THE UNIVERSE IN WHICH WE LIVE

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First, a bit of heresy:  When physicists talk about “the universe”, they are talking about one kind of universe, namely the universe of physical space. And they have developed extraordinarily successful science about what goes on in physical space.  And with it, they have shown that basic physical science can eventually pay off in very practical ways.

Yet some seventy years ago, when Watson and Crick clarified the structure of DNA, they opened up an entirely different “universe”, namely, the universe of genetic science.   And that science is now rapidly evolving, as both  basic and very practical science.

I suggest that there is still another universe.  Namely, the universe of social space — for which we don’t have a viable science.  BUT IT IS  WITHIN  SOCIAL SPACE WHERE LIFE IS ACTUALLY LIVED — BY US AS INDIVIDUALS AND BY OUR HUMAN SPECIES.  As individuals:  From the moment of our birth to our last breath, we must cope with the fact that we exist in social  space — which can both nurture and threaten us.  As the human species: Its very survival is in danger — it may become extinct — because we commit gross blunders within social  space, such as killing off over 100 million of our fellow-human beings during the past century, repeated genocides,  nuclear weaponry, global warming, to mention just a few. I repeat, we lack a viable science about social space that might, eventually, give us real control of life in social space.

In response, I have tried to jump-start basic science about social space.  It resulted in the book, “Our Quest for Effective Living: How we Cope in Social Space /  A Window to a New Science” — published by AuthorHouse and also available from Amazon.  A revised edition, titled LIVING IN SOCIAL SPACE, will be available in the year 2017.

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There is more than one Universe!

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I. –Physicists speak about studying “the universe,” as though there is only one universe. Yes, they have developed astonishingly successful science. But is there really only one universe?

II. –In the last century, since Watson and Crick clarified the structure of DNA, genetic science has exploded into an increasingly powerful science, yielding profound new insight about biology and disease. This suggests that they opened up science about quite another universe: the universe of genetic space.

III. –This also suggests that physics is really about the study and understanding of ONE KIND of universe: the universe of physical space. And genetics is about another kind of universe, the universe of genetic space.

IV. –I suggest that there is yet another universe, the universe of Social Space. So far, we don’t have a science about Social Space that is anywhere nearly as well developed as physics and genetics. My recent book takes a stab at fostering science about Social Space. Its title is “Our quest for effective living: How we cope in Social Space / A window to a new science.” I’ll say more about this book in future posts on this blog. And my website — http://www.questforeffectiveling.com — also gives more information about that book.