|Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001
The best way, of course, is to get as much university education as possible. There's an old truism in science, that we can't read and understand the papers until the Master's degree level. Unfortunately that is basically true.
On the other hand, it depends on the personal goal. First, one has to have some discipline or skill to gain employment and earn a livelihood. That has to come first (it certainly did for me, for I came from a deep poverty level). Today that level is at least the Bachelor of Science level, in something like electrical engineering, computer engineering, etc.
If one cannot continue protracted school, then while working there are many opportunities here in the U.S. to gain further education. Universities give night classes and other things, e.g. The best thing is to realize that education is a life-long thing, continuing, whether one is a full-time student or not.
So my recommendation is that you secure the training necessary to gain employment first, then continue with a program of self-education, night classes, etc. as you choose.
To really handle the advanced higher group symmetry electrodynamics is unfortunately a formidable task. One has to have quite an array of mathematical skills, which can only be obtained by study.
Nonetheless, at the Master's degree level, you will have enough of the basics to comprehend at least the nature of the remainder, and follow the arguments the scientists are making.
The main thing, psychologically, is to recognize that we deal not with "ultimate truths" in science, but with "scientific models". Further, there is not now nor will there ever be a "perfect model". Godel laid that question to rest quite some time ago. We know in advance that our models do not speak or contain ultimate truth, but are merely "useful games" which represent a certain level of understanding and predictability. We will always continue to meet phenomena that are not in whatever model we are using. So the objective is to use as broad a model as possible and use it for convenience and its ability to let us design and predict and understand.
Where some scientists go wrong is in elevating their favored models to "absolute truths". That is dogma, not science, and is largely responsible for what continues to block the progress of science today. Indeed, the "enforcers of the status quo" do very well in our scientific society, and erroneously assume the mantle of "protectors of the divine truth".
We should always remember this: A single successful and replicable experiment can always falsify an entire theory or model. But no theory or model, regardless of how beautiful or universally believed, can falsify a single successful and replicable experiment that contradicts that theory or model.
So we must use and understand the theory and the model, but we must always ultimately decide things by the results of the experiment, regardless of what the experiment falsifies or contradicts. That is the scientific method. These days, unfortunately there seems to have been quite a move back to the notion of "truth by authority and model" rather than truth by experiment. Ultimately the worth of any model is only in how well it fits the experimental phenomena, how well it predicts for us and allows us to understand nature, and how well it allows us to design and advance to technology.
Anyway, I wish you success and good fortune in your quest for achieving an education, gaining employment, and living a good and fruitful life.
First of all, I would like to express gratitude for sharing your wonderful ideas on the Web. Please do keep it up.
I'd like to learn more about Scalar EM and its benefits for global communities. I've been reading topics related to Nikola Tesla's works during my high school days and that inspired me in planning to get a College Degree in Physics/Electrical Eng. That didn't happened. Because of the conservative academic requirements here in Malaysia, I'm stuck attending evening classes for my final College year in, God-forsaken, Computer Systems Eng. I am a 26 year-old male.
I intend to broaden my studies in the U.S. What I need to know is: what does it take to understand the equations/formulations/technicalities involved in Scalar EM and other related topics as published on your Website? Would an Associate Degree in Physics/Electrical Eng. be enough? Should I set forth for a Bachelors Degree or maybe Grad studies? I am not in favor of doing years of study in a University, unless necessary. I fully realize that what is being taught in academic institutions, contradict some fundamentals as pointed out on your Website.
Anticipating & waiting for your reply, thank you.