Even as a physicist the idea of a theory of everything really irks me. It is not only an arrogant aspiration but also a an unscientific concept. What exactly is meant by, ‘everything’, is that everything we can measure or perceive and does it include everything outside of the visible universe. More importantly does it include the stuff, because if it does then it is an impossible dream. The theory of everything is proclaimed to explain and predict everything in our reality but the truth is that the idea of ‘everything’ is as ill-defined as the cavalier way in which physicists use the term, ‘reality’.
The CTS has to improve our understanding of the following:
- The various definitions of ‘physical realities’.
- Explain why we have the theories and viewpoint of nature that we have especially for quantum behaviour, scaled behaviour from a classical view to the quantum view and the relativistic view and space-time construct.
- Why physics is so accurate at predicting events within such a wide range of scales. How come physics is such a good approximation to the dynamic interactions of the stuff?
- Why the universe appears so mathematical
- What is consciousness
- Make sense of incomprehensible constructs such as the speed of light, entanglement, interference, singularities.
To be a true theory it has to predict results that are currently unknown to theory for example resolve the issues surrounding dark matter and energy, the fine tune problem and inflation.
One of the ways that we can start to understand the complexity and dynamics of the stuff is to ask if there are any systems that we know of that generate what would be seen a similar physics to our own if analysed from within the system. This will be a primary analysis method and will include experimentation with different types of system. These systems will include interacting one and two dimensional cellular automata as well as interacting logistic maps.