|Religion and String Theory
||[Feb. 18th, 2004|06:31 pm]
The Question Club
Do those two topics seem to relate? Maybe not to you, but to me they do. I was reading an article in Popular Science about String Theory, which believes that there are ten dimensions, the three we know, time, and then six more that are coiled up somehow. I think a lot of their proofs consist of the idea that it makes the math work, and it explains gravity. Something along those lines. In all practicality, though, it's completely useless, at least to me. Why should it matter if there are seven dimensions that I can't really experience?|
The logical proofs or disproofs of relgion that we are reading in Great Books are much like that. They are actually just statements of opinions, extrapalations that end in assumptions, random names assigned to ideas and events. Aquinas refers to a First Cause, which obviously must be G-d, because that's the way it is. In response, Bertrand Russel asks why there even needs to be a beginning, why the universe did not just always exist. I look at the two arguments and think that both of them are idiots. If G-d does exist, and He is omnipotent, then there is no way that we could understand Him. If there aren't any gods, we can't prove that either. Any fact that you could come up with could be twisted to suit either side's purpose. Like multiple dimensions, we have no way of testing out our hypotheses. If G-d exists, and we die and go to heaven or hell, then maybe we would know the truth. But then we'd be dead, we couldn't change anything, and there wouldn't be a way to communicate what we'd learned back to the world of the living.
It also reminds me of the idea of destiny. If we have a destiny, then we have no way of knowing it. We might be able to realize, at the end of our lives mind you, that everything happened for a reason to bring us where we are on that day, but who's to say that your destiny actually caused that? The decisions you make change where you'll end up, but it's impossible to know if you made those decisions of your own free will or if G-d pointed you in that direction.
In closing, I don't know for sure if destiny, G-d, or 10 dimensions exist, but I truly don't care. Proving the existance or non-existance of the above won't change how I live my life or change my surroundings. They could change my outlook on life, but I could change my outlook anyway. So I offer these questions to you: What do you believe in? Why? And does it really matter?