Subtitle: On the Future of the Standard Model of Particle Physics
The standard model of particle physics is generally defined as a theory that classifies all the known particles in the universe and that describes three fundamental forces excluding gravity which has refused to come under its description.
So, the standard model divides the building blocks of nature into 17, which are 6 quarks, 6 leptons, four fundamental forces, and the Higgs boson. And according to reports, it is a very rigorous and well-proven theory of physics.
In my sober moments, I think of the standard model as one of the great discoveries of modern physics which has come about by the noble efforts of many physicists attempting to give us a unified understanding of the universe.
However, now that post-modern physics has arrived, what does it have to say about the standard model of particle physics? This question is all the more important because post-modern physics describes the entire universe without reference to the standard model.
And if you have observed this blog closely, you would have seen that I don’t make reference to the concepts and principles of the standard model. This is not an oversight, rather it is because post-modern physics does not need the standard model (to explain the universe and even the atomic world), rather it is the standard model that needs post-modern physics.
This is because post-modern physics or what you can exactly refer to as Absolute Relativity presents the truth about the universe. This truth is what is missing in the standard model that walks in the dark, not knowing the true principles that govern the atomic world that it focuses on.
But the light has come through post-modern physics, and for this reason, the standard model requires post-modern physics set it aright and correct it to the most possible extent. This is if we don’t opt to discard the theory.
The standard model is quantum mechanical in its structure, so it is founded on the discretion principle and it is by this approach that it has been able to describe and unify three fundamental forces it proposes exist in the universe.
The three fundamental forces unified in the standard model are the electromagnetic force, the weak force and the strong force.
Thus, the standard model takes that the fundamental forces are carried or communicated by particles, and in this regard, it tells us that the electromagnetic force is communicated by the photon, the weak force by the W and Z bosons and the strong force by the gluon.
Despite all of this, the standard model has not been able to apply the same quantum mechanical approach to gravity, which though the standard model presumes is carried by the graviton, yet till date, the graviton has not been discovered despite the reported discovery of gravitational waves.
Thus, before post-modern physics, the non-inclusion of gravity into the standard model has been a problem, and in fact, the one big problem that exposes the error inherent in the standard model of particle physics. For it is either something is wrong with the standard model or with gravity, and I take that it is the former.
Gravity for some reason modern physicists could not explain could not be described by the discretion principle like the other supposed three fundamental forces of the universe.
The graviton which is the particle of gravity has not been discovered or included to unify with the other three supposed fundamental forces or particles of these forces. This is the biggest hint we have that the standard model is not the truth.
And because it is necessary, post-modern physics has come to show us the truth and it revolutionalizes the standard model instead of dismissing it for its inherent errors. Post-modern physics addresses these errors and still encourages us to preserve the standard model.
But this is with the awareness that it is not the truth and that only post-modern physics is the truth. So, in the nearest future, the standard model of particle physics will be different from it is today due to the influence of post-modern physics.
And for this cause, post-modern physics presents a simpler classification of particles in the universe that replaces the one of the standard model. The problem with the classification of particles in the standard model is how it wrongly misinterprets the nature and the importance of the particles it predicts govern these fundamental interactions.
Physicists report that some of these particles have been discovered in our particle colliders, but this proves nothing in the face of the truth that presents another explanation for the nature and existence of these particles.
These particles such as the bosons, gluons, photons, quarks, etc. do not exist for the purpose they are attached to in the standard model. At the core, this is because physics stands on only one central principle and it is the continuity principle.
The discretion principle of the standard model is not the central principle of the universe. This is why all these particles that carry the interactions of the three presumed fundamental forces may truly exist but should not be understood as the standard model leads us to.
The continuity principle is supreme and there is no particle mediating any fundamental interaction in the universe. All the particles said by the standard model to play this particular role are false. This realization is what raises the need for a new classification of the particles in the universe.
Post-modern physics stands on the continuity principle to explain the entire universe, both the atomic world and the non-atomic world. Thus, it proves the central discretion principle of the standard model as unnecessary for understanding the universe.
In addition, post-modern physics goes against the standard model’s assertion that there are four fundamental forces in the universe. Post-modern physics informs us that there are only two fundamental forces in the universe, which are the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force.
So, what then happens to the weak force and the strong force? Simple, the weak force and the strong force are replaced by the understanding that the weak equivalence principle and the strong equivalence principle are equivalent. This is the universal equivalence principle.
