Have you really shaken off the mindset from which you infuriated as a child? Are not Stephen Hawking and company telling us "because I said so" and "that's just the way it is". Take recessional redshift for example. Is there really such a thing as a black hole, or a moment from which the universe sprang forth?
"I want to know how things work, exactly" -Me too!
If you are looking to find "the rules of the universe" then you are not necessarily looking to find "how things work" or perhaps the nature of the universe. As strange as it may seem, it is possible that the universe is not working from a set of rules. Our near deification of scientific laws and rules are perhaps remnants of our religious indoctrination from childhood.
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