5 Bold Predictions for Science

I will start this article with a very simple statement, I am not a scientist, nor do I have an interest in becoming one! I am very well versed on scientific understanding which is self-taught and my fascination with science goes deeper than science itself.

With that said, here are my 5 predictions for science along with brief reasoning.

Physics will Ultimately Become Obsolete

At the moment, there are many exciting avenues being explored in the scientific community, a lot of it is building on the work of Albert Einstein. It means that theories are being developed around the body of work that he left as his legacy. Scientists are still to this day testing and retesting the theory of general relativity and thus far it has stood the test of time.

If it continues to do so and is in fact proven (different to scientific fact), then it is a very large set of pieces in a puzzle that has very few areas in which to build on. Scientists are also working feverishly to create theories and test them to fit other observations that Einstein either wasn’t to know about at the time of writing his theory or to fill in the gaps of our understanding of the universe and how it works.

With the theory of general relativity forming the strong foundation of a unified theory of everything, it is only a matter of time before a scientist with the scope and ability of Einstein comes along and completes the puzzle.

Once we have the unified theory of everything, that will of course be tested and retested and if that stands up as well as Einstein’s work, then the understanding and knowledge about the universe will be complete.

This will mean that physics, and our work as a species with physics will be complete. We will know how things occurred/occur and we will able to form comprehensive predictions about how things will develop using the increasingly sophisticated computer technology we possess.

The science of physics will have triumphed but in doing so rendered itself obsolete and as a species, we will start to look at why? Not the how? Not the when? But WHY did these things happen.

The Universe Will Be Flat

One of the most common problems in physics and one of the most keenly researched areas is the shape of the universe. The “flatness problem” has long troubled scientists because it means that in order for the universe to have been “started” it would need extremely specific parameters (fine tuning) that even the slightest deviation from would not result in the universe we observe today.

The universe we do observe today is flat (in relative terms) and it is my full belief that it will transpire that the universe is flat. The flatness problem is not an issue in of itself, it is made a problem by scientists because the ramifications of such a stringent set of parameters for the formation of the universe point towards something that they don’t necessarily want to see.

In science, the simplest solution is often not only the best solution, but the correct solution. I think as time goes by and the grand unified theory is completed, scientists will be forced to open the scope of understanding and will start asking themselves the question that science doesn’t attempt to answer. WHY?

This might all seem a bit cryptic, but I hope that in a hundred years or so, someone might stumble upon this when all has been said and done and it will ring true.

In short, the universe is flat. Regardless of the perceived complexities required in order for it to be flat; it is flat.

Our Solar System will be At the Centre of the Universe

Copernicus got it wrong in that he said that the Earth was at the centre and everything orbited around it. But believe it or not, his rationale isn’t completely wrong by current scientific understanding.

There is cosmological understanding that has been buried by the scientific community and even given the ostentatious term of “The Axis of Evil”. The axis of evil is the discovery that our solar system sits at the centre of the universe. The reason it has been buried? Because if we as intelligent life take up the prominent centre of the universe against all believable chance and odds it points to a design; or in short that we have been put there.

This discovery was made as early as 2006, it was widely kept under wraps and scientists worked heavily to disprove the observation that we form the center of the universe. The problem is that they couldn’t and in fact, their scientific research was actually confirming that the “axis of evil” not only existed but was correct (thus far).

Why haven’t you heard of it? Well, because by and large the scientific community doesn’t publish work on it, they also work hard to deny its existence. For their troubles, you will find a Wikipedia entry that is little more than a stub as well as some fringe science journals that publish more in-depth information.

An excerpt from Wikipedia reads

“Data from the Planck Telescope published in 2013 has since found stronger evidence for the anisotropy. ‘For a long time, part of the community was hoping this would go away, but it hasn’t.”

That pretty much sums up the “Axis of Evil”

We Will Come to the Realisation That There is A God

First things first, by God I don’t mean a deity that condemns the wicked to hell and saves the righteous etc. I don’t mean the Abrahamic God or any God that forms the basis of any organised religion. Don’t for a second think that I am meaning God in a religious context.

For my next point, I want to talk about a term that often gets confused and is confusing even among the scientific community. That term is scientific fact. When this grand unified theory comes about, I think scientists will have become more open-minded about the information they are looking at. I think that everything observable will fall between either being completely implausible in terms of mathematical odds or that it must have had a “guiding hand”.

