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March 22, 2010

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There is more behind this universe than meets the eye. As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren't vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered. Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow."
The stuff that's pulling this matter must be outside the observable universe. 
Scientists discovered the flow by studying some of the largest structures in the cosmos: giant clusters of galaxies. These clusters are conglomerations of about a thousand galaxies, as well as very hot gas which emits X-rays. They discovered that the clusters were moving nearly 2 million mph (3.2 million kph) toward a region in the sky between the constellations of Centaurus and Vela. This motion is different from the outward expansion of the universe (which is accelerated by the force called dark energy).

The scientists deduced that whatever is driving the movements of the clusters must lie beyond the known universe

In a way all this does not contradict basic buddhist cosmology but instead confirms it. Ultimately a nihilist cannot speak of complete emptiness or vacuum and proove it empirically, but a true buddhist on the other hand can speak of the invisible substratum of the One Mind ontologically and still find sufficient basis for such claims in contemporary astrophysics.

"Believing" I think is a kind of category mistake for us, as applied to emptiness.

It's not an imagined fantasy.

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