I’m not sure what they’re teaching is school now days, but back in my day it was still the old traditional science – Matter was Real and science was the art of measuring it. This is not the view that the spiritual master down the ages have given us, but it is the view that science gave us and it was the reality that we grew up believing in.
Then along came Einstein and a host of others and turned all that upside down. Suddenly science did an about-face and headed down another road. A comment, from Einstein will clarify the new view;
“There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality.” – Albert Einstein
You can also find a little more clarity about what that really means in a another quote from a notable physicist, Sir James Jeans,
“Thus the events must be treated as the fundamental objective constituents, and we must no longer think of the universe as consisting of solid pieces of matter which persist in time, and move about in space. . . . Matter gives us a rough and easily understood, but not a true, picture of the reality underlying physical phenomena. But we now begin to suspect that events and not particles constitute the true objective reality.” (New Background 294-955)
So here’s a very old idea that science has finally caught up with.
Want to know more? Check out -
an interesting and easy to read article about this whole quantum physics thing.
Quantum Physics raises some serious questions about the nature of reality and does give one reason to asks that question himself. Of course there are those who answer the question by slamming a door on your hand and then ask if it ‘really’ hurt. But that begs the question. Philosophically, the real question is “Are you a man dreaming you’re a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming you’re a man?”
There is, quite obviously, no real answer to this question (outside the door slamming mentality). Philosophically there is no way to prove anything beyond self-awareness. So in order to take an intelligent approach to finding an answer we must consider all the possibilities.
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck
ps – that last link is worth clicking Max had a lot of really interesting insights and thoughts.
Science is constantly changing and new things are turning up all the time. Before you just dismiss this as a nonsensical argument stop and consider that not long ago the prevailing ‘science’ believed the world was flat and that there was a huge dome over it that kept the air in and if you didn’t agree they killed you!
I’d like to leave you with one last thought to ponder -
“Moreover, this holistic way of perceiving the world mirrors the teachings of ancient people such as the Inca. … Buddhist and Hindu teachings have long told us that everything is energy dancing in form, and that the dance is a continuous weaving of the form and the formless. Now research from the frontiers of science is telling us the same thing.” from Return of the Children of Light, Incan & Mayan Prophecies for a New World.
pss – this link is a real mind blower.
REALLY? Yes really, think about it.