Could it be that the 21st century might eliminate absolutes? To allow for a reality that can be dynamically shaped in every possible way?
I don’t know what that theory looks like, but I know it will be completely general. It will not posit a thing exists in the world to create reality; rather, it will only posit that a world exists and thereby makes itself real. It will have no absolutes: no strings, no quantum field theory, nothing but, perhaps, shape, infinitely malleable, and underlying that shape, perhaps nothing, i.e. no thing. For to posit a theory of every thing requires that one not start with a thing, or you arrive at infinite recursion.
What is clear to me is that whether string theory pans out or not, we will have no theory of everything until we have a theory that has no things in it, including strings.Tim Andersen, “We need a new Theory of Everything” at Medium
We’d have to guess that Stephen Wolfram’s attempt at a Theory of Everything didn’t solve all the problems.
At any rate, by the time we get down to “a theory of every thing requires that one not start with a thing,” it’s not easy to distinguish science from Zen. But then maybe that’s the idea.
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