Belief is everything


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“Seeing is believing” is an
outdated belief that has been long
rejected by science in its onward
march. Then why should it be allowed
to block us in our onward spiritual
march?
Mainstream physicists today derisively
reject the idea of “seeing is believing,”
labeling it as “naïve realism.” Albert
Einstein echoed this subordination of
observations to theory: “A theory is
significant not to the degree it is
confirmed by facts observed in nature,
but to the degree it is simple and
logical.” Current physics determines
the logicality of a theory by the
soundness of its mathematical
equations, and these equations often
stray light years away from Einstein’s
principle of simplicity. Indeed, “shut
up and calculate” – a phrase first
uttered by physicist David Mermin –
has become the mantra of physics, as
it became increasingly mathematical
and abstract. Cutting-edge physicists
no longer worry about how their
theories relate with our world of daily
experience or what they mean; all that
matters is their equations.
The prime example of such
experiment-free mathematical
theorizing is the string theory.
Distinguished theoretical physicist Lee
Smolin in his book The Trouble with
Physics, and respected mathematician
Peter Woit in his book Not Even
Wrong have both uncompromisingly
critiqued string theory for not having
any connection with experiments –
not even in prospect. Nonetheless, for
most string theorists, sacrificing reality
for the sake of theory is no big deal.
Thus being freed from any obligation
to reality, they let their imagination run
lose, coupled, of course, with their
sacred, non-negotiable mathematics
which most lay people can’t
understand and many of their rival
string theorists don’t agree with. The
end result of this fact-free speculation
is a self-serving dimensional overflow,
with various versions of string theory
proposing either ten or eleven or even
twenty-six dimensions – anything
except the four dimensions that can
be subjected to experimental scrutiny.

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