Monday, 11 November 2013

Quantum misuderstood theism

What is an electron? Is it a particle or is it a wave? Does it go through one hole or does it go through both? Surely this depends whether you view it from the particle or the wave point of view, but then if you view it from one point of view then the result of the experiment will change. So can we then determine what an electron is without not knowing what an electron is? Or does it even go through one of the holes? and if it does go through the hole does it go straight ahead? Or does it follow so many twists and turns that it first travels from Earth to Jupiter to Saturn and then back again to be detected?

I hope the previous paragraph confused you. The reason I tried to confuse you, even if I didn’t, is actually not confusing. It goes something like this Quantum Mechanics (QM) is a field of science that is understood in its totality by a handful of people worldwide. The implications are beyond most of our comprehension and this is why I have to wonder how any theist can say that QM proves a deity.

I do not understand all QM, but I do understand some ‎of it. It is for this reason that I refuse to entertain any argument from a theist that uses QM as a proof for the existence of God.I think if you honestly understand QM and then are using it as proof for the existence, then you are very dishonest. The implications of QM have nothing to do with God, so please don’t use it as an argument. In fact if you go look you will most probably find that the people in the world that do understand QM are all atheists.

So this begs the question, why would you assert that QM does prove God? It is my belief it is any easy way to get honest people to back down, as most people will say I don’t understand QM and will not get into the subject as it is beyond their comprehension.It is like the silver bullet of apologetics, it stops an argument dead in its tracks as most people are not comfortable debating it. The problem is often the person making the assertion has no idea what they are talking about, and have found the phrase "QM proves God" on pseudo science sites like  answersingenesis or scienceislam.

So next time a theist brings this up don’t debate them, ask them for the publication proof in Nature or Science. Trust me it will be published in either of those journals.