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This is only the first of three panels but the last one is more of a sad reality than a hilarious punchline:
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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
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If a theory of everything is ever developed, will public school students ever get a real chance to understand it. Will it be attacked by the religious right as “only a theory” and then avoided by science teachers.
Sadly, the religious have a theory of everything. God did and does it. Unfortunately, most cannot distinguish it is a myth rather than a theory.
As someone who truly loves studying physics, I agree with this.
If this was discovered tomorrow the general consensus among most people would be “Who cares?”.
I think the problem is three-fold:
1. We don’t really understand well why some people are more intelligent than others, why some brains are powerfully endowed in one ability while others are gifted in entirely different abilities. We don’t yet know how to enhance our brains, or the unintended problems that might arise if we try it. We need more intelligent models of what intelligence is.
2. Our educational paradigms are antiquated. We’re trying to cram thousands of times as much raw information into young heads as there was available when the present models of education were developed. In public schools, we’re reduced to getting students to memorize what science knows, but we woefully neglect teaching them how science knows.
3. We’re failing to sell the importance of science to the public, especially the American public. They take the gifts of science for granted. They don’t realize it, but many if not most Americans alive today owe their very existence to science, because they descended from four grandparents and eight great-grandparents who lived during a time when medical science was mitigating, preventing, reducing and eliminating infections of yellow fever, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, cholera, smallpox, influenza, malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, measles, polio, and many other diseases. These scourges were killing children and young adults by the millions. If just one of those twelve people, your grandparents and great-grandparents, had died before having children, you would not have been born.
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature
I should have noted that this is a quote from Niels Bohr.
Theory of everything… we can’t even get across to some people that the Theory of Evolution is not some unsubstantiated hypothesis. There are a large number of people out here bandying about words that they redefine to suit their own purposes. They teach their children and other followers to deny scientific findings, ask no real questions, and seek received wisdom for any answers they need. It is beyond sad – it is sorry, absurd, and tragic.
wasn’t it just recently that someone came up with a theory of everything? PZ wrote about it. An assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University named Erik Andrulis.
Sadly the only amazing thing about it is that it managed to get published.
A theory of everything would require reconciling general relativity with quantum mechanics and to explain all the fundamental interactions in one framework. That’s the great unsolved problem in physics (or one of it).
There are some steps and candidates like M-theory or loop quantum gravity but nothing definite
The Universal Theory of Everything: Steven Hawking said that he doesn’t think we’ll find it.
John 1:1-In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
John 1:14- The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…
Col 1:17- He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Maybe y’all are looking in the wrong place.
St. Paul said, “Know your audience.”
Your place had us scratching our heads at Jupiter’s moons.
“We don’t know, so god did it” is the ridiculous basis for all religions ever invented
Physics really isn’t that hard to understand when you have people like Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking to explain it to you. Every niche has it’s own lingo and behind the scenes quirks, as well as experts on the inside that are geniuses about relating those workings to people on the outside.
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