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Does Quantum Physics and the mystery it suggest about the possible Universes point to a God?

Asked by philosopher (8642 points ) December 10th, 2011

Some people say yes. If so why?
My husband said, because it is so mysterious.
Is it true that if, something is not observed or heard the outcome is different ?
If a tree falls in a Forest and No one hears it. Does it make a sound? How about if it is tape recorded?
Will Quantum Physics answer these type of Philosophical questions?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

It’s not mysterious. It’s just not fully understood yet. That doesn’t we’ll never understand it, ever.

HungryGuy's avatar

Ask Schrodinger’s cat…

saint's avatar

No. Science is one thing. Mysticism is another. Two different lectures.

HungryGuy's avatar

@saint – Ya’ know, even though we’re diametrically opposed in political views. I agree with most of your answers otherwise :-)

saint's avatar

@HungryGuy Well…
There ya go. :-)

Paradox25's avatar

Ironically there is nothing ‘real’ about quantum waves. I’m more with the Copenhagen Interpretation than the Many Worlds Theory. To me Mtheory is not compatable with theism, but quantum mechanics are. Personally I don’t like interwining Mtheory with theism.

Qingu's avatar

No.

Just because something is “mysterious” does not mean it has jack shit to do with any given deity. For example, it remains a mystery what happened to Amelia Earhart on her last flight, but nevertheless there’s no reason at all to think that it was Yahweh who smote her plane down.

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To answer your question, yes, it is (sort of) true that observation can change the outcome of an event. More accurately, the state of observing an event is tied up with the state of the event happening; they are not independent. But this isn’t mysterious if you think about it. Observation is a physical process. In order to observe something, you have to literally bounce photons (particles of light) off of the something in question. These photons then have to travel through your eyes and into your brain, which consumes a great deal of energy interpreting the photons it receives into something your consciousness registers as an “observation.” The photons, your brain, and the energy that powers your brain are all part of the same physical system that the something you’re observing is part of.

The “mysterious” thing about all this—I would actually say weird and not mysterious, since it’s well understood—is the way in which possible outcomes in this connected physical system overlap. Because the possibility of X happening and the possibility of you observing X can, according to quantum mechanics, interact much the same way that waves interact with each other. This is because all of reality is inherently probabalistic. That is, I’d argue, the great insight of quantum mechanics. At a fundamental level, the universe is just “waves of probability,” different parts of these waves interact with each other. The crests of the waves—the most probable points of reality—are what we experience as “existence,” as things which we can observe.

It’s pretty weird, but then so is everything if you think about it long enough.

laureth's avatar

The point of science is to figure out the mystery, not to just throw up our hands in resigned confusion and say “God did it.” Furthermore, whether or not God did or didn’t do it, wouldn’t be within the scope of science, so much as how something happened.

Think of it forensically – the guy who collects the hair samples and bloodstains is just figuring out all he can about the physical evidence from a crime scene. “Who did it,” though, is more for the judge or jury to figure out.

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@laureth
I agree that Science is one of our most important tools. It is one of my favorite subjects.
I pose such questions on a Philosophical basis.
I am an Agnostic.
I wish more people would exam things on the basis of Scientific documentation.

Mariah's avatar

To my understanding, if something is not observed, the outcome is a probability wave of all possible outcomes until it is observed. A tape recording is one method of observation.

It defies common sense but I don’t see how God existing follows from that.

philosopher's avatar

@Mariah
Some people say because the Universes are incredible.
I do not claim to know. I am an Agnostic. I simply wonder and question?

Qingu's avatar

Speaking of the difference between science and religion in how they treat mysteries, I really like this image.

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