The Philosophy of String Theory
In this short article, I want us to discuss the true philosophical approach to string theory that will establish it as the unified field theory which satisfies the empirical obligations of today’s science.
The philosophical struggle of string theory is wrapped up in the question: what’s the implication for the way we do science of a theory which is our best bet for the unification of physics but is fraught with empirically untestable hypotheses? In short, is string theory science?
String theory has in recent times been strongly criticized for being untestable due to its lack of verifiable predictions, and for even its abstract and complex mathematical framework that requires 11 dimensions that are not perceptible by our senses.
The irresolution of these internal struggles has led some leading string theorists against the rising dissents to forcefully accept string theory as the new way of doing science amidst the lack of empirical evidence.
Well, I am interested in the philosophical struggle of string theory because philosophy embodies the guiding principles of any scientific theory, as you also may have known. Also, I am interested in string theory because its central thesis that the universe is made from vibrating strings is true, though not in the way it is been purported.
So, string theory currently lacks a philosophical background or implication and this is the major problem of the theory. Now, is the philosophical challenge of string theory resolvable? Yes, it is.
I want you to know that the struggle of string theory, at its base, is truly against the modern verificationist and positivist philosophical doctrines that underlie the revolutions of the early 20th century of relativity and quantum mechanics, and that now characterize our current scientific tradition and determine our definition of a true scientific theory.
The struggles so far show that the approach of string theory is not philosophically akin to the relative unification approach which I have explicated in my other article.
But string and, even in its current flawed state, is underlyingly philosophically akin to the classical absolute unification approach which Newton applied to unify celestial and terrestrial mechanics, since it seeks to deduce testable predictions from a hyper-dimensional mathematical framework. String theory in its true and complete form is founded on the absolute unification approach and herein rests its hope as the unified field theory.
The true philosophical foundation of string theory requires the methodical replacement of its hyper-dimensions of space and time with a re-description of absolute space and time from which testable predictions according to empirical methods become easily derivable.
The redemption of string theory is found in the absolute unification approach and not in the relative unification approach that it cannot satisfy, and which has become evidently so.
So, string theorists should abandon the relative unification approach which is the single philosophical hindrance of the grand aim of string theory to unify physics and blissfully embrace the absolute unification approach which has been historically successful.
We should also further understand that the failure of Newtonian mechanics to account for the discoveries of the early 20th century was due to Newton’s wrong description of absolute space and time and not in his philosophical approach to unification.
The classical absolute unification approach is still the only viable option for string theory and for today’s science. In this approach, string theory now finds the philosophy of absolute relationism which is as important for the philosopher as it is for the physicist.
Absolute relationism which is the true philosophy of string theory opens new doors for a philosophical understanding of the universe and brings together the two philosophies of absolutism and relationism.
It is by this new philosophy that string theory has brought to a close the revolutionary period of science which began in the early 20th century with the advent of special relativity and quantum mechanics.
So string theory is science, and it is the most important science of all time.
For string theory!
– M. V. Echa
In case you missed the two importantly linked articles in the post, you can proceed to read any of them through the links below: