Sunday, December 28, 2014

Free Will

“This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?” -- Max Planck

A believer in free will feels accountable for both pride and shame. As a determinist, I should feel accountable for neither, but I'm determined to feel both.


God's Physics

Everything that exists is both a statistical impossibility and an 
absolute certainty. An odds-maker at the time of the Big Bang would 
deem it statistically impossible for a particular snowflake to have 
fallen today, yet the fact that one did makes it an absolute 
certainty. To exist, that snowflake required a unique and unbroken 
chain of events to occur -- causes and effects -- from the start of 
time. Was there an "Intelligent Designer" causing those "zillions" 
of events throughout time and space? Or was it simply physics? 


I choose by faith to accept some kind of sentience at work in the 
universe, but I find it easier to imagine such an intelligence 
creating the physics of that snowflake, rather than eons of design. 
It would be the same physics that would account for every 
occurrence in the universe -- whether it be life on earth, tsunamis 
in Japan, or snowflakes in Oklahoma. And, as a plus, we can 
empirically study the Creator's physics -- the Creator, not so 
much.