That Which Can Be Seen

Next time you meet someone with a strictly “realistic” (materialistic) view of the universe, that only that which can be seen (scientifically observed) exists, point out the following:

Mind-Blowing-Surreal-Paintings-2896% of the universe is un-observable and is not technically “there.” I was told in my high school physics class that a spaceship leaving Earth would go through millions of miles (or more) of “nothing” to get to “something.” We now have names for that “nothing”—antimatter, dark matter, dark energy—but we still don’t know what it is. Or even if it is.

The 4% of the universe that can be observed, which is itself 99.9999999% empty space, is mostly studied by observing its after-effects which, according to quantum theory, mysteriously change when they are observed.

According to quantum mechanics: Matter is not really “there,” it is simply energy, and energy is made up of undulations of invisible particles. And as if that’s not enough to confuse us, consider this: Subatomic particles can occupy two places at the same time, and some (which technically are also not particles) can arrive at their destination before they leave. Bottom line: All of space-time (that which can be seen) is actually an interpretation of reality, rather than reality itself.

So, from a strictly “realistic” (materialistic) standpoint, the universe does not exist! Quantum science circles back again and again to the conclusion that consciousness (that which cannot be seen), rather than matter (that which can be seen), is the ultimate reality.

  “And so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since that which can be is seen is temporary, but that which is unseen is eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:18

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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34 Responses to That Which Can Be Seen

  1. Deep….but amazing. Thanks for this post. It goes right along with some other things I’ve been reading and thinking about.

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  2. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Have fun piloting your Star Ship through the nothingness of Space… it’s all in your imagination, within and without, the fabric of the Divine Mother.

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  3. Tina says:

    Lol. Science hurts my brain. So confusing! I’m glad that I can depend on God for understanding. There’s definitely more than meets the eye.

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  4. And try and wrap you mind around that! One of the tv shows had a native american talking with a doctor. The doctor said I believe in science. The NA said “I believe in more!” and AMEN to that!

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  5. Reblogged this on Inspirations By Katheryn and commented:
    More amazements about God and his unfathomable creation.

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  6. Hi. Where did you learn all this? Fascinating, the study of God.

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  7. Paula Light says:

    I’m one of those, but somehow more science doesn’t make me leap to the supernatural… it just makes me more fascinated by science. Great post!

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  8. SarahC says:

    this is a bit mind boggling 🙂

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  9. Bill Sweeney says:

    Great stuff, Mitch. If you’ve never seen it, watch the documentary “Privileged Planet” on YouTube when you have time – amazing!

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  10. Jennifer Kennedy Dean pointed out that we only see a very small portion of the light spectrum, between Radio Waves on one end and Cosmic Rays on the other! She said that if the light spectrum was 8 inches long, what we see would be about a 1/4 of an inch. Amazing!

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  11. Very cool, Mitch! Well done.

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  12. revruss1220 says:

    Mind well and truly blown. That passage of scripture is one of my all-time faves, by the way.

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  13. eddieb says:

    Results of contemporary quantum physics not only seems to marry with scripture, but also Bishop Berkeley’s subjective idealism, in which he propounded a theory of immaterialism. There’s clearly an unresolved problem at the heart of science with the emergence of scientific phenomena that Einstein called “spooky action”. The principle of locality, for example, one staple of science, can’t be squared. The irony in all this is palpable: that it could be science itself delivering a crushing blow to materialism.

    Excellent article. Great job

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  14. There was a time when smug scientists thought that they were on course to prove that all observable reality would be eventually explained without God or any other spiritual first-cause. Even the Greeks were convinced that we would find the single “indivisible” particle from which everything is formed. The word atom, “un-cuttable” was the term they coined. As the uncuttable atom was cut, by fission, the smugness started to lessen. Then there were quarks, gluons, muons, smaller and smaller “uncuttable” particles. Once we entered the eery realm of quantum mechanics and string theory along with their whole new, “spooky” set of physical laws, the old smugness was largely replaced by cognitive dissonance and scientific agnosticism. Ask a quantum scientist “what’s next” and you might just get a blank look.

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  15. lprslr says:

    Because”consciousness (that which cannot be seen), rather than matter (that which can be seen), is the ultimate reality,” the still, small voice of G-d communicating with us is not unusual at all. I have always wondered how we can be ‘one’ with G-d if His throne is far away. Perhaps it’s closer than we know- just unseen.

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  16. Piano girl says:

    Love your creativity! My brain was beginning to hurt and then….peace. 😊

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  17. I am simply a take God at His word kind of girl, but I so appreciate your post. For everyone in my life who is way smarter than me! 😂🙄😁

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  18. Wow! Consciousness is the ultimate reality!

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  19. Oh My! This is a lot of information to digest. I will need to have several meals to receive the full value. Great info and a beautiful tie to The Book on the Universe.

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  20. Yes, quantum mechanics does say that some aspects of material reality don’t get pinned down until measured.  What constitutes a “measurement” is a tricky business.  There is no consensus about the role (if any!) of consciousness in measurement.  If data have been recorded but not examined yet, has a measurement taken place?  The pioneers of QM fretted about such questions; those concerns were sidelined for decades; now some people revisit them.  Stay tuned.

    There is an ancient objection to the notion that material reality is all there is.  I like to phrase it as a haiku:

            *Plato’s Challenge*
                    Three plus two was five
                    before any mind could know.
                    Where do numbers live?

    The platonic view that mathematical concepts have immaterial (and eternal) existence is common (but not universal) among mathematicians.  As one who holds it, I feel obliged to concede that things other than numbers might also manage immaterial existence.  Whether any other immaterial things are at all like God as conceived by religions is a separate question.  Whether human consciousness is anything beyond an emergent property of neuronal activity is yet another question, and a tricky one.

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  21. joansanusi says:

    Deep thoughts! Thanks

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  22. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Thank you, Mitch, for sharing from your reading on quantum physics. Such awe-inspiring info to augment the wonder in our unfathomable, ingenious God!

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