The particular approach to complexity as the emergent dynamics of massively parallel interaction of discrete components obeying universal rules is considered as an alternative to the seemingly stalled three decade effort to develop a theory of everything based on string theory and inflation cosmology. Recent insider critiques of the lack of testability of the multitudinous 'solutions' to string theory suggest it may be time to look beyond the scope of previously productive continuous field theories for a way forward. Preliminary research on evolving graph-theoretic networks is presented as a likely start to finding a discrete basis for sufficient complexity. Defensive social arrangements are seen as symptomatic of a paradigm crisis afflicting continuous fields theories. Limits on what is knowable through computation and beyond event horizons inform the discussion.
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