Physics, Humanity and the 21st Century
Physics, Humanity and the 21st Century As a physicist, I would give major credit to Physics. Here I would like to take support of the perennial knowledge of the mystical wisdom such as Vedas and Puranas of ancient India. More specifically, the supremacy and antiquity ascribed to The Vedas are believed to have inspired many seers of the following generations and gave birth to contain human acquired knowledge of metaphysical nature. Those concepts unambiguously declare – for at the time of these scientific manuals, there certainly was a research methodology that was based on contemplation; (speculation and contemplation were, and primarily still are, among the many fundamental ways to reach at any hypothesis which works as a basis for a research) – that it was Vishnu, which literally means the sustainer, one of the primary gods worshiped as the preserver of the worlds, who aimed to create and – as humans have already understood the importance of team-work, without which our sole achievement since the fraction of the first second after the big-bang, could have been just a battalion of dispositions – It created itself again in the form of another god called Brahma, which literally means the creator (Does it remind you of modern cloning?). As Vishnu needed someone to sustain the about-to-be-evolved world in an existential discipline, again it took the form of another god aptly called Shiva, which literally means the destroyer. And the said concept goes on describing why and how the divine decided to be in so many forms, that we call incarnations (cloning multi-fold).
This serves as an understanding to why all Indians worship a multitude of deities remembering the complexities of divinity. Hence, we can explain why we have so many scientific disciplines for a single but a complex task of knowing nature, or/and the cosmos. It can be justly pronounced that physics is that divine that we are in love with and have been worshiping; and it is Physics that gave birth to all other sciences in order to keep up with the aimed work to form a team. As the great living legend and the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, Stephen Hawking states, “if we do discover a complete [unified] theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists.
Here, it is my sole intention and inspired by philosopher of science, Ken Wilber, to deliberately work on a theory attempting to unify the realms of two Titans of the world: Science and Religion. As mentioned already, it is just a mere result of speculation and contemplation within myself, not on the question of who God is, but on the expression of how physics keeps traveling so large distances between the little world we see around and the currently known edges of our giant universe. As Ken Wilber notes,
“And we all know how to wonder, don’t we? From the depths of a Kosmos too miraculous to believe, from the heights of a universe too wondrous to worship, from the in-sides of an astonishment that has fact that wanders in the minds of all physics lovers that it is physics all the way for everything and anything is in fact a result of what humans made. I come back to the same question, unrelated to Religion, whether God made human or human made God. The limitations of both the current topic and my wisdom do not allow me to answer it. However, it leads me to another similarity, whether Physics discovered human, or human discovered physics. Psychologists have discovered that most of us are visual learners and we learn everything including the supernatural being only by preparing for ourselves a visual portrayal. Since between physics and human, it is only human that we can visualize, it is better to declare without any complications – it is humans who discovered physics.
The ancients initiated the speculation with the question, “What is reality made up of?” and many joined in the race in search of a suitable answer. Worth mentioning here is the endeavor of the ancient Greek philosopher, Democritus, who exclaimed, matter is made up of atoms. It was only after almost two thousand years that human race realized that he was right. Further works of 20th century scientists on the same gave insights that the ancient Greeks might have wondered at. They coined the term atom to press that the fundamental constituent of the universe is indivisible further. Surprisingly, it was left to a physicist called J. J. Thomson to come up with the theory that, on the contrary, atom is divisible. Today we know unequivocally – based on the scientific method – that an atom contains a nucleus and electrons; that nucleus contains protons and neutrons; and those protons and neutrons contain quarks and gluons and now further smaller particle called Higg’s Boson is being searched.