The Nonintensive Universe,
or, Nearer My GUT to Thee
as man forages out to discover in the womb of time
the nascence of his individuality in the motherhood of possibility.
Reflecting on the properties and ultimate character of such subatomic entities as electrons, one notes that nearly if not all the supposedly intensive properties thereof are defined in terms of extensive relationships such as gravitational attractions and electric and magnetic attractions and repulsions—and, indeed, if one can have waves without particles or even a medium, such as with regard to light, why cannot one likewise have, say, spin?
Is it not possible therefore that such entities are in fact only (ultimately misleading) "useful fictions", with no more reality than those of the radii between them used to calculate such attractions and repulsions?
And cannot, say, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics be recast in this light?
And would not such nonintensive and extensive mechanics and physics resemble the relativistic cosmologies so much more nearly, as to bring physics' long-sought Grand Unified Theory that much nearer?
[See also my "Occam's Universe: The CMBR as Space" and "Occam's Universe: Gravity is Expansion" .]
Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, extension, Grand Unified Theory, GUT, intension, nuclear, particle, philosophy, physics