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Revolution in science? Anti-matter successfully isolated

A recent scientific breakthrough poses big questions about how we conceptualise relationships in the physical universe. Having already proven the existence of ‘anti-matter’ – the mirror image of the matter that makes up the great, great bulk of phenomena in the physical universe -, scientists have now successfully isolated it for a quarter of an hour.

These developments appear to offer an interesting verification of ‘the unity and interpenetration of opposites’ in Marx’s dialectics; the idea that all phenomena are what they are partially due to what they are not. In other words, that phenomena exist in relation to other forces and pressures, and cannot be properly understood without conceptualising these dimensions.

In the world of theoretical physics there is a similar idea; that matter itself is what it is due to an interactive process (the nature of which is still unknown) with anti-matter that took place at the beginning of the universe. These recent findings take scientists a step closer to understanding the nature of this relationship.

Unfortunately, due to the ‘scientific orthodoxy’ imposed on scientists in the Soviet Union, which vulgarised Marx’s method, there is pervasive scepticism about using a dialectical method in the physical sciences.

Rather than studying relations in the universe ‘as they really are and happen’,  as Marx put it in The German Ideology, scientists were instead compelled to continually ‘find evidence’ for dialectical theories. The result was dogmatism and scientific stagnation, not new discoveries about the universe we live in.

Hopefully, these developments in quantum physics will start to change these attitudes towards dialectics in science.

Jonathan Amos reports on the anti-matter findings at BBC News

Luke Cooper


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