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NEWSTROM – Still trying to figure out God and quantum physics

SOME OF THESE columns waterslide out of my brain and down my fingers.

This usually happens when I have been startled in a crosswalk and yelled at by God. Or it can happen after He has channeled me and wants to tell me about it.

Other columns don’t birth so easy. In last week’s I tried to explain how compellingly investigative journalist Peter Baksa wrote about the question, Can Quantum Physics Explain God?

Baksa doesn’t appear to be a bible thumping evangelical, nor does he claim to be a physicist.

I am not a fundamentalist or a physicist either, but as I go forward discussing these concepts with readers, the study of non-scientists like Baksa is important. It shows us a way to how we can grasp the world around us.

Now, we don’t know God exists. Some of us believe He may exist. We do seem to know a lot about quantum physics because its theories have been proven over and over.

For a careful scientist even gravity is a theory. Every time I hold this pencil away from the desk and let go of it, it drops all the way to the floor. It does not stop half way. Pay attention! This is important!

The same dropped pencil thing happens every time, proving the existence of gravity. Right? The pencil never stays mysteriously suspended or goes up because gravity pulls its mass down to the floor. Does it stop because the greater mass of the floor won’t let it go further? What would happen if it passed through the floor and kept on going? Can quantum physics shed light on questions such as these?

Perhaps. But for all of these queries or if the pencil floats or goes up we would have to develop new theories.

So God is a theory. But this still doesn’t explain, reveal anything about the relationship between God and quantum physics, that Baksa attempts.

Well Good Luck Bucko!

Elon, you say you’re not sure about God, Whom you mention in the same breath as quantum physics. Also you know you possess but a mere inkling of what quantum physics really is. Yet you find yourself writing a weekly column on the connections between your own brain plasticity and beliefs, the rigid and bizarre thoughts and beliefs of your fellows and the nature of consciousness and quantum physics and everything you can touch or think of!

Too much Elon! Settle! Chill!

Okay. How about this?

Richard Feynman and associates explain that quantum physics studies the fundamental theory of nature at small scales and low energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles.

So it’s about electrons, electricity, matter, but also about matter that can be understood to be some form of energy.

When I light a blaze in my fireplace, wood, which is matter, that I have harvested from the mountains is used up and converted to light energy and heat energy.

So am I getting this?

When I spread the fireplace ashes, mostly carbon, in my garden and eat the vegetables, consuming carbon, does another quantum process happen when the nutrients sustain my brain’s curiosity?

So am I getting this?

I started this particular writing with the intent to clarify and extend the topic of Can Quantum Physics Explain God? Because I thought I had written a less than adequate piece last week.

Then God distracted me and pulled me into mulling about gravity, my fireplace, garden and nutrition. Then my brain. Which is where I started, isn’t it?

I found myself in the weeds of subatomic particles, momentum and the uncertainty principle. It is but a full yet small circle from the uncertainty principle to the weeds. Molloy’s weeds look preferable from here.

This has led me into days of engaging reading all of which I plan to share in future columns. I still have not fully explained Peter Baska’s treatment of Can Quantum Physics Explain God? but no matter. The important thing is to keep reading and soldier on.

My columns have been described as, “…odd, rambling, earnest and bizarre.”

My writings and I are most certainly all of that. Proud to wear that mantle.

The rambling is an important function. I’m convinced that erratic poking of myself, my readers, God and quantum relations are going to give results.

Next week…Arthur Compton and free will.

Elon Newstrom is a Kamloops resident and sometime university student. 

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1 Comment on NEWSTROM – Still trying to figure out God and quantum physics

  1. I have participated in leadership roles in a number of funerals & memorials for people.
    The family and friends seldom wish to hear about Quantum physics nor would Newton’s Laws draw any sense of closure or bring comfort for the grief people are experiencing.
    Perhaps God works in ways which are not as “measurable” as scientific experiments.

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