Beyond Newton

How To Count Water.

Beyond Newton, Part 9.

Water isn’t so easy to count. Or, for that matter, any liquid. If we fill our motorcars with fuel, we see the numbers whirl and the dollars stack up. Yet the measure of liquid, be it measured in gallons or litres are entirely man-made.

Liquids in and of themselves have no size or limit, they just flow off the table when you spill the glass. If one glass of beer isn’t enough for you, you order another: the quantity is irrelevant, that you are drunk enough to be satisfied is relevant. Or your thirst has been sated.

We can measure liquids using containers, but in doing so we have ignored pretty well all of the qualities that make that liquid valuable. Be it petroleum, beer or water. Sure, the price is different, but that price is rarely a reflection of the true qualities of the thing you’re purchasing, especially in our day and age where markets are routinely rigged. But then, rigging a market only tells you that the riggers of markets have lost the plot. If they knew how to do business, they’d not need to rig the markets to squeeze an ounce more profit out of a tanker load of crude fuel. When you realize that a petrol station makes more money by selling sweets and coffee than it does selling fuel, you’ll realize there’s something seriously wrong with the economy. But then, that’s what happens when you ignore pretty well all of the qualities that make a business valuable.

This Sounds Trivial.

It might be a trivial topic, but we measure liquids in a way that is casual – almost careless – shows that we aren’t really aware of what liquids really do in our life. Which is the point of this essay: most of us lack that kind of awareness. Most of us aren’t even bothered that we lack it. I can’t do anything about that, those who aren’t bothered are hardly likely to become bothered because some obscure blogger speaks of it. They’ll just complain that I’m wasting my time writing this nonsense.

I want to take this a little further: because in being unaware, this can lead a person to overstep the mark. Which is why this is included in my series ‘Beyond Newton’ because Newton was unaware of a number of things that were quite clear to the likes of Goethe. In being unaware of the things we assume when measuring fluids implies something far more sinister: we assume that there are other things we can quantify in a similar way.

Quantum physics assumes that we have distinct particles – yet these particles are so tiny that we can only detect them through enormously powerful and complex equipment. Yet a child can see the difference between an ash and oak leaf. Now this may seem trivial, and to the richly equipped scientist who has invested colossal sums of money in his endeavours, this is clearly heresy. That only tells me that the challenge they have set for themselves is the tougher. I will discuss the nature of atom-smashing in a future post, what I want to establish here is that we must understand the repercussions of inuring ourselves to treating flowing liquids as litres. When these go unheeded, we can easily stray into the realms of illusion.

The very act of quantifying leads one away from the realities of an area of science that in being ignored for too long, has been forgotten. After all, if you are unaware of the assumptions you make in taking a decision, how on earth can you be aware of the consequences of ignoring them?

So, What Is A Liquid?

There is one thing that is common to all liquids, and that is when they are undisturbed in a container, they will have a surface that is flat. All liquids will naturally form an upper surface that is parallel with the surface of the earth.

The realm of the liquid is very different to the material, the mineral. In a container, the liquid has been formed into a shape that makes it into a kind of watery mineral: yet it only has this shape on account of the form it has been poured into. Liquids do not pour themselves into vessels; even if you want to catch rain, you have to put the bucket outside. Liquids in their natural form are not measurable in a manner that is appropriate to a different realm.

In short, we shouldn’t treat the liquid as though it were a solid.

Other Posts In This Series:

Part 1: Experiencing Time First Hand.

Part 2: All Hard Drives Look Alike.

Part 3: What Ahriman Wants. (Published privately).

Part 4: Stirring Horn Silica.

Part 5: A Horn Silica Rainbow.

Part 6: Messed Up Beans. (Published privately).

Part 7: Newton’s Rainbow.

Part 8: Untangling The Astral And The Etheric. (Published privately).

Part 9: How To Count Water.

Please note that privately published posts are available to trusted friends without cost. The content is not intended for the general public and is restricted to those who can demonstrate that they understand the nature – and implications of – Rudolf Steiner’s scientific thinking. It is not for the unready.

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