133 – The Failure of the Physical Sciences …

The physical sciences, as an Institution for the advancement of knowledge, have failed to apply their discoveries to the human being as an element of the physical world they try to understand, therefore perpetuating the fallacy of our detachment from Nature and our ignorance about our relationship with the natural world.

This failure is mostly due to the complete exclusion of the human being from their physical theories. This is evident in the theories below, which using human terminology to describe their properties, exclude us altogether from them.

1 – Einstein’s mass-energy Equivalence, embodied in the symbol = in E=mc2, and reasserted in Einstein’s own words: “The mass content of a body is a measure of its energy content”, implies that disregarding their quantities, the contents of the fundamental complements of a ‘body’ – mass and energy – must remain equivalent yet interchangeable and adaptable as the body unfolds in its relationship with environments.

Is this not basically what we do in our everyday life? Do we not consume energy sources from the environment (foods, oxygen), store them as volume and weight, and then release them back as action, motion, while keeping these transactions, this increasing, decreasing, consuming, releasing, in relative equilibrium – one a measure of the other – as we develop in relationship with environments?

We tend to identify the equivalence of energy and mass with the physics of atomic interactions, but we never think that it also applies to us.

2 – Niels Bohr’s Complementarity, embodied in the particle-wave duality of Light, implies that objects in Nature have multiple properties that appear to be unconnected yet are indivisible. Light, for instance, is particle-like in its fundamental unit, the photon, and wave-like in the patterns photons make as they interact with environments – aurora borealis, the rays of the sun. These properties may appear to be unconnected, but they are indivisible; one cannot exist without the other.

Similarly, we experience our duality in our particle-like sense of individuality and the wave-like moods, traditions, and evolution of our species. But although these properties may appear unconnected, they are indivisible; one cannot exist without the other. Yet we identify Complementarity with the properties of Light but not with us.

Without scientific insights into the physical nature of reality, we could not have achieved our level of technological advances. But the current, almost exclusive focus of the physical sciences on Reductionism, have us going around in a blind circle believing in the illusion that we can understand Life, our Universe, by reducing everything to their minutest particle-like properties, while leaving aside the wave-like complement that makes them whole; this is like trying to understand a picture by focusing on one of its pixels, or a human brain by isolating one of its neurons.

Physical Science is without question incredibly ingenious and daring, but not enough to debunk the myth that we are separate from Nature. The consequences of this failure are evident in the state of our world: We make great scientific advances but have a horrendous humanitarian and environmental record.

As Light cannot be without photons, Humanity cannot be without us. Either complement cannot exist without the other. Accepting this fact of our reality will throw us into a whole new era of wonder.

Revised July 2020   

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