Physics, Are We Asking the Right Questions
“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
As a child, I would ask, I would be trained to ask, “may I please…” or, “why…”
Three things to consider:
We are trained. We form habits of behavior, most of us never questioning the paradigm we exist within.
“May I, please,…” we exist within the paradigm framework, hence “I” and the “please” reflecting the requirements of the paradigm framework.
And, humorously, “why…” because we exist. And as a result we strive to understand through our relationships with others through a common understanding of utterances.
The question, any question, reflects our position as the questioner, our position in time and space, our understanding, our framework through which we perceive our reality, who we are.
As a species, our investments, our research, our framework, language, and math, all reflect the same about us.
Are we asking the right questions?
Time will tell.
Time is the story of change.
Consider vocabulary. Words have served a useful purpose, to communicate a shared understanding. As we push the bounds of the capacity of human understanding into the realm of a greater capacity than ours (hint, AI) we should consider our limits and quite likely the new resulting framework.
Words and the resulting frameworks beget math.
This is an interesting phenomena, the attempt to describe physical dynamics with a specific limited toolset, words. A tough job any way you look at it. And then, layering on top of the toolset a specific conceptual framework. No wonder we have the results we see.
What to do?
First, let’s address the vocabulary framework, which will provide an understanding, a basis for which to consider the mathematical component of physical phenomena description.
The word “beginning” means, loosely defined, a start. For stories, a great word. For closed systems as descriptions, a very useful tool. Yet, and here is the key, both of those examples are fiction. Neither one is real.
What does that mean?
It means we would do well to consider the limits of the framework as part of the question. Specifically, how do the words we choose limit the understanding we think we are seeking.
For math, as an arbitrary but required contextual starting place for the discussion, let’s consider the words “zero” and “beginning” the same, just, and only, conceptual constructs, and nowhere close to reality.
Big Bang, sunk cost.
If “zero” and “beginning” are only a shared concept, as argued here, not physical reality other than the physical particles supporting conceptual thought, then the premise of the Big Bang as a physically real phenomenon is questionable, to say the least.
Which then begs the question, do we need a replacement, an improved framework, an additional set of conceptual constructs with which to approach observation of physical phenomenon?
Words and their resulting frameworks beget math. Math needs a framework to free itself as a descriptive tool from the constraints of meanings and frameworks in order to accurately accomplish their intended purpose as tools describing reality. I don’t have the answer here, only the observation.
Our words have resulted in a framework that rests heavily on the existence of a non-existent zero, and we invest a considerable amount of money searching for the beginning of the universe.
We would do well to consider acknowledging the truth, the constraints of our framework, and moving forward from there.
Are we asking the right questions?
Who is Hank M. Greene?
“I am what I said I am, a storyteller. But, you may be asking, from whence did I come and to where do I go? ‘Ten’ holds the key to where I go, and it’s to be determined from whence I came.”
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