What Do You Think You Know?
Everyone seems to be so sure about what they think that they know. Virtually, everyone; from the intellectuals to truck drivers to the so-called “man on the street”. But what if everything you knew was wrong?
Let’s start with belief systems. Belief systems can be developed from only one of two sources – experience, or by accepting someone else’s opinion. That’s it. Since most people have had limited experiences, they, by definition, owe almost all of their “knowledge” to other people and their opinions. So it’s more accurate to say that we believe that other people are correct in their opinions than to say that we know for certain. Then again, if everyone believes that something is true, then perhaps we would be even more comfortable in our certainty. Of course if we had believed that the sun revolved around the earth, like everyone did once upon a time, then we would have all been wrong even if we had been originally certain of it. What this demonstrates is that even with something like science there is no certainty, or as Ashley Montague, an anthropologist himself, said, “Science has proof without certainty.”
In the final analysis, you can only know something to the extent that you can understand reality, as without that framework there is no basis for knowing anything. A lot of heavy hitters have weighed in on the nature of reality. No less than Albert Einstein said that, “Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.” Max Planck, the father of quantum physics, expounded on Einstein’s illusion thusly, “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” So according to Planck, underlying all reality is a field of consciousness from which matter (a form of energy) comes into existence as, essentially, a holographic projection. This holographic projection can be explained scientifically by the Holographic Principle which states that the entire universe can be seen as a two-dimensional information structure on the cosmological horizon.
Further, science says that an atom is 99.9% empty space, with the other .1% being “mass”. This .1%, then, constitutes our reality. Problem is – science doesn’t know exactly where “mass” comes from. The deeper scientists probe into the quantum world the more they find organized information, in other words Intelligent Design. In a biblical sense, reality comes from what I call the Unseen (see the Bible, Hebrews 11:3). Neurophysiologist and physicist Karl Pribram stated that we exist in a virtual reality matrix where our brains construct reality by interpreting frequencies that are projections from the Unseen. Our view of reality is therefore not real, at least not as we know it, but simply electrical signals interpreted by the brain. We then overlay logic and biases to form our ideas of what we think is real and what is not. At that point, what we have is nothing more than our “perception” of reality .
Inexplicably, the laws of quantum physics which govern the microscopic particles that atoms are made of are different than the classical laws of physics which apply to the physical world. That’s because the fundamental reality of all life is actually the quantum world, rather than the physical world. As for the physical world, it is merely a projection from the quantum world, complete with altogether different laws of physics.
It’s this quantum world that is unobservable (Unseen) to man. There is no way, therefore, for deists to prove that the Bible is the Word of God nor any way for atheists to prove that God doesn’t exist. What lies beyond space and time is not observable and, therefore, not provable. Yet, as I said in the very beginning, everyone seems to have an opinion and they are absolutely certain that they are right. It is surprising how men think that they know so many things and yet understand so little. As Greek philosopher Democritus said, “Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.” Opinions, anyone?
“The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe.”
– Albert Einstein