The history of physics shows us a recurring situation where a theory stands the test of time until a more precise and accurate instrument is devised to test it.
And if the test reveals a new result or phenomenon not explained by the theory, then it is concluded that there is a flaw in the theory or that it has hit its limits.
This is a common conviction in the scientific community and it is one of the major motivations for the different tests that have been carried out to probe general relativity and quantum mechanics in order to discover the flaw or the limits of both theories.
This is because physicists believe that such a discovery could help us unify the two theories or physics.
So, physicists are convinced that as we devise more accurate and precise instruments, we go deeper in capturing the subtleties of the universe, and this I agree to, but I think it goes deeper than that.
This is because it is not just about subtleties of a physical universe, but about the subtleties of a metaphysical universe. In other words, the progress of instrumentation is only further exposing to us the subtleties of a metaphysical universe and not the subtleties of a physical universe.
This is the main objective of this article and this article is an important article that is connected to the central theme of this blog, which is the study and understanding of the metaphysical nature of the universe.
So, today, I want to inform us of why the seeming elusive understanding of the universe is not just about going deeper into practical observation to capture other subtleties like many scientists would think.
This is because, after this long time, we still haven’t unravelled the growing mysteries of cosmology and the true nature of quantum mechanics which bedevilled even the founders of the theory.
If these mysteries have persisted for this long, then it implies that the problem is not in us discovery a more fitting theory that captures the subtleties of the universe or about us devising more sensitive and penetrating instruments to capture these subtleties clearly.
No, it is simply not about subtleties of a physical universe.
What we have been confronted with all this while is a metaphysical problem. So, it is not about the subtleties of a physical universe, rather it is about the metaphysical nature of the universe.
Only a metaphysical theory can explain the mystery of cosmology and also expose to us the true nature of quantum mechanics. And I must mention that by metaphysics, I am not referring to some vague religious construction of the universe.Only a metaphysical theory can explain the mystery of cosmology and also expose to us the true nature of quantum mechanics.Click To Tweet
Rather I am referring to the true metaphysics of the cosmos where we still come into contact with the application of some of the scientific concepts that we have always known in physics.
But because of the input of metaphysics, these concepts now have a new description. Yes, the universe is subtle, but we should not think that it is a subtlety that physical science can capture. This is not the situation, and this is why I have decided to write this article.
Another thing which I have tried to explain to us in some of my articles is that at the core of the unification crisis that bedevilled modern physics, it was not about modern physics, but about classical physics.
By the 1900s, the progress in instrumentation exposed such phenomena as black-body radiation, the constancy of the speed of light, the photo-electric effect, etc. and they posed a threat to Newtonian mechanics or to Newton’s laws of motion.
Relativity and quantum mechanics, the two great theories of modern physics, were birthed because the observed listed natural phenomena were undermining Newton’s physical laws of motion.
However, we later had the unification problem between relativity and quantum mechanics because we had not found the new laws of motion that the listed problematic observations indicated to us.
Yes, the black-body problem, the photo-electric effect, and the constancy of the speed of light were indicating to us that we had not captured the true laws of motion in the universe.
And while we were able to create relativity and quantum mechanics to address this problem, we still failed to delineate the new laws of motion that relativity and quantum mechanics were indicating to us.
So, in other words, even after the successes of relativity and quantum mechanics, we still did not really identify exactly the failures of Newton’s physical laws of motion. And as a proof of this, we still preserved Newtonian physics even in relativity and quantum mechanics.
The basic Newtonian understanding of the concepts of physics still found importance in modern physics. We did not really identify the nature of the problem and how it was as a result of the failure of Newton’s laws of motion.
So, it is in post-modern physics that you will see how modern physics had imported the basic physical concepts of Newtonian mechanics, and how this move undermined the potential of modern physics to reveal the unity of the universe, and by modern physics, I am referring especially to relativity because it is the only theory with the potential to unify physics.
Yes, I agree that modern physics was a revolutionary shift from classical physics, but a closer look shows that modern physics is not so different from classical physics when we look at the basic meaning of scientific concepts such as space, time, energy, force, mass, etc. in both eras of physics.
Modern physics only changed our quantitative understanding of these concepts from how they were understood in classical physics, but it still preserved their classical meanings. In other words, there was no qualitative change in how these concepts were understood from classical physics to modern physics.
So, even after the revolution of modern physics in the 1900s, Newton’s physical laws of motion still had a firm grip on modern physics and it shouldn’t have been so.
We needed a paradigm shift from Newton’s physical laws and the two great theories of modern physics, relativity and quantum mechanics, did not completely achieve this. Both theories failed to methodically articulate the metaphysical laws of motion.
And this was why after the two theories were established, physics was plunged into the deepest unification crisis that it had ever known.
And like I have said, you will not appreciate what is being said until you understand post-modern physics, and see how the basic definitions or meaning of these scientific concepts have changed making it not just a transition from modern physics to post-modern physics, but a transition from physical science to metaphysical science.
This is why the progress of instrumentation is not just about the subtleties of a physical universe but about the subtleties of a metaphysical universe.
Our progress in instrumentation is indicating to us the need to shift from Newton’s physical laws of motion to the metaphysical laws of motion.
And as I have said, the history of physics has always shown how a theory would stand the test of time until a better instrument is devised that reveals the flaws or the limits of the theory.
This is what further confirms to us that the problem of physics is just a matter of capturing the subtleties of a physical universe.
But today, I am informing you that it is more than the subtleties of a physical universe. It is about metaphysics. It is not about the limits of a physical theory, but about the limits of the entire structure of physical science.
And this goes way back to the foundations of physics. Our more accurate and penetrating instruments used today for research and observations are not just showing us the limits of a physical theory or making the exposure of physical subtleties, rather they are indicating to us the metaphysical nature of the universe.
And this has always been the case since the beginning of physics. So, today, we are now at the threshold of the full exploration of the metaphysical universe.
These modern mysteries of physics such as dark energy, dark matter, the problem of quantum gravity, etc. are all indicating to us that Newton missed some absolutely vital things about the laws of motion that we have to know. This is the only way forward, and only relativity can help us accomplish this.
The aim now is not to, by theory or practical observation, capture the subtleties of a physical universe, but to capture the subtleties of a metaphysical universe. This is the import of this article.
And this goes to show that if the universe is metaphysical in nature, then all our experiments since the establishment of the scientific method have been showing us the metaphysical universe and not the physical universe which we have built out of physics.
So, our progress in instrumentation is revealing to us that there is a whole new body of physics out there for us to discover. And after 400 years, the time is now finally ripe for the transition of the ages which is from the physical universe to the metaphysical universe.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa