Has Science discovered that God is real? – Part 1
Posted on: October 19, 2015. Comments ( 1 )

Author: Chandrasekar B, parent of PSBB, K.K.Nagar, Chennai

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DISCLAMIER: I am neither a scientist nor a well-learned man in the subject. I am a common man with zero knowledge of science but do read and watch a lot of materials/videos to understand the basics of it. So this article elucidates what I have understood, in the same order of evolution of my understanding. I neither claim the article is absolutely correct. I request anyone with more knowledge on the subject to share and contribute more to point out any omissions and errors for the benefit of other readers.

Every new scientific innovation has always intrigued human intellect. For example, Newton’s gravity and Einstein’s most-discussed Theory of Relativity have all toppled our idea of what we consider as common sense. And now in that list, Quantum Physics is challenging the scientific community with an important question:

Should we bring Human Consciousness or Awareness into the realm of Science?

This article aims to make common man understand answers to two important questions:

  • Why do scientists consider the existence of Consciousness?
  • What Quantum Mechanics experiment made scientists to think so?

While Einstein’s Theory of Relativity changed our understanding of what Space and Time is, it was still about a phenomenon of which we had certain wrong ideas. But they never included Consciousness as a part of the system of study. However, Quantum Physics has brought human Consciousness into the whole equation and according to a few internationally renowned physicists, the question is inescapable.

I was thus wondering: “What did Quantum Physics do to prompt scientists to consider the existence of a Consciousness?”

Well, that leads to several questions: If Consciousness plays a role then does that mean there exists a soul and that leads to the question of, does GOD exist?

Instead of getting into a chain of the questions without proper introduction, I thought it would be a good idea to first understand what experiments the scientists did and how they interpreted the result that brought this Consciousness.

Here is a step by step approach to understanding that.

Step 1:

We all know that everything in this universe is made up of atoms. Atoms in turn are made of subatomic particles—protons, neutrons and electrons. The particles that make up light are called photons.

Okay, we know light is reflected off a mirror. We are all familiar of the infinite number of images reflected off mirrors placed on the opposite-facing walls in a saloon. As light hits one of the two mirrors, it gets reflected onto the other mirror on the opposite side which is again reflected back to the first mirror and so it goes on. Hence we perceive infinite reflections of our face on either side.

So, the point is that light is made up of photons and when a photon hits a mirror it is reflected.

Let us imagine that we are able to throw a single photon towards a mirror: now we know it will reflect.

The angle at which it will reflect depends on the angle of the photon and the mirror. This is called Specular Reflection.

Imagine we are able to place a photon emitter, a photon detector and a mirror in such a way that we are able to detect the photon that is reflected off the mirror.

NOTE: Here I would like to mention that the images and animations are only representations and does not depict actual setups used in experiments/labs. We have made the images and animations simple so that it is easy to understand.

Step 2:

Now in the next step we replace the mirror with a special type of crystal. Now if we are able to send a photon towards the crystal, we learn that the photon gets reflected sometimes and some other times, the photon passes straight through the crystal. In fact, every time we send a photon towards the crystal, there is a 50% chance that it will pass through the crystal and a 50% chance that it will get reflected.

To check, we place a photon detector the other side too.

Step 3:

We go back to the Step 1 where we had a mirror. Now instead of one mirror and one detector, we place two mirrors and two detectors on either side. We will also have two sources emitting photons. One source will send the photon towards the left mirror and the other one will send it towards the right mirror.

We will name all of them accordingly: SL for left source, SR for right source, ML for left mirror, MR for right mirror, DL for left detector and DR for right detector.

As we learnt from Step 1, the photon emitted by SL will always be detected by DR and the photon emitted by SR will always be detected by DL. Please note that a mirror will always reflect the photon.

Observer and Knowledge:

Now, with the above setup, one interesting point comes out: We can tell with certainty that every time DL detects a photon, the source of that photon must have been SR. The same way, every time DR detects a photon, we can say with certainty that the source of the photon was SL.

In other words, with the above setup/apparatus, as an observer, you can derive absolute knowledge on the source and path of the photon.

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    Dinesh says:

    seems good

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