06 November 2010

We have M-theory. Do we really need God?

There are some remarkable disclosures here about the insufficiency of science in the explanation of origins. After watching this, it is hard not to think of N.D. Wilson's frolic in "Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl":
I could buy a picture book entitled What Is The World Made Of? but I don't think it would get me past solids, liquids, and gases - our restatement of the ancient formulation [of earth, air, fire, and water] (excluding fire as energy).

We built a periodic table, laughed at the ancients for being so simplistic, and named a barrage of elements. Elements are supposed to be things that are elemental - things that won't break down any further. Things like gold? Lead? Sodium? Californium? But those things have nuclei and electrons and other smaller, trickier bits of business.

Some contemporary thinkers start talking about dimensions, cosmic silly string, and other postulated unmeasurables. Einstein gave us space-time and a whole lot of bad sci-fi along with it.

The current, most cutting-edge mystics in physics departments around the world know the answer. Go to one of the research labs, get a sticker name tag, and hitch yourself to a perky cosmic tour guide.

What is the world made of?

Well, it's simple. Most of what you see around you is made of up quarks, down quarks and leptons. Now you know. (And if you would only spend more time online, I wouldn't have to tell you these things.)

Are we allowed to ask what quarks are made of? Can I Google that? How about leptons?
The perky one continues: Quarks and leptons are very, very tiny, and when bonded together in different arrangements, they make up reality around us. We can't vouch for the farthest reaches of space.

What are they made of?

The four types of bond that keep reality from flying apart like a microwaved egg are as follows: strong, weak, electro-magnetic, and gravitational.

Strong? That's all they know? Don't we need a more impressive name if we're talking about bonding fundamental reality?

Most of what you see is actually empty space, or nothingness. The combined volume of the most basic material particles that make up something like a chair is only a tiny fraction of the volume of the chair itself as you see it spatially extended in front of you.

Nice what are quarks made of?

Did you know that scientists once thought the cell was made out of plum pudding?
Yes I did. Seems reasonable. What's a lepton made of?

Recently scientists have created the blackest substance in the world. It adsorbs 99.9% of light.

What are quarks made of?

The next tour will focus on antimatter. It begins in fifteen minutes. Please visit the gift shop. And remember we are available for parties.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1–3)

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. (Psalms 33:6)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)


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