In the universe everything is pretty much predictable, following the laws of mathematics, physics, and science. Particle ‘A’ bumps particle ‘B’ giving rise to velocity and vector changes in both, or in some cases, such as a collider collision, giving rise to a ‘spray’ of sub-particles and/or energy forms – again describable in mathematical terms (to an extent – as you go ‘down’ the chain of particles, the uncertainty principle takes hold – in quantum physics they’ve they found (again another boringly predictable thing) that the harder you try to pinpoint a ‘thing’ – the more elusive the measurements become. And it makes sense – in a way – if you consider there is no ‘mathematical’ end to Pi. (Which makes the mistake of trying to divide circles into squares; using a grid pattern. The finer the ‘grid’ (the number of ‘points’ after the decimal point) – the closer you are – but you’ll never be able to ‘get there’ – you are trying to measure a round thing using a square grid – and just like “Pi”, no matter how far you divide it (adding more numbers to the calculation of Pi) – there’s always going to be some diamonds (or squares, if you prefer) – with corners overlapping the edges of the circle you’re trying to describe.
Same with quantum physics – we just don’t have the right durn math nor tools to ‘measure’ this sort of thing. There is currently a technological limit to what we can ‘see’ (meaning measure, touch, detect). Scientists estimate that we can only detect about 5% of what is really around us. “(More than 95% of the energy density in the universe is in a form that has never been directly detected in the laboratory . . .” – WMAP Study, NASA.) The rest is an unknown; a mystery – like the ocean beyond the horizon in the ancient mariner’s days – only this ocean is right up against your nose; it is inside of you, all around you – everywhere.
Just think about it. We are 95% “blind” to the world around us. “We” cannot see magnetic fields – but some birds can. You and I can’t see in infrared or UV – but bees (and again, some birds) – can. Fishes can feel electronic signals all up and down their bodies. A whale can sense the pressure developing on him (or her, as the case may be) as they descend to enormous depths. A dolphin can interpret his clicks and sounds as bodies in the water . . .
and yet . . . we still are not seeing everything. There still is SO much we are missing in our day to day lives that is all around us . . .
Getting back to that mathematical precision . . .
The universe is like (as far as we know and can tell) – a clockwork system. Forces swing things around; particles go ‘bump’ in the night (creating new ones); molecular and atomic forces yield attractions (desires?) or repulse; energy waves move on; varying in ampitude and signal strength . . . sometimes overlapping, reinforcing; or negating and canceling (and yielding a ‘shower of sparks’, perhaps, to put it in quantum terms) . . .
But it is all so yawningly boringly predictable. Especially if you are playing god.
Imagine this thing: you set the billiards game in motion, and you know everything. You know that particle A is going to get hit by particle 1 somewhere down the line. It all gets so boringly predictable. And after your trillionth sun; you’re millionth supernova and galactic firework . . . when you’ve got the system all ‘set up’ and the ‘game’ is in motion . . . what is there to do but sit back and watch everything? And how boring would that be, after a time – knowing particle A, having done its thing, is now going to strike particle J – or F and K all the time? Who knows?
All I know is that after awhile life (especially an eternal one) would get really kinda boring . . . after all, I’m not a big football fan; I’m not going to sit by on the sidelines knowing which way the ball will run – because it’s just going to sit there, absent any players . . .
So I’m going to make ‘some’. Players, that is. Life, you see.
Because Life is the only thing that is truly – and I mean TRULY – random in motion. Life is the one thing in this universe that can’t be ‘quantified’. You never know which way that organism is going – especially if it is an intelligent one! It seems the more intelligence you give it (to a point I guess) – the more ‘random’ become it’s actions. Mathematics no longer determines ‘this thing’. The organism does.
And what else is capable (outside of the ‘physics’ sphere) – of moving masses of particles against mathematical notion and equation? Of basically ‘disobeying’ the laws of physics – by damming up this river and piping the water over here – or just ‘displacing air’ by the motion of your body when you decide – If you decide – to walk across the room? After all; there’s no mathematical equation making you move over there – you did it yourself (or your boss told you to go over there; in which case you ARE at work and making a mathematical equation – regarding your paycheck and job!).
But life is the one thing – the ‘loaded dice’ so to speak; the ‘salt and pepper’ which blows the equations all to hell and back. The “choice” and “free will” concepts – those defy any ‘physics’ or mathematics – because math doesn’t rule the heart (not all the time; it can when it comes to certain equations) – but even then – sometimes the heart overrules common sense; desire overrules the equation; want overrules fear; and life?
Life throws those equations down into the dust and grinds them beneath it’s heel; life changes things, saying ‘damn the equations and the common sense’. Life makes a choice where physics can’t (and god, I guess, won’t). God sits by and watches his equations whirring ’round and ’round – like this ol’ dirtball planet of ours – but as for US (and by “us” I mean all life – including the smallest things) – we are the ‘unknown’ in the equation; we are the entertainment – because we (life) is the one thing that’s unpredictable on this planet – and many others, I’m sure.
And (I’m sure) there’s those who are going to argue “there’s no god” and I’m fine by with them and that thing, too – but just be aware . . .
somewhere, in that 95% of ‘things’ we can’t detect . . . there may be someone listening.
or simply us souls.
You decide. It’s your freewill and decision . . . and truth be told, even now you are altering things (photons hitting your eyes; chemical ‘equations’ within the mind – self-directed, running not on physics – but YOU – and your own decisions . . .).
And I hope you are having a good time.
(smiles by all – and by all, g’nite!)
Jeffery & Crew