And the cosmological constant.

clear bulb beside white notepad on white surface

The doctor is telling me that dark energy is more fluid than the matter I am used to, which seems like somewhat of a gross assumption about my given norms, but I am not in the mood to be difficult so I let it slide and then he leaves the room, and me in it with a sense that things might be pulling away, looking for a phrase opposite to “lightbulb moment” and it’s fitting, I suppose, that I have yet to find it.


Inspired by this article in Knowable, exploring how an early dark energy idea offers a way to resolve a problem known as the Hubble tension.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

3 thoughts on “Conundrum”

  1. How presumptuous of him to assume he knows the texture of your thoughts, the depth of your own understanding. So, one should simply nod and let his assumptions fill the space. Once he departs, you immediately feel the weight of solitude, the tug of emptiness, and the search for the words that encapsulate this dimming realization. It’s as if the universe is hinting at an epiphany, yet withholding its exact name. A lightbulb moment’s shadow, yet it dances just beyond the reach of your grasp.

  2. I am not sure what “dark energy” means in this context. But dark energy in the physical world, meaning the cosmological constant, does not clump together like matter does, but is spread out all over. Is that what he is talking about? I have no idea how that relates to you though.

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