Physics is a train that goes round the mountain. If you want to reach the top you have to jump off at some point.
“’The constructs of classical physics are just as much fictions of our own minds
as those of any other theory’ [Hugh] Everett declared.
‘We simply have a great deal more confidence in them.’”
“In other words, science is not the same thing as the reality it describes.
There is always a gap between reality and the description of it.”
“’How come the quantum?’ [John Wheeler] repeats again and again
– most recently to me in a letter of Dec. 15, ’98.
‘Miserable me,’ Wheeler wrote.
‘I still don’t know how come the quantum?
and still less how come existence.’”
The Bit and The Pendulum by Tom Siegfried, pgs. 235, 237 & 245
Spiritual seekers scrape off the top only what they need from the latest in quantum physics and throw out the rest. Like reading poetry, one doesn’t need to examine the mechanics in order to come away with the valuable feelings that are conveyed. Quantum mechanics is like poetry to spiritual seekers and they quaff it like a perfume in order to energize themselves for their own purposes. Spiritual seekers seek Truth and Freedom, not just the truth and freedom that is confined to one discipline, one field of study. Spiritual seekers take what they learn from Quantum mechanics and cross-reference it in ways that conventional scientists would not likely see as valid. They cross reference it to the spiritual scriptures, to what they know of psychology, even to the end of the world prophesies of the Mayans, if it feels appropriate. They are not interested in “solving” the riddles of the universe using mathematical symbols. This is how they are different from the scientists within these fields.
The scientists don’t realize that the assumptions about life that underlie their discipline will always prevent them from reaching the true crux of the matter that they investigate. Science today is underwritten not by the motivations to discover the truth. Science today is underwritten by the motivation to make tools: to make discoveries that are useful. Useful for what? Not useful in a general way but useful in a very specific way: science wants discoveries that are useful to assist humanity in overcoming the natural forces of the universe, to better manipulate those forces for our own “benefit.” Science today is myopic in its focus because of the underlying aggression of its motivations. That doesn’t impede discoveries being made into the fantastical workings of quarks but it does impede discoveries that bring meaning, hope and joy to people’s personal lives. Those kinds of discoveries require a broader scope.
Spiritual seekers are not interested in any more gadgets, that is not why they are interested in quantum mechanics. They are not interested in colonizing or even mining mars using the properties of strange attraction within sub-nuclear particles. They are not interested in the quantum computer or even AI. But they ARE interested in discovering the secrets of the universe, not to manipulate them but to marvel at them; to worship them! Spiritual seekers are defined by the awareness that the way society is being directed today, including the way that the sciences are focused and run by commercial interests, has not led to better quality of lives for anyone. And by “quality of life” the spiritual seeker does not mean creature comforts, ease of transportation, entertainment value or even length of life. By “quality of life” the spiritual seekers means contentment and happiness with things as they are, no matter what. The spiritual seeker knows that the gadgets of modern society have done nothing to deliver those things and never will. The spiritual seeker knows that he or she must look in other directions for those things.
And so, the spiritual seeker quaffs at the latest news within quantum physics and other areas of discoveries for the perfume of the Infinite. The spiritual seeker knows that he or she must get in touch with the infinite if he or she is to ever get in touch with the True Self. The latest in physics and astrophysics provides a window, however small, into the world of the Infinite and since it is no longer possible to look up into the night sky to see the stars (due to smog and light pollution) the spiritual seeker must get that type of awe somewhere else. And so, the pictures of the Great Galaxies and the descriptions of the “holographic universe” provide that glimpse into the Absolute, the infinite, with a chance, however small but certainly cumulative, of grabbing a hold of that Infinite and journeying beyond that small self and all its petty concerns.