Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Mystery That Dwarfs

"For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of his reason, the story ends like a bad dream"---Robert Jastrow

"Around every circle another circle can be drawn, under every deep another deep opens"---Ralph Waldo Emerson

The immensity of the universe dwarfs the heads and
conflicting endless theories of the 'scientists'. But they hold a secret that must not out---else it will give the game away. The more they see and 'know,' the less they know in the face of immensity.

Absent theism and epistemological honesty, every question leads to more questions, as does every theory. And every theory breaks down into sub-theories, all of which spawn various---nay, endless---- schools of thought, each one partisan to a particular "way of seeing" things. And, of course, all genuine knowledge hangs on the "ifs"; and these "ifs"--- these contingencies--- which might go this way or that, break down into even more "ifs" at every critical juncture endlessly, spawning more and more schools of thought and ways of seeing things, ad infinitum. It is a serious problem and has led many to a postmodern despair, a fear which gnaws at the honest scientists, that anything can be truly "known" in any final sense about the origins and telos-goal of the universe. We are tinier in relation to the whole than the proverbial flea on the back of a bear. In fact that analogy does not begin to tell it.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth" (Jn 1:1,14)

Unless God revealed Himself, man could climb no higher than the guess. All claims to understanding the Whole would be folly. But Jesus left an empty tomb.

Thomas a' Kempis, 500 years ago wrote: "What, therefore, have we to do with questions of philosophy? He to whom the Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. For from this Word are all things and of Him all things speak -- the Beginning Who also speaks to us. Without this Word no man understands or judges aright. He to whom it becomes everything, who traces all things to it and who sees all things in it, may ease his heart and remain at peace with God."---The Imitation of Christ, Bk 1, ch3

The real Matrix of error exists outside this Word. Yet as immense as the universe is, it is not as immense as one 'tiny' Eucharist which is the Gift after the Incarnation itself, the real presence of the Word made flesh for the salvation of man (Jn 1:1).

Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow: "For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of his reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a small band of theologians, who have been sitting there for centuries."

Genuine scientists are involved in practical affairs, like engineering, medicine; hard, measurable science. They don't pretend to know what happened supposedly "billions of years ago" and do not even try to answer the 'how' and 'why' of being, which exceeds by far their competence.

--->Other Dimensions: Limitations of human brain mean we may never understand the secrets of universe, says Britain's top scientist "In theory, there could be another entire universe less than a millimetre away from us, but we are oblivious to it because that millimetre is measured in a fourth spatial dimension and we are imprisoned in just three,’ he said."

Note: Yes, angels, Heaven, etc.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy"---Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V

Before debating the nitty-gritty of paleontology or cosmology with an evolutionist who employs his theory as the all-embracing interpretive lens and filter for all data, one must spend long periods of time, even years if need be, discussing what constitutes a true fact; not what is a subjective possibility or even what constitutes a probability, but what constitutes a true brute fact before proceeding to final conclusions where "facts" must configure perfectly with others "facts," if they can be established as such, towards conclusions. This is where I find evolutionary theory dies the first death, since it is here where the model's proponents must confess, upon epistemological analysis, that they are justified by faith. There are subsequent 'deaths' in discussions but after the first they are superfluous.---SH

"The universe is not the result of chance, as some would like to make us believe. In contemplating it, we are asked to interpret in it something profound; the wisdom of the Creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God, his infinite love for us.

"We must not let our minds be limited by theories that always go only so far and that — at a close look — are far from competing with faith but do not succeed in explaining the ultimate meaning of reality. We cannot but perceive in the beauty of the world, its mystery, its greatness and its rationality, the eternal rationality; nor can we dispense with its guidance to the one God, Creator of Heaven and of earth."---Benedict XVI, Jan 7, 2011, emphasis added

"For us therefore, science has nothing to do with the quest for certainty or probability or reliability. We are not interested in establishing scientific theories as secure or certain, or probable…. It can even be shown that all theories, including the best, have the same probability, namely zero...the realization that our attempts to see and to find the truth are not final, but open to improvement, that our knowledge, our doctrine, is conjectural; that it consists of guesses, of hypotheses rather than of final and certain truths.---Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge, 1963, 1965, pp. 229, 192, 151. “The title of this lecture is likely, I fear, to offend some critical ears. For although ‘Sources of Knowledge’ is in order, ‘Sources of Error’ would have been in order too…” (ibid., p. 3).