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In this article, I want to discuss what the metaphysical really mean in post-modern physics. If you read some of my articles on post-modern physics, you will see that I refer to post-modern physics as being metaphysical, and unless you have come across some of my articles like this one, you will wrongly construe what I mean by the metaphysical.
You may be tempted to think that I am referring to spooky phenomena beyond the physical and that have a kind of non-scientific interpretations. No, this is not what I mean by the metaphysical, even though it is really beyond the physical as it obviously implies.
What I want you to learn from this article is that the metaphysical is beyond the physical in a scientific way, and not in a non-scientific or “spiritual” way. I want you to realize today that science is very broad and it’s not limited only to the physical, but that it also extends to the metaphysical.
Now, to understand how science extends even to the metaphysical, we would have to discuss first what physical science really means. Physical science is the science that deals only with all we can quantify about reality or the universe.Physical science is the science that deals only with all we can quantify about reality or the universe.Click To Tweet
It is important that you know that physical science is not really about all we can observe about reality, because there are certain regions of the universe that are so remote from observation, yet we seek to quantify or model them like the nucleus of the atom and the regions around a black hole.
So, understanding that physical science deals with all we can quantify about reality, I want you to now understand that metaphysical science is the science that deals with all we can quantify and qualify about reality or the universe.Metaphysical science is the science that deals with all we can quantify and qualify about reality or the universe.Click To Tweet
Physical science is a solely quantitative science, while metaphysical science is a quantitative and qualitative science. This is the basic scientific distinction between physical science and metaphysical science that I want you to really know among other things in this article.
In other words, when one asserts, like I did above, that science is broad and deals not only with the physical but also with the metaphysical, one is like saying that science is not only quantitative, but that science is also qualitative.
So, whenever I am referring to the metaphysical in post-modern physics, I am referring to the balanced quantitative and qualitative aspects of science. Physical science is not qualitative from its very foundation. It has no regard for the qualitative nature of the universe. Like for instance, in physical science, we don’t qualify space and time, we only seek to quantify them.
But in metaphysical science, we seek to qualify space and time when you are informed of uniform space and time and also about accelerated space and time. In regards to space, uniform space is the space bodies in uniform motion move in, while accelerated space is the space bodies in accelerated motion move in.
Concerning this very important qualitative aspect of motion, physical science makes no reference or inference. This is why metaphysical science has come, to assist us complete science. So, the metaphysical is scientific. It’s about the qualitative nature of space and time as it is important to the scientist or the physicist.
All these about physical science and metaphysical science go to the epistemological foundation of science. They raise special discourse about how we found and present scientific knowledge.
What is this special discourse? This special discourse is in relation to the mathematical and the interpretational presentation of scientific theories or knowledge. Every scientific theory consists of its mathematics and interpretation, and both come together to constitute a scientific theory.
Now, we are familiar with mathematical approximations, where a quantity or a factor is an approximation of a broader quantity or factor. Mathematical approximation is generally applied in physics, where the approximations of constants like the speed of light or the gravitational constant are applied mathematically.
However, interpretational approximations, which I want to specially identify in this great article, are what follow or support the mathematical framework of physical science and which are based on the quantitative nature of the universe. I want you to know that Interpretational approximation is an inherent error in physics because of the concern of physics for only the quantitative nature of the universe.
To really understand the universe, we must avoid interpretational approximations. We may permit mathematical approximations, but not interpretational approximations. The qualitative nature of the universe which has been ignored is what has led to the inherent interpretational approximation in all of the physical theories of physics. It doesn’t matter the physical theory.
To have a better picture of this, let’s make an important comparison between modern, physical special relativity and post-modern, metaphysical electrodynamics.
In post-modern physics, if you compare the physical theory of special relativity and the metaphysical theory of electrodynamics, they are so mathematically similar, but their interpretations are different, and I don’t just mean different as Einstein’s special relativity is from Lorentz’s relativity, rather I mean a deeper epistemological difference.
The interpretation of special relativity is quantitative and this reflects in the maths, but the interpretation of electrodynamics is both quantitative and qualitative and this reflects in the maths also. Both are mathematically complete, but in special relativity, we find interpretational approximation, but in electrodynamics, we find interpretational completion.
This is very important because the same rules of mathematics are applied in physical special relativity and metaphysical electrodynamics, yet electrodynamics is interpretationally complete whereas special relativity is not. Therefore, this is not so much the case of the mathematics leading the scientist as it is the already accepted belief of how a theory should be interpreted.
So, even though Einstein’s relativity differs from Lorentz’s relativity in interpretation, they still, however, underlyingly agree on what makes a scientific interpretation. They agree that a scientific interpretation should be concerned with quantities and not qualities. Thus, even in both Einstein’s relativity and Lorentz’s relativity, we find interpretational approximation. This is why both don’t fit fundamentally as the true theory of relativity.
But in electrodynamics, we find interpretational completion and this results in a qualitatively new description of the principles of relativity and the nature of space and time. For while Lorentz relativity and Einstein relativity agree on the ontological nature of space and time, electrodynamics does not.
Metaphysical electrodynamics preserves the mathematical framework of relativity, but it alters the interpretation in a manner Lorentz’s and Einstein’s relativity could not have expected. As you should now know, this is because every physical theory suffers from interpretational approximation, but every metaphysical theory doesn’t.Every physical theory suffers from interpretational approximation, but every metaphysical theory doesn't.Click To Tweet
Every theory that recognizes the quantitative and qualitative natures of the universe is metaphysical and it is interpretationally complete. Whereas every theory that recognizes only the quantitative nature of the universe is physical and it is interpretationally approximate. Have this understanding from this article.
The metaphysical in post-modern physics refers to theories that address the qualitative and quantitative natures of the universe. For when we look at the nature of things considering their qualitative nature, we naturally go beyond the physical. This is how we go beyond the physical in post-modern physics and not in any unscientific way.
Also, as considering only the quantitative nature of the universe has raised a vast edifice of physical science dealing with only matter, so also the consideration of the quantitative nature of the universe in conjunction with its qualitative nature is raising a more vast edifice of metaphysical science dealing with mind and matter in this post-modern era.
The new vast edifice of metaphysical science naturally addresses the real nature of the mind which is not found in the entire edifice of physical science. So, in post-modern physics, the metaphysical refers to the quantitative and qualitative natures of the universe. This is what the metaphysical really means in post-modern physics.
Until next time.
– M. V. Echa