November 20th, 2017
Road without end?
At the present stage of our civilisation's development, we can easily see very worrying symptoms of serious mistakes that have been made by our ancestors. The planet's natural resources are becoming scarce every day, huge islands of untapped waste are being created on the surface of the oceans and the number of representatives of the so-called "Homo sapiens" , who are forced to exist on the verge of life and death, is constantly growing. At the same time scientists are trying to raise huge sums of money to explore new fields of study that they believe are intended to improve our lives and, of course, bring the planet next Nobel Prize winners. So is this a path that will never end?
Personally, I believe that fascination with mathematics has been a serious mistake in the past. We are all well aware that mathematics is now the queen of science. Surely rightly so, because we understand a great deal of the world around us today through its development. Personally, however, I have serious problems with mathematics, because I feel somewhere in the depths of myself that maybe this is not the only and proper direction of our development. Why? Assuming, and with which I completely agree, that the life on our planet was built by representatives of a more developed civilisation, from the very beginning of our existence mathematics was a natural language that explained very simple phenomena occurring in the world around us. Our body, especially our brain, is designed to observe and react to what is going on around us. If there are three cows on the right side of the forest and only one cow on the left, then everyone is aware that there are just fewer cows on the left.
New theories and practices have developed over time on this foundation, which has resulted in a mathematical system of reasoning dominating our thinking. This process continues to this day. We owe all technical achievements to the development of mathematics, and of course, the other fields use mathematics as the foundation for theoretical explanation of phenomena.
I do not intend to undermine the role of mathematics in the modern world. However, I believe that mathematics is only the language of matter and phenomena connected with it. It is our natural brain language that sees, counts and strives to predict phenomena. In modern science, however, there are more questions than answers. That is why I believe that the road we are going on will soon be over. This can already be seen in electronics and nanotechnologies, for example, which, once they reach the limit of light velocity and order of magnitude equal to the atomic components, will simply not be able to develop further. Unless someone disintegrates leptons into even smaller pieces and undermines Einstein's theory of the speed of the light. Only that this will continue to be theories and practices related to the world of matter and phenomena connected with it.
I believe that the world we have been studying for a very long time with mathematics is only one aspect of the universe. Dark matter, energy and other puzzles of modern science await their theories and confirmations. Crowds of scientists use mathematics to explain phenomena that, in my opinion, require a different way of thinking than purely mathematical ones. To become a respected scientist today, one needs to know mathematics well, basically in every field. It is possible to explain the world of matter with mathematics with great success, as Albert Einstein demonstrated in the last century. But does the universe consist solely of what we can see from the mathematical point of view? Personally, I do not think so. The road we are going through will end soon, the best proof of which is gravity. This is the weakest force in the universe that we now know. Even a small child can easily overcome this strength in every minute of his or her life. However, today we need huge amounts of energy to launch an airplane or send a rocket to the orbit of our planet. Of course, thanks to the development of mathematics, all this can be calculated with ease and precision. But what about it? Does the mathematical system solve our planetary problems? To understand the universe, something else is needed. In my opinion, there is more different world between atoms than we think, and the key to understanding these phenomena has been built into our brains. However, as we have been going down the road for centuries, it will be very difficult for us to turn back from this road. The best example is my favourite topic of an insect producing honey. The bee brain cannot be replicated using zeros and ones. If this was the case, we could sleep calmly and not worry about the huge amount of insects disappearing. True intelligence in my opinion cannot be built with computers that are based solely on mathematics. It is a road that will simply end.
So where to look for a key to a different understanding of the universe? I firmly believe that each of us has this key. If the world had not gone in the direction of evil, domination and suffering, our brains would have a chance to enter other areas of action. The brain is still the least known organ of our human body. The examination of this organ by means of mathematics and matter connected with it is, in my opinion, precisely a journey towards the end of the cognitive pathway. This, in short, may mean that our civilisation will not be able to develop to a higher level and survive the trials of time.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.
Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.