Science is currently working on a ‘Theory of Everything’.
A theory that will attempt to bridge the gap between the weird world of quantum physics and that of classical physics.
The name of this theory: String theory or M theory.
The difference between classical physics and quantum physics is so vast that it is extremely difficult to integrate these two types of physics.
Einstein tried and failed.
However, Science has now gotten to a stage in its evolution, whereby it feels it can make a stab at describing how the entire universe works i.e. it can describe ‘Ultimate Reality’.
The question I would like to propose in this article is: Is there any such thing as Ultimate Reality? and if there is; would we humans be capable of understanding it?
For humans are sensory beings. We perceive the world around us through our five senses. We can accentuate these sensory perceptions through scientific endeavour and through the construction of machines that allow us to go beyond our anatomical restrictions.
We also have mathematics – the logical language, incapable of making assumptions – or so we think…
So, what is the Theory of Everything?
The Theory of Everything – M Theory; assumes there to be 11 dimensions of spacetime and that every physical thing is made up from tiny vibrating strings.
Of course, we live within a 3-dimensional world, so there is no way of us accessing other dimensions.
Therefore, we cannot test this theory to verify its correctness.
Nor does the theory have any predictive power i.e. we cannot create a test to measure the effects of the theory.
The problem with being sensory beings is that we are a perception-based species with the added benefits of having discovered Mathematics as a language in which to understand the world around us.
Under our current thinking, science does not take into account anything non-physical.
The problem with deciding that ‘A Theory of Everything’ is possible – is twofold:
1) If there are indeed 11 different dimensions, how could we ever step beyond our 3D world prove the hypothesis? …We can’t.
Science is employing a faith in its hypothesis and faith without tangible proof is something the science community regularly chastises the spiritual community for.
The science community could point to mathematics as the thing they have faith in and it is Maths that is actually directing them towards believing in this theory.
2) Science only believes in a physical, measurable universe.
There may well be non-physical forces at work, but as Science will not accept the possibility of a ‘non-physical realm’, it cannot and will not examine it.
The notion that we humans could ever know Ultimate Reality using our current thinking, is ambitious if not delusional. For a to have a knowledge of ‘A Theory of Everything’ we would have to have knowledge of everything that goes into such a theory. How and when would we ever know that we have all of the pieces?
For the record; I am a lover of Science and I’m glad that we as a species continue to explore how everything works through scientific enquiry and I would be happy to see science be able to prove any theory, including M Theory.
The only problem I personally have with the current scientific establishment is its unwillingness to investigate everything, including the possibility of a non-physical aspect to reality.
For if science is willing to assume that 11 unprovable dimensions exist, just because it fits in with their theoretical model; why is it so reluctant to explore other non-physical, directly immeasurable but mathematically (statistically) measureable phenomena?
In 1993 an experiment was undertaken by 4,000 Transcendental Meditators in Washington D.C. The aim of the experiment was to reduce the crime rate of this troubled city.
Results of the experiment
Before the project, violent crime had been steadily increasing during the first five months of the year.
A week or so after the start of the study, violent crime (HRA crime: Homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults, measured by FBI Uniform Crime Statistics) began decreasing and continued to drop until the end of the experiment.
Before the project the researchers had publically predicted that the coherence group would reduce crime by 20%. This prediction had been ridiculed by the Chief of Police who asserted that the only thing that would decrease crime that much would be 20 inches of snow. In the end, the maximum decrease was 23.3%. This significant reduction occurred when the size of the group was at its largest in the final week of the project and during a blistering heat wave.
The statistical probability that this result could reflect chance variation in crime levels was less than 2 in 1 billion (p < .000000002).
The non-physical nature of consciousness is not directly measureable, nor is the impact it has on reality, but as with the experiment outlined above, its effects can be measured through statistical analysis which is both mathematical and scientific.
The unwillingness to explore the non-physical nature of reality is not sciences’ problem, science is neutral in all of this. It is the status quo and stuffy establishment behind the funding of science who are unwilling to test the possibilities of there being a non-physical realm and experiments such as the one described above are a very rare occurrence.
Apart from a few brave scientists who are willing to stick their necks out (such as Dr Rupert Sheldrake), the scientific community is rather closed off to such experimental inquiry of the non-physical nature of reality.
For Scientists who take an interest in such a topic are often castigated, ridiculed and marginalized for what is deemed by the establishment as being ‘not real science’.
Yet these same scientists are willing to accept a belief (it has to be described as a belief as there is no obtainable proof) in eight other dimensions.
It all appears to be somewhat of a double-standard.