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I hope you have 25 minutes.
The two video programs that I’ve selected are simplified of course, but I think that most of you will be satisfied with these as an introduction to how physics fails to fully describe how our universe is constructed.
You’ll see how physics is working toward proof of how the universe works — but that at least two problems prevent this. You may remember from my last article (Religion vs. Science) that physics appears in the science column. So, physics seeks scientific solutions that hold up under intense scrutiny and peer (scientific) review.
Science seeks finite solutions. My first video presentation demonstrates that “infinite sequences of infinities” is a huge physics problem. In a physics theory of everything, mathematical sequences of infinities amount to scientific nonsense (failure). However, we see here, in my updated video selection, infinity is necessary.
Science failure! (11 minutes):
With the problem of the infinities holding up a physics of everything, some philosophers began to weigh in, looking into new methods to describe how the universe works. One of them was Michael Talbot. His approach to how the universe works was surprising. According to Talbot, “We are not born into the world. We are born into something that we make into the world.”
Nearly twenty-five years later, his book, “The Holographic Universe” is still astounding and baffling. Unfortunately Talbot died in 1992, shortly after his book release. Other work is more recent. Lynne McTaggart is author of “The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe” and “The Bond: How to Fix Your Falling-Down World” where McTaggart explains her view: “What matters is not the isolated entity, but the space between things, the relationship of things.“ These three books (classified as New Age) are good reading even for non-science folk with some curious interest in physics and philosophy.
The second video begins with the Big Bang that is supposed to be the source of our universe. However, the second approach is radically different from the first. This, it turns out, is because of another scientific problem.
We’ll see what happens when new physics addresses what is known as “the measurement problem.”
Here, strange subatomic properties become important; these mysterious forces of invisibility influence particles that may occur in an observation when science attempts to measure them in place differently than laws predict their true nature to be in unobserved states. In this second video, theory concludes that collective observations “make sense” of our universe in the midst of nonsense but that all of the other possibilities still may be. In theory, the act of observation creates a possible reality from among all possible realities.
Philosophical fix? (10 minutes):
What may be proved? Well, I’m not being fair if I sum it up as science fiction, but that is how some Christians view the current progress of physics.
To be fair, what we have is more than 100 years of advance work in physics and philosophy; exciting and tedious work. I value people that put in tedious work to prove their ideas. Lets not forget that we are reviewing work that originates from altruistic and honorable men and women that worked hard for the advance of science for our benefit. It seems though that science is unable to complete the work; to put theories into a complete proof of how our universe is constructed. Yet, according to some blogs here, the contrary is the case. Apparently they are wrong. Maybe they are referring to theoretical physics? I don’t know.
So far, we’ve seen that physics cannot explain our universe to scientific satisfaction. How reality is constructed is still a mystery.
Science cannot explain gravity beyond the basics of orbits and the motion of stars and planets. Physics breaks down into nonsense as scientists attempt to put together a theory of everything that includes black holes and subatomic particles. We’ve seen that mathematical solutions led to an “infinite sequence of infinities” (failure).
Next, science tackled the quandary known as “the measurement problem” and again bafflement occurs. We’ve just discovered that science cannot completely describe how physical objects work at a subatomic level. The second video provides the reasons and explores a philosophical fix. The discovery that observation causes elementary particles not to maintain the same state as occur before observation is of course absurd science (a failure for now).
Finally, as yet, physics cannot complete a theory of how gravity works and time/space seems still to be problematic and there actually are other problems that physics must confront including dark matter and additional time/space dimensions (more time/space stuff) and the complete description of how a black hole is constructed.
I read the first cohesive and widely touted book about how the holographic universe is perceived back in 1991. It was hot off the presses. It was appropriately titled “The Holographic Universe” and was written by Michael Talbot.
