In this short article, I want to present what I call the philosophical argument for the existence of only two fundamental forces in the universe.
This is because, today, modern physics informs us that there are four fundamental forces or interactions in the universe, but post-modern physics contradicts this and rather proposes that there are only two fundamental forces or interactions in the universe.
The four fundamental forces proposed by modern physics are the electromagnetic force, the gravitational force, the weak force, and the strong force.
But post-modern physics maintains that only the first two forces exist, which are the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force.
Now, post-modern physics presents the scientific explanation for why the weak force and the strong force do not exist by informing us of the universal equivalence principle and of the accelerating nature of light in the atomic world.
But I don’t want to go into the scientific argument for the existence of only two fundamental interactions in the universe. Rather, I want us to discuss the philosophical argument.
To help us better understand the philosophical argument for the existence of only two fundamental forces in the universe, I would have to introduce the polarity principle or the principle of polarity.
The principle of polarity is not new or strange; it is known by all philosophers, mystics, scientists, and even the layperson. We use it in our day-to-day discussions and study of the world.
Now, the principle of polarity is simply the principle that represents the dynamic interaction of the opposite aspects of nature, such as day and night, hot and cold, left and right, up and down, life and death, mind and matter, etc.
These are all examples of the polarity principle and we see them everywhere in the universe and in our experience of the world. And in this article, I want to let us know that these things are also informing us something about the foundation of physics.
At first, physics had only two fundamental forces: light and gravity. But as physics went down the line, deviating from the path of truth, it duplicated the fundamental forces and made them four.
Thus, physics broke the polarity principle. What we failed to understand is that light and gravity are not just two fundamental forces in the universe; they are the only two polar forces in the universe.
This philosophical understanding is important and it is the surest route to simplify and unify physics.
If we understand light and gravity as two polar forces in the universe, we would begin to see why there cannot be any other force besides these two forces.
And there is a sense in which we can evidently see light and gravity as polar forces. One, light is visible; gravity is not. Two, light seems to be a wave unrelated to mass, while gravity is obviously related to mass and it is responsible for why we stand or sit on a chair.
But beyond the pieces of evidence for the polarity of light and gravity, there is just this basic need for us to see them as we see night and day, hot and cold, life and death, and all the other polarities in the universe.
The philosophical argument for only two fundamental forces in the universe is important because it would narrow down our search for the unity of physics. It would assist us to place emphasis on what is important and abandon what is not.
And one thing that strikes and that shows that these two forces can only possibly be the two forces in the universe is their universal range. They are unlike the weak force and the strong force that act only within very short ranges.
The short-ranged action of the weak and the strong forces is a sufficient argument against their existence. No true fundamental force of nature can be short-range; it must be long-range and ideally universal.No true fundamental force of nature can be short-range; it must be long-range and ideally universal.Click To Tweet
And it must be said that this philosophical argument against the existence of four fundamental forces in the universe has come after the scientific argument or presentation.
And the latter is what now shows us how the physics actually unifies under only two fundamental forces of nature, light and gravity.
The philosophical argument is presented today to show us the dynamic relationship between philosophy and physics which is almost forgotten today in physics.
So, we must remember philosophy and take a hint from it when we are dealing with matters that pertain to physics. This will guide us and ensure that our errors are minimal on the road to more discoveries.
The polarity principle has been violated by physics when we proceeded to add two more forces to light and gravity. We further aggravated the unification problem and made it almost intractable.
This error is like someone saying, in their aspects, that there is more than day and night or that there is more than life and death, etc., thus, increasing the division of these polar elements.
This article, therefore, argues that light and gravity are the only two polar forces in physics. In relation to the fundamental forces, physics must preserve the polarity principle as we find in the world today.
In fact, considering the fundamental nature of light and gravity, one can say that it is the origin of all the other polarities in the universe. And it is when we find the unity of light and gravity that we discover the other unities in the universe.
This fundamental discovery is what takes us beyond the world of duality to the world of synthesis. It is what brings us to the experience of cosmic unity.
So, the principle of polarity applies in physics as well as in everything else. The polarity principle is another presentation of the two-in-oneness principle that underlies all mystical teachings and expositions and it lies at the heart of physics.
This article, therefore, brings our attention to the foundation of physics so that we begin to see light and gravity as the only two polar forces in the universe – the two-in-oneness – and this is explicated in a beautiful way in post-modern physics.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa