Nothing Supernatural About the Supernatural

“Today young men on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”
-Late comedian Bill Hicks

Sounds like hippie nonsense right? Maybe they were onto something…

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins just made me believe in God a little more.

And no, it wasn’t some ill-formed argument that showed the absurdity of atheism. I was poking around his blog, reading some of his articles (particularly his blasting of Ben Stein’s creationism-defense documentary, Expelled), and I also read the available excerpts from his popular works The God Delusion and Unweaving the Rainbow.

He helped me answer yet another question that has bugged me over the years: Is belief in the supernatural just an attempt to fill in the gaps where our understanding of physics fails us?

For example, let’s say you get your car stuck in a ditch, and instead of calling Triple A, you catch a ride home, go to sleep, and pray that God will have teleported the car into your garage by the time you wake up. Most of us would lower our heads in shame upon hearing that any human would take such an absurd approach to solving their problems.Sticky situation

But for some reason, when we are dealing with things that are out of our perception–say, that a soldier might come home or that a disease might be cured, the more likely we are to believe that prayer will work.
As for the car in the ditch, we would find such a request absurd because we know how unlikely this event is to happen spontaneously on its own. But if you lower the scale to something where we cannot witness the violation to physics that has taken place, or if there is already a chance that the desired result is already in progress, we don’t find prayer crazy at all.

Case in point: if you ask God to, say, instantaneously cure you of the flu, what you are asking is equally absurd. If we were bacteria, living in the microscopic world, and our territory was completely overrun by the influenza virus, we would know that there is a natural order to things. The culture of organisms, after its first inception, will simply follow its instinct to reproduce. There will be a growth phase, resisted by NK cells but only to an extent, until it reaches peak production, then a plateau where the amount of viruses dying and reproducing are equal, then, once the antibodies of the body’s immune cells react with the virus and piece together an appropriate response, and as the messenger cells transfer the information to the cytotoxic T-cells and all the other members of the family, the death phase begins and the virus slowly dies off, the virii stop reproducing and then billions of cells are assimilated into the body and either metabolized or discarded. Now you have a reserve stockpile of memory cells that will keep track of the virus, and be ready with the proper response should the virus be encountered again.

T CellIf we were cells in the body witnessing this process, would we not laugh at the suggestion that all of the viruses thriving in our territory could simply vanish, with no immune response?
It would be no crazier than to ask God to teleport a car out of a ditch.

These are questions that I found myself too afraid to answer for a very long time, and yet now they no longer bother me. And you know what? I gained something from that. I got to thinking about how our universe works, what it’s made of, and have concluded that I have no problem admitting that there is nothing supernatural about this universe we live in.

And yet, somehow I still generally hold to the same ideas regarding God and his interaction with Earth that I always have. How is this possible?

You see, the above scenarios assume that any claim to unseen reality is a belief in the supernatural. But in the last hundred years, physics has told us otherwise. Several principles of quantum mechanics make room for us to believe in a supreme being without even having to believe in mysticism and impossible events.

Scientists have long tried to formulate a unified theory to explain the very core of what makes our universe tick. Of course, we can never witness activity on such a small scale, but mathematically we can formulate different theories until we find one that correctly extrapolates out to all of the aspects of physics we HAVE witnessed.

In short, what are electrons, protons, neutrons, gravitons, and all these subatomic particles that comprise the molecules that make the compounds that make the structures that make the cells that make the tissues that make the organs that make the systems that make the bodies that make the thoughts that make the ideas and bring us to the very edge of what causes existence?
The answer, as far as we’ve been able to determine, comes down to one word: vibration.Strings

The universe is made of string. Vibrating string. The intersection of vibrating strings makes the subatomic particles that make everything else. If it has a positive polarity, we call it a proton. Negative, electron, and so on.

Everything has a vibration, everything has a rate of oscillation, everything puts out radiation, everything resonates differently with different objects. Our ears are tuned to about 1040 hertz (vibrations per second), or, as musicians like to call it, Middle C. Every note on the piano is based on this centerline, doubling and resonating with every octave.

EyeAs far as our eyes go, vibrations that fall between 400 and 790 terrahertz (that’s trillions) resonate with the rods and cones at the back of the eyeball, and are subsequently translated as colors in our brains.
Light, we’ve found, is a substance. It has mass, and as anyone reading this can attest, it strikes our eyes with enough force to trigger the chemical reactions that bring about the process we call sight. Light is stopped dead in its tracks or reflected (depending on resonant frequencies) by opaque objects, but slips casually through glass and clear surfaces, while our own hands cannot perform the same feat.

Light, sound, physics, it all works because the vibrations of these colliding objects are in tune with one another. In fact, less than .000004% (by my own estimate, but if I’m off, it’s because I’m waaay over) of the objects we believe to be real are made of matter. The rest is empty space. It’s the charges and resonances between particles that cause objects keep their shape and act like objects.

Now, how irrational is it to wonder if there are objects, organisms, even entire realities that exist within our universe, but simply don’t resonate with the world we know?

Science has even begun purporting the notion that our thoughts have a force all their own, that simply by thinking we have the ability to affect the things around us. What was once an idea that was reserved for mystics and the religious, is now becoming plausible for even the most realist minds.There's a guy who knows how to exist

Descartes coined the famous saying, “I think, therefore I am.” He was not speaking about the manifestation of our thoughts. A more accurate translation would be to say, “I think, there for I exist.” I do not know much about the reality around me, but the fact that I am thinking tells me that I, at least, exist. I do not know if the body I inhabit is real, but I know that somewhere there is a mind thinking these thoughts.

Now, if science is showing that our minds are not limited to the confines of an organic brain, then who is to say that there are not minds which require no brain at all? And then it must be wondered, if there are other minds besides our own, what are the odds that we are the most powerful minds of all? Not very good, right? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that there exists a mind that is more powerful than all the others, perhaps one so powerful that one single thought could become a universe?

How irrational is it to believe that there are those whose eyes and ears are capable of occasionally resonating with the realities we do not see?

TralfamadorianIn his novel, The Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut spoke of a whimsical alien race known as the Tralfamadorians, who liked to observe humans. They found us fascinating, and yet pitied us, because we have the misfortune of only seeing in three dimensions. They, however, were able to look at time just as easily as we could observe the breadth of a mountain range. Those of us who believe in God also tend to believe that he exists outside of time, and sees things in a very similar manner to the Tralfamadorians. If it is possible for a mind on another plane of existence to look at time in this way, how irrational is it to believe that there are minds on our own plane that can occasionally resonate with events that have already happened in the fourth dimension, even though we have not yet perceived them?A theoretical shape of the universe. Familiar?

The possibilities are endless. All it takes for realities to intersect and collide is any given quantum event–the birth of an electron, shifts in speed or direction, for all these particles to change polarities, and, potentially, bear consequences on another plane of existence.

Most religions seem to believe in planes of existence that exist between our own and that of the Creator,
we commonly hear them referred to as the “spirit realm,” because of the ghostly quality that such thoughts invoke in our primitive minds. And most also seem to believe that there are beings within these realities, that we would call “angels” or “demons,” depending on their loyalties and motivations for interacting with our reality.

The long and the short of it is, I don’t believe there is anything supernatural about believing in a Source, a Creator, whatever name you call God by. There is a mind whose thoughts are synonymous with reality. Every piece of matter, every dimension, every thought we have, every tear we cry, exists because it is the thought of the Universe.


~ by burnbeautiful on April 20, 2008.

3 Responses to “Nothing Supernatural About the Supernatural”

  1. Look’s like somebody’s been reading up on their string theory.

    Interesting article, very thought provoking. I like it.

  2. Been awhile, I read all about it on a certain bus to North Carolina.

  3. I like it.

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