“The best historical stories capture the modern imagination because they are, in many senses, still current – part of a continuum.” – Sara Sheridan
A Unified Theory; A Theory to End all Theories; The Theory of Everything.
Any of those terms sound familiar? Nowadays you can’t go through the complex realms of science and philosophical ideologies without approaching the idea of a theory that explains the entire function of a certain field, or certain phenomena; even the brain itself and the universe. However mankind forgets one thing – the concept of continuum; the brush with infinity. I think we can agree in this stage of our species that we are far from all-knowing. We like to think data and leaps of logic can explain every dynamic and outcome of a vast system of general ideas to create one whole and complete understanding, but this is not the case.
This is only half the story! Although logic and complex interpretations is the right path, it’s wrong to think that, in the end, they’re an ultimate solution or truth. Life perhaps is not as random as we think. Perhaps it is. Either way, looking for a unified theory lays down more obstacles than answers. Once we stop questioning, once we stop analyzing and researching, thinking this is the way things are supposed to be…that’s when we have failed.
Life should be everlasting and so should our thoughts, for there is nothing more disturbing than the end to something you stayed so long trying to understand. You can easily avoid this with the sublime phrase “Why?” You’d be surprised by how many answers that question has to hide. A wise man once said, “A theory that predicts everything predicts nothing.”
Now I want to give you an example: the universe. What is space, really? How did it come to exist? What components jumpstarted existence? Is there a multiverse? And if there is, are there various types of multiverses out there? Now, just think. These ideas weren’t put in the minds of us for no reason. We are meant to question. We are meant to prosper! When we claim we have found a theory of everything and we ask no further questions, only then will we seize to prosper.
Humanity is heading towards a trans-humanist golden age! With the greatest minds at play, and more appearing every day, the possibilities are grandiose. When we think about science these coming years, let no theory escape your eye. When we think about engineering, let no machine escape your imagination. When it comes to life, let questions be your guide.
“….I’m just part of the continuum, and that continuum, to me, is a marvelous thing. The history of life, and the history of the planet, should go on and on and on and on. I cannot conceive of anything in the universe that has more meaning than that.”
– Sheri S. Tepper