But it's possible that in this new era of exploration, we're crossing a bridge, the architecture of which is natural by design, yet as foreign to our ways of thinking as the Dark Ages would be were we to revisit them. Physics experiments around the world are seeking answers to questions unthinkable twenty years ago, when the likes of string theory and retrocausality were figments of a few imaginations. Now these things are cornerstones of theoretical physicist's investigations and in the shadow of Majorana, CP violation and multi-dimensional templates, formulas are finding their own limitations while instinctive channelling of fresh ideas is starting to break hard ground.
Quarks do this too. Atoms are made of protons, neutrons and electrons - the protons and neutrons are made of quarks. No-one is quite sure what an electron is, although evidence increasingly points to it being a packet of energy rather than a particle. More solid stuff, the nucleus of the atom, is comprised of positively-charged and neutral material, the proton and neutron respectively, and the quarks which make them up are also changing from one form to another all the time. Thanks, that is, to Gluons, the things that hold quarks together, which as mentioned in the article linked above, may also be subject to the Majorana principle.
That's not to say it's not on the cards, this new field of investigation. But physicists in particular are very good at guarding their mental territory, and anyone who dares to step out of the positivist's box is likely to face a baptism of fire before their ideas are taken seriously. Some eminent scientists have had to wait until after their own deaths before their concepts were brought into mainstream consideration.
That's sad, and not only is it unfortunate, it stunts the growth of new developments which could mean a lot to those of us who would like to know what all this really means to our modes of living. What our thoughts really are, for instance, and how they are transmitted, for many readers will have experienced (as I have) ample evidence of communication that transcends technology. How we instinctively know things - what does it mean to trust our gut? What's in the solar plexus that enables us to reach the right answer? Why does the heart have to war with the head when we know that our hearts never lie? Finding neuron networks in the heart may have helped to answer this question, but it hasn't told the whole story sufficiently for us to understand the mechanics.
The quantum world is stuffed with answers to questions yet to be asked. This year on our doorstep may be the one to turn corners in realisations which bring the jigsaw together, to consolidate the juxtaposing theories into a framework of sensibility we can relate to. When it does, the picture will be as beautiful as true, and those quarks I keep talking about - Beauty and Truth - will claim their rightful names again with due reverence.
That's my prediction, anyway. And I'm still holding out for the Petrino.