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Athene's Theory of Everything is a very popular youtube video proposing a "theory of everything":

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How respectable is this video? Is it complete hogwash, or is there an element of truth to it? Can someone with the necessary experience in physics please debunk or validate the contents of this video once and for all. Millions of people are waiting.

I have - at best - an enthusiastic layman's understanding of quantum and modern physics. From my perspective, the video didn't immediately strike me as bullsh*t. It is suspicious as it is uploaded by a gamer on youtube, but it seems intelligent and well thought out.


Note: Asking here for a review of a theory that has not been published in an academic journal would usually be closed. But this video has over 2.5 million views and I think this needs to be addressed by those who would otherwise not have the time to review a non published theory.

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As is written in this meta post, We are not a substitute for peer-review, and cannot evaluate new theories. –  Zorich Jul 25 '13 at 19:49
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It is unreasonable to expect that people watch a one-hour video on YouTube to evaluate its claims. To improve this post, you could place a link to a concise summary of the claims made - although the post might still be outside of the scope of this site. –  Vibert Jul 25 '13 at 20:05
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Dear George, while I sympathize with your calls for scientists to interact with such claims, you should also try to understand that those 2.5 million viewers who devour this stuff are clearly not experts and experts (and even semi-educated people) turn off this video after a minute or so because it's clearly a crackpot's video addressed to the undemanding viewers. I don't want to spend hours by debunking the video in detail because my benefits would be negative - negative votes from some folks angry that I have pointed out that their hero is a crank. So I prefer to write is as a comment. ;-) –  Luboš Motl Jul 25 '13 at 20:30
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The video is an incoherent mixture of comments about the society, thinking, mirroring the society, hunger, etc., and hundreds of other random distractions. Except for claims to the contrary, it has nothing to do with physics. At some point, it starts to offer buzzwords like arrow of time, mass etc., except that it never gives any coherent answers to any questions. So it's not physics and it's not a theory. It is totally stupid. –  Luboš Motl Jul 25 '13 at 20:33
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@GeorgePowell: You clearly don't know what mainstreamj is. Youtube is full of idiots (such as this gamer "athene"), like it or not. –  Dimensio1n0 Sep 7 '13 at 8:47
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It's obvious that this "theory" is a completely informal rant. And that, together with the fact that he draws on concepts which are far removed from the usual physicists lingua, indicates that the video probably contains no new ideas. He essentially drops keywords from basic quantum mechanics/relativity.

But he looks cute and pronounces "Einstein" correctly.

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