I was impressed. I loved it. How exciting I thought, “reality is constructed of no physical substance.” My thinking wasn’t entirely accurate, but the book amazed me and it got me thinking outside of the boxes. Thinking about a Holographic Universe isn’t very useful for us though if we’d like to know where we stand in the universe. Still, it was strange and exciting and I became open to learning more.
One day, I came about to see it as a science nightmare too. After some thought, I recognized this is exactly where science stands with regards to describing the workings of our universe. Science cannot describe how the universe is physically constructed. As we review what is known, it turns out that observations of subatomic particles that are the basis for reality are skewing the math. Maybe I even have this backwards (in fact I think it is). We can’t learn the deepest secrets about the universe just yet from physics. I was mildly disappointed. I truly believe that mysteries are mostly unnecessary. So, I investigated my religious thinking just as much.
Now, for religious, lets look at the facts again. Science can’t disprove God is real. Additionally, physics can’t completely prove that the physical world even is physical. Lets not throw out biology, chemistry and medicine or geology and earth science. But what of physics? I’m just not feeling that Christians can be trusting of physics. So far, its let us down. All bets about science coming to the rescue to assist us in our efforts to unite with God are off just now.
For many Christians, that is our only reason for embracing a science of physics. Most devout Christians don’t need a science that describes the universe accurately. We have sources that we trust from what we value as the highest authority. We know that God is. We know that we are fallen from His presence. We know that God provided for us to unite with Him. Still, Christians ought not throw the baby out with the bath water. Physics is a useful science and it contributes to our earthly comforts and physical well being (although physics may also be used against us by terrorists/enemies).
I want to keep this short enough to not deter readers — so, I’ll explore how science needs religions in a later post. The connection is real enough and we’ve seen this too — every particle that came into our material universe is from an energy source that links every particle to every other particle that ever was or ever will be. Particles are real enough. So is the connection that instantly makes information available even across all of infinity.
Reality is so cool. I do hope that some of you may post your thoughts about my article and where you stand in relationship to the universe. What reconciles you with reality?
Make a comment please.
Can science prove anything about our physical universe? Can we trust “laws” regarding the physics of our universe as reliable? I still subscribe to news from the studies of physics. It fascinates me. Does physics and how the universe works fascinate you?
NOTE: This isn’t a scientist blog. I’m just a guy thinking about the universe. If you have any thoughts about it, please, share what you think. Just, be nice. Thanks!
This post is a follow up from my previous post (Religion vs. Science). I have been posting more on physics and spirituality, consciousness, and spirituality in science on Facebook.
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I must admit I get amused by all the scientists trying to disprove God. Many notable scientist actually agree that God IS the Creator of it all, and we are just trying to gain insight into how what He made works! I know God is real for me so there is no theory that can disprove His presence or His work in my life. I’ve felt it and seen it up close and personal.
I often wonder if God gets a chuckle out of all the people so passionately trying to redefine what He has already done/made such as create the universe. I wonder if He finds their theories and philosophies amusing?
I suspect God will reveal Himself to these naysayers one day in His own way. I can only testify to my relationship with our Father and let those who are willing to hear allow the light to shine on them.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
I know I get a chuckle.
I just love to have some fun with the science.
Presented questions: Why in the last 100 years has so much information been given to us? I subscribe to the fact that the earth is over 6,000 years old and I believe in evolution, but why now? What changed to allow humans all this info to develop theories in physics? And why did it happen in the last century?
Hunt FOR Truth said:
technology happened. Without telescopes and microscopes and the people that know how to use these as well as people that knew how elements came into the universe from stars and how stars form and blow up to spew out the elements that make planets and air and water and so on — technology and education. It wasn’t as sudden as it may seem.
Strange but true; the ancients apparently had technology that could accurately chart the constellations and they somehow managed to build impossible to construct structures.
There are more mysteries still to decode.
as a scientist, I love this posting. You capture the positives of the discipline, as well as the limitations. great writing.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
The science posts take a lot of time for me.
These are important works (to me) too.
I really want to see more godly people take up the sciences.
Most of the top scientists are looking for money and fame and they are taking shortcuts to proclaim their greatness which means deny the invisible as though it isn’t there – it is there but our technology can’t see it. In time that problem will be solved. We need people that are looking for it to expedite finding it.
Ask and it is given.
[I have no idea how I missed all of the comments on this post for more than a month.]
William Ockham said:
Great post. I believe that ultimate reality is more stranger and far more significant than we can imagine. One image that I use to describe our current understanding reality is that we are like a baby nestled in the womb of its mother. Our existence is small and contained. Our environment is regulated. We have five senses that work but generally we use only sound as the other four are protected by the amniotic cocoon. We may here the sounds or our mother’s voice or her beating heart but we have no conception that they are part of another conscious person that sustains us (as we have not yet developed our own consciousness). When we are born, we are flooded with sensations and experiences that are so overwhelming they overload our system.
I believe this phase of our development (both individually and the collective human scale) is similar to the baby in the womb. As we mature as people during this life, we (hopefully) continue to grow and develop, but yet our current understanding of physics, psychology, biology and even theology are as limited as the experiences of the baby. When our physical body dies, we are reborn into a next stage of existence that is as dramatically different than our current existence as it was for the baby being born.
One of the beauties of Christianity is that it provides both the intellectual framework (bringing in other disciplines as appropriate) to understand this universe as much as we can and also offers the vision (with evidence of the Risen Christ) of a much more wonderful dimensions of existence to come.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
I wrote today while my post was already published. I missed the comment here in this one… coincidence? It can’t be complete; but here is what I think was missing from my ability to write it when first I read your comment a month plus ago:
◾The complexity of our universe is a created universe sustained by a protection of energy that supports and sustains life.
◾Every cell of our bodies is new in a year and each new cell is a product of thoughts that we think.
◾The universe came about from cause. It plays like a fine instrument. The universe operates by perfect uniform laws of nature.
◾God constantly reveals more simply the complexities of His universe.
◾DNA assures that we will act just as God’s plan calls for from each of us at just the right moments doing in those moments just the exact thing that we as unique aspects of an entire community of humanity must do at an exact time so that we will keep our subconscious agreements with each other. Those moments are unavoidable. Our circumstances will compel us to be exactly in the right place at the right time and we will do and or say exactly the right thing then; no matter what we may mess up most of the rest of our days. We are usually unconscious about it or chalk it off to coincidence. There are no coincidences.
◾Most of us are unconscious about our individual purpose until the time is exactly right and even then it rarely dawns upon most any of us that we have a purpose.
◾We are eternal spiritual beings. Most of us are fearful much of the time and thus we are separated from knowing fully God’s loving presence. Some of us are even oblivious about God.
◾We all need to be aware that our upsets belong to we as individuals and take responsibility for these without finding fault with anyone else.
◾We must be loving and compassionate, empathetic and we must find our self-actualized purpose before looking to outside for satisfying relationships.
◾The Holy Spirit is the protecting and sustaining energy of this universe. We ought look inward and be still to allow the Spirit to fill our bodies and fully enliven our hearts and then the Spirit will direct us as we’d never known possible.
Kimberly Jo Cooley said:
Some deep stuff, but I enjoyed reading every bit of your post! Our brains can’t really grasp the enormity that we create our realities and wow – could it be that we may have “chosen” to come into this existence? I love the science/philosophy/religion connection. Thank you so much for this post. I will be referring back to it in the future.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
If I were able to be scientifically able, I’d be asking for the unifying theory that reveals the truth of how energy interacts with us cell by cell trillions of times without detection and how our DNA knows this as a language it speaks with the universe in such a way as that it remains a complete unknown mystery to us. Then I would add it to my list that I wrote earlier (see comment above to William). How exactly do our thoughts connect us with directive energies that form us in health or disease; knowledge or deception; love or fear?