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Toward an EXCEPTIONAL Simple Theory Of Everything :: Celestial Chiaroscuro

Ist Grade Day one
Sami Sheridan by Sean Sheridan

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As such, in my view at least, the string theory community would do itself a service to embrace the possibility, not of the “miraculous” break through coming via the Standard Model alone, but via what Progressive Physicist David Bohm termed the implicate order (i.e. hidden or “enfolded”) that Lisi’s theory suggests.

In other words, it’s not this or that, but this and that because this is that. Not just the light and the dark — what artists might call the “positive and negative space” — but also the underlying order that threads them both together in celestial chiaroscuro.
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Dear [Friend],

In relation to the issue of Intelligent Design, all the rage in the news these days, you mention that clinging to Aristotle is both Anti-Science and Anti-Evolution. I both agree and disagree. Certainly clinging to Aristotle is both Anti-Science and Anti-Evolution, in my view, anyway, but “Einstein on a Surfboard,” A. Garrett Lisi‘s recent Grand Unification theory “An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything,” bringing the poor orphan of Physics, Gravity, out of the cold and into the Standard Model fold with the other three fundamental forces of nature via the E8 Lie Group — which at least some blogs are referring to as “Ptolemy’s Revenge” — would seem to suggest that a dialectical synthesis of old and new together, the precision of the technological Modern Age with the wisdom of the Ancients, may just be possible in a non-partisan, creed-blind manner.

Whatever your personal view of the theory, it has certainly generated a fair amount of interest from such notable Physicists as Lee Smolin, Peter Woit, and John Baez, while string theorists such as Karlovy-Vary, Czech Republic-based Lubos Motl are apoplectic, already proclaiming the fiery apocalypse, not just of planet Earth, but of the entire Universe! (from Motl’s blog post: Telegraph: Cosmologists are killing the Universe on Motl’s blog “Reference Frame“).

I would suggest that what has in large part created the “ruckus” of late in the Physics community is that many believe Lisi’s theory may lead to the New Dark Ages, a reversion to the blind mysticism and ignorance of the Pre-Galileans, with attendant political consequences that could severely threaten separation of church and state, one of the most sacrosanct bedrocks of any free and pluralistic society.

If this is at issue, as opposed to 5-year-old-ish petty jealousies and squabbles over financial resources, or outright fear in the face of what quite clearly comes across to me as tightly-closed-fist oversight by the ArXiv Archives at Cornell, the gatekeeper of scientific knowledge in the Digital Age (see my postings on “Challenging Dominant Physics Paradigms” at Physorg.com, I would suggest that they have it Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll Looking Glass wrong.

What do you do when you hit a wall, as has string theory with multiple competing theories and no way to test them, as Peter Woit so cogently makes clear in his 2007 book “Not Even Wrong?

Why it’s easy! You go around it! But in order to do that, you’ve got to back up away from the wall first and survey the options or else you’re pressed up against the wall like an over-amped energizer bunny going rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat back and forth against the facing. It’s plain common sense not to Texas two-step at such times, but to add in the third step — just call it, at risk of melodrama, the freedom step — like so many George Washingtons crossing the Delaware to live and fight another day.

As such, in my view at least, the string theory community would do itself a service to embrace the possibility, not of the “miraculous” break through coming via the Standard Model alone, but via what Progressive Physicist David Bohm termed the implicate order (i.e. hidden or “enfolded”) that Lisi’s theory suggests.

In other words, it’s not this or that, but this and that because this is that. Not just the light and the dark — what artists might call the “positive and negative space” — but also the underlying order that threads them both together in celestial chiaroscuro.

As quoted in the New Scientist, Sabine Hossenfelder at the Perimeter Institute argues that Lisi’s idea could be complementary to String Theory because string theorists were already looking at E8 in relation to the Calabi-Yau manifolds. String theorists introduced these as a way of explaining why the extra dimensions they required in their string theory were not visible to us at macro scales. via Technocrat

The possible consequence of not doing so?

LOSING THE ABILITY TO FRAME THE DEBATE

… and having all those Rapture Fundamentalists out there frame it instead and get the wish Bill Moyers notes in his January 2005 Star Tribune article, There Is No Tomorrow, that so many of them share…

A 2002 Time/CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe that the prophecies found in the Book of Revelations are going to come true… These people believe that until Christ does return, the Lord will provide. One of their texts is a high school history book, America’s Providential History, which contains the following: “The secular or socialist has a limited resource mentality and views the world as a pie … that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece.” However, “the Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God’s earth

… while many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people.” No wonder Karl Rove goes around the White House whistling that militant hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” He turned out millions of the foot soldiers in this past election, including many who have made the apocalypse a powerful driving force in modern American politics.

Bottom line? Censoring new ideas — even new “Old” ideas,” and even the ideas of those perceived as “cranks” and “nutcases” or “potentially hostile” is NOT the answer in times when so many desire Apocalypse. And it’s not just not the answer, but the exact opposite of the answer because the pressure builds, especially for those trying to do the right thing but dammed from traveling down those rivers of inclusion that made this country, The United States of America, so great. That’s why, we build floodgates in the concrete structures that line our waterways, so that we may open them lest they crumble in times of “flood” when the pressure grows too extreme.

And I’ve news for those who are at the levers of the gates. The flood is here already, but not in concrete form, but in the form of tears of exclusion in this Age of Information, not Overload, but Overflow. We are coming to know too much as a World Society, and as 6.5 billion Societies of Self. It is time to open the gates — gates of heart and hope and courage and care — because we are moving too fast individually and collectively and need to slow down before we spiral out of control fueled by End of Days Fever.

What that means, incidentally, is opening the gates not just out there, but the ones in in here. If we want THEM to open the gates, I’m thinking maybe we just ought to go about opening our own gates first and start listening to Bill Moyers who closed that Op-Ed piece up above there with the advice to:

… see.. feel and then… act as if the future depended on you.

Do that and then maybe we will be able to have a truly Exceptional Simple Theory of Everything, one incorporating what Moyers termed the “Science of Heart,” lest Ptolemy have his revenge by bringing us back full circle to a place we’d rather not return.

Kindest Regards,
Raphie Frank

RELATED
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A. Garrett Lisi’s Paper An Exceptionally Simple Theory Of Everything via Lubos Motl to show we’ve no hard feelings…

Letter to a Friend re: Scientific Censorship at the Cornell ArXiv Archives
https://raphie.wordpress.com/2007/11/21/letter-to-a-friend-re-scientific-censorship-at-the-cornell-arxiv-archives/

LESSONS IN COOPERATION FOR LUBOS MOTL
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E8 image from Centripetal Notion
charles

November 24, 2007 - Posted by | Censorship, Non-Partisan Activism, Physics, Science, Storytelling, Theater |

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