Right now, even as I write this, the scientific community is wrestling with increasingly implausible odds and the way they try to combat this is by coming up with theories (string theory, multiverse) that could make those odds more favourable. When there is a grand unified theory, those other theories will be realised to be incorrect and the opinion will have to change from either one of complete implausible (mathematically impossible) chance or a creator.

It is at that point that the science community as a whole will decide whether “God” is a scientific fact as is observable through the evidence they have or whether he isn’t. For me personally, the existence of a God isn’t a threat, it actually makes me very excited that we as a species will be able to explore what “God” is and what “God” means for us, opening a modern and sophisticated (in knowledge of all the facts) form of philosophy.

Thus far “God” has been a threat for the science community, whose pursuit of knowledge has been partly fuelled by wanting to solve everything and say “See, there is no God!”

Contrary to popular belief, with each day that passes and as our understanding of the universe grows, the extreme odds needed for its formation, the intricacy of the role of the laws of nature and formation of life itself, we are getting closer to establishing God as a scientific fact.

Why? Because the simplest option is the best option and opting to choose a
“God” over infinitesimally small odds which will ultimately prove mathematically impossible will be common sense.

Science Will Open Up a Wider Dialogue

By now, you might be reading this with a high degree of scepticism, you may be looking at the science I have mentioned and be trying to pick holes in it. You may be looking into complex and convoluted theories about multiple universes, spherical universes or any other form of universe.

You may be scrambling to discredit the Big Bang Theory, opting for an infinite or eternal universe in its stead. Those that can’t comprehend of a “God” will almost certainly ridicule or deviate away from the very basic scientific principles used in this article.

I will say the following in order to answer an objection that I can see being raised and then round off the article with my final point.

Infinite Universe is Inherently Impossible

A trendy thing among physicists at the moment is the idea that the universe is eternal. That it didn’t begin and it will never end. I watched a podcast with Brian Cox who stated he had asked religious clergy where God would fit into an eternal universe. The ultimate trump card would be that without the need for creation there is no need for a creator. (Remember I mentioned that science on the whole is fuelled by disproving God, though they vehemently deny it. If that was the case, why engage religious leaders at all?)

There are two very sensible reasons why it is simply not possible for us to be living in an eternal universe.

Infinite Regress

Bear with me on this one as it might take a little while to grasp (it took me days to understand) and I will try and put it succinctly so that you can hopefully understand.

It is impossible for anything to be infinite because it runs into the problem of infinite regress.

In the simplest possible terms if the universe is (actually) infinite then by the definition of infinity it is without boundaries but because it is without boundaries it can’t (actually) be anything because for it to be actualised it has to be finite. In simpler terms, no THING is infinite because if it is a THING in the first place it must be finite.

Another way of putting it is if the Universe is infinite then it must not only be the Universe but more than the Universe at the same time. We know this is an impossibility and therefore no-thing is infinite.

No matter how smart or how educated someone is, if they claim something is infinite, they will hit the wall of infinite regress and at that point their rationale for the thing they claim to be infinite falls apart.

The Universe Hasn’t Ended

This is a cosmological argument that again dismisses the possibility of an infinite universe. In an infinite universe, there are an infinite amount of things that would happen and at least one of those infinite amount of things would be the universe ending. Because we KNOW the universe has not ended, we must deduce that the universe is finite.

Physics at its very fundamental level teaches us that everything has a cause. Because of the simplicity of this (and testibility), it is also likely to be the absolute truth.

When all is Said and Done

The wider conversation will be opened up with debates on the nature of “God” and what it means for us as humans – ultimately whether or not there is a meaning to life. We will have come full circle, from the great philosophers who shaped our scientific research and will be at a point with all the information available to us for philosophy to once more take prominence.

The deductions of those conversations might well be that ultimately this quest for knowledge has been meaningless and even with all of the “facts” we are in no better position of understanding WHY we are here. Or something profound might occur whereby knowing the “facts” we are enlightened.

Regardless of that outcome, it is an exciting time to take an interest in physics and a very exciting proposition that we may be arriving at a place where it is no longer taboo or pseudo-science to be discussing God in a candid and open manner.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my article on science and more specifically physics, feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions below including if you think I am wrong as it is always good to encourage open and honest debates about our existence. I don’t subscribe to any established religion so please don’t jump on the “God” brigade and come at me with religious arguments about how I must equate “God” to the bible etc. I don’t. for me God is God, and from observations God is infinitely more awesome than a religious book would have you believe. (See what I did there? 😉 )

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