From M Anthony Mills at Big Questions Online:
Unity, in other words, may be a goal of scientific explanation, even if it is not attainable. Instead, we might think of unity as a kind of regulative ideal — something that guides and orients research. String theory’s vice, on this account, would not be seeking unity — it would be pursuing unity as a goal to be reached rather than an ideal to be approximated. In so doing, other theoretical virtues — parsimony, predictive power, empirical robustness — fall by the wayside.
Perhaps relativity and quantum theory will never be unified. But the quest to unify them — if properly tempered by the type of humility Gleiser highlights — might nevertheless produce unexpected and fruitful results. Consider that one of Einstein’s motivations in developing his relativistic theories was to unify the two leading, though disparate paradigms of nineteenth-century physics. By following that path, Einstein helped effectuate a scientific revolution the implications of which we still do not adequately understand — evidence, perhaps, that the metaphysical quest to explain nature should engender rather than preclude intellectual humility. More.
Actually they are seeking a science that does not include meaning, and they will fail.
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