Imagine a cooking competition in which all contestants must use a single ingredient for every dish from the main course to the dessert. Pretty boring, right?
Not at all. In fact, every chef in history has done precisely that. Moreover, the entire universe and everything in it is made of the same ingredient, because everything from stars and planets down to the tiniest microbe or subatomic particle has mass.
That’s the importance of mass-energy equivalence. Everything with mass is made of energy. There are no other ingredients.
Science recognized that fact more than 100 years ago. Mass-energy equivalence passed every scientific test. There is no debate.
The only test it has not yet passed is the test of public acceptance. Most don’t even know what it is.
That’s regrettable, because the so-called average person benefits enormously with a minor shift in awareness about its significance. That importance will be fully understood by the time the reader reaches the end of this article.
The most concise account of value for mass-energy equivalence is that it puts every member of humanity on equal footing with everything in the universe – seen and unseen.
Whatever your self-perception, or perceptions of others may be, you and they are in fact forces of nature. Rather spectacular forces of nature, actually.
What is Mass-Energy Equivalence?
Educational systems have done a dismal job of relating the importance of mass-energy equivalence. Part of the reason for the poor performance may be related to the perception that it belongs to the realm of quantum physics.
The curriculums of most high school physics courses explain Newtonian physics from 400 years ago. Newton described and provided math for gravity’s effect on the movement of large objects like cannonballs and planets.
Quantum physics originated with the study of thermal light radiation at different temperatures. This inquiry was ultimately resolved with the idea of photons of various wavelengths traveling in packets known as “quanta.” Quantum physics thereafter evolved into the science of the “very small” such as particles, atoms and the energy fields that govern them.
Einstein’s paper about special relativity theory is where mass-energy equivalence was born. That paper, and his subsequent treatise about general relativity a decade later, were intended to resolve issues that had arisen regarding Newton’s work. Einstein never intended to contribute to quantum physics and was considerably hostile to the new science at first. Nevertheless, quantum physicists used mass-energy equivalence to build the atomic bomb and many other innovations in daily use today.
The famous E=MC2 formula is read as, “Energy equals Mass times Constant (speed of light) squared.” For that equation to be true, the rules of mathematics state the following equation also must be correct: M=E/C2, or, “Mass equals Energy divided by Constant squared.” Thus, mass and energy are equivalent or basically the same thing.
Both Newtonian and quantum physics describe gravity albeit with distinctly different explanations for the way it manifests. Newton described gravity as a force, and Einstein described gravity as a warping of space-time. Neither scientist explained how gravity accomplishes their respective manifestations. That remains an unsolved mystery.
The common interest in gravity is where the connection between the two schools of physics part ways, however. There is no science linking Newtonian physics of the large and quantum physics of the very small. Newton’s laws of physics do not apply to the quantum world. The rules of quantum physics only apply to the component parts, i.e., atoms and molecules, of large objects. They don’t apply to the collective whole of a cannonball.
Growing Turmoil Within Science
Einstein’s relativity theories came to the fore during a time of scientific turbulence regarding Newtonian physics. Newton’s laws could not explain the observations of a large percentage of contemporary scientists at the time. Newton’s concept of matter being made of indivisible “mass points” was destroyed when the atom was split, and the electron discovered for just one example.
Relativity theory was the paradigm shift resolving that and several other discrepancies regarding gravity and time. Science itself was able to make its own “quantum leap” forward and thereafter progressed with spectacular speed.
Science has endured several cycles of turbulence followed by paradigm shifts. Each paradigm shift results in an era of accelerated discovery. We’ll call the phenomenon the turbulence-paradigm-shift cycle throughout the book. The cycle is healthy and necessary for knowledge to reliably grow.
Too often a period of turbulence is scarred by bitter pettiness and political rivalry as professionals feel compelled to defend their work and their scientific turf. This unfortunate emotional response may be predictable but contributes nothing to the advancement of knowledge.
Today in 2021, we find ourselves in new era of scientific turbulence across a broad spectrum of specialty areas requiring another paradigm shift. The turmoil has been building for many years but has gained momentum during the past two decades. There are too many phenomena that can’t be explained or resolved by traditional approaches.
In medicine, the emphasis on thermodynamic chemistry fails to explain the amount of coherence observed in the healthy human body. It is far from a singular illustration of rising questions though.
Chance interactions of molecules and atoms among almost 14 gallons of water and two gallons of blood transported through 100,000 miles of blood vessels are not adequate to explain the rapid responses noted after challenges to the human body.
The rise of quantum biology is a testament to the widespread turbulence among biologists today. Although originally proposed in the 1920’s and again during the early 1960’s, the number of studies theorizing quantum biological action have gained momentum.
Cosmology is another area of science experiencing tumult. The Big Bang should have created equal numbers of matter and anti-matter particles.1 Eventually colliding pairs of particle types would have cancelled each other out and our universe would not exist. There is no parity of matter and anti-matter though, and the imbalance is substantially in favor of matter.
The problem described above is called the CP violation. Technically, the mutual destruction of matter and anti-matter could still be working itself out. But there are no signs anywhere in the universe of such an event happening for a distance of 10 billion light years.
The areas of contention cited above involve coherence within their respective systems. Coherency can be thought of as synchronization for now. It will be further detailed depending upon the nature of the energy system discussed in the later pages of the book. Coherence at the levels observed is unexpected.
We’re not simply observing unlikely coherence, but highly precise coherence that does not seem possible by mere chance if all possible configurations are equally probable.
Irrespective of burgeoning challenges to foundational science in medicine, cosmology and other specialties, mass-energy equivalence remains undisputed. It’s humanity’s link to the universe.
The link between humans and the cosmos is not metaphorical. It is very real.
