Push or Pull?
One of the most important questions anyone could ever ponder is: 'What is gravity?'
Most people agree that gravity is the force that pulls us to the Earth and holds planets in their orbits. First proposed by Isaac Newton in the 17th century, many scientists believe that a sub-atomic particle called a graviton is what causes heavenly bodies to pull objects toward them. While such a gravity particle has never been found, most of us still assume that something like this is what keeps our feet on the ground.
But what if this assumption is completely wrong? What if there is no invisible pulling force but instead the geometry of space pushing things together?
General relativity theory defines the vacuum of space as a structured field with matter warping or displacing it like a basketball displaces water. First proposed by Einstein almost one hundred years ago, gravity is described as space pushing matter together rather than imaginary gravitons attracting. Under this definition, when two bodies are close to one another, space pushes on each equally and in all directions while casting a 'gravity shadow' on one another. The mutual gravity shadows between the two objects then create a lower pressure than the surrounding space, pushing them together. And since the push of space is proportional to the mass displacing it, small objects like people are also pushed toward larger objects like Earth by the much greater pressure of its surrounding geometry or gravity shadow. As they say, nature abhors a vacuum.
So it is that gravity is most likely a push effect caused by the geometry of space. But why is it that seemingly everyone still believes that gravity pulls objects together?
The answer is most of the scientific community simply refuses to admit that space is a structured field. Ever since the ancient idea of space as an 'aetheric fluid' was expunged from modern science by the Michelson-Morley experiment (1887), most scientists and educators simply find it easier and safer to continue believing in a magical force that pulls matter together. In fact, magnetism, along with the strong and weak forces inside atoms, are all explained in the 'Standard Model' as unknown forces rather than the effects of space geometry at different scales. This is the case even though there are no models that demonstrate how gravity can pull while there are dozens of workable models for push gravity. Against all common sense, the institutions of science supported by our schools continue to cling to Newtonian magical forces to explain attraction in nature rather than the unifying principle of a structured quantum field.
Given this, we might ask what other important truths are being avoided by science? More importantly, how might this avoidance of a unifying world view and other artificial beliefs adversely affect how we see ourselves and connect with the world around us?