Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Can we talk about something else now? The kidney stone is a very small subject indeed, and hardly worthy of the attention it has demanded--although I suppose it is ultimately not stature alone that commands close observance but the degree of effect that has been exerted. A mouse that roared kind of phenomenon.
Take the diminutive electron, for instance--a thing that cannot even be seen with the naked eye and yet stores in itself and its interactions the very motion of life. Electrons, as it seems, come in pairs, rather like twins, and these pairs of electrons interact in a sort of ying and yang style (not only twins, therefore, but husband and wife). It is found, through the odd, nearly incomprehensible science of physics, that if electron A does one thing, electron B must do the exact other.
Moreover, each individual electron makes choices regarding the determination of its own course. For example, if electron A, traveling as is its habit at greater than the speed of light, comes upon a tw0-way mirror, it will either pass through the mirror or deflect off the mirror, according to its pleasure. Whatever choice electron A makes, electron B will make the opposite choice. If A passes through the mirror, B bounces off. All outcomes are thus satisfied.
At the same time, however, as long as it is unobserved, the individual electron will remain noncommittal, preferring to make no choice at all. Or rather, it makes all available choices as long as it remains unobserved, and then upon observation, straightaway makes up its mind and trades in the vague for the specific. Anything and everything therefore that happens or exists requires someone to observe it.
Why is this important? It is important because what it seems to imply is that nothing in the universe actually exists without having been observed to do so. The very existence of the creation becomes thereby absolutely dependent upon the creature, namely man.
This is where the science of physics stops. Man is either utterly superfluous or comprehensively significant. It depends on which branch strikes one as strongest.
And yet I think of this as well . . . It is said in scripture that Christ is he by whom all things cohere and continue. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Col 1:17). And so maybe there is an observer after all, one who observes for all, who is holy and eternal (and so far unaccounted for by science).
It's something to think about.