This happened a while ago in Copenhagen, when my friend Andreas and his friend Marie were visiting. We are in a corner bar called CafÃ© Falken. Not the one in Frederikberg, the one on Christianshavn, which has no reference to it at all on the Internet — up until now, that is. The place had mostly old people in it. *Authentic* written all over it.
So me and mine were there, *bourgeoising* it all up, like cats do milk.
— “[Theory of Everything](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_everything)” is the shit, says Andreas.
— Sure, but at which conference was it released? counters Marie, citing three or four examples of heroics in physics.
This launches a long back-and-forth on physics, of which I know next to nothing. Good lesson to me. Techno-babble can kill.
I learnt that one can not understand [string theory](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory) to any meaningful extent, without getting high-level math first. The abstractions just turn into playful imagery, not explanations.
But the above links can lead you and me, dear reader, to more information on the subject of TOE. And, maybe, at the end of the day, this information can be turned into understanding. But do not count on it.
Another thing I remember was that Marie was interested in [primitivism](http://www.primitivism.com/), as preached by [John Zerzan](http://www.primitivism.com/zerzan.htm). Myself, I am an armchair eco-philosopy reader, it’s a bit like collecting records. The books are on import, extremely expensive, from small pubslihers, in small print runs. Very seldom one meets another collector, and it was nice meet another eco-geek. (I’d like to point out that eco-geeks of that level are bookworms, mostly.)