Sunday, January 16, 2005
by Susan M. Bradley
Letter-writer Hank Baughman wrote that "quantum mechanics ... has conclusively proven that nature at its essence is disordered and unknowable "(God, dice & Einstein," Jan. 9).
However, modern particle physics tells us that at quantum-length scales, the universe is entirely connected and interdependent. Every subatomic particle "knows" what every other one is doing. So even if we do not know what is going on, everything else does.
While it is true that quantum physics seems filled with apparent paradoxes and self-contradicting behavior, Caltech physicist Richard Feynman has summed it up well: "I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics. ... In fact, it is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. Some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it, in fact, is that it is unquestionably correct."
And as Niels Bohr stated, "Anyone who isn't shocked by quantum physics has not understood it."
Is God, then, "playing dice" with us in the universe? Is He truly capricious, as Baughman suggests? Will we (or can we) ever know? The combined knowledge of every scientist ever born can never equal infinity. Therefore, is it not possible that outside of science's combined knowledge, God exists and has a purpose for His "dice"?