In this dialogue, the spirits are two famous Scientists who represent the equivalent of priests in our secular belief system (Science). I imagine a conversation these two might have about the meaning of the universe.
Albert: I know your don’t like to talk about the universe in terms like energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared, but it might save a lot of trouble if I mention a couple of names.
Richard: You can talk to me like you talk to any other scientist. I just like keeping a sense of humor. We can show off a little.
A: Well, I would like to think some more about the unified field theory or what you might call the meaning of the universe.
R: Have you heard about that other scientist who coined the name ‘Fractal’? I think the Mandelbrot set describes bark, clouds, snowflakes. This is a very original idea.
A: But yes, of course I have kept up, this scientist you mention has a good idea. It is making some very practical solutions in reality. But what about god? What about rolling the dice?
R: These fractals can measure coastlines more accurately than ever before. And in the same sense, we can measure everything in a better way. These infinately repeating patterns give us a measuring stick for smaller patterns. I am thinking about the relationship of smaller parts of energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared.
A: I see what you mean. Our guess will be much smaller or more accurate using simple geometry combined with imaginary numbers. The math is very simple and beautiful.
R: I realize mass is light and gravity and energy. I see they are all interchangeable, but look and behave differently depending on the configuration or related to the state of matter. It is simply a smaller state and a smaller state of matter.
A: If I follow you, I will try one of your analogies. I am thinking of rain as a big form of condensation. I am thinking of condensation as being a big form of atomized water. Do you see?
R: Yes, I think I do. I am thinking atomized water as a big form of meson particles. We can keep going to smaller and smaller particle to infinity.
A: I think you can now make your tree.
R: I can make anything found in the universe. Perhaps, I can make one or two things we have not (yet) found?