The purpose of this site is to introduce and make available to the general public the ideas and work of John L. Chambliss regarding the nature of the universe. Included is an article published in the Scientific Monthly in June 1947 as well as an unpublished abridgement of his book "The Other Side of the Universe." Brief excerpts from this book on the Sun, the Earth and the Stars are also made available.
Although today not unnaturally we suppose that all possible questions of a scientific character that have a bearing on the nature of the universe have at one time or another been explored by modern science, there are several reasons why no age of thought, no matter how scientific it may be, is competent objectively to investigate every aspect of the universe. One is to be found in the nature of the human mind itself and the fact that it is subject to formal conditions. The scientist, in the very act of investigating aspect A of the universe, must also make certain assumptions about aspect B. Stated otherwise, his mind, no less than his body must have some ground to stand on, and he cannot investigate (because he cannot see) the ground he is standing on. At any time therefore there are certain questions that are answered metaphysically rather than scientifically, that are answered by reference to an “outlook” or “scheme” (by assumption or presupposition) rather than by explicit investigation. What happens when there occurs a mutation in the form of thought is that the position of the mind is changed, thus exposing the ground which formerly it was standing on.
The Other Side of the Universe is Copyrighted 2005 by John L. Chambliss
Sombrero Galaxy Image is in the public domain in accordance with NASA's contract and is made available from NASA/JPL - CalTech and the Hubble Heritage Team( STScI/AURA).