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String theory’s vice is seeking a false unity

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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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4 Replies to “String theory’s vice is seeking a false unity

  1. 1
    Dionisio says:

    What about unity of time?
    Past, present and future, all united?

    For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
    1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)

    “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup [present], you proclaim the Lord’s death [past] until He comes [future].”

    Present, Past, Future, all in one.

  2. 2
    Dionisio says:

    What about the way, the truth and the life united?

    Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    John 14:5-6 (ESV)

  3. 3
    Dionisio says:

    The ultimate unity =
    Three in one unity = trinity

    The Great Commission

    Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
    Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

    “…in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…”

  4. 4
    Dionisio says:

    The unified ultimate reality:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
    John 1:1-3 (ESV)

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