While science may have set out to prove that a solely
materialistic world was all that exists, it has instead turned out to have
proven just the opposite – that there is exists a profoundly strange spiritual
quantum world which is the basis for all reality.
Modern physics has demonstrated that the material world is
really only a chimera made up of mostly empty space and fantastic forces able
to travel infinitely faster than the speed of light and able to materialize and
de-materialize in different places instantaneously!
The public mind mostly still believes in the olde Newtonian
mechanistic theories of reality (which work well for every day life). But, science – a century ago – moved on to a
deeply spiritual state of mind. The man
on the street hasn’t caught up yet.
One reason for the disparity could be the scientists
reluctance to talk about it, embarrassed as they are over their total lack of
ability to explain how quantum reality works.
Nobel laureate Richard Feynman expresses physicists
frustration with understanding quantum reality this way, “I think it is safe to
say that no one understands quantum mechanics.
Do not keep saying to yourself…’but how can it be like that?’ because
you will go ‘down the drain’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet
escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like
A basic proven tenant of quantum mechanics is that matter
has a ‘dual’ existence, existing both as a wave and particle at the same
All that exists is nothing more than wave-like energy until
it is observed. Upon observation, it
collapses into its particle (material) state.
In other words, an observed or, measured atom always has definite
attributes (momentum & position) but, an un-observed atom possesses all possible attributes.
It’s almost as if an unmeasured atom isn’t real, its
attributes are created in the act of measurement.
Nick Herbert in his book “Quantum Reality, Beyond the New Physics” complains that “…it’s
absurd to believe that how the world actually is is determined by human observational capacities.”
Physicist John von Neumann ‘explains’ what happens when a
particle is observed, “And then a miracle occurs.” It collapses into a material reality.
Von Neumann eventually came to conclude that human
consciousness is the site of the wave function collapse. Or, things do not take on their dynamic
attributes or, exist, until some mind actually perceives them.
The predictive power of quantum theory has been proven
decade after decade for one hundred years now to the point that physicists no longer
believe that atoms are ‘things.
Herbert quotes Werner Heisenberg, “The ontology of
materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct
‘actuality’ of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic
range. This extrapolation, however, is
impossible…Atoms are not things.”
The success of Newtonian mechanics in explaining common
daily reality led to Darwinian/Marxist thought to where all of existence, life,
thinking, even those things of the spirit, could be understood from a
However, George Berkeley, following close behind Newton,
argued that matter doesn’t even exist except in someone’s mind. He argued that the primacy of ideas over
things – “nothing exists unless it is either a mind itself, or is perceived by
Modern physics would say that things do exist but until they
are perceived they possess no definite place or motion. Or, everything that is observed turns to
Herbert again, says that in order for the quantum world to
work “a special process – the quantum jump – must be present in all measurement
acts and nowhere else…The only special process that lies outside matter’s
monopoly is the awareness of the observer.”
Science then mandates the existence of an observer. And, what an observer that would be, one that
could observe all things, all things
at once, or, there would be no reality.
That required observer cannot be man, we rarely measure or,
observe all the sub-atomic goings on in the quantum world.
Consequently, physics demands that we paint a picture of a
God who is so far above us – able to ‘see’ every sub-atomic phenomenon in every
instant of time, everywhere. He must be
so other – so big – so far beyond our
understanding, so unaffected by the minutiae of our everyday life, so full of
plentitude of intellect that we cannot even begin to have a concept of His
For if He looks away all the material universe would
dissolve into wave-like energy, the whole frame of the cosmos would burst apart
and cease to exist if He ceases to uphold all by the word of his power.
It actually makes sense that the Creator would make the
universe to be one that only He can sustain and if He so desires, in a blink,
he can send back into oblivion from which it comes. Kinda like what we do when we create, if we
don’t like our handiwork, we ditch the flawed work and start over.
I am hard pressed to make any other sense of quantum theory
and hardly feel the need to since the Biblical God so perfectly fits the bill.
“And He is before all things and by Him all things consist”
By Terry Applegate