21st century metaphysics: Leaving Fantasy Behind

Metaphysics is dead; long live metaphysics!

This is the 8th instalment in our series The Return of Metaphysics, in partnership with the Essentia Foundation.

Read the previous articles of The Return of Metaphysics series.

What defined much of 20th-century philosophy was an attempt to overcome metaphysics and replace it with science. But those attempts failed. From the Logical Positivists and Wittgenstein to Derrida and Heidegger, metaphysics found its way back into the very theories that were trying to get rid of it. But even if metaphysics is inescapable, we cannot simply return to speculative theorising about the ultimate nature of reality. Instead, we need to recognise that all th

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Nathaniel Joseph 27 December 2023

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Xinhang Shen 28 January 2023

"What defined much of 20th-century philosophy was an attempt to overcome metaphysics and replace it with science."

Without the guidance of metaphysics, science has lost all meaning what a truth is. Relativity and quantum mechanics have introduced so many wrong concepts that have blocked the progress of the development of theoretical physics for a century. The mistake of Einstein's relativity is so obvious (just a few sentences) that everybody with high school knowledge can immediately see, but the top physicists still stubbornly hold it as a pillar for all modern physics theories, very similar to the situation in The Emperor's New Clothes. Here is a complete disproof of special relativity:

Special relativity claims that the clock moving relative to the observer ticks more slowly than the clock stationary with the observer. But Lorentz Transformation tells us that the time t' of the moving frame is shorter than the time t of the stationary frame:

t' = t/gamma < t

The period p' of the moving clock as an interval of the time of the moving frame should also be shorter than the period p of the stationary clock:

p' = p/gamma < p

Thus, the frequency f' of the moving clock should become faster than the frequency f of the stationary clock:

f' = 1/p' = gamma/p = gamma*f > f

That means, the moving clock should tick more quickly than the stationary clock, a direct contradiction that has disproved special relativity.

The mainstream physicists just ignore such an obvious contradiction and keep using special relativity as a pillar of modern physics.

How can we wake them up?