I consider physics to be the base science from which all other fields of study originate. This has important implications for issues concerning morality, society, philosophy and even the meaning of life.
One must understand what an abstraction is in order for this to make sense. An abstraction is a tenant deduced from patterns of behavior originating from lower first principles.
For instance, physicists recognize all matter is composed of elementary particles including fundamental fermions (quarks, leptons, antiquarks and antileptons) and fundamental bosons (gauge bosons and Higgs boson).
These elementary particles have a tendency to aggregate into secondary particles – in particular protons, neutrons and electrons. These secondary particles have a tendency to aggregate into elements, which aggregate further into chemical compounds.
One could study the behavior of these chemical compounds by using only physics. In order to do this, every participating elementary particle must be accounted for.
However, this would add needless complication without providing much (if any) extra valuable insight.
The way to simplify this needless complication is to create a new field of study–in this case, chemistry.
In chemistry, the first principles are based off the behavior of protons, neutrons and electrons. In other words, chemistry is an abstraction of physics.
With the exception of physics, all fields of study are an abstraction of another field of study.
For instance, chemistry is useful for solving many problems. But to examine phenomena such as protein folding, metabolism or nucleic acids by accounting for every participating chemical compound would add needless complication.
So again, we create another field of study, which is an abstraction of chemistry–in this case biochemistry.
Likewise, to study the behavior of an organism by accounting for every participating biomolecule would be too complicated, so we create the field of biology as an abstraction of biochemistry.
The following is a series of abstractions leading from physics to political science (with the field’s respective elementary principles in parentheses): physics (elementary particles), chemistry (elements, chemical compounds), biochemistry (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids), biology (organisms), psychology (sentient organisms), sociology (groups of sentient organisms) and political science (large, impersonal groups of sentient organisms).
It is important to bear in mind that while a higher field of study can be ignored, a lower one cannot necessarily be ignored.
For instance, when studying chemistry, one can ignore how it relates to biochemistry, however one cannot necessarily ignore the underlying physical concepts.
This also applies to higher levels of study such as psychology, sociology and political science.
As a chemist, I have noticed that there are patterns of behavior appearing in chemical systems that also arise in human societies.
I believe these similar patterns are appearing for the same reasons as they are both natural consequences of first principles that are established in physics.
You may decide that I am speaking nonsense. This is understandable as what I am saying is complicated.
I was in high school when I realized that everything is an abstraction of physics. It took me almost 10 years before I gained any practical insight into how this could be applied to moral issues.
However once I gained this insight, it became obvious to me (and oftentimes predictable) why people behave the way they do and why societies are organized the way they are.
In order to understand where I am coming from on an issue, one must realize that this forms the basis for my thought process. I will try to explain in future articles how this is applicable to moral issues.