A Quantum God

March 24th, 2006 by Potato

There is a God or there isn’t, you can’t have it both ways.

I’ve heard this statement a few times recently. Something like it for the debate about Intelligent Design, which basically says that evolution did happen, but that it happened because a “Designer” was at work behind the scenes, and had nothing to do with mutations, heredity, or natural selection. This Designer, is of course, God for most (or aliens for some, or the Flying Sphagetti Monster and His Noodly Appendage for others). So they try to argue that their theories are science, but pretty much any theory that has at its core an appeal to faith and the Almighty is not really science. So, people immediately say “is it science, or is it god? You can’t have both…”

More recently, when watching Penn & Teller’s Bullshit episode on Alcoholics Anonymous, they said it in realtion to how that group is a religious one first, even though they try to put on secular airs at times. The show continued to blast them because of how businesses and courts forcing people to go there (rather than another type of alcohol treatment program) is equivalent to state-mandated religion.

I wonder though, does it have to be one or the other? What if God exists in a superposition of quantum states that aren’t collapsed until observed… at death.

An interesting idea, I think, though my quantum mechanics professor would probably lynch me for abusing the theory so much.

Of course, all that is just a fancy way of saying “there is no possible way to know until you can properly observe” and I’m postulating that such observation would occur at death. Maybe not such an interesting idea after all… or rather, maybe it’s interesting, but not much of a new idea.

3 Responses to “A Quantum God”

  1. Netbug Says:

    “He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.”
    – D A

  2. rez Says:

    It’s called agnosticism, Tater. The religious types say there IS a god. The atheists say there is not god. And the agnostics say “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

  3. Potato Says:

    Both excellent replies. We are pleased.