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

screenshot of video on youtube

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.

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    $\begingroup$ As is written in this meta post, We are not a substitute for peer-review, and cannot evaluate new theories. $\endgroup$
    – Zorich
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 19:49
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$
    – Vibert
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 20:05
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    $\begingroup$ 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. ;-) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 20:33
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    $\begingroup$ @GeorgePowell: You clearly don't know what mainstreamj is. Youtube is full of idiots (such as this gamer "athene"), like it or not. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 7, 2013 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.

  • $\begingroup$ It's unnecessary to be rude. You can take the same time to ask him to be specific. $\endgroup$
    – Catzmuze
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Catzmuze: Him? The youtuber? $\endgroup$
    – Nikolaj-K
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 19:54

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