Direct Approach to Solve the Theory of Everything
In trying to solve the theory of everything, the first problem encountered is, where do you start? There seems to be nothing wrong with the theories of relativity or quantum mechanics or the postulates from which they were created. The math in these theories was correctly derived and conforms to almost all the experimental data ever generated. It’s almost as if there is no problem to solve; yet something is missing since we do not have all the answers. It is hard to find what is missing if you have no idea what it is that is missing.
An analogy can be made with a tasty apple pie. The recipe for the apple pie is perfect and provides a yummy treat that we can recreate every time. As far as anyone knows, nothing is missing from this pie as we indulge in its deliciousness. Now compare that to an apple pie where the recipe calls for cinnamon. That would be an even tastier apple pie (by most people) but since no one ever knew that cinnamon could be an ingredient in an apple pie, it was never considered to be missing. Once cinnamon is placed in the recipe, it would seem that it should have been there all along.
Finding the missing ingredient in our current theories (the cinnamon) cannot be approached by directly questioning relativity and/or quantum mechanics (tasting the apple pie). The approach has to be by questioning the ingredients (the postulates) used to make the apple pie (the theory). We need to “see” something in our spice rack that we have never considered before. It is only this type of indirect approach of finding the missing ingredient that will lead us to solving the theory of everything.