"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Quest for a Theory of Everything is for Naught

“Everything — irrational numbers, along with particle interactions and the correlations between stars — ultimately arises from possible combinatorial arrangements of whole numbers: 1, 2, 3 and so on. They exist, he said, and so must everything else.”

This quote from Arkani-Hamed gets at the fundamental ontological flaw underlying the rationale of every attempt at a “theory of everything.” The evolution of life forms that capture and use energy ever more efficiently would not be possible in such a dead mathematical schema. Furthermore, human creative cognition that makes advances in technology would be entirely impossible.

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