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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Quantum Deist

I suppose I'm somewhat of a deist, in that I'm skeptical about miracles. I share their view of God as an engineer, who designed the world and lets it run its course.

After all, why create the laws of physics only to break them all the time? Not that I claim to understand God, but if God wanted to make spectacular miracles all the time, he would. I don't see any.

The interesting thing about quantum mechanics is that it opens up the possibility of what we would consider miracles without the muss and fuss of violating physics. In principle, there is no reason why the oceans couldn't turn to blood- it is just extremely unlikely.

There are often events on the quantum scale where two things can happen, like flipping a coin. Heads or tails? Supposedly, both heads and tales exist until the actual state is observed. Then, the quantum state decomposes into a real one. The coin is either heads or tales, not both.

Who decides which? I know of no theory- and I am obviously not a theoretical physicist- that explains chance. I'll ignore parallel universes, because that is just a logical circle.

When a coin comes down one way, it is because of wind, density, kinetic energy, and other factors. It's not really random, except that we can't usually predict the result. On the quantum level, events are truly random. Something causes the quantum state to become a "real" state.

Human consciousness? That would imply that there was no quantum decoherence before humans evolved. Could evolution have occured under such conditions?

So I kinda think it's God.

"God does not play dice with the universe." -- Albert Einstein.

Exactly. How can you oppose God when every chance event is under his control?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kevin said...

Who was it that said: "God not only plays dice with the Universe, He sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."? It was in relation to the oddities of quantum physics, as I recall.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was Stephen Hawking from a brief history of time..............

12:09 PM  

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