The Spirit Behind Transhumanism & The Dawn Of A New Gospel: Liberals Look At Matrix Theology And Blame God For Evil
Sims, Suffering and God: Matrix Theology and the Problem of Evil
Clay Farris Naff
“O,” cries Hamlet in the depth of angst, “that this too, too solid flesh would melt / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!”
The Prince o’ Danes should’a stuck around. Today, he would have been relieved to find that science, achieving ever finer resolution, has indeed turned solid flesh into dew. Quantum dew. And not just flesh: any solid, we now know, is nearly all emptiness, and the few bits of matter within its atoms, when you get right down to them, are, well, bits. That is to say, the electrons and subatomic nuclear particles (or strings, if that’s the you swing) are elusive little buggers who can only be pinned down via quantum numbers.
Now, there is a lot of superheated woo-woo wackadoodle written about quantum physics these days, some of it right here in these esteemed pages. (For a hint about why the linked essay is moonshine, go here.) As a science writer I decline to add to the steaming heap, so let me pledge here and now to make no quantum claim before its time. Here’s the rub: Quantum theory is incomplete. It predicts physical behavior with exquisite statistical precision, yet it lacks a settled explanatory framework — especially one that coheres with that other great physical theory, general relativity. So, let’s put QM back on the ontological rack for now.