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CSS Annual Meeting April 2018: Quantum Mechanics and Religion


The Christian Scientific Society

From David Snoke at the Christian Scientific Society:

Quantum mechanics is a strange theory, and it has been used to justify all manner of religious claims such as extra-sensory perception. This year we bring together five experts on the physics of quantum mechanics to discuss what we know and what we don’t know. We will work both to make the basic laws of quantum mechanics accessible to the non-expert, while at the same time addressing cutting-edge debates in the philosophy and application of quantum physics.

Location: The Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA

Speakers include:

7:45 P.M. Dr. Erica W. Carlson, “Quantum Mechanics For Everyone”

Abstract: Can I use quantum mechanics to create my own reality? Does God play dice? Quantum mechanics takes us into the wild and wacky world of the really small where particles are waves, waves are particles, and the physical intuition we have from our everyday life doesn’t seem to work. If we lived in Quantumland, we could sit in three chairs at once and even speed without getting a ticket. Using everyday objects like a slinky, some dice, and soda pop cans, we’ll uncover how quantum mechanics really works.

Bio: Erica W. Carlson, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics at Purdue University. Prof. Carlson holds a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (1994), as well as a Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA (2000). A theoretical physicist, Prof. Carlson researches electronic phase transitions in novel materials. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society “for theoretical insights into the critical role of electron nematicity, disorder, and noise in novel phases of strongly correlated electron systems and predicting unique characteristics.” Prof. Carlson has been on the faculty at Purdue University since 2003, where she also serves as the faculty advisor for Cru and Ratio Christi. She occasionally does speaking engagements on the intersection of Christianity and science with Reasons to Believe and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries More.

See also: Christian Scientific Society talks on human exceptionalism (2017) now online

"“The mind reels when we realize that, according to this interpretation of quantum mechanics, all possible worlds coexist with us.” – Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics." Doesn't that seem an exaggeration to you, WJM ? "All possible....?" Axel
Quantum mechanics seems weird because we know very little about it as we should since we don't know what 96% of the universe is made of... Let's speculate for a moment, shall we? Let's pretend that dark energy constitutes another sub level of reality where time and distance don't exist or don't matter... This would possibly explain quantum entanglement happening no matter what the "distance" and backwards causation, where the temporal order of the cause and effect is reversed... or has no meaning... J-Mac
Consciousness is the most important thing. It is the first experience we have, and the fact from which all other facts are inferred. gpuccio
I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. This mind is the matrix of all matter." - Max Planck, Nobel Prize winning physicist, one of the founders of quantum physics.
"A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction." - RC Henry, professor of physics and astronomy.
"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21
"Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself." - Rumi
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." Buddha
"You are free to create your world as you want it to be, while others are creating their world as they choose it." - Abraham-Hicks.
"The mind reels when we realize that, according to this interpretation of quantum mechanics, all possible worlds coexist with us." - Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics.
William J Murray
Albert Einstein is particularly interesting to this whole discussion about "Quantum Mechanics and Religion" in that what he got wrong about his mind and the future of experimental physics as it relates to quantum mechanics,,,
Albert Einstein vs. Quantum Mechanics and His Own Mind – video (corrected volume) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxFFtZ301j4 Paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvgUc2xn5reoofYWQtb2kpgoP5HoxloffFg48qtf2ZY/edit
,,, teaches as much, if not more, about how 'religion' relates to science as what Einstein got right about relativity teaches us about that relationship:
Quantum Mechanics, Special Relativity, General Relativity and Christianity - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKggH8jO0pk Paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nRZECqs8Iqeqv0GzP5lV6et_K9_rYrz06Tchoa4U0Rw/edit

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