“Our generation and the two that preceded it have heard little but talk of the conflict between science and faith; indeed it seemed at one moment a foregone conclusion that the former was destined to take the place of the latter. But, as the tension is prolonged, the conflict visibly seems to need to be resolved in terms of an entirely different form of equilibrium — not in elimination, nor duality, but in synthesis.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
The Phenomenon of Man
Penrose and Hameroff are not cow college savants. In its September 2009 issue, Discover Magazine summarized Penrose’s accomplishments:
“A theorist whose name will be forever linked with such giants as Hawking and Einstein, Penrose has made fundamental contributions to physics, mathematics, and geometry. He reinterpreted general relativity to prove that black holes can form from dying stars. He invented twistor theory—a novel way to look at the structure of space-time—and so led us to a deeper understanding of the nature of gravity. He discovered a remarkable family of geometric forms that came to be known as Penrose tiles. He even moonlighted as a brain researcher, coming up with a provocative theory that consciousness arises from quantum-mechanical processes.”
The Quantum Hologram And the Nature of Consciousness” Journal of Cosmology, he cites Penrose and Hameroff and argues that the information is stored in holographic form – a “quantum holograph.”
Is love a quantum entanglement?
My adult son Michael passed away April 7, 2007. In October 2007 I published a piece about his death analogizing it to an event horizon which surrounds an astronomical black hole. I also discussed the reality of love and my belief that love created a joint part of the psyche of both the lover and the beloved. http://johnklotz.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html
Since that time, I have explored scientific and philosophical progress related to the issues of evolution, consciousness, and quantum mechanics. What I have now concluded is that I understated my case for love and the joint psyche. In fact, the propositions advanced by Penrose, Hameroff and Mitchell lead me to the conclusion that the concept of quantum entanglement and advances in understanding the physical reality of consciousness point the way to the existential reality of love. The joint psyche I hypothesized is real, and so is the prospect of lasting love into eternity.
My question and proposal is that survival of the psyche is dependent on its quantum entanglement through love of others and through that love entanglement with the primordial consciousness from which existence flowed.
But what then of the Christ? Whose son is He?
I also believe that there is sufficient evidence that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ and has become a scientific revelation not just of his existence but of the potential of his Resurrection and ultimately our own.
Is there a primordial consciousness from which all existence sprung? Is quantum information real? Is entanglement with the primordial consciousness entanglement with God? Do the great commands of the Gospel, to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, call us to a quantum entanglement beyond comprehension?
In my posting on Michael, I closed with a quotation from
St. Paul that love
endures forever. For this posting, perhaps, the best closing is not the Omega
but the Alpha, the first verse of the Gospel of St. John:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”