The Metaphysical Principle
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
This quote by Einstein is the essence of the metaphysical principle. This is to say that to imagine a mechanism for a physical phenomenon is more important than the knowledge gained from its actual measurement. Einstein imagined the photon to be massless even though experiments can measure its mass. Einstein imagined that the force of gravity pointed down even though experiments show that it points up. Einstein imagined that matter and energy were made of spacetime even though matter and energy are all that can be measured. Einstein imagined that all motion is relative even though measurements of photons require them to move in an absolute rest frame.
Principle of Physical Measurement
Protons and electrons exist in the Living Universe and they are exactly what we measure them to be. From this principle we measure that the photon is mass, gravity points up, and protons, electrons and photons exist permanently in the Living Universe.
A Metaphysical Principle of Physics
Many different fundamental particles can exist temporarily in the universe and each has uncertain attributes and parameters that are not always subject to direct physical measurements.
With this principle we can assume a massless photon, gravitational force pointing down, and that many fundamental particles continually come and go within the mathematical uncertainty of the structure of spacetime. Measurements are used to indirectly verify each of these metaphysical assumptions. The metaphysical assumption proposes attributes of reality that can’t be detected by measurement.
The meaning of metaphysics can be synonymous with other terms like miracles and magic. While miracles and magic may not exist because they cannot be measured, the metaphysical assumption is used to give miraculous meanings to the results of physical measurement.
The final foundation of metaphysics rests with god. God does not deal in metaphysics because god is metaphysics. God is everything. He can imagine anything he wants and do anything he imagines. If he wanted to build a force field that would “pull” on all of the matter in the universe, he could certainly do it. The question really is, if god really was that smart, why would he come up with such a complex and high maintenance scheme as the gravitational field? Surely, god could imagine a much simpler local mechanism that would do the same job as a gravitational field but not require as much work to maintain the system throughout the infinity of space time.
Certainly god put a good deal of motion into the interiors of protons and electrons when he created them. This motion he based on the speed of light. To create gravity, god had only to add a very much smaller gravitational motion to the interior of matter based on a constant speed of gravity. In this way, god could sit back and watch his matter grow and not have to maintain the magical properties of a gravitational force field. Each atom’s gravity is just a small outward motion within its interior and no forces extend beyond its surface.
The Metaphysical Assumption
The metaphysical assumption is a mathematical or conceptual structure imagined by a theorist to explain a mechanism for a physical measurement that is not inherent in that measurement.
The metaphysical assumption is at the foundation of all the standard model theories of physics. Like gods, the standard model theorists imagine mathematical models for the interactions of matter that come directly from their imaginations but correlate with the experimental record. In these theories, spacetime itself is believed to be the fundamental reality out of which matter is created, This spacetime is inhabited with many different fields, continuums, and exotic dimensions with uncertain parameters. These are used to describe the different interactions between matter and then mathematics is used to calculate exactly what matter does. What a metaphysical assumption can’t do is explain just how matter is able to do exactly what it does. If we knew that, then it wouldn’t be metaphysics anymore. It would be truth.
Physics is when we make a physical measurement. Metaphysics is when we imagine that some component of that measurement is not true. Physics requires a measuring instrument but metaphysics only requires an imagination. Physics exists in the real world and metaphysics exists only in the mind.
The Equivalence Principle is the classic example of a metaphysical assumption. It states that the force of gravitation is equal to the force of inertia but that the force of inertia can always be measured and the force of gravity can never be measured. The equivalence principle invents the downward force of gravitation out of thin air when all that can be measured is the upward force of gravity.
Common metaphysical assumptions contained within the structures of the standard model theories of physics.
- The Equivalence Principle
- Uncertainty principle
- Massless photon
- Planck’s constant
- The Electromagnetic Field
- Strong & Weak Fields
- Spacetime, N-Dimensions & Aether
- Dark Energy
- Dark Matter
- Point Particles of Matter