Is there a basic flaw in our thinking that prevents us from truly understanding the nature of the universe?
Consider this. As we look outward into the cosmos, we try to understand it according to one set of rules we have devised that describe the behaviours we witness. As we look inward, into cells and molecules and atoms and the subatomic particles, it seems the cosmic scale rules don’t seem to work any more. So we have tried to come up with a new set of rules we call quantum physics to predict behaviour of infinitesimally small particles.
And herein is the flaw. By our very nature, mankind has put himself at the center of the universe. This quaint, but misguided assumption held over from Ptolemy and his ilk are preventing us from understanding the universe as much now as it was back in the 4th century AD. We look out and all we see is infinity, and as we look inward, there never seems to be a “smallest particle.” The more you magnify, the more sub-particles of matter you see, and its an unruly lot. We think what we’re seeing through a telescope is different than what we’re seeing through a magnifying glass.
I don’t think it is.
If there is an infinity of space, wouldn’t there be an infinity of scale as well?
And every other measurable thing?
Is there any reason to assume that matter that is larger than us is any different than that which is smaller? Our instruments are not yet capable of seeing the smallest particle that we can possibly see. When we find it, we will very likely discover that this “particle” is another entire universe, just like the one we are in.
If you want to understand quantum physics, look at the galaxies.