Speculative Physical Theories

David Myatt

David Myatt

Speculative Physical Theories

Over fifteen years ago David Myatt published a revised version of his 1990s polemical essay Surreal Science and in which essay he stated that certain fashionable physical theories – such as Black Holes – were unscientific. {1}

In December of this year (2015) a conference – Why Trust a Theory? Reconsidering Scientific Methodology in Light of Modern Physics – was held at the prestigious University of Munich at which several speakers asserted that many currently fashionable physical theories, such as ‘string-theory’ and speculation about ‘black holes’ (for example black hole thermodynamics), have evaded empirical confirmation and thus basically amount to pseudoscience.

In his essay Myatt wrote:

“True science – as opposed to the surreal science which has come to dominate the world of cosmology and physics – is based upon direct observations of phenomena, with these phenomena being either in the ‘natural world’ or in the ‘laboratory’, that is, a consequence of some experiment.

What has happened over the past fifty or so years is that speculative theory has come to dominate to the extent that actual astronomical observations are interpreted on the basis of abstract, speculative, theories. That is, there is an overwhelming dependence upon an abstract interpretation: a certain theory, or several theories, are presupposed to explain observations or events, without such a theory or theory have any true scientific basis, and in particular without it being the most simple, the most natural, explanation.”

That some established academics, within the fields of physics and the philosophy of science, are now saying and writing the same thing is most interesting, in respect of Myatt’s perspicacity.

In his Conclusion, Myatt wrote:

“I am sure that, centuries from now (assuming civilization and science survive and continue) people will look back to our times and marvel at how stupid people were to accept such surreal ideas as ‘scientific’ explanations.

These ideas are just like passing fads, and we can only hope that real astronomy and cosmology – based upon reason, exploration and actual close observation – will flourish in a future where we have learned to travel among the stars.”

But doubtless it will take a few more decades before the doubts raised by Myatt – and more recently by others – debunk such still fashionable pseudoscience.

Rachael Stirling
December 2015

{1} David Myatt’s essay is included in the pdf compilation Ethical National-Socialism [pp.106ff] available (as of December 2015) at https://cosmicreich.wordpress.com/ethical-national-socialism/