The Real Nature Of The Universe: Good Vibrations
A specific string vibrating in a precise fashion might manifest itself as a photon, while another string might appear to be an electron. The only differences between these two strings (and thus the particle in question) is the way in which they vibrate. They would be identical in every other fashion except for the frequency, amplitude and harmonics of their specific vibrational patterns. All strings are the same as only the modes of vibration can change, and this change is manifested by the appearance of what we perceive to be a different particle.
Let's put it in simpler language. At the most basic level all things, whether they be a shoe or a star, are made up of exactly the same thing: strings. All the strings in all the things which exist in the universe are identical. The only difference is in the way which they vibrate, like the chords on a guitar. When you really get down to it, the only basic difference between a nugget of gold and a lump of lead is the way in which its smallest parts vibrate.
This "new discovery" leads to various fascinating possibilities in the long-lost field of alchemy: little did the old sorcerers and alchemists know that the secret to transmutation was just a simple matter of getting the lead to vibrate to the frequency of gold! But more seriously, it also points to a deeper and more profound understanding of that basic tenet of so many ancient philosophical and theological systems: that all existence is vibrational in nature.
At the very heart of almost all the most venerable religious and analytical conceptualizations of the existence of matter is the basic understanding that vibration is the lifespring of existence. The ancient Asian religions agree with the Greek philosophers on that point. The idea that the basic building block of all things, the original concept behind the misused Greek word "atom," is the same everywhere is not a new discovery at all, but has been known to humanity since the beginning: As is the understanding that the only thing which makes the various elements differ from each other is not their constituent parts, but the manner in which they vibrate.
This realization allows us to take physics well beyond the connections with philosophical thought incorporated in famous theses such as Fritjof Capra's seminal works. It allows for the profound understanding that past the limits of modern science and mathematics lies the imperturbable, omnipresent frontier of what we call metaphysics: a discipline which has been scorned by scientists for decades until now that their research has gone so far as to smack up against its undeniable presence.
If we are to conclude that all nature is vibrational, then we can also comprehend that the modification of this vibration is the only differentiation between all things.
This vibrational aspect does not just apply on the basic elemental level, but to all composite things. Your body is the sum of all its individual cells, and each of those cells is the sum of its individual elemental atoms. It follows that each of those atoms is the sum of its vibrational interactions, or superstrings, if you will. Therefore if we reverse this order we find that an atom is nothing more than an accumulation of different vibrations, and that a cell is an accumulation of even more different vibrations, and that a human body is the sum of even more of the same vibrations.