By Thomas Nordström
I follow the debate in Sweden and internationally with great interest and all, usually, contradictory posts on all kinds of debate pages.
The debate is between greats such as left vs right, west (USA, NATO, EU) vs east (China, Russia), faith vs knowledge, creationism vs evolution, relativity vs quantum theory, climate denier’s vs climate research, high wages vs low wages, etc.
With this post, I hope to get answers to, as I see it, humanity’s great unsolved questions.
We are familiar with the existing view of today’s world, e.g. the quantum theory, the theory of relativity, the table of elements, the standard model, various ideologies and religions.
The world is challenged by difficult problems in societies as well as in science, e.g. nuclear weapons, population growth, refugee flows, climate change, famine and disease, the trench warfare of ideologies; how to reconcile the theory of relativity and the theory of quantum physics, the overly complex standard model, the overly static periodic table, and the overly simplistic theory of evolution in science.
It is time to focus on the most challenging questions of science and humanity, namely the following:
- How to unite and bridge the quantum theory with the theory of relativity?
- What causes cancer?
- What causes the neurodegenerative diseases?
- What the human systems look like at 20 nanometres?
- How species change.
- A new ideology that the world so badly needs?
- How a new global order of power can come about and thus an action program for the survival of the world and humanity?
- What is the lowest common denominator for DNA, black holes, and changes on Earth?
- How and who can develop a theory that explains how reality looks and behaves deep down?
- When we face death, is it faith or science that gives us support and comfort?
Some know what they believe and others think they know, but it’s time to find new answers.
Only when we are able to think new, based on new postulates, principles, theorems and logic can we move forward. Because it is required that we free ourselves from old ingrained thought patterns and dogmas.
Our universities and colleges are not the soil that stimulates this liberation, where existing paradigms prevail and new paradigms are out of the question, history has shown us that. The most recent example is when one of the 2022 Nobel laureates in physics, determined that Einstein was wrong and that quantum theory was right. Then they missed that the quantum theory is not complete, as Einstein claimed, as it cannot explain gravity. A theory that can explain both gravity and energy is still missing and has been for a long time.
Politics has its think tanks, all of which start from their long-known roots. Socialism, Communism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Fascism and Nazism. All answers given are predictable in advance. When can a Marxist realize that it is capitalism that creates welfare? Never is the likely answer. How can we move forward with new answers and a new ideology?
The religions keep their stories, often with different sects, more or less fanatical, prepared for all kinds of deeds and misdeeds in, usually, the name of God. Is it possible to unite these into a “higher” standing belief. Is it possible to move forward in the debate about evolution and creationism? At present, it seems completely impossible.
On a more superficial level, where the media operates, journalists act without depth, and their reporting is far from innovative, it is more like dumbing down consensus. They are on the so-called winning team. The Arab Spring must be supported, invade Libya and face democracy, read a message. And what happened? Whoever does not go in depth with how deep a religion is in people’s consciousness, will fail. This also applies in today’s Iran, where the veil revolution is the mantra of the day.
The heroes of everyday life are busy with their jobs, family logistics and now their finances. Then there is no room for independent thinking, platitudes are fine. A dream, as it seems from the opinion figures, is that the Social Democrats can save Sweden from the problem(s) they themselves caused. Or other common clichés such as “we have to help each other”, “together we are strong”, “one cannot do everything, but everyone can do something”. Often the opinion of the day is obtained via the evening papers, which are not known for depth.
The conclusion is that there is a lack of forums for qualified innovation in all areas; science, politics, religion and morality.
Paradoxically, it is often in conflict with prevailing paradigms that new knowledge and new theories are developed. Often the freedom of thought finds its way outside the academy, to create new theories – Einstein, Spinoza, Newton and Wittgenstein are four good examples. These very sensitive persons, but of great integrity, had not been able to formulate their wonderful theories in academia.
Perhaps we should form a new and completely free academy – the academy of free thought, preferably with the academies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as a model – where 7-21 people receive a salary without requirements for useful performance, but with the task of once again both formulating them for society and nature’s fundamental questions, as well as trying to find completely new paths for thought, knowledge and the sciences based on existing fundamental questions. Simply discard today’s knowledge, to create a new one – as if we were the first thinkers in the world and start from scratch. An academy that on a fundamental level move across all areas of reality.
Grateful for answers both to the questions and how a forum for innovation can be created.
Maybe we have to start over.