seems to fight a non-stop war against things unseen, religion and anything that
suggests that there may be more to reality than merely the physical.
instance, Harvard professor, Richard Lewontin explained the scientific
antipathy towards any non-material philosophy, “… because we have a prior
commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and
institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of
the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori
adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set
of concepts that produce material explanations... Moreover, that materialism is
absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door... To appeal to an
omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be
ruptured, that miracles may happen.”
things could be said about the rationality of Lewontins’ statement, including
the intentional close-mindedness, lack of source for the observed
‘regularities’ and the religious nature of the extreme self-conscious belief in
would be interesting instead to focus on one of sciences own findings and see
where it leads in terms of the scientific thesis that pure materialism
finding would be one of the more bizarre ideas promulgated by the modern
quantum theory of physics - “entanglement.”
is what happens when quantum particles - think electrons and other subatomic
particles - interact.
theory predicts that forevermore, no matter how far apart the particles may be
from each other, a measurement of one particle will instantaneously effect the
physical properties of the other particle. They are entangled.
sense, they have become one.
this month, April 2017, International Business Times http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/physicists-prove-einstein-still-wrong-about-quantum-mechanics-record-breaking-trapped-ion-tests-1615817
reported that scientists have made a breakthrough in creating entanglement with
trapped ions and in “proving” the “spooky” nature of entanglement.
the spooky side of entanglement?
the fact that information is transmitted from one particle to its entangled
partner instantaneously - faster than the speed of light.
he didn’t believe anything could go faster than light speed, Einstein went to
his death refusing to believe in entanglement, famously calling it “spooky
action at a distance.”
has a clue how this is possible, but it has been repeatedly observed, most
notably with photons and now with trapped ions as well.
inability to comprehend entanglement shouldn’t be too surprising because, as
Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman said, “It is important to realize that in
physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is.”
other words, we truly don’t understand much about the underlying essence of
we can observe, describe and manipulate things, but in fact we really have no
true understanding of the ultimate reality of the universe.
probe into the nature of things we find that the fabric of reality is
interwoven in a wondrous way.
takes atoms to make molecules to make elements to make cells to make people
that make the culture.
whole is made up of the parts all working together under the same “laws” of the
biology doesn’t operate under different principles than the underlying
our complex structures are constructed using the same principles which are used
to fabricate the component elements.
should it surprise us to find another example where two partners become forever
entangled, merging into “one” just as the quantum particles?
2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his
father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one
the particles become partnered, humans do too.
Still separate yet interconnected in a mysterious way – individual yet
ancient grains are the food fad right now for our bodies, it shouldn’t be too
difficult to accept this ancient wisdom for our minds as well.
the wise men of old unwittingly sensing the interconnectedness of all things
when they equated man’s basic social institution with an underlying physical
then even our social institutions, such as marriage, are in a sense a mirror of
matter’s innate nature.
these institutions are not something that man created out of the blue and that
he is free to manipulate any which way he wants.
case, it is probably best not to mess with them too much lest by decoupling
them from their natural anchoring realities, mass chaos is introduced into the
why social structures not constructed upon natural underlying law have never
refuses to learn from history and tinkers his way to engineering his own
“perfection”, oblivious to the consequences of untethering higher order
edifices, such as marriage and other social institutions, from the nature of
their constitute elements.