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**These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"**

At this point we
can note that all the revolutionary and controversial results of these new
theories arose from the values of two constants. Quantum Mechanics was a direct
consequence of Planck's constant “h”:
were that constant zero, there would be no uncertainty. Relativity Theory was a
direct consequence of the speed of light “c” being constant in all frames of
reference: were the speed of light infinite, there would be no time dilatation,
nor contraction of length. These two
constants were determined, indirectly, by studying two minor phenomena that
were still unsolved at the end of the century: the ether and the black body
radiation. The presence of
the ether could not be detected by measuring the speed of light through it; so
Einstein assumed that the speed of light is always the
same. The black body
does not radiate light with all possible values of energy but only with some
values of energy, those that are integer multiples of a certain unit of energy;
so Planck assumed that energy exchanges must only occur
in discrete packets. These two
universal constants alone revealed a whole new picture of our universe. They are more
than “constants” though: they can also be viewed as powerful operators that
dramatically alter reality. By multiplying a time by the speed of light, we
obtain a length: the speed of light converts time into space (and vice versa).
By multiplying a frequency by the Planck constant, we obtain an energy: the Planck constant converts waves
into particles (and vice versa). Furthermore, the
gravitational constant “G” in General Relativity performs a similar function:
it converts energy-momentum density into spacetime curvature. These constants
(“h”, “c” and “G”) acquire a truly metaphysical aspect. Back to the beginning of the chapter "The New Physics" | Back to the index of all chapters |