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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