John Baez states, “At present our physical worldview is deeply schizophrenic. We have, not one, but two fundamental theories of the physical universe: general relativity, and the Standard Model of particle physics based on quantum field theory. The former takes gravity into account but ignores quantum mechanics, while the latter takes quantum mechanics into account but ignores gravity. In other words, the former recognizes that spacetime is curved but neglects the uncertainty principle, while the latter takes the uncertainty principle into account but pretends that spacetime is flat. Both theories have been spectacularly successful in their own domain, but neither can be anything more than an approximation to the truth. Clearly some synthesis is needed: at the very least, a theory of quantum gravity, which might or might not be part of an overarching `theory of everything’. Unfortunately, attempts to achieve this synthesis have not yet succeeded.” (“And, that’s remains true, even today,” adds BEC in 2022.)— From the 1999 online document by John Baez, UC-Riverside (retried on March 21, 2022)
Schizophrenia is a troubling disease and the characterization by John Baez is actually quite appropriate. In science our armchair diagnosis might be misplaced concreteness and be referring to our fixation with particles and waves and our denial of other possible realities around the Planck scales.
Think about something that is orders of magnitude smaller than quantum fluctuations and particles-and-waves. For most it is uncomfortable and it’s painful for many. It is just too disruptive. Too many concepts and too many possibilities are opened seemingly all at one!
I just sent this tweet (March 21, 2022) to the largest deep learning group on the planet:
@Mila_Quebec If the Mind is many orders of magnitude more refined than the brain, what can we know about it? Doesn’t physicality start at the Planck scale? https://81018.com/stem/ First, continuity-symmetry-harmony, then Langlands, strings, SUSY, then: https://81018.com/questions-questions/#Scholars
Of course, there will be more to come…