Every particle and atom in every human body originated from the Big Bang. The only exception is iron in human blood, which is the result of ancient star explosions or supernovas. Whatever the chronological age, the building blocks active in every human body are about 14 billion years old.
There is much more to understand about the universe and the human being. The properties atoms and particles exhibit in the universe are in operation within the human body too. We simply do not have the protocols or technology to study the effects of quantum processes within the hot, wet environment of the human body yet. Progress is being made though.
Quantum Physics: Weird but Incredibly Accurate
It isn’t inherently intuitive to understand that all solid matter is in fact energy made primarily of empty space. Bricks and rocks look and feel entirely solid but are not. How can the perception and the reality both be true?
First, throw away the model of atoms and molecules existing as billiard balls connected by rods representing atomic forces. We were misled in school, and that is being supremely kind. This information first came out in 1905.
Atoms and molecules have mass and are comprised of standing waves of energy. They look like fuzzy light dots and groups. We have pictures of them. Their apparent lack of definition is due to their constant motion.
Second, we must reconcile ourselves to the fact that our eyes are not the reliable messengers they’ve always been believed to be. The energy forms we can detect are where the eyes inform us they are. Brain processes simply interpret and fill in or discard information based upon our brain’s wiring.
Our eyes and brains can only process about four percent of the energy present at any given moment. We’re incapable of detecting or processing the other 96 percent.
It may seem disappointing that our eyes do not relate the entire truth of the universe to us. However, our eyes are still incredibly sensitive and capable of detecting a single photon. More importantly, we may be on the cusp of discovering better ways to perceive and know our universe.
Ignoring or discarding quantum physics based on the invisible nature of its action is not an option. Humanity has never had a more successful or accurate science than quantum physics – nothing comes close. There’s no dispute about that.
As each piece of the scientific puzzle falls into place, humanity’s position within the universe gains more relevance and importance. Whenever the next scientific paradigm shift arrives, it’s quite likely that human capacities only whispered about privately today will be confirmed as genuine capabilities of great importance, grandeur and power.
Facts About Your Energy Body
Since your body has mass and is made of energy, it’s not particularly surprising that it is supremely capable of processing vast amounts of energy as well.
Cellular Energy Processors
The cells that make up your solid body are tremendously efficient energy processors. The average cell processes 10 million energy-consuming chemical reactions per second using only one picowatt (one millionth millionth of a watt) of power.2 That efficiency is far beyond anything humanity has ever conceived, engineered or built.
The 38 trillion cells of the human body have enormous potential energy too. Each cell contains 0.07 volts of electrical potential. When multiplied by 38 trillion cells, it adds up to 2.66 quadrillion volts of potential energy. It is no exaggeration to think of the human body as an energy transformer.
Each human cell also functions as a resistor, transistor and capacitor commonly found in electronic equipment of all kinds. Most cells fulfill all those functions as a single unit responding to fluctuating conditions of the body as required for optimal health.
Researchers recently discovered that most human cells have antennae called primary cilia. Germany’s most prestigious scientific organization, the Max Planck Society, recently issued a press release attributing these antennae for the ability of cells to sense their environment and send signals to other cells to function properly.3 The same press release revealed the structure of the primary cilia to have “ … a microtubule-based cytoskeleton.”
Famed physicist and Nobel laureate Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, MD have proposed that microtubules in the brain are the possible source of consciousness arising in human beings. Penrose discussed it as a distinct quantum physical possibility in his book, Shadows of the Mind.
The Planck Society’s findings about cellular antennae and microtubule cytoskeletons suggest most body cells are conscious and cooperative at some level.
In any case, the purpose of antennae is to receive and transmit electromagnetic energy signals using the electromagnetic field. The capacity should not be unexpected for an energy body functioning in an energy universe. But it was.
Every human body also produces biophotons. These ultraweak emissions of light are not understood well, but it’s known that all biological bodies produce them. Animals and plants of all kinds emit biophotons too. Life forms are all bioluminescent.
Light can carry enormous amounts of information with amazing speed and low noise, as we know from fiberoptic networks in common use today to carry computer data.
Finally, we know that human energy is not confined to the boundaries of the body. Biophotons and electromagnetic energy from the heart and brain extend beyond the body. Therefore, interaction with energy of the environment is unavoidable. Much research is needed to further understand these interactions. However, the capacity for information exchange is enormous.
Such an exchange was described by Roger Bannister who was the first person to break the four-minute mile and is the namesake of the Bannister Effect. His energy exchange with nature was described in his own words and featured in the previous post, Anticipation and the Bannister Effect.
Every human being is an energy being in an energy universe. It logically follows that we are forces of nature in constant interaction with all of nature. Moreover, these interactions are apparently, or at least largely, cooperative.
We stand at the doorstep of understanding these energy systems today. When humanity learns how to harness and manage their inherent energy systems, the world and its power structures will change to reflect that knowledge.
The emerging scientific picture is compelling. Humanity is not only made of the same materials found in the Milky Way galaxy surrounding us – we are built, organized and operate with the same natural principles as those materials. Energy is the common denominator for all.
There’s nothing more significant than that. You are every “that.”
- Laszlo, Ervin. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything, 2nd ed., p. 35. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International, 2007.
- Trafton, Anne. “Cell-Inspired Electronics.” Phys.org. Phys.org, February 25, 2010. https://phys.org/news/2010-02-cell-inspired-electronics.html.
- Pigino, Gaia. “A Peek inside a Cellular Antenna.” Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Max Planck Society, September 30, 2020. https://www.mpg.de/15462214/a-peek-inside-a-cellular-antenna.
- “Physicists Peer into Hydrogen Atom Using Quantum Microscope: e-EPS,” eEPS RSS (Newsletter of the European Physical Society), http://www.epsnews.eu/2013/06/quantum-microscope/.