Nature’s Perplexing ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces were manufactured by people independently of one another, with no more than vague and arbitrary notions of what, if anything, it depicted. With all the pieces devised and manufactured independently of one another in virtual isolation, what would be the chances of that puzzle ever producing a coherent overall picture?
This illustrates the nature of the problem confrontng modern Theoretical Physics and Cosmology. It is that as our knowledge of nature increases, we find that the traditional ways of interpreting observations in the separate and largely independent sectors of research fail to fit logically together into anything like an overall picture. This creates problems and paradoxes, all attempts to solve which have created conceptual mayhem.
These problems cannot be imputed to nature. They have to be problems purely of convention. If these conventions had not become so culturally ingrained, it would be a relatively simple matter to replace them, in hindsight, with far more conceptually economical interpretations of physical phenomena which fit more naturally and logically together. This should produce something like a comprehenive picture, albeit one which is always unfinished at its developmental edges, hence always prone to the possibility of having to be radically revised.
However, whilst to revise our corpus of knowledge in that radical way is logically feasible, it is, understandably, culturally inconvenient, due to the professional attachment of the custodians of the norms to their specialised areas of competence. There are times, however, in the history of science, when such cultural considerations need to be set aside in the interests of progress. Sections of the puzzle regarded as established may need to moved around or perhaps dismantled entirely in order to fit together in different ways [i]. Many think there is such a need for radical revision right now in modern Physics and Cosmology. This is due, not only to the blatant forsaking of commonsense and the consequent proliferation of nonsense in those areas of knowledge but also due to the persistent failure to achieve a natural fitting together of those two main sectors of the Jigsaw, Relativity Theory and Quantum Theory. As Bertrand Russell wrote in 1946, in his book, A History of Western Philosophy:
‘The philosophy appropriate to quantum theory… has not yet been adequately developed. I suspect that it will demand even more radical departures from the traditional doctrine of space and time than those demanded by the theory of relativity.’
POAMS, the Pope-Osbone Angular Momentum Synthesis described on this site, proposes an answer to that crying need for logical coherence. It demonstrates how those logically unconnected parts of our tortuous scientific tradition could have been logically condensed into a single corpus of coherent thought devoid of the implications that have led to our current confusions. This is somewhat analogous to the discovery of plate-tectonics in which the continents as we know them individually were found to fit together in a jigsaw-like way into one super continent which has been called ‘Pangea’ or ‘Gondwanaland’.
[i] See ‘To Hell With Education’, listed in the section ‘Seminal Publications and Resources’ , on this site.