Most absurd theories

Some absurd theories in science and philosophy

Why is the world the way it is? Over the years, sci­en­tists have explored many ideas to explain our world and beyond. Some of these ideas have stuck, many have not. Here is a list of some of the most absurd the­o­ries in science.

The Big Bang theory

In 1927, the Amer­i­can astronomer Edwin Hub­ble dis­cov­ered that the uni­verse was expand­ing. The Big Bang the­o­ry, sup­port­ed by oth­er sci­en­tists for more than 50 years, states that the uni­verse began in a tiny ball of mat­ter and explod­ed out­wards to its cur­rent extent. It also says that all mat­ter in the uni­verse is con­stant­ly being cre­at­ed from this tiny pri­mor­dial speck.

The Ether

The ether was believed to be the medi­um that light waves trav­elled in through space. Sci­en­tists used the ether expla­na­tion for decades, but even­tu­al­ly deter­mined that there was no sub­stance that could trans­mit light waves.

Animal magnetism

This was the idea that humans can influ­ence one anoth­er by manip­u­lat­ing their phys­i­cal envi­ron­ment. Eng­lish physi­cian and sci­en­tist William Ben­jamin Car­pen­ter, known as “Count Rum­ford,” pro­posed this idea in the 19th century.

The Bermuda Triangle

Home to some of the most mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ances in his­to­ry, this tri­an­gu­lar region in the North Atlantic Ocean is locat­ed between Bermu­da, Mia­mi and Puer­to Rico. Many ships have dis­ap­peared there over the years. This led some to believe that a super­nat­ur­al force is at work in this area of ocean. In the 1940s, Cap­tain Charles Hardin believed that a sim­i­lar super­nat­ur­al force was at work in this region.

String Theory

String the­o­ry is a sci­en­tif­ic mod­el that attempts to explain every­thing in our uni­verse through a uni­fied the­o­ry. It was first put forth by physi­cists in 1984. This was to explain many dif­fer­ent types of forces in nature includ­ing grav­i­ty, elec­tro­mag­net­ism and dark mat­ter. Cur­rent­ly, there are about two dozen dif­fer­ent ver­sions of string the­o­ry. Each have its own name and set of rules for uni­fy­ing all known forces.

Theory of Everything

This is a the­o­ry that focus­es on the ori­gins of the uni­verse, not just physics in the uni­verse. One of the most promi­nent pro­po­nents of this idea is British the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist and math­e­mati­cian Stephen Hawking.

The Flat Earth Theory

At one time, there were many who believed that our earth is flat and that it only appears round due to atmos­pher­ic dis­tor­tion. Promi­nent peo­ple who pro­mot­ed this idea include British sci­en­tist John Cleves Symmes Jr., Amer­i­can politi­cian Ben­jamin Franklin and Swiss inven­tor Nicholas Fourier.

But still we do know that there is no way the Earth is flat. Okay? The List is about “absurd” the­o­ries. So, we con­sid­ered this one as well.

Abiogenesis

Abio­gen­e­sis is a the­o­ry that states life on earth began from non-liv­ing sub­stances. Sci­en­tists believe this hap­pened about 3.7 bil­lion years ago when amino acids com­bined to form the first cell.

Cosmic Variance

This is a con­tro­ver­sial idea put forth by physi­cists Stephen Hawk­ing and Leonard Mlodi­now in their book “The Grand Design.” It states that even if our uni­verse began with the “Big Bang,” there are an infi­nite num­ber of uni­vers­es. This means it’s pos­si­ble that oth­er uni­vers­es came into exis­tence with­out the Big Bang, or even with­out a “God.” This idea has sparked much debate among sci­en­tists and reli­gious lead­ers alike.

String Theory

String the­o­ry is a sci­en­tif­ic mod­el that attempts to explain every­thing in our uni­verse through a uni­fied the­o­ry. It was first put forth by physi­cists in 1984. This was to explain many dif­fer­ent types of forces in nature includ­ing grav­i­ty, elec­tro­mag­net­ism and dark mat­ter. Cur­rent­ly, there are about two dozen dif­fer­ent ver­sions of string the­o­ry. Each have its own name and set of rules for uni­fy­ing all known forces.

Also read: Was our tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion just random?

The Second Coming

Believe it or not, there are actu­al­ly peo­ple who believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth in the present day. This idea first gained pop­u­lar­i­ty dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages and has been pro­mot­ed by many dif­fer­ent peo­ple over the years, includ­ing William Miller of the Mil­lerites and Harold Camp­ing of Fam­i­ly Radio.

Stem Cell Therapy

It is the idea that states the injec­tion of stem cells into a liv­ing organ­ism could cure dis­eases or repair dam­aged tis­sues or organs. Although sci­en­tists have been able to iso­late stem cells, there is no proof that inject­ing them into patients’ bod­ies nec­es­sar­i­ly leads to the health prob­lems being cured. There are also many eth­i­cal con­cerns involved with this practice.

Super String Theory

This the­o­ry states that there are more than three dimen­sions and that all par­ti­cles can be described math­e­mat­i­cal­ly as oscil­lat­ing strings with var­i­ous modes which inter­act with each oth­er by way of vibra­tions that trav­el through­out the universe.

Concluding paragraph

While the above the­o­ries cov­er a wide range of top­ics, they all have one thing in com­mon: a sci­en­tif­ic approach to under­stand­ing the uni­verse. With so many pos­si­ble expla­na­tions for our ori­gins, it’s not hard to see why there is so much debate on this sub­ject. Nev­er­the­less, these the­o­ries have been vital in help­ing sci­en­tists advance their knowl­edge about the uni­verse around us.

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