Supersymmetry: Aristotle 1, Plato 0

Both Marshall McLuhan and Peter Drucker deserve a place in graduate physics curricula, both men understood how the mind imposes order upon our sense impressions obscuring the very reality physicists wish to know.  For McLuhan, it was the linear framework of literacy that shaped the wests over dependency on linearity; given how the human eye wishes to view progression neatly it imposes order where none exists.  Although Hume was a prominent dogmatic skeptic, it fell to Kant to outline this approach throughout his oeuvre.

Drucker was a student of Arnold Toynbee, throughout the 1980’s Drucker envisioned that the end of the standard model in physics would upend its paradigm giving way to biological applications that wouldn’t fit neatly into the western idea of linearity.

Both men knew the intellectual patrimony of supersymmetry; the non-empirical postulate stipulates that all known fundamental particles have identical counterparts in the unseen (non-measurable) world (Platonic World of Ideas).

Colliders haven’t found any; not one iota of evidence proving supersymmetry.  Its an idea that has underwritten the standard model for decades and is in need of profound revision. Supersymmetry continues as a postulate for the unified theory; the desire to model how gravity and electromagnetism merge seamlessly into a single force.

Strictly speaking, Colliders evidence an empirical approach prioritizing Aristotle over Plato.  As of this writing, supersymmetry is failing.  Perhaps its time that contemporary physicists begin appreciating just how ugly our neat world really is.

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