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By: M J Baker

How the Universe Operates

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Why do the heavenly bodies behave in a contrary fashion to what we are familiar with on earth?
Before a wheel can turn, we must ensure rim is joined to axle; before a couple can dance in circle, their hands must be joined. In contrast, the planets circle the sun and the moons circle the planets without any securing mechanism, and so precisely that their movements can be predicted to a millisecond. Again, why is it that, released from the effects of gravity, emollient matter like water or molten lead forms spontaneously into tiny globes, copying the form found in stars, planets and the sun? Are the tides satisfactorily explained by the thesis of gravitational ‘pull’ of moon and sun? If so, why does modern science have such difficulty reconciling the relative influences of these two bodies? What sort of reality is light, and why is the speed of light fixed and not infinite, at least in space?
Answers to these and other questions may be found through recourse to the philosophy of Aristotle. The thinkers of the Enlightenment chose to discard Aristotle’s limited natural science. That was understandable. But they chose to discard his philosophy as well. This was unwise, as fresh study of Aristotle’s thinking will show.

The author spent some 35 years practising as barrister and solicitor in New South Wales. His studies at Sydney University’s Law School in the 1960s were balanced with studies in the philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas at Sydney’s Aquinas Academy.
Philosophy has ever been his first love. His authority to offer the commentary and criticism on the philosophical issues in the text derives from his studying under teachers Fr Austin M Woodbury S.M., Ph.D., S.T.D., foremost philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church in Australia and his assistants, John Ziegler B. Sc., Geoffrey Deegan B.A., Ph.D. and Donald Boland Ll.B, Ph.D.

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  • Dr Christopher Decaen

    This is a remarkable little book arguing for a new way to look at the causes involved in the natural world. I say “new“ but in fact, it is also old, as it draws on the wisdom in the perennial philosophy of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. However, it is not an archaic attempt at bringing back the geocentric universe and the four elements. Rather, it combines the enduring principles of Thomistic philosophy with the insights and observations of contemporary science. Specifically, it proposes that we return to the ancient idea of an interstellar and intermolecular quasi-substance, what used to be called “aether,” in order to make better sense of some ideas in modern science and to revive the relevance of instrumental, agent, causality something largely neglected by the attention to force as an abstract quantity. Baker does a nice job, pressing this idea, and even takes it in directions not quite imagined by Aquinas or Aristotle. I’m not convinced by everything he says, but the fundamentals seem deeply right. The argument of the book should be taken seriously.

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