I've gotten hooked on this debate between Deepak Chopra, Michael Shermer, and Sam Harris. Like any good doctor, Deepak follows up. Unfortunately my brain isn't quite moving at quantum speed today so I'm taking this all in slowly.
For myself I have always wanted to see the research that is said to compare quantum physics to magickal/occult knowledge. Though I've had some fantastic, I mean really fantastic, experiences on my magickal path, I've always wondered where was the measured comparison that gets thrown around like, "Modern science is even now proving the existence of the energetic universe through Quantum Physics..."
Most people have spent at least a few minutes pondering a famous riddle, although they may not know that it originated in Zen Buddhism: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Strangely, this turns out to be a pivotal question if you want to prove that God exists, or doesn't.
I want to explain the whole issue in detail, but if you want to view a vigorous and often contentious debate about God and whether He has a future, ABC Nightline is running Tuesday (March 23). The Nightline episode contains only excerpts, but the full debate will be available online at Nightline/FaceOff/ The location was at Cal Tech, where God probably isn't a pressing topic compared to quantum physics. Yet as it turns out, the two are vitally linked. What you think about reality depends on quantum physics, and since God is the ultimate reality, His existence hinges on such things as waves and particles.
This wasn't a crude argument between believers and non-believers. It was an attempt to see if the most up-to-date science made God's existence unlikely, which is what atheists led by Richard Dawkins believe. Taking that position in the debate was Dr. Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptics magazine, and Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation. As staunch materialists, they offered a simple attack on God -- nothing is scientifically valid unless it can be seen and measured. Since God has no physical presence in the world, there can be no measurement of His existence. Without a physical presence, the deity is reduced to being subjective. Millions of people were taught to believe in a supreme being. If they paid attention to science, they'd realized that their faith has no real basis.
On the other side, I and my partner, the noted philosopher and writer Jean Houston, rejected materialism. We held that science is about objective data, but human beings have rich internal experiences that are valid. These experiences give rise to art, morality, psychology, and everyday things like love, truth, honor, and so on. Is science really in a position to call human experience itself wrong if it cannot be seen and measured? Our opponents of course argue that ethics, values, meaning, and purpose are all reducible to brain phenomena. While we hold that brain phenomena are merely representations of consciousness and not the experience itself.
You'll note when you get deep enough, Dr. Chopra attempts to answer the question...
On the side of materialism, Shermer and many others say no. Quantum behavior, or as Shermer calls it "Quantum weirdness," is confined to the microscopic world. It doesn't leak into the macroscopic world of rocks, trees, clouds -- and the moon. But there are three weaknesses in this argument:
1. Recent discoveries have produced quantum weirdness on the macroscopic level. See this article about "supersizing" quantum mechanics
2. Quantum physics is behind all kinds of technologies used in the big everyday world: transistors, superconductors, experiments with superfluids. There are even cutting-edge experiments with time travel and teleportation, very Star Trek, although so far the results are on the level of light beams, not Scottie and Captain Kirk.
3. Most crucial of all, if you don't allow quantum phenomenon to interact with the big world, you run into a huge problem with physics itself. Quantum physics is the basis of our macroscopic physical world, so there has to be an interaction, even if that interaction is not fully understood.
Read the full and in depth article (rebuttle) @Huffingtonpost: Deepak Chopra: Which Is Real, the Moon or God?.
- Discover Your Purpose and Passion with Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and Byron Katie This April 612 at the Chopra Center's Seduction of Spirit Event in Carlsbad, CA (prweb.com)
- Skeptic asks Deepak how to distinguish real truth from that garnered by "other ways of knowing" (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Chopra and his and employee try to edit his Wikipedia entry, but lie about it (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)