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Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. Without character, all effort to attain dignity is superficial, and results are sure to be disappointing.
- R.C. Samsel
Would you buy this house?
The worst aspect of physics today
is the continued blunder of building
theories on unsound foundations.
Spring-And-Loop Theory never set out to be the radical underdog, but has taken on that mantle as the only viable approach.
This talk will be a deconstruction of mainstream theories, with the hope that aiming a high-intensity torch on the dingy basement of physics will reveal where the largest dust balls swirl.
That dark, dingy, cobwebbed basement had taken all my life from me. That place was where I gave myself up, destroyed my own will, and now it was gone. My will was dead, so I might as well be dead.
- Margaux Fragoso
A painter's eyeHouse painting in America is not complex.
A single trip to your favorite big box retailer will net you brushes, rollers and more paint than you'll need. For about fifty bucks.
One coat finishes and latex cleanup mean your wreck room will sport new tones in an afternoon.
But let's have a lot at how Europeans approach this task.
Bright bulbs, and longevityMy voyage to Europe has yet to occur, but I began to look at paint differently when I hawked acrylics for Benny Moore.
Where I met Curt.
German to his core, he had done it all.
Apprenticing in Europe, his life journey had fatefully led him to a paint and paper dealership in my territory.
Over the course of a dozen late-night, coffee-fueled chats, he applied my finish coat.
Layer by layer. And with uncompromising quality.
Education begins the gentleman, but reading,
good company and reflection must finish him.
- John Locke
Right the first timeIn America, change is freedom.
In Europe, quality is freedom.
Rather than flitting from house to house, Europeans think a good home needs a sound root system.
I can't speak for their foundation stones, but I can say
they embrace their inner painter.
A cultivated person's first duty
is to be always prepared
to rewrite the encyclopedia.
- Umberto Eco
More refined palatesWhatever you do, avoid any suggestion of single coats, rerollering or cheap wall finishes.
Americans want three bedrooms.
Europeans want three coats. At least.
Oh, and they use sand paper. After each coat.
And in between coats? Inspection passes, with a 300 watt light bulb.
A little dabble doom yaLet's unroll a few yards of pristine artist's paper and see what a new theory of physics would look like if begun from scratch.
I don't like to dabble in anything I don't do well.
- J.B. Smoove
For starters, we need to right-size our bricks.
Physics today covets the Brownstonian Standard Model, but mile high structures need smarter material choices.
From the get-go.
Plancks all the way downThe idea of an atomic scale is 2,500 years old.
Sub-atomic building blocks, though, are barely 100 years old.
Then, just fifty years ago, string theory drew a line in the sand. Planck-sized units, but no smaller.
Had String Theory made just one more good assumption, we might be living in a String Theory described world today.
A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing
its opponents and making them see the light,
but rather because its opponents eventually die
and a new generation grows up familiar with it.
- Max Planck
The loops have itLee Smolin described what happened next with acuity in "Three Roads To Quantum Gravity". Anyone sincerely trying to make progress in physics should consider it a "must read".
The problem with quantum theory
is that nothing in our experience behaves
in the way the theory describes.
- "Three Roads To Quantum Gravity"
For what it is worth, I think LQG's most unfortunate design choice was to try to describe the Planck world using quantum mechanics.
Despite this, TRTQG is authoritative in explaining how we ended up with the various theories we have today.
Though perusing the entire book is still recommended, pages 110 to 113 unearth the roots of the most critical decision.
Page 113's punchline:
We thus have two pictures.
In one, the strings are fundamental
and the field lines are an approximate picture.
In the other, the field lines are fundamental
and the strings are the derived entities.
The first became String Theory.
The second became Loop Quantum Gravity.
In TRTQG, Professor Smolin also suggests there is a third picture, where the first two pictures are equally fundamental.
The "then a miracle was needed" option.
Gravity breaks the field theories
Loop Quantum Gravity.
Quantum Field Theory.
Three Titans. With a common Achilles.
They all imagine gravity as a field distributed everywhere.
Interestingly TRTQG notes, almost as an afterthought, that General Relativity allows for a universe with no gravity at all.
Spring-And-Loop Theory allows for this as well.
Had LQG, QFT or GT kept this in mind, they might not have made their most fateful assumption.
or end up with nothing
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha
With just a few basic assumptions, we have already pigeonholed every major branch of physics.
The Standard Model is too mathematically sterile, spliced together with the greatest number of assumptions. And many of the worst ones at that.
Quantum mechanics has taken the untouchable approach, once common in royal circles, of insisting we never look it in the eye.
String Theory got the scale right, then reverted to Standard Model levels of mathematical fantasy.
The various field theories made better choices about granularity, and -- in some cases -- size. Then defined gravity's role exactly backwards.
The young upstartThen there is
Spring-And-Loop Theory refused the amorous advances of mathematics. Until et=mc3.
Nary a nail was hammered until gravity was figured out.
One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math arenít interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form.
- Danica McKellar
At every scale.
A fledgling theory at first, Spring-And-Loop Theory quickly grew to become a theory of space. And light. And darkness.
The theory of evolution,
like the theory of gravity,
is a scientific fact.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
But then resiliency, and versatility, are Spring-And-Loop Theory strong suits.
Finally, Spring-And-Loop Theory has become a soothsayer, explaining and predicting phenomena that existing theories can't.
The unsolved problems pile up and inevitably
produce catastrophes at regular intervals.
- Luigi Barzini
The last step is a doozyIt took 15 years before Special Relativity was accepted.
And another 40 years for General Relativity to become "central to physics and astronomy".
And this at a time when just two fundamental forces were known.
How hard will it be for a truly new theory to make a mark today?
In every age there is a turning point,
a new way of seeing and asserting
the coherence of the world.
- Jacob Bronowski
The ether to the rescue? Again?In 1905, when Special Relativity was published, a fundamentally different approach was active in the world of physics.
At the time it was more "core" than "fringe", yet ether theories quickly evaporated as the world breathed in Einstein's relativities.
Wouldn't it be interesting if an ether theory ultimately won out?
Compatibility prevailsThe most important aspect of Relativity, particularly General Relativity, is that it extended Newton's gravity, while being reducable to it in the simplest case.
Relativity was a true superset.
Yet an equally elegant formula.
For 100 years, no subsequent theory
has been able to make such claims.
A new sproutSpring-And-Loop Theory, too, is a superset. But also a corrector. And an extender.
A reform is a correction of abuses;
a revolution is a transfer of power.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Spring-And-Loop Theory harmonizes completely with Einstein's equation, while also extending it.
And where Newton kept gravity mysterious, the Spring-And-Loop Theory model despookifies gravity's distance-spanning power.
The fact that the universe is governed by simple natural laws is remarkable, profound and, on the face of it, absurd. How can the vast variety in nature, the multitude of things and processes all be subject to a few simple, universal laws?
- Heinz Pagels
It really is that simpleSpring-And-Loop Theory is an almost magical eraser.
Which is to say good assumptions cure everything.
Regardless of how dead we feel in a crowd, we
cling to the uniquely American assumption
that associating is good and necessary,
and solitude is suspect.
- Laurie Helgoe
Problems with 120 zeroes after them disappear. By definition.
Dogmatic notions of explosive creation are blocked
by the agnostic wall of basic building blocks.
And mythical particle-wave-particle potentates are
reverted back to their "things in an ether" overalls.
Of all insults, the temporary condescension of a master to a slave is the most outrageous and galling. That potentate who most condescends, mark him well; for that potentate, if occasion come, will prove your uttermost tyrant.
- Herman Melville
UnlessUnless you have fallen in love with your pet theory.
Unless ego is what drives you.
Unless you're in it for the money.
And untilOstriches have been around some 30 plus million years.
It is probable they will continue for at least a few million more.
But I wouldn't bet too much on the longevity of quantum, string or standard stuff.
Proof is at handIf anyone would like to discuss the future of physics, in the forum of their choosing, Spring-And-Loop Theory would be happy to join the contestation.
Even though it is a bit of an unfair fight.
Drop me a line if you think otherwise.
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