Theory of Everything

I remember pausing the first time I read those words. They were in an astronomy book or magazine or something, and it initially struck me as a bit conceited that a bit of cosmological discussion could suddenly lay claim to an word that literally referred to everything. Might not musicians or archaeologists or some other unfamiliar professional discipline have already taken the “everything” name and applied it to one of their own big ideas? Perhaps an idea that was pervasive through their own fields but hardly relevant in others? Before I got to understanding what a ToE really embodied or even attempting the cut-down version that the text presented, I conjectured my own theory of the phrase’s meaning and came up with something that I feel, to the non-physicist, applies to everything even more than the Theory of Everything does.

Watching a kid grow up is just baffling especially when you only see them in sporadic seasonal bursts. By the next birthday or Christmas, they may have learned to talk or walk or do algebra right behind your back, and it’s no wonder that there’s usually the question of how much does he or she really know? floating around during their development1. To the curious mind armed with high-speed Internet, inquiry goes hand-in-hand with learning because anything that we could possibly want to know is easily accessible to learn online, and if humankind doesn’t yet know the answer, most of modern research can is summarized instead. This is how children and teenagers of the modern age learn anything, because if you’re willing to look, there are lifetimes worth of knowledge to be learnt on the web.

The physicist’s Theory of Everything does indeed transcend physics in the sense that emergent properties of complex systems can be inferred from fundamental laws, so long as one theory acceptably explains a variety of phenomena that ostensibly can’t be resolved. What is most important about the idea is the fact that not only can everything be explained, but it can be explained in terms of other things no matter how you scale or restrict your questions. In the same sense, how does a person take what he knows of an ocean wave and infer the trickery of a microwave? To the layman, there appear to be all sorts of contradictions in the laymen theories that mom-and-pop pass off as common knowledge, but so long as Piper the Plumber doesn’t need to differentiate between radioactivity and electromagnetic radiation, she has a good working knowledge of the world around him.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. —Robert A. Heinlein

So, what’s in the world that surrounds the next generation and what do we need to know of it? The Theory of Everything that I expected meant a working knowledge of everything that concerns us today. As you advance both your formal education and your degree at the University of TCP port 80, you join and mend branches on your tree of knowledge while occasionally growing into areas new to you altogether. But in the case of public education, everyone determines for themselves how best to structure their knowledge to grow in the environment of the modern world. It’s refreshing to talk to somebody who has no visible discontinuities in the realm of their mind, whether or not they find interesting the same things you do. It’s a rare thing ever in mankind’s history to have such ease of access to education, that we’d be hard pressed to find a reason not to take advantage of resources in science and culture. For me, this whole idea brings together the argument for why we go to college or learn at all.

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Date Master
Fri Dec 23 2016 18:01:44 +0000

I just love the date : JANUARY 19, 2013!!!!!
I love this time so much! This is equal to a calendraic equation called a relative equation.
Saturday, January 19, 2013= Saturday, January 16, 2010

This is sooooooo easy!!!
This is an example of a calendraic equation: Mon, April 22, 2013=Mon, April 23, 2012.

See the difference?!?!?

Choker Girl
Thu Dec 22 2016 14:40:53 +0000

Your website ruined my hopes and dreams but you seem really cool and smart good job with your site

Thu Dec 22 2016 02:43:06 +0000


Fri Dec 16 2016 02:57:33 +0000

i didnt even read this shit but roger you are a legend

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Thu May 26 2016 03:16:37 +0000

Wow! Very nice! I wish you would have dove in a little deeper about the Theory of Everything, but I truly did enjoy reading about your opinion of it

Fri Mar 04 2016 01:01:08 +0000

Innovative and refreshing. Happy to know that not all millennials are the entitled kind and that some stop to think about the world around them.

YOur face on SterOids
Fri Feb 26 2016 17:17:09 +0000

Im lovin it

Billy jO
Wed Dec 16 2015 05:04:02 +0000

i really enjoyed reading this Roger!!!
jk it sucked
jk i love you

Wed Dec 16 2015 02:48:11 +0000

you're an international legend.

Mon Dec 14 2015 15:32:10 +0000

Roger is a god ??

Prof. Yvonne Chan
Mon Dec 14 2015 00:03:05 +0000

Wow! I've never read such an insightful answer on such a conceptual topic!

Derek Fisher
Sun Dec 13 2015 21:40:14 +0000

Roger ur a legend

Thu Dec 03 2015 08:55:43 +0000

wtf is dis bro, explain this like I'm 5

Fri May 22 2015 17:24:54 +0000

Strange that such a great article on a site with so much traffic only has 6 (now 7) comments. Small world.

Sue Perstar
Fri Jan 16 2015 05:00:16 +0000

Bravo. That was a very insightful and educated expression of your views. I can respect that.

Fri Jan 24 2014 01:19:50 +0000

I wish you would actually explain what ToE is rather than provide me your own idea. You don't need to go deep into it but at least tell us the idea behind the connection between relativity and quantum mechanics (you probably don't want to start talking about any of these in detail). I would love to know this…I currently have little to no idea what these concepts are. Your blog post had some insightful information…

Tue Jan 21 2014 03:41:10 +0000

You have some grammar issues

Nicole Finch
Tue Nov 12 2013 15:32:51 +0000

you are famous!

Roger: I am??

Fri Jun 14 2013 00:06:21 +0000

I real feel what you're saying Roya. It's just so hard to actually find someone that's actually interested in this.

Wed May 15 2013 18:39:31 +0000

Fascinating. These are the kind of discussions I wish I could have with people my age, but that's probably not going to happen anytime soon.

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