Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mysteries Of The Universe


Stephan Martin, M.S., is an astronomer, educator, and writer who has taught astronomy and physics at colleges and educational centers across the U.S. for over twenty years. Currently Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Bristol Community College in southeastern Massachusetts, he graduated with honors from Colgate University and earned his M.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Wyoming. His graduate and subsequent astronomical research has focused on dark matter, infrared studies of spiral galaxies, and observations of the solar corona. He has worked for the Space Telescope Science Institute, and has also been supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.

Stephan Martin discussed his research into the mysteries of the universe such as how and why it was created as well as the possibility of multiverses, life after death and ETs. "The universe is so complex, so profound, so mysterious, that we need lots of different perspectives just to get a handle on it," he mused. With that in mind, Martin's investigation saw him speaking with an array of thinkers that included cutting edge scientists, religious leaders, and indigenous elders, in order to get their take on the nature of the universe.

One theme which Martin observed emerging from his conversations with these experts was that "we don't necessarily live in the universe because we actually are the universe, in human form." While this may seem like a matter of semantics, he noted that it is a radical shift in perspective where "we are the universe, occurring in every moment." He lamented that modern culture has distanced itself from this concept, as can be seen in the disconnect between man and nature. Of the many people he spoke with, Martin said he was most surprised by his interviews with indigenous elders who conveyed a strong belief in reciprocity as, in their view, "it's an interrelated universe where there are repercussions for our actions