Unified Fields Inside Particles - A Theory of Everything
Introducing one single theory to explain all of existence, life, death, the universe, consciousness, society, me and you.
I realise this risks coming off as the most “full of myself” intro to an article you’ve ever read, but here it goes; my brain has found a single theory which can be used to explain…well, everything. This theory explains how everything works — both human beings and the universe as a whole, and it takes Einstein’s Unified Field Theory in a slightly different direction. I call it the Unified Fields Inside Particles Theory. It is dead simple, but it also has massive implications for how we live our lives and structure our society. I’m likely not the first person to come up with this theory, but since I never heard anyone explain it like this before, I wanted to share it publicly.
The beauty of this theory is that it stems from very basic chemistry and physics. We’ve all learned this in school, but (at least I) failed to fully understand that it explains everything in life. In short, everything (including you) is an infinite unified energy field, inside a particle, inside an infinite unified energy field, but let’s go through it step by step:
Basic chemistry and physics are built around energy, particles and forces
Everything around us is energy, and energy cannot be created nor destroyed; it can only change form between different types of energy (e.g. kinetic, elastic, chemical, radiant and thermal energy). This is actually a rather breath-taking fact, because it means that if you zoom out long enough, everything is just one single unified energy field (which Einstein has already argued). It also means that energy is eternal and that nothing ever truly disappears — it just changes form. The energy that is you never dies, it just changes form. So you are eternal, even though your body, mind and consciousness are not. That, in itself, explains what death is in a very clear and simple way.
“Energy is the quantitative property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform work on, or to heat, the object. Energy is a conserved quantity; the law of conservation of energy states that energy can be converted in form, but not created or destroyed. — Wikipedia
At all levels, there are just particles, forces, and space
Now, how does the eternal energy field work? Well, it basically just consists of different types of particles interacting through different types of forces, and in between the particles, there is space.
In molecular science, scientists zoom in to find different types of tiny particles (e.g. protons, electrons, quarks, atoms, molecules etc.) interacting with each other through different types of forces, such as electromagnetic forces (“a type of physical interaction that occurs between electrically charged particles” — Wikipedia). Between molecules, there are intermolecular forces (“forces which mediate interaction between molecules, including forces of attraction or repulsion which act between molecules and other types of neighboring particles, e.g., atoms or ions” — Wikipedia), and between protons and neutrons inside the atom, there is the nuclear force, binding nucleons into atomic nuclei.
In particle astrophysics (“the study of fundamental particles travelling through space” — Nature) on the other hand, scientists instead zoom out into outer space to find different particles (e.g. photons, protons, alpha particles and neutrinos, but also large objects such as planetary systems, nebulae, galaxies, moons, planets and stars) interacting with each other through different types of forces, such as gravity.
“A particle is a small localized object to which can be ascribed several physical or chemical properties such as volume, density or mass. They vary greatly in size or quantity, from subatomic particles like the electron, to microscopic particles like atoms and molecules, to macroscopic particles like powders and other granular materials. Particles can also be used to create scientific models of even larger objects depending on their density, such as humans moving in a crowd or celestial bodies in motion.” — Wikipedia
We are nothing but particles
Whether we look at the tiny molecular level, or the gigantic astronomical level, all we see is particles interacting through forces inside energy fields. So at all levels, there is nothing but energy fields made out of space, particles and forces. Now, here is the kicker — if we look at our own level where there is you, me, cats, dogs, and Bill Murray, it is exactly the same. We are all just particles interacting through forces. You my friend, are nothing but a particle reacting to forces around you, distributing energy inside an infinite energy field.
Now let’s look at this idea from various perspectives, and let’s start with the particle known as a human being.
The forces impacting the human particle are called emotions
At both the molecular level and the astronomical level, there are forces of attraction and repulsion. Certain particles attract each other (for instance the force between the negatively charged electron and the positively charged proton, or the gravity between planet Earth and the moon) while others repel each other. These attractions and repulsions run the energy field — both inside molecules and cells, as well as in outer space.
Now, the same is true for the particle we call the human being, with certain humans attracting each other and others repelling each other. The human particles can also be influenced by forces attracting them to certain activities (e.g. dancing, farming, sleeping, or writing) or other types of particles (e.g. puppies, pizza, water or coffee). But among humans, we call the forces emotions. The emotion we call love is simply a force of strong attraction between human particles. The sorrow we feel when a loved one leaves or passes away, is simply the force of connected particles being torn apart. Disgust is a particle under the influence of a strong repelling force. Anxiety, confusion and stress happen when a particle is under the influence of multiple opposing forces, pulling or pushing on it from different directions. Anger and conflict arise when two particles on different courses interfere with each other’s paths, or when two repelling particles collide. You can explain all human emotions as attracting or repelling forces upon the human particles, and you can explain human traits in similar ways. An introverted person is simply a particle that needs more distance to other particles. An influencer is a particle that attracts many other particles to connect with it, be influenced by it and provide it with energy (in the form of money, likes, shares etc.). A loving couple are two particles with a particularly strong connection. A family, team, company, community, or nation is a cluster of particles connected through different forces. So in short, humans are nothing but particles of different charges. All objects and lifeforms in our surroundings and the observable universe are simply particles of different charges inside an energy field, interacting through various forces. We’re mostly just too close to those particles to be able see them for what they truly are, and that’s why most of us haven’t understood this before. We confuse ourselves by naming the particles “human”, “cat”, “dog”, “goldfish”, or “spider”, when they’re all really just particles.
Just like protons, atoms or molecules, we are programmed to behave in certain ways and to react in certain ways to other particles and forces around us. When interacting, molecular particles communicate through vibrations, electricity or chemistry to distribute energy in various ways, process information, and create new particles. When humans interact, we also communicate through vibrations (spoken word), chemistry (touch and smell) and electricity (the internet), distributing energy to each other, processing information, and having sex to create new particles (yay, cute little particle babies!). The pattern and the process is the same everywhere — on the molecular level, the human level, the astronomical level and so on. Molecular particles keep appearing and disappearing again, just like bacteria, humans, and stars do. When a human child is born, that’s just another particle being created. When a human dies, that is simply a particle melting away into the surrounding energy field.
Consciuosness defines the boundaries of the particle
This theory even provides an explanation for consciousness, which humanity has had a really hard time explaining for quite some time now. Consciousness is necessary for the energy field to function, because it forms the ego/boundaries of the particle. It allows the particle to experience itself and others as separate entities. Only when “conscious” of itself and its surroundings can a particle be attracted towards or repelled away from other particles. Consciousness is the layer which enables both the particles and the forces between them to exist. If I am not conscious, I can neither act as a particle nor react to forces around me. Thus, all particles have a form of consciousness, or else they couldn’t exist or interact with other particles. The consciousness of a plant, a star, or the universe, is probably very different from the consciousness of humans, but it is still consciousness.
Everything is one particle and an infinite energy field — at the same time
Ok, let’s take this even further now. We’ve established that we are particles moving around on this sphere we call Earth —which, in itself, is a giant particle connected to 7.6 billion human particles through the force of gravity. Inside me there is an infinite number of tiny particles, interacting through various forces to enable the energy field that is me. The number of particles inside me are infinite because, by the looks of it, they can be divided into smaller particles an infinite number of times (scientists keep finding smaller and smaller particles, but we haven’t found the smallest possible particle yet, and I believe we never will).
“Today, we know that atoms do not represent the smallest unit of matter. Particles called quarks and leptons seem to be the fundamental building blocks — but perhaps there is something even smaller. Physicists are still far from understanding why a proton has about 2,000 times more mass than an electron.” — Fermilab
According to quantum physics, there is also infinite vacuum energy inside all space in the universe (and there is space in, and between, all particles in the universe), which means that all particles have an infinite energy field within them, whether or not smaller particles than quarks and leptons exist.
“One of the most interesting aspects of vacuum energy is that, calculated in quantum field theory, it is infinite! To some, this finding implies that the vacuum of space could be an enormous source of energy--called ‘zero point energy’. “ — Scientific American
So taken together, all the particles and space inside me form an infinite energy field. That’s what I am - an infinite unified energy field called Nils. But like we’ve just concluded, I’m also a particle inside another infinite energy field, which we call the universe. Thus, I am an infinite energy field, inside a particle, inside another infinite energy field. See where this is going? A molecule in my body is also an infinite energy field, inside a particle, inside the infinite energy field of me. The sun is an infinite energy field, inside a particle, inside the infinite energy field of the universe. The universe then also has to be both an infinite energy field and a particle, inside another infinite energy field. This keeps going infinitely in all directions, hence creating an infinite multiverse of particles and energy fields. In each such energy field/universe, particles keep being born and dying. Whenever a new particle is born, on any level of the spectrum, there is another big bang. Thus, what we refer to as THE Big Bang, was simply one of infinite big bangs giving birth to a new particle and infinite energy field — the one we call our universe. And in the same way, every childbirth is a big bang in itself, creating a new particle inside an infinite energy field.
Existence lies between the positive and the negative
In all its simplicity, this theory not only explains that everything is one (i.e. the particle) and that everything is infinite (i.e. the energy field), but it also explains the duality of existence. Existence as we know it occurs in the contrast between opposites and it cannot exist without both of the two sides. There cannot be light without darkness, good without bad, happiness without unhappiness, up without down, cold without heat, space without matter, nothing without something etc. The world is dual because otherwise it wouldn’t exist. It exists only in the space between the positive and the negative, just like energy exists between a positive and a negative charge. All of existence can therefore be described as an electromagnetic field in between electrically charged particles of positive and negative. What we call “good” and “bad” are simply positive and negative charges in the energy field. Both are needed for anything to be able to exist. And once again, everything is just energy fields, particles, forces, and space.
“An electromagnetic field is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. It affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. The electromagnetic field extends indefinitely throughout space and describes the electromagnetic interaction.” — Wikipedia
Potential implications for society and individuals
If humans realise that we are all just particles in an infinite energy field, I believe it would have quite an impact on both the individual and society at large. We would understand that our main purpose in life is to simply accept the constant change of the energy fields inside and around us, follow the forces of attraction and repulsion influencing us, and support others in doing the same thing. If all particles in an energy field move and act in the way they are designed to, the energy flows better, and that is our common purpose. It would make it easier for us to accept, welcome, and stop fearing the constant change around us and the “negative” aspects of our lives.
It would also help us accept our differences as particles of different types and charges, being influenced by different forces. The energy field needs a great variety of particles in order to flow effortlessly, so instead of trying to conform or change other people, we would see that the differences are crucial for the whole thing to work, and that both attraction and repulsion are natural and necessary forces for us to experience.
If the Unified Fields Inside Particles Theory was widely accepted, it would also hold the potential to decrease religious and academic conflict. It would further allow us to better understand and accept death as something necessary and known, rather than scary and unknown (because death is simply particles evaporating back into the energy field they were born from). It would facilitate our daily interactions with other humans, as we would not have to be ashamed of what we are naturally attracted to or repulsed by. And it would give us the opportunity to turn our focus from the question “what are we and why are we here?” to “what is the purpose of the infinite number of energy fields we are part of?”. But maybe that question is simply too big to answer for tiny particles like us.
Feel free to react to, play around with, disagree with, expand on, explore, or question this theory in any way you see fit. And if you’re a scientist in complex networks, physics, or chemistry, and you’re curious to help me design experiments around this theory, feel free to reach out. I’ll also be discussing this theory and other aspects of life, meaning and existence in my podcast — for those interested.