A Dialogue between. Science. Buddhism. - Cause and Effect - Interconnectedness - Space and time. on. Classical view: The universe is Deterministic. Universe: mathematically predictable movement of particles and waves God gives the initial push and the universe evolves deterministically.
- Cause and Effect
- Space and time
The universe is Deterministic
Universe: mathematically predictable movement of particles and waves
God gives the initial push and the universe evolves deterministically.
God’s initial push
So matter composed particles with well defined trajectory: position and velocity. Their motions are mediated by energyin the form of waves
Is this still true in the subatomic world ?
Uncertainty principle: The more accurately we know the position
of an object,
the more uncertain the
The truth: Superposition of paths
Which “path” does it take?
Superposition of A and B if we don’t observe
Either A or if we observe
B but not both
Observers CREATE REALITY
Either alive or dead but not both if we observe
Alive or dead?
It’s not seen in real world due to quantum decoherence (too many quantum objects each interfere in there own way)
Quantum theory: The Universe is non-deterministic
Is there a more profound “inherent cause” ?
In the realm of Buddhism:
Inherent Law of Cause and Effect
Transcends space and time: Simultaneity
Penetrate all previous and project to all future life existences
Consciousness may help create reality
Three Thousand Realms in a Single Moment of Mind
Question: wave or particle ? Classical theory
Ans :wave-particle duality (Quantum Theory)
The universe is like an ocean. Lives are water waves momentarily emerge and annihilate from this big ocean
- Josei Toda
After rippling through causal space time
Interconnectedness (classically): Butterfly effect
Interconnectedness: Quantum Entanglement
Pre condition : Spin_A + Spin_B = 0
not bounded by causality (speed of light)
Quantum reality is non-local
/ (transcends space-time)
Quantum Entanglement : Besides up/down, similar correspondence of causally unconnected events appear if we measure left/right or other spin directions
Quantum foam of space and time -Time undefined
Let’s say our universe is here
Each universe has its own physical constants and geometry
What Buddhism said ?
It label the law of universe as
= Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra (cause and effect)
(already varied experimentally)
Every entities in this universe are profoundly linked
* oneness of self and environment
(for most existing philosophical schools of interpretation)
Our consciousness and belief can affect the reality instantly
* Three thousand realms in a single moment of life
Quantized time and space
(in current leading theories)
* Eternity of Lives
If Quantum Theory is the ultimate foundation where scientific law can reach, this opens ways for various religious interpretations. Conversely, religious teachings need to be compatible with known laws of science
Quest of wisdom of nature and spirit is a forever undertaking.
There is no beginnings and ends !