read more...

500BC Theory of Everything

Nobel laureate Leon Lederman once wrote:

'My ambition is to live to see all physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit on a T-shirt'

Leon Lederman TOE t-shirt

Our universe; the great symphony

To understand our universe, whose only dimensions are the dimensions of motion; momentum, time and velocity, and which is constantly growing in tempo, a sort of cosmic Bolero... we must first discard our 3-D view of the world in exchange for the language of music, for how can we use mass and length to describe a symphony?


The Logos

"Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily attain such an authority over us that we forget their Earthly origins and accept them as unalterable facts. The path of scientific advance is often made impassable for a long time through such errors... our conceptions of Physical Reality can never be definitive; we must always be ready to alter them, to alter, that is, the axiomatic basis of physics" -Albert Einstein

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct" -Niels Bohr

Intelligent-design evolution fine-tuning cosmology

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The Philosophy
Continued from The Physics (above)

evolution, fine-tuning cosmology and Intelligent Design
If the natural fundamental physical constants are fixed in value, then the multiverse (fine-tuning cosmology) as a theory collapses, is Intelligent Design then left as the most probable cause?...

Destiny, Buddhism, Taoism, Karma, Free-Will and wave-particle duality
If this Yin-yang solution for wave-particle duality also applies to us, then Buddhist Karma becomes the Portrait of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde meets the Tao...

The Matrix, Mathematical Realism (Platonism) and a Mathematical Universe
Just as we may use frequency modulation to transmit music (FM radio) so too the universe uses electron modulation and proton modulation to make atoms...

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