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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Scientist rips off Theology….sort of….

The Anomalist provided a link Monday [11/21] about an article by Columbia University astrophysicist Caleb Scharf.

Scharf proposes an intriguing but odd idea that alien life is everywhere, within us even and it evolved into an advanced intelligence over the billions of years after the Big Bang.

Here’s a link to the article: SCHARF

Dark Matter (and I think Scharf meant dark Energy too) hides or cloaks an advanced, ubiquitous life, and Scharf goes further by speculating that math equations are not means to an end but the ends themselves; that is, equations are life itself or living things, the living “intelligence” that controls the universe, life itself, and consciousness too.

(Some scientists have offered the proposition that Math – equations – may be God.)

This is, of course, seems to be madness, lunacy actually.

The great Jesuit scholar and theologian, Teilhard de Chardin gave a view in his magnificent (once banned by the Church) book, The Divine Milieu (which I’ve covered here and at our other blogs many times).

“Christ today is not just Jesus of Nazareth risen from the dead, but rather a huge, continually evolving Being as big as the universe. In this colossal, almost unimaginable Being each of us lives and develops in consciousness, like living cells in a huge organism. At various times, theologians have described this great Being as the Total Christ, the Cosmic Christ, the Whole Christ, the Universal Christ or the Mystical Body of Christ.

“With the help of all the human sciences as well as the scriptures, Teilhard shows how we—the cells and members of the Body of Christ—can participate in and nurture the life of the Total Christ. He also shows, thanks to the continuing discoveries of science, how we can begin to glimpse where that great Being is headed …”

Click HERE for Wikipedia’s take on Teilhard.

The Scharfian idea is non-biological whereas Tielhard’s theological suggestion has a biological patina to it, but both are in a realm that is similar.

And both are seemingly absurd, but that’s what physicists appear to be – absurd – and some theologians too, although I am an avid fan of Teilhard and have been since my early seminarian training (by Jesuits, as some of you know).

RR

7 Comments:

  • With the advent of the use of trigonometry, early mathematician coined math as the language of God. I read this somewhere, but unfortunately I can't remember where and by whom. You'll have to cut me some slack, just now getting use to being 59 years of age.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, November 21, 2016  

  • Maybe alien beings are all the time around us, we just can´t see them? Couldn´t an alien culture that´s hundreds of years ahead of us just camouflage themselves? Perhaps they just want to observe us?
    (One of my favourite authors, Philip k. Dick, addresses this theme in his novel Valis, which is pretty weird...and his greatest novel.)

    By Blogger Jerry Cornelius, at Monday, November 21, 2016  

  • AS a Philip K Dick fan, I bet you'd like Eric Wargo's site: thenightshirt.com

    He's a Philip K Dick fanboy.....and quite brilliant too.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, November 21, 2016  

  • Rich

    I´ve actually read his site and I agree, it´s brilliant. Althouh it gets my head hurt, but anyway. PKD was a weird guy but I recommend reading his books (Hey, you know, best books are written by weirdos).

    JC

    By Blogger Jerry Cornelius, at Monday, November 21, 2016  

  • This guy is just reverting back to the old cult of Pythagoras -- which of course predated (and informed) Platonism. Pythagoras claimed "All is number".

    By Blogger Parakletos, at Tuesday, November 22, 2016  


  • Mathematical universe hypothesis

    >> The theory can be considered a form of Pythagoreanism or Platonism in that it posits the existence of mathematical entities; a form of mathematical monism in that it denies that anything exists except mathematical objects; and a formal expression of ontic structural realism.

    >> Tegmark claims that the hypothesis has no free parameters and is not observationally ruled out. Thus, he reasons, it is preferred over other theories-of-everything by Occam's Razor. He suggests conscious experience would take the form of mathematical "self-aware substructures" that exist in a physically "real" world.<<

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematical_universe_hypothesis

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Wednesday, November 23, 2016  

  • ``I argue in my article on Steiner, mathematics is nothing more than a precise language. It is thus no more amazing that tinkering with mathematical descriptions can discover the truth than tinkering with ordinary English descriptions can do so.
    ...
    That humans choose to focus on the ideal as a means to get a handle on the complexities of the real world is a product of human limitations. But this means Newton's laws are essentially human fabrications. We made them simple on purpose. Because we needed them simple to be useful. The universe, however, is never that simple. It never anthropocentrically conforms to our ideals. This does not mean there is no objective truth to Newton's laws. Rather, it means their truth is similar to that of Euclid's geometry.``

    http://richardcarrier.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-mathematical-universe.html

    By Blogger Parakletos, at Wednesday, November 23, 2016  

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