Beyond Faith and Reason

This is one of my own favorite stories here on Fictionspawn Monsters. It’s about quantum mechanics, metaphysics and death. Reblogged today not to be forgotten, hope you enjoy it.

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Roger came into the laboratory. He had had quite a hard time getting out of bed today, they had been working long days for weeks.

He was quantum physicist. He studied the smallest parts of the universe. Particles. Quarks and all that stuff. Complicated shit. He had been interested in physics all his life and quantum mechanics intrigued him like nothing else.

Sometimes his scientific knowledge fell into conflict with his religious views. He then went to church. Meditated. Prayed. And he got back on the right track again. One day, he said to himself. One day the pieces will fit.

He was working in one of the biggest laboratories in Science Are Us Corporation. He was in charge of a smaller section, and his crew, three of the finest scientists in the world, were doing their jobs perfectly. They were secretly working on a project on the possibility of…

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12 thoughts on “Beyond Faith and Reason

  1. It seems common for both religious and non-religious folks to believe that science and faith are polar opposites. I suppose that could be true if you held either or both concepts as absolutes. But while Evangelicals often complain how science somehow undoes their faith, in Orthodox Judaism, there is no dissonance (or rather any dissonance experienced is tolerated and expected).

    I’m no expert, but I’ve spent a good deal of time reading about Judaism, Quantum Physics, and potential consequences for Christianity. Here’s just one article I wrote on the subject called The Bible as a Quantum Cookbook.

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    • Thanks, James! I think Einstein said something about religion and science answering different questions, therefore they were not in conflict. I guess it’s true with any heathy view on religion. Fundamentalism is, on the other hand, always in conflict with both science and reason. Many fundamentalists even see reason as their enemy, and admit it. I’ll be sure to check out your thoughts on the subject. Though we both know we have different views, I have respect for the way you think.

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      • Funny you should mention Einstein since he was not at all supportive of Quantum Mechanics. I think, as I mentioned earlier, that any form of extremism, either in religion or in science, is limiting. Obviously saying that the Bible always trumps the physical evidence we have regarding, for example, the age of the Earth or the Universe and giving crazy explanations for the fossil record is ridiculous. On the other hand, believing that scientific observation can answer all questions may be just as foolish. Science only works when we can directly observe and measure something, develop a hypothesis that explains what we’ve seen, and then test that hypothesis. Assuming we believe in an all powerful, eternal creator, He (that’s just a convention since technically God has no gender), in His ultimate existence he is unobservable, what Judaism calls the Ein Sof.

        Einstein, who embraced Classical Physics, believed the universe was a perfectly ordered thing, while Quantum Mechanics believes there is a lot of strangeness going on out there that defies our notions of order. It doesn’t mean the universe is disordered, but does suggest something that exists outside of what we can see and measure, at least in a conventional sense.

        This is probably why Quantum Physics and Jewish Mysticism get along so well. 😉

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      • I know of the scepcism Einstein had towards QM, and his famous sentence God does not throw dices ( or something like that) Schrödinger, on the other hand, had some very interesting thoughts on the impossibility of existing more than one mind, in the universe, which I found perfectly reasonable, though I obviously cannot know for sure. My story Like a Drop in the Sea is loosely based on that theory, combined with a bit of Buddhism, I guess. I find metaphysics quite an interesting toy when it comes to creating fiction:)

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  2. I read somewhere that Einstein had not been against quantum mechanics at first, but then he made some kind of an error and overreacted by rejecting it thereafter.

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