Could it be that the next great advance in physics may not be from an Einstein? Rather, could it come from a social network? That is the belief of noted artist Gary Fenske.

Developing theoretical physics used to be the exclusive domain of academia. Fenske feels that has changed. Now, an average Joe, from anywhere in the world, can, in a moment of genius, connect with the collective talents of a social network. Sharing an epiphany, they can accomplish what Einstein had to do by himself. Through instant communication, thousands of individuals can work together to develop an idea and mold it into the next big breakthrough.

Throughout his 50 years as an artist, Gary Fenske immersed himself in art and theoretical sciences. Inventing and creating, he has an intense focus for resolving tasks. With a high level of concentration, Fenske came up with ground breaking ideas in both art and science.

Several years ago Fenske developed the space/time pixel theory where he describes the structure of Einstein’s fabric of space. In his theory, gravity is an illusion caused by the warping of space and the smallest quantum pixel of space takes on the shape of a tetrahedron. To test the power of social media, he recently submitted his theory to a Facebook group called “Quantum Physics” for close scrutiny.

Fenske notes that the biggest drawback of social networks has been the impulse by some to crush any creative thought that is not their own. He refers to a negative blog as a ‘nog’. Negative blogging stifles positive brainstorming. ‘Nogs’ turn what could be a progressive discussion into a personal quarrel. However, Fenske feels that true genius from many minds can rise above negative egos and build on an idea to create something greater than all of us.

Whether it happens to his theory or some other, with the ever increasing growth of computing power given into the hands of every day people, could he be right? Could the combined talents from a social network become the next Einstein? The thought is intriguing.

You can follow the progress of Fenske’s experiment on Facebook. Read it. Criticize it. Build on it. Join him if you like. Let’s test the power of the Internet.

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