Tired of hearing the statement, “That may be true for you, but from my perspective, it’s not”?
Recently, I was shown a video that really helped me understand how some very intelligent people can insist that truth is a matter of perspective. The video is a simple explanation of Quantum Physics. You can find it here. (For this post to make any sense, you must watch the video. It will take a while do download on dialup.) If you’re not going to watch the video, don’t bother reading the rest of this post.
OK. Did you watch the video? Good.
I talked to Allen (my computer/physicist friend) about this, asking him three questions:
First, is this true? Does it really happen? He said yes.
Second, why does it happen? He said, “There’s a nobel prize waiting for the person who answers that question.”
Third, if I look at the slits, I see the electron go through one slit. If I look at the screen I see it go through both. Where does God look — what does God see? His answer to that was intriguing. He said, “Einstein never agreed with Quantum Physics… god [doesn’t] throw dice. [Stephen Hawking] said that not only does god throw dice, he throws them where he can’t see them.”
THAT helps me see why so many intelligent people can say, “Well — that may be truth for you; but it’s not truth for me.”
My daughter, Esther had the best comment of all. She remarked, “Wow — so the tree in the woods makes no noise when no one is listening!!!”
So what about it? Does perspective determine truth? I don’t think so. Could I say that Quantum Physics has too little relativity to the philosophical thought to bring any real force to the question of absolute truth? I guess that I’m with Einstein on this one. Or better yet — with Esther!!!
edit: 12/27/06 Well, I watched the whole video from which that cartoon was lifted.Â Turns out it’s pretty much a commercial for Ramtha, a classic example of a new-age cult.Â Interesting how the pagans use such things to their benefit in propagating their belief-system.