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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mesons and Masons: Building blocks of the Great Architect

Freemasons believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, but do not necessarily adhere to one religion or another.  Therefore, they use the more neutral term “Great Architect of the Universe” to refer to this Being.

It turns out that mesons may be the preferred building blocks of this Great Architect.  Quantum physicists have long wondered why the physical universe exists at all – since mathematical calculations indicate that matter and antimatter should have knocked each other out of the ring long ago.  Enter Fermilab…

According to its website, the U. S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) “advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy…”  Located in Batavia, Illinois (about 45 miles west of Chicago), its site is open to the public for tours and events.  Fermilab particle-accelerator technologies have greatly helped to develop the World Wide Web, and have spawned crucial advances in medicine, security, and economics.  The Fermilab site includes hundreds of acres of restored tallgrass prairie that is being used to study and preserve natural ecosystems.

According to Casey Kazan at The Daily Galaxy, Fermilab researchers have discovered that B mesons (subatomic particles composed of a bottom antiquark - and either an up, down, strange or charm quark) tend to act differently than first predicted.  These B mesons, “which constantly shift back and forth between a state of matter and antimatter,” shift back to antimatter at a slightly slower rate.  This, then, could account for the 1% gain in matter over antimatter that Fermilab discovered on May 14, 2010.

With matter taking the lead over antimatter, the Great Architect’s building blocks could begin to solidify.
Freemasons, who are encouraged to discover their own solutions to life’s perplexing mysteries, can now ponder the infinite ways in which these blocks can be assembled.


Copyright April 28, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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