Thus, the realization of the universal equivalence principle is what reveals to us the non-existence of the weak and the strong forces in the universe. This is coupled with the realization that the continuity principle is true and enough to describe the whole universe, thus, there is no need for these particle forces which are the results of the discretion principle.
Now, I have informed you of three things that post-modern physics says about the standard model and they are the need to re-classify the particles in physics, the need to replace the discretion principle with the continuity principle, and the need to abolish the weak and the strong forces.
The truth of the continuity principle as being true and above the discretion principle is the central argument post-modern physics has against the standard model and the rest of modern physics which physicists seek to be placed on the discretion principle.
Post-modern physics has come to stop modern physics on its wrong quest to completely discretize physics. And we have to appreciate gravity for holding against modern physics in this wrong quest.
The standard model is wrong about its assertion against the continuity principle and its focus on presenting the description of the universe based on the discretion principle. The universe is continuous and not discrete.
So, with post-modern physics, we have discovered the unity of the universe without the need for high energies exceeding what is possible by today methods as the standard model predicts.
The standard model predicts that we would discover the unity of the universe at energy level exceeding millions of eV where all its supposed “four fundamental forces”, now including gravity, would unify.
This goes against the immediate obviousness of unity in the universe and post-modern physics now shows us the way to the unity of physics without the need for this hard and unacceptable prediction by the standard model.
However, with all of this, post-modern physics does not advise us to discard the standard model but to rather post-modernize it. This is the future of the standard model of particle physics and it is what I have already begun in this article on “The Post-modern Form of the Schrödinger’s Equations“. It is all part of the program to post-modernize quantum mechanics.
The core principle of the atomic world which can be found in post-modern physics can be infused into the standard model to make it more correct and not to discard it. And one must be aware that this does not make the standard model the truth, it only makes it less wrong and more acceptable.
This is because physics cannot stand on two irreconcilable principles, which are the continuity principle and the discretion principle. One must give way for the other, and it is the discretion principle that does.
Most of the discovered particles of the standard model do not play the role ascribed to them by the standard model, and now in post-modern physics, we have to understand why these particles exist in the first place.
And to be frank with you, the standard model is a very complicated theory with so much of it unneeded to understand the universe. The theory is just not simple and beautiful as some of us would appreciate. It, therefore, has to be replaced by a better theory that is simple, beautiful and encompassing.
This is what post-modern physics has done; it has taken us to simplicity and encompassiveness. Nevertheless, the standard model in its actual form today will always be a reminder to today and future scientists of the noble efforts of our predecessors to unravel the universe.
Post-modern physics discredits the standard model and also seeks to correct it or at least make it less wrong. In this regard, post-modern physics proves that the unified understanding of the universe can only emerge from the continuity principle of relativity and not from the discretion principle of the standard model (or of quantum mechanics).
This oversight is why gravity has failed to be integrated with the standard model of particle physics and this is as we also attempted to lump gravity together with strange neighbours, which are the weak and the strong forces, instead of with only light which will always be the cosmic twin of gravity.
Einstein was very much aware of the latter, which was why he sought for the Unified Field Theory will his focus rightly and only on unifying light and gravity, not considering the weak and the strong forces, which post-modern physics now proves are non-existent in the universe.
The path of the continuity principle which Einstein trailed to the Unified Field Theory for 30 years, even though he failed, is what today comes against the standard model that has taken the wrong path of the discretion principle to the Unified Field Theory and without knowing became doomed to never discover it.
That is, though death cut Einstein pursuit short, he was only bound to not discover the Unified Field Theory for some time, but the standard model is doomed to never discover the Unified Field Theory no matter how long or the concerted effort.
Post-modern physics makes us realize that with the discretion principle and the attempt of the standard model to completely discretize the fundamental forces, it was never going to discover the unity of the universe. It was a failed mission from its inception.
And now to conclude this article, I will like to present three central things that post-modern physics has to say about the standard model as they have been mentioned in this article:
1. The discretion principle of the standard model is wrong.
2. The particle classification of the standard model is wrong.
3. The weak and the strong forces of the standard model are wrong and do not exist in the universe.
It is obvious with the above three criticisms of post-modern physics against the standard model that it is wrong, but there is a better or enticing option to post-modernize the standard model instead of discarding it.
Thus, if all of these are duly noted and post-modern physics is fully embraced and some of its discoveries incorporated into what is left of the standard model, then it could at least become a theory that is not so wrong after all.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa
Addendum: The author still encourages us not to discard the standard model as the new discoveries of post-modern physics can be incorporated into it to give it a picture that comes close to reality, even as it is still somewhat based on the discretion principle.