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16.3. The grand unification epoch

Gravity emerges as the first force both in physics and in our theory.

In physics, the second phase before inflation begins is the grand unification epoch, where the first force occurs, namely gravity.

The three other fundamental forces we know from nature (electromagnetism, the weak and the strong nuclear force) are at this stage united in one force, electrostrong interaction.

That is almost in accordance with our theory. We have said that first came the notion that kinetic energy creates the experience of mass – and at the same time, there must be a force that keeps mass accumulations in place where they occur. Everything would have fallen apart if this strong nuclear force had not existed.

Through the concepts of mass and force, acceleration and gravity are also conceptualised. All this happens simultaneously as the Pattern develops, early in the inflation phase.

Gravity has an immediate effect on all further development, at every «point» with mass, regardless of whether it is part of a dense accumulation.

On the other hand, the strong nuclear force only affects accumulations of points that have first been interpreted as «microparticles». This interpretation occurs immediately, but an enormous number of intermediate emergent stages are required. The accumulations must increase by a factor of 1019 before the notion of the smallest particles we know of in the atomic nucleus is formed, the quarks.

In physics, on the other hand, it is believed that the strong nuclear force first arose at the end of the grand unification epoch, i.e. immediately before inflation, when all forces except gravity were united in one force – the electrostrong interaction. Such a united force is only theoretical and has never been proven experimentally (ref). In our theory, a construction like that is unnecessary and not included.

Physics also says that just before inflation, this theoretical, unified force is split into the strong nuclear force and the electroweak force. The electroweak force further leads to electromagnetism, which we will now consider.