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Look for an email from info forward. Biblical Meditation and Modern Technology. Spotify Podcast. Weekly Audio. Time and again, Ball emphasises this point. What is knowledge? What is existence? Given this emphasis, we can see why more philosophically—minded souls, religious and otherwise, might seize on quantum mechanics to open up some deep conversations about the nature of reality.
This reality—shaking, metaphysically—inclined reading for quantum theory is grounded in the way in which it seems to re—introduce subjectivity into scientific debate. The scientific method has been a long slow ascent of Mount Objectivity, removing personal perspective and bias from our understanding of reality to get an ever clearer view of that which is the case. Gravity, evolution and the second law of thermodynamics are real, irrespective or not of whether I want them to be.
My presence, let alone my involvement or approval, do not matter. And then quantum mechanics comes along.
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We can be quite specific about this, and even conduct elaborate experiments into the topic. And herein also is the oft—cited fact that the mere act of making the measurement seems to turn a wave into a particle. This, it should be emphasised, is only an issue at a very small scale. You can see the religious appeal here. If science has allegedly been the extended story of sidelining humanity as Freud famously thought — first from the centre of the universe Copernicus , then from the centre of life Darwin and then from the centre of ourselves Freud, of course — quantum mechanics has done our pride a whole load of good by rediscovering the reality and significance of human subjectivity right at the deepest most intimate level of all creation.
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That the universe exists only as a series of approximations. Only within the limits determined by our relationship with it. Only through the understanding lodged inside the human head. There are, then, obvious potential links between quantum mechanics and those issues that interest the religious imagination.
It is far from illegitimate to read philosophical and metaphysical concerns within quantum theory. Indeed, it seems necessary to do so. Quantum mechanics puts metaphysics back into physics. For my money, however, the really significant thing that quantum mechanics has to say to theology is on the subject of language.
Put simply, quantum mechanics faces the fascinating — and familiar — problem of how we talk meaningfully about things that we cannot directly experience in any way and that fundamentally challenge our idea of reality. Language is the only vehicle we have for constructing and conveying meaning: for talking about our universe. Relationships between numbers are no substitute. We are, in effect, facing the same problem that Augustine did when he talked about God, an example that Ball himself brings up in our discussion. That may be a legitimate conclusion for quantum theory as it is in theology and even philosophy — silence has a venerable and essential role to play within many spiritual traditions, and Wittgenstein famously concluded his Tractatus by suggesting that whereof we cannot speak thereof we must remain silent.
However, it seems like an unsatisfactory and unduly resigned place at which to start. The problem here has at least two levels. On one there is simply the question of unfamiliarity. How do you talk about things that are new and strange? Most are neologisms, compound technical words that people beyond specialist fields would never use. Occasionally some are more creative. For reasons of conservatism, and intelligibility, the scientific establishment was not impressed.
Mermin later recounted his ultimately successful battle to get the word recognised, in a chapter in his book Boojums All the Way through: Communicating Science in a Prosaic Age. Newness, then, is not in itself a problem, and can invite creative and colourful responses. The ensuing story is extremely complex but the important thing to note is that the linguistic challenge was the result of reality so to speak posing questions to people, rather than people twisting reality into the shape left by their reasoning.
The challenge is severe, not because there are new things we need to name but for the profound philosophical reasons outlined above.
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It, and we, are not suited to talk about the quantum world. What, then, do we do? Various options are available. A second option, which we might term the Way of the Quark and the Boojum, is to invent or, more precisely, borrow radically new words. The challenge with quantum theory, after all, is not that there are new things that need to be described — like quarks and boojums — so much as they are not really things, as we understand things , at all. A third path might be termed the legalese option, familiar to anyone who has ever gone through a legal agreement in any detail, wondering why everything is qualified and six words are always used when one seems enough.
A fourth approach is to eschew eccentric neologisms and simply borrow existing familiar words, which we might call the Way of Charm and Beauty. A fifth approach, similar to the fourth, is that of repurposing but this time repurposing with good reason. There is nothing about quarks that is charming or beautiful.
The words are familiar but completely alien to the context. By contrast, it is possible to repurpose more relevant words. In a sense that is what is being doing by talk of waves, particles and spin, words for macroscopic phenomena that are close enough to what quantum physicists observe to make them useful.
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In a similar way, physicists and Ball talk about information. This is undoubtedly a good place to start, effectively using the language of classical physics and the macroscopic world for the quantum, microscopic one. In other words, we can say that quantum objects have spin or that the quantum world is about information and knowledge. And it is. It sounds like sophistry. Each of these approaches to quantum mechanics has something to recommend it. Whatever state the one is on this side of the universe, the other one on the other. This means that though one may be on the earth, and the other in "Heaven", they are still one.
The question of God and Jesus being one is now answered through quantum physics,. And that's the way it is in the strange sub atomic world of quantum. We never really did understand that, but now we will. Let us look again at the Quantum Wave Function. So now we have three particles in one , and the age old religious point becomes scientifically accurate.