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Thursday, December 23, 2021

I caught a large chunk of PBS’ “The Elegant Universe” the other night. It dealth with how string theory holds the promise of explaining the elusive grand unifed theory for physics.

Much of it is over my head, but I find it fascinating.

While watching, I wondered if there was a compelling reason for pursuing a unifying theory for everything in creation. Does it necessarily follow that there must be just one framework for explaining everything in the universe?

Given the holiday season, I suspect the traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic worldview may be as much a motivation for seeking a single, elusive solution. By contrast, Eastern philosophies accept a more multi-layered view of existence; I wonder if scientific inquiry in those cultures is as fixated on a unifying theory.

In short, is it possible that the assumption of a single theory for unravelling all is, at root, false? Why can’t there be multiple modes of behavior for different forces of nature like gravity, electromagnetic force and others, all co-existing in some harmony?

Keep in mind, this questioning is coming from a layman’s perspective. There may be some perfectly logical reason why there has to be a single unifying theory. But it’s intriguing to think that, maybe, Western philosophical fundamentals are coloring this research.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/23/2004 07:53:29 PM
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