Why and how retired ukrainian physicist went to Molecular Origins of Life CAS Conference in Munich
Until recently, I could not find other practical implications of my «general theory of everything :-)» than recommendations (in the presence of great uncertainty in a difficult situation) to choose the direction to which (as far as possible) independent “random” factors push you - because the force in question is acting by "Hands of improbability," that is, creates the possibility of extremely rare (in ordinary life) coincidences of circumstances.
These coincidences generate (or manifest themselves as?) Taleb's “Black swans”: everything goes “in linear mode”, and suddenly (often from independent sources) events occur, information appears and it becomes clear what to do, where to go (or what and how it's time to change).
Further, a brief summary of the personal experience of the author in the form of a table
What was and what was going on
1970-1072. I am going to finish school (in the USSR) with a gold medal, i.e. to enter the university, it is enough to pass one (main) exam for “excellent”. Where to go and what to devote yourself to - physics, chemistry, history, economics, law? - everything is interesting ...
1981-1982 I finish (the top secret - the USSR :-( dissertation, and the prospect of being in a military camp behind a barbed wire of a secret research institute is quite realistic.
My school friend (2 years older than me) entered the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (the first case in our town for 25 years before and one of the three over the next 45 years) - and brought me their prospectus (booklet). There were:
-from the third year students work in research institutes;
- even gold medalists pass entrance exams: 2 in physics and 2 in mathematics;
- they provide a hostel to everybody,
- they have an additional day a week without classes and so on!
I will go to study at MIPT!
1981-1982 I am finishing my (top secret – this is USSR :-( Ph.D. thesis, and the prospect of being in a military camp behind a barbed wire in a forests of a secret research institute is quite realistic.
Moscow and other big cities research institutes are only for guys with appropriate domicile registration
On the desk of my supervisor, I notice his travel certificate - to Kharkiv, to the Military Engineering Radio-Technical Academy of Anti-Aircraft Defence. It turns out that there (100km from my school:) are also engaged in lasers and nonlinear optics (of course this is a secret, and they also write the word “laser” only by hand in their top-secret reports:). I ask him to find out if there is a need for a young (not military) Ph.D. from MIPT.
I’m a senior research fellow in MERTA AAD and in 4 year thanks to comedy adventures I got a mortgage apartment in Kharkiv
1986. I don’t like secrecy and military very much so I began to think about the new job just after 3 obligatory years of work in MERTA.
In Moscow (!) I met a professor of Kharkiv TU, which told me that their physics chair is concerned with a laser laboratory creation: there is money, but not a person. Why? In the USSR, it was not enough to have money, they also needed permits to spend it, besides it lasers were made at secret factories...
New series of comedy adventures — and I am NTU «KhPI» assistant professor.
1991-1993. Laser laboratory is half ready, I am an associate professor, we began we contract for research and development, I write “my own "general theory of everything:-)”.
USSR crashes, hardware purchases stop, many physicists go abroad – why should I do so? Who needs there my dozen patent sertificates (unnamed because of secrecy :-( ? My family does not want to emigrate.
OK, we stay here! In a few years everything will be fine :-))
About the next 25 years the hypotesis discussed (with abiogenesis enclosed:) was a background for some entertaining and intriguing problems with their cute beautiful solutions seem to have no common with the origin of life (like"printing on anything",Compact Boiler Design/Technology, Technology to Reduce Foaming in a Boiler, sudden cooperations with University Paris 13 but without them there would beno initial experimental setup proposal. Andless than a year after the proposal publication my retirement age coincided with demographic gap and forced me to retire two years before the expiration of the contract. And the last: 2018 I found this Conference message (with zero organisation fee :) - just after
a) EC cancellation of visas for Ukrainians and
b) air low-costers come to Ukraine :)
We are created by the power (or a law) opposing entropy growth. We must generate and disseminate information to reduce entropy. This law (or force) will help to do the rest - sooner or later us or others.