Crawling to Higher Consciousness

“In science the important thing is to modify and change one’s ideas as science advances.” Claude Bernard

Old Science

The Bible was once considered a scientific work.  A religious scholar in the 17th century estimated that creation happened around 4004 B.C., based on the Bible.  When Western geologists realized that the Earth was constantly shifting and changing, they added another 6,000 years.  Current radioactive testing dates the age of the planet at around 4.5 billion years.

Second-century astronomer Ptolemy established that the Earth was the center of the solar system.  This belief stuck for 1,400 years until Copernicus published his sun-centered model in 1543.  Ninety years later, the Catholic Church still held onto the belief that humans were at the center of the universe and attacked Galileo over his defense of the Copernican view.  He was tried by the Inquisition, found suspect of heresy, was forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

Up until the late 19th century, doctors didn’t see the need to wash their hands before picking up a scalpel.  Gangrene was the result but it was attributed to “bad air” and an imbalance of the “four humors” (blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile).  It wasn’t until Louis Pasteur supported ‘Germ Theory’ in the 1860s that doctors realized they could pass on life-threatening germs to patients.  Dr. Joseph Lister later pioneered the idea of cleaning wounds using disinfectant.

New Science in 2012

The God Particle

After five decades, in July 2012, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the Higgs boson also known as the ‘God particle’. It is responsible for giving all other subatomic elements their mass, and was the missing piece of the puzzle in understanding the interactions of all particles and forces. The finding was widely hailed as the most important fundamental physics discovery in more than a generation.

Quantum Teleportation Distance Record Broken

Two teams of researchers from China and Austria broke a world record by teleporting quantum particles more than 50 miles through the open air by entangling two photons to give them equal properties. Using a third particle, the characteristics of one of these photons were beamed to a distant location, creating a remote copy.  Their next goal is to teleport particles to a satellite in space and then beam them back to any location on Earth.  This end result could be a quantum communication system – a quantum internet.

The Most Important Science

The End of Invasive Chimp Research

Despite the obvious fact that animals, in this case, Chimps think and feel in ways similar to humans, thousands have been captured and subjected to torturous procedures that would never be inflicted on a human.  An expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine declared that invasive research was not only cruel, but unnecessary. Finally, in September 2012, the National Institute of Health announced the retirement from research of 110 chimps which sent a clear message that medical research on chimps is no longer acceptable.

It’s been a long slow crawl but as more of us wake-up and become conscious of our thoughts, deeds and their impact, we awaken everyone around us.  There is great hope for our world!

ref: Discovery.com; WIRED