What's happening ?!?!
Mankind and planet Earth appear to be
heading for disaster. As long as we manage to avoid nuclear
and biological war, we might survive the 21st century. Computers
offer one ray of hope to humanity. Science offers another.
As long as we use our new powers wisely, we may hope for a strong, unified and harmonious
world. I believe in a free-whilst-fair system of justice.
When I came back from Afghanistan in 1978, I used to tell everyone that I loved the Afghani people.
Then look what happened. Over 26,000
civilians have been killed in
39 years of war.
World Travel over 5 Continents|
Scotland*, England*, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium*, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czechoslovakia,
Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark*, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Italy*, Vatican City, Monaco, Malta, Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria
South West Asia:
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India*, Sri Lanka*
Canada, USA (Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida,
Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming)
Mexico, Jamaica*, St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia*, St Vincent, Antigua, Trinidad
* Resided for over 1 month
There is no way back to simple materialism.
Newton himself was not a materialist but his theories have led to a materialist philosophy acccepted by most of the Western world. Now we have to look at the new physical theories. These theories, in particular quantum theories, have replaced Newton's theory. They are fantastically successful and leave no way back to the old ideas.
Many, including Einstein, put their faith in some as yet undiscovered "hidden-variable theory" which would bring back the old certainties of materialism. There now appears to be little hope of that even though every time an example of such a theory is proposed and refuted another is proposed in its place. This is what Bohr called "telling God what to think".
There is no way back to simple separability.
Experiments have confirmed theory which involves "passion at a distance" - a correlation between separate events with no deterministic link.
Even given new dimensions in space-time, or tubes connecting black and white holes, or some new as yet unknown
M-theory, physicists assume a quantum understanding.
Reality has a new meaning.
Eventually modern physics will be assimilated into our understanding and will lead to a radically new conception of reality.
Virtual reality as conceived in modern gadgetry such as the Occulus Rift or Spherical VDU have already loosened our old solid notion of reality.
Quantum theory goes much further and leads to a paradigm shift as significant as any of those that have happened in cosmology since Aristotle.
We live in a very new world.
You can't help but notice the new devices that surround us now. Since the invention of the transistor in 1949 great things have happened on the tiny scale.
How long will it be before we all have implants that define our identity?
The future has many exciting possibilities.
Science fiction books are being replaced by sci-fi films and speculations on YouTube. Even science itself can look like mathematical metaphysics. There seems no limit to the human imagination, and that fabulous imagination is already producing an internet of actual things at a
fantastic rate of knots. :-)
This is the real cause for excitement:
In the last 50 years physics has discovered two new fundamental theories that have the potential to change our world as much as the theory of electro-magnetism has. These theories are called electro-weak theory and quantum chromodynamics. Both have been tested to incredible precision - the discovery of the Higgs particle being the latest verification.
There is also real cause for concern.
20th century nuclear physics has provided sufficient understanding of our world to enable foolish men to destroy civilization.
What we need